History Day!

Dear students & coaches,

So you have decided to take part in History Day. That's great! This page will help you find everything that the MN Military Museum can help you with as you are researching your topic.

Resources Available to You!

Research Library

The library at the museum has over 15,000 books related to history that are available to those who visit the library. Many of the books can also be checked out for 3 weeks at a time, so you don't have to worry about getting through the whole book during your visit. We have books about the history of military conflicts, both from the US and around the world, and their impact on the world we all live in. You can even prepare for your visit by seeing which books we have by looking through the catalog by clicking here!


The archives is also open to help you with your research. Archives hold many of the primary sources that create the foundation of historical research. In our archives, we have reports from the Adjutant General of Minnesota, letters from soldiers who were fighting in war zones, maps of military campaigns, photographs showing what life was like for those who served, and so much more. Interested in seeing what the archives hold? Check out our finding aids in the catalog by clicking here!


The museum has even put some of the collections online that you can view for free! For more information on these items and links to access them, click here!
We have also created maps showing the hometowns of those from Minnesota who died during World War I and the Vietnam War. To see the maps, just click here!

Need more Help?

Friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to help you with any questions you have. Feel free to email or call us with your questions. We will even meet with you and share our expertise if you schedule a visit. In addition to the support our staff and collections can provide, we often interact with veterans from conflicts dating back to WWII. It may be possible for us to connect you with a veteran to get a first-hand account interview to help you research your topic.


Learn more about an era by attending any of these monthly roundtable discussions. Students are always welcome.

Updated 13 April 2023