History always has an agenda, says author Annette Atkins.

Many of us grew up in a time when the agenda was to teach patriotism.

But now, she says, we want to take pride in a bigger story.

Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

©Mooster History

Twenty-five thousand kids across Minnesota put their history chops on display throughout the state earlier this year, and those winners are duking it out now in 12 regional competitions, hoping to make it to State at the end of April.

But the real story may be students as young as 12 developing thesis statements, researching their topics and doing the kind of thoughtful analysis that, the world tells us, we need more of.

Feast and Forum

Oct 12, 2017

The Duluth Indigenous commission hosted a feast and forum to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. Every second Monday of October is Indigenous Peoples day, this year they celebrated at Duluth city hall.

Celebrating accurate history and embracing Indigenous Peoples day was a goal of the commission. Indigenous people are strong through the times of many tragedies and are constantly healing. 

Grant County Herald

While there's plenty of grumbling about the plugged-in, inter-connected, sometimes privacy-free brave new world in which we find ourselves, one group of people is delighted: genealogists.

Not only are old documents, newspaper articles, matters of public record and more suddenly available at the touch of the button, more information is being added daily.

So if you're interested in doing some genealogical research, there's no time like right now.

The Duluth Experience

  We talk with Dave Grandmaison from The Duluth Experience, whose Dark History Bus Tour and Dark History Walking Tour suggest that the darker side of Duluth's history (the not-so­‐rosy stories of Duluth’s past that folks around town don’t necessarily like to talk about) needs no dressing up – it's "creepy enough on its own."

Tony Tracy is the executive director of the Douglas County Historical Society, an organization unique in that they use theater to explain, teach and engage people with history.  Coming up in September is a living history walk through the Greenwood Cemetery in Superior, where actors will portray the persons interred there to give a richer sense of the history of the area.  Also in September the DCHS will present Hardball, a play about the life of H. Hanoch "Hank" Kaner, a Superior native who turned down a major league career as it conflicted with the tenets of his Jewish faith.

Glensheen Estate

The Congdon Legacy includes community leadership and family drama, but is also carries the history of luxury in 1910.  Chester and Clara traveled extensively, enjoying life in the western US and here in Duluth, MN.  Chester even traveled by ship to New Zealand, Indonesia, China and back with his buddies.  With the Glensheen mansion right on the water edge in Duluth, Lake Superior was a big part of family life and they had a large boathouse, a breakwater pier and of course they had a yacht. 



Dave Woodward, adjunct professor of African-American History at UMD sheds some light on a little pocket of history in Duluth's Central Hillside: the Paul Robeson Ballroom.


On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks about the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, including migration to the area, treaties, and histories of some of the ceremonial drums.


11/18 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - History of the Mille Lacs Band