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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.

Civilian Conservation Corps crew working on East Bearskin Road, north of Grand Marais, Minnesota

Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program started in 1933; Minnesota's 148 camps had over 70,000 workers.

Loggers in winter, Polk County, Minnesota

Lumber Industry in Minnesota

Learn how the lumber industry used natural resources, labor, technology, and transportation to harvest Minnesota's pine forests.

Tramming ore in Pioneer 'A' underground mine, Ely, Minnesota

Mining on the Iron Range

Learn about Minnesota's Iron Range, the immigrants who settled there and how iron mining has helped shape Minnesota.

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.

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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.