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Minnesota and the Civil War at the Minnesota History Center


Calling all history junkies and proud Minnesotans! In Minnesota and the Civil War, the newest exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, more than 170 artifacts, including diaries, letters, and reminiscences, recapture and retell the riotous and emotional story of Minnesota’s role in this part of American history.

The Civil War left our nation divided with 750,000 dead and 4 million released from bondage; a war that changed our nation and characterized our state.

28th Virginia Regiment battle flag
Photo courtesy of
Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota played an important role in this nation-defining war: Young men eager to serve, women insisting to fight along side their men, and many captured and enslaved. This exhibit, opening March 2 and running through September 8, authentically profiles the heroic individuals both on the battle front and on the home front. The collection of personal artifacts documents the everyday lives of the extraordinary and sacrificing Minnesotans living through this time.

So pack up the kids or grab a date and head over to the History Center to soak up some knowledge and live music from the Civil War era. Astonishing Minnesotan Civil War stories are retold through authentic artifacts, including telegraph instruments used on the set of Academy Award-winning film Lincoln. The telegraph equipment will be part of a hands-on display where visitors can type messages into a computer and then hear it reproduced in Morse code. For movie savants, that could be reason enough to check it out. 

Minnesota History Center
Running March 2-September 8, 2013
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

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