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The Minnesota State Park system is the second oldest park system in the United States. With over 60 parks state-wide, with the oldest dating back to 1891, there are many historic records at the Minnesota Historical Society to help your research. Materials range from historic narratives, to State Archives materials addressing the creation and maintenance of the parks, to newsletters and other publications created by the parks themselves. Our images, maps, and trail guides are also here to help paint a picture of the parks throughout the ages.
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Original materials, records, and newspapers on microfilm are available on site and reference staff can help with research.
MNHS Research Services
Order copies of records, articles, or other specific materials from the MNHS collections.
MNHS loans out most microfilm materials. Contact your local library for more information and assistance with this service.
Some items such as newspapers, articles, photos and objects are available online. Look for links within this guide.
Many books listed in the Secondary Sources page can be borrowed from other libraries.
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