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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.

Southeast view of the Basilica building

Basilica of Saint Mary

Learn about the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, the first basilica in America and a prominent cultural and architectural presence.

Path and ship leading to Duluth's aerial lift bridge while front of green sky

Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge

Learn about Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge and its economic impact.

Large, brick building with banner labeled "Red Wing Milling Co." Underneath states "Red Wing Special Flour"

Flour Milling in Minnesota

Learn about the development and significance of milling in Minnesota

Union Depot, Duluth, Minnesota

Format Highlight: Cyanotypes

Learn about the history and significance of cyanotypes, an early photographic technique.

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.