Minnesota on the Map Traveling Exhibit

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Over the centuries, maps of Minnesota have changed. See what our state looked like from the late 1600s to the early 2000s in Minnesota on the Map, a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota History Center that features dozens of maps ranging from Louis Hennepin’s 1683 map of the upper Mississippi River Valley to a satellite map of Minnesota produced by NASA. Minnesota on the Map illustrates how maps have documented and helped influence our understanding of the state, from early exploration to the present.

This exhibit features 23 reproduction maps and atlases, a video station with commentary by local historians, and a bin of laminated maps that shows Minnesota’s geography and history. There’s also an oversized jigsaw puzzle map of the state which provides an engaging element for schoolchildren and other young visitors.

Complimenting this exhibit will be maps from our collection — a large wall map of Redwood County 1898, map of MN and Dacotah 1860, map of MN 1884, and county plat maps from late 1800s to early 1900s. We have a map of MN from 1931. Prints of this map
are available for sale – $20 plus tax.

The Minnesota on the Map exhibit is based on the book “Minnesota on the Map: A Historical Atlas” by David Lanegran. This exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be at the Redwood County Museum from August 24 through September 29, Thursdays – Sundays, noon to 4 pm.

The Minnesota Historical Society Traveling Exhibits Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.

This is a wonderful exhibit for students, map collectors, history and geography teachers, or anyone interested in this state’s
early beginnings!