Minnesota Historical Society

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    10 best vegan/vegetarian foods at the Minnesota State Fair

    Let's face it. Food is the number one reason we attend the Minnesota State Fair and we are not ashamed to admit it! Food on-a-stick, deep-fried bites, giant legs and chops of meat, gallons of dairy, buckets of sweet confections, we love it all. But what about the vegetables? Where are the fruits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    The 10 best hidden places around Minnesota for road-trippin'

    There's plenty to keep folks occupied on any given weekend in and around the Twin Cities, but sometimes you just need to get outta town. For those days when wanderlust starts taking over and daydreams of fresh air, adventure, and great hiking trails need to become a reality, we've got you covered. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates

    During yesterday's Capitol sendoff for a group of Minnesota Civil War reenactors who are headed to Pennsylvania to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, Governor Mark Dayton said it would basically take another civil war for Virginia to reclaim a Confederate flag that was seized by Minnes ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2013
  • Calendar

    April 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Minnesota Nice was killing music criticism even back in 1933

    Everyone's a critic -- except in Minnesota, of course. Well, we're just as judgmental if not worse in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but you'd hardly detect it from any publicly circulated opinion on the matter with a byline. Actually, I take that back. Those charged with writing criticism often get shun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Apollo 11 moon rocks find safe home at the Minnesota Historical Society

    Moon rocks from the Apollo 11 moon landing found a safe home yesterday at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.The Minnesota National Guard recently found the moon rocks tucked away and forgotten among military artifacts in a storage unit in the Veteran's Service Building in St. Paul.When Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    October arrives filled with fests this Week in Food

    Oooh October. The first of the month ushers in a month of great eating: pumpkin beers, end-of-season bounties (squash!), and all the candy your cavities can handle. Ease yourself in with a week of fun fall events. 10/1 The first day of October has us thinking about one thing: Oktoberfest at the Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Top 10 Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities

    School's in session, the sun is setting earlier in the evening, and there's a distinct chill in the early morning air. There's no denying it--autumn is upon us. Gone are the days when all you feel like eating are crisp salads and cups of frozen yogurt. Whether you're looking to fuel up for fall s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Kim Ode's 'Rhubarb Renaissance': How to use your bumper crop [RECIPE]

    Summer in Minnesota is a beautiful thing. It may be just a few fleeting months, but the seasonal produce is plentiful, interesting, and inspires some of the most memorable dishes we eat all year. Right now we're nearing the end of rhubarb season, and for those of us with home gardens and CSA boxes t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 18, 2012

    Roy Wilkins: Who was he?

    The story behind the iconic St. Paul venue

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty's fascinating official portrait unveiled [IMAGES]

    Tim Pawlenty's portrait is more interesting than Tim Pawlenty.​Tim Pawlenty's portrait will not hang in the White House unless he staples it to the wall during a civilian tour. But now the beloved former governor will forever haunt the hallway of the state Capitol, thanks to the unveiling of Pawle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Bill Ingebrigtsen carries English-only bill into state Senate

    Bill Ingebrigtsen wants you to speak English only.​State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, a guy with enough Scandinavian in his surname to qualify as a character in an O.E. Rolvaag yarn about immigrant hardship on the prairie, is carrying the flag for English-only into the Minnesota Senate. Yah. He wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty offers "Governor No" veto pen to Minnesota Historical Society

    Governor No smiles for the camera.​Tim Pawlenty has been known in St. Paul as Governor No for a while now. And he's proud of the title, and the 299 bills he vetoed while in office. So proud, in fact, that he's now turned over his "veto pen" -- a really, really over-sized pen designed for dra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Cooking with chocolate: chefs' tips (RECIPE)

    Lisa GulyaRuby Moon chocolate truffles​Frazzled by the holiday hubbub? A little chocolate cookery could help soothe those frayed nerves. Three chefs share their tips for cooking with chocolate, plus a recipe for mole sauce.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Lowry Hill Walking Tour of Healy Homes

    Trilby Busch​ This Saturday, architectural history buffs can enjoy an informal walking tour and photo shoot in Lowry Hill. Organized by a couple of researchers who have been studying master builder T.P. Healy, who designed and built houses for Minneapolis's high society in the late 1800s, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty loves federal spending (on flood relief)

    Suddenly loving federal cash.​Yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was loving federal spending. Not the kind to help all Minnesotans with their health care costs, however. Just the kind to help southern Minnesota recover from floods. The former isn't a priority, he says. He won't even allow state a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Spider John Koerner gives us a reason to whiskey tonight and tomorrow

    photo via Red House Records​Seeing Spider John Koerner live is a lucky thing, something we get treated to more often than, say, we deserve. Memories or wishes of north woods hootenannies and smoke-filled parlors in the sixties as all those jubilantly drunk revelers stomp and squall towards sunrise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Lenny Bruce Remembered at the Turf Club

    Influential comedian Lenny Bruce is the subject of a panel discussion featuring Stand Up! Records' Dan Schlissel.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    9/23 Morning Must Reads

    Tuesday's five most interesting stories printed on wood pulp

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Gubernatorial Graffiti

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    Three governors' portraits were vandalized today at the state capitol. The Sharpie Bandit remains on the loose.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2007
  • News

    December 13, 2006
  • Columns

    September 27, 2006

    Dear John

    An architecture tour you can take with your pants around your ankles

  • News

    April 26, 2006
  • News

    December 14, 2005

    Local Music Yearbook '05

    Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.

  • News

    June 15, 2005

    The Barnstormer

    A few years ago, Doug Ohman was a theme-park executive with 600 employees. Today, he photographs barns. What happened?

  • News

    June 8, 2005

    Minnesota's Fifty Greatest Hits

    The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time

  • News

    December 8, 2004

    Cruel and Unusual

    You think winter in Minnesota sucks? Friend, you don't know anything about winter in Minnesota.

  • Arts

    December 1, 2004

    Murder, My Sweet

    Whispering of St. Paul's hidden lives (and deaths),a new photojournalism exhibit shoots to kill

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2004
  • News

    September 15, 2004

    Lullaby for the Working Class

    Local poet Mark Nowak pens industrial verse for closed steel factories and forgotten labor pains

  • News

    September 1, 2004
  • Arts

    July 28, 2004

    Strange Fruit

    'The Last Minstrel Show' makes entertainment out of tragedy

  • News

    April 7, 2004

    Busting the Buses

    Local transit wars past and present

  • News

    August 7, 2002

    Freaks Like Us

    Buxom firestarters and dog-faced men: Frontier theater on the fringe

  • News

    June 5, 2002

    John Berryman Leapt Here

    Mapping the literary landmarks of the Twin Cities

  • Art

    February 13, 2002

    The Best Things In Life Aren't Free

    Figuring out how to finance the future of art at SooVAC

  • News

    May 2, 2001
  • Books

    September 22, 1999

    Pipe Dreams

    A local memoir, The Girls Are Coming, recounts the strange comedy of 1970s workplace integration and the campaign for gender equity

  • Arts

    July 7, 1999

    Subterranean Homesick Blues

    An archaeologist, two bottles of whiskey, and the cavemen of the Mississippi: Digging for the city beneath the city

  • Feature

    November 1, 1998

    My Marvelous Minnesota

    The home of Fort Snelling, loons, timber wolves, and the U of M

  • Books

    August 19, 1998
  • News

    January 7, 1998

    Sold Down The River

    Minneapolis's brave new riverfront will have parks, museums, and upscale condos. Who said subsidized housing was just for the poor?

  • News

    October 22, 1997

    When Elections Mattered

    Rotten eggs, firebombs, and the "wicked extortions of the coal kings": Local campaigns weren't always this dull.

  • Arts

    September 10, 1997

    The People, Yes

    A collection of Minnesota photographs from Jerome Liebling reveals his hard brand of humanism.

  • Feature

    September 25, 1996
  • Feature

    July 17, 1996
  • Restaurants

    June 12, 1996
  • News

    November 29, 1995
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