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Featured Primary Source Sets

Curated collections of primary and secondary sources focused on a single topic to inform and engage teachers and students.

View in the dells of St. Croix River, Minnesota

Format Highlight: Stereographs

Learn about the history and significance of stereograph images, a common photographic format.

Ole Overvold with oxen and plow, Mayfield Township, Minnesota

Mechanization of Farming in Minnesota

Learn about the mechanization of farming in Minnesota and its impact on the state.

Flood Damage in 1951 in North Mankato, Minnesota

Natural Disasters in Minnesota

Learn how people survived and coped with some of Minnesota’s historic natural disasters such as storms, floods and wildfires.

Ojibwe man and child dancing at the Annual White Earth Celebration and Pow Wow, 1916

Stella Stocker and the Ojibwe of Minnesota

Visit early 20th century Ojibwe communities with musician and educator Stella Stocker through her photography collection.

The number 17.

MDL Launches New Project Year

MDL is accepting applications for new projects! View our Call for Proposals for details.

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New MDL Online Exhibits

These exhibits explore wide-ranging topics in Minnesota history and draw on a variety of digitized materials from our contributors across the state.