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Minnesota Historical Society

345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was founded by the territorial legislature in 1849, almost a decade before statehood. It is headquartered in the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul. MNHS holds a collection of nearly 550,000 books, 37,000 maps, 250,000 photographs, 225,000 historical artifacts, 950,000 archaeological items, 38,000 cubic feet of manuscripts, 45,000 cubic feet of government records, 5,500 paintings, prints and drawings; and 1,300 moving image items. The society also operates 31 historic sites and museums, 26 of which are open to the public.

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