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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.

Roller coaster and popcorn stand, Excelsior Amusement Park, Excelsior, Minnesota

Excelsior Amusement Park

This primary source set explores the history and attractions at the Excelsior Amusement Park, Excelsior, Minnesota.

Lincoln and Frank Fey in Car No. 3, Northfield, Minnesota, c. 1900

Fey Brothers, Automobile Inventors

Learn about early automobile history by examining the four custom-built automobiles of Lincoln and Frank Fey.

St. Clair Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota

Motion picture theaters in Minnesota

Motion picture theaters have played a role in the architectural, cultural, social, and entertainment history of Minnesota.

Three streetcars passing a military parade on Hennepin Avenue at 6th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Twin Cities Streetcars - The Rise and Fall

Learn about the rise and fall of streetcars in the Twin Cities - the first public transit system in the area.

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.