Minnesota Historic Sites

Minnesota Historic Sites

Experience living history in your ancestors' homeland.

? Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center

202 First Ave. N.

Moorhead, MN 56560

(218) 299-5511

<www.hjemkomst-center.com>: A Minnesotan named Robert Asp built the center’s replica Viking ship in 1974; his family sailed it to Norway in 1982. You also can see a Norwegian-style stave church and visit the Clay County Historical Society Library.

? Historic Fort Snelling

Highways 5 and 55

St. Paul, MN 55111

(612) 726-1171

<www.mnhs.org/places/sites/hfs>: This once-lonely military outpost now sits in the Twin Cities’ midst. May through October, costumed guides and soldiers re-enact 1827 fort life, and the History Under the Floorboards exhibit vividly illustrates an archaeological excavation of the officers’ quarters.

? Ironworld Discovery Center

801 SW Highway 169

Chisholm, MN 55719

(800) 372-6437

<www.ironworld.com>: Journey through Minnesota’s mining and immigration history — literally — with a vintage 1928 trolley ride past spectacular views of Iron Range mines. Then enjoy interactive exhibits, a living history site, summertime ethnic events and the Iron Range Research Center.

? Minnesota History Center

345 Kellogg Blvd. W.

St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 296-6126

<www.mnhs.org/historycenter>: See history-focused exhibits and catch a play in this museum. Then watch a History Player intepret the life of public school teacher Harriet Bishop, explorer Joseph Nicollet or another notable Minnesotan. And you can’t visit without stopping by the excellent Minnesota Historical Society Library.

? Minnesota Transportation Museum

193 Pennsylvania Ave E.

St. Paul, MN 55101

(651) 228-0263

<www.mtmuseum.org>: Formed in 1962 to save a single Twin City Rapid Transit streetcar, this museum now has several sites with a working trolley line, interstate tourist railroad, 1907 Great Northern Railroad roundhouse and 70-foot wooden steamboat.

? Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road

Two Harbors, MN 55616

(218) 226-6372

<www.mnhs.org/places/sites/srl>: This picturesque 1910 lighthouse guided iron ore-filled ships through what some have called the most dangerous waters in the world. Tour the restored lighthouse and keeper’s home, then see historical exhibits at the visitor center.

Visitor Information

? Minnesota Office of Tourism

500 Metro Square

121 Seventh Place E.

Metro Square, Suite 100

St. Paul, MN 55101

(888) 868-7476
 
From the April 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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