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History Day Research @ the MNHS Library: Overview

A step-by-step guide for student researchers


Students researching at a previous Minnebaloo.

The Minnebaloo is the annual History Day research open house held at the Gale Family Library in the Minnesota History Center on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, from 12 to 4pm. We are normally closed on Sundays, but on this special day, the Library will be open just for History Day Students.   

Students will be able to:

  • Conduct primary and secondary research with the guidance of library staff.
  • Get one-on-one help from a History Day staff member or undergraduate mentor.
  • Attend a mini-lesson on a range of topics.
  • View sample projects.

Check the full online Hullaballoo schedule to see events in your area.  

And remember: History Day researchers are welcome to visit the library anytime we are open, not just during the Minnebaloo!


The Minnesota Historical Society Library can be a great place to do research for your History Day project. This step-by-step guide for students gives some advice on how to make your research experience better!

The basic steps for History Day Research here at MNHS are:

  1. Get Started: Pick a topic and find secondary sources
  2. Online Primary Sources: Find primary sources that are available online
  3. Search @ MNHS: Search the catalog and finding aids online before you visit
  4. Visit the Library: Everything you need to know about visiting us
  5. More Help!: People and places that can help with your research and project

(Are you a History Day teacher considering bringing your class to the MNHS Library for a research visit? Check out our Class Visits page for more information.)

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Gale Family Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library

Located on the Second Floor of the Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

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Sunday to Wednesday: Closed

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Guide Author

Jenny McElroy,
Reference Specialist

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