Minneapolis Historical Society

Find Minneapolis Minnesota historical societies. Historical societies provide information on the history and culture of a specific area, through the use of museum and library art exhibits and programs.


Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society 2501 East 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55406 612-276-9034


Minneapolis Minnesota Historical Society 704 South 2nd Street Minneapolis MN 55401 612-341-7555

Minnesota Brooklyn Historical Society 5600 85th Avenue North Minneapolis MN 55443 763-536-0842

The Upper Midwest Jewish Historical Society 4330 Cedar Lake Road Minneapolis MN 55416 952-381-3360

About Minneapolis Historical Societies

Minneapolis Historical Societies are local organizations and history museums dedicated to studying, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on the local community's history in Minneapolis, MN. Historical Societies in Minneapolis encourage and engage in the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories. Many Historical Societies conduct research about local businesses and families, which they make accessible and available as public records and exhibits.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • Minneapolis Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Minneapolis historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Minneapolis Public Records

Historical Societies are a great source of Minneapolis public records, historical and genealogy research information. Historical records may be available upon request from the Minneapolis organizations, museums, exhibits and exhibitions, and from historical archives.

Local Minneapolis History

Minnesota Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Minneapolis Historical Centers may highlight a local institution, such as an university, church, or business. Alternatively, their focus may be on a particular group, such as an ethnicity, profession, or religious group. Some Historical Societies work to preserve Minneapolis historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local Minneapolis and Minnesota state government agencies, to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, create historic districts, and ensure that historic preservation ordinances and guidelines are established and enforced.

Volunteering for Minneapolis Historical Societies

Many Historical Societies are staffed and organized by volunteers, who often become involved in order to preserve the legacy and heritage of their ancestors or to honor local heroes. Other Minneapolis Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Minneapolis museums and educational programs, and a local Minnesota government or business entity may manage these Historical Societies. Many Historical Societies provide resources to help smaller organizations or individuals with research projects. In addition, they provide events for school-age children both in the schools and at their facilities.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Funding for Minneapolis Historical Societies can come from a combination of sources, including government support, universities, and businesses, as well as private donations, endowments, and grants. Historical Societies rely on fundraisers as a significant source of revenue. Fundraisers may include tours of MN historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and Minneapolis genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Minneapolis events and programs. Historical Society websites commonly post historic photographs or articles on topics of local historic interest. Some provide online databases to help with genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.