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State historical society museums, libraries reopen today

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The Minnesota Historical Society, its museums, historic sites and library will reopen to the public today, Saturday, July 23, following the state of Minnesota government shutdown.

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All programs scheduled beginning Saturday will resume as initially planned. Hours of operation and special programs are outlined at www.mnhs.org . This reopening schedule is contingent upon the passage of a budget bill by the legislature and signing by the governor.

The Minnesota Historical Society was closed during the state shutdown and unable to serve over 40,000 visitors during that time period. Funding from the state comprises more than half of the Society's operating budget.

"It is with great pleasure that I invite the public back to visit all 26 of our popular historic sites, like Split Rock Lighthouse along the North Shore and Jeffers Petroglyphs near Comfrey, as well as metro sites like Historic Fort Snelling, Mill City Museum and the Minnesota History Center," said Society Director and CEO Stephen Elliott.

Historic sites and museums reopening statewide include: the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul; Mill City Museum, Minneapolis; Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul; the James J. Hill House, St. Paul; the Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul; the Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul; Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors; Birch Coulee Battlefield, Morton; Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls; Comstock House, Moorhead; Folsom House, Taylors Falls; Forest History Center, Grand Rapids; Fort Ridgely, Fairfax; Harkin Store, New Ulm; Historic Forestville, Preston; Jeffers Petroglyphs, Comfrey; Lac qui Parle Mission, Watson; Lower Sioux Agency, Morton; Marine Mill, Marine on St. Croix; Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, Onamia; Minnehaha Depot, Minneapolis; North West Company Fur Post, Pine City; Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River; Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota; Traverse des Sioux, St. Peter; and the W.W. Mayo House, Le Sueur.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. For more information, visit www.mnhs.org

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