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Minneapolis Aquatennial: Newspapers

Suggested Newspapers & Dates

Minneapolis: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis: Minneapolis Star
Minneapolis: Minneapolis Tribune
Minneapolis: Minneapolis Star Journal
St. Paul: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul: St. Paul Dispatch

The Minneapolis Aquatennial is traditionally held for 10 days centered on the third full week of July.

July 1940: Inaugural Aquatennial is held.
July 1956: Minneapolis celebrates its centennial in conjunction with the Aquatennial.
July 1964: Last Aqua Follies held at Theodore Wirth Park.
July 1971: New Aquatennial events include the Milk Carton Boat Race and the Sandcastle Sand Sculpture Competition.
July 2003: Rights to the Aquatennial are sold to the Minneapolis Downtown Council and it becomes the city's official civic celebration.  
July 18-27, 2008: Minneapolis celebrates its sesquicentennial and Minnesota celebrates 150 years of statehood, both in conjunction with the Aquatennial.
July 18-26, 2014: 75th anniversary of the Aquatennial.

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Newsboy distributing January 1937 Minneapolis Journal.

The Minnesota Historical Society holds the world's largest collection of Minnesota newspapers, with dates ranging from 1849 to the present day.

Past issues of most newspaper titles are available on microfilm in the MNHS library, but there is also digital access to select newspapers

Use the links to the left to search for newspapers available at MNHS and to search within digitized newspaper collections.   

Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
Currently open by appointment only.