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Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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651-259-3300

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Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Holiday Hours

Admission

Free
 

Using the Library

Collections Online Minnesota History Timeline Timepieces

 
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Research Collections

Attend a Library Class

"I'm New Here": An Introduction to the MN Historical Society Library

Offered every Saturday (9:15am to 10:15am)

Cost: Free, no registration required

The Library contains an amazing array of sources for finding your family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of your house, business, organization or neighborhood; or just finding out more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. Let our experts introduce you to this treasure trove of sources in our free class held each Saturday at the Minnesota History Center Library. You'll learn about our collections and get tips on how to use catalogs, request materials, and purchase copies of historic papers and photos.

 

Special Topics:

  • Uncovering the History of Your House

    Location: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, MN
    Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
    Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $2 discount for MNHS members
    Wondering what's under that old wallpaper? Spend a Friday evening at the Ramsey House for a unique setting to learn about house history research. Join Jackie Beckey, reference librarian with the Minnesota Historical Society's Gale Family Library, as she shares tips on how to conduct research. Learn how to unravel the the history of your home using maps, city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals, and state archive records.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015.
    Please note: This class takes place at the Ramsey House, NOT at the MN History Center.
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    Topics on Family History Classes:

    Offered about once per month, these classes delve deeper into genealogy subjects. Each class focuses upon a different type of source material and/or a different aspect of the family history research process. All library classes are held in the Fraternal Classroom, located off the Gale Family Library's lobby in the Minnesota History Center.


    • Topics on Family History: Inheritance, Estate Settlements and Wills

      Date: Saturday April 18, 2015
      Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
      Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
      The records created around inheritance and the settlement of an estate can be a treasure trove of information for the family historian. The laws of inheritance are unique to each time and place. In this class, students will learn how to interpret legal records like wills and estate settlements, to understand how and why an estate was settled and the family structure. This class is taught by Tom Rice, a board-certified genealogist, professional genealogy researcher and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is a current director of the Irish Genealogy Society International.
      Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015

    • Topics on Family History: Researching Urban Ancestors

      Date: Saturday May 9, 2015
      Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
      Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
      Genealogists face unique challenges when researching urban ancestors. Working class families were less likely to own land than their rural counterparts, and often moved frequently. This class will focus on directories, fraternal organization records, newspapers and other unique urban records to teach ways to trace family history. This class is taught by J. H. Fonkert, a board-certified genealogist and professional genealogy researcher focusing on Midwest, Scandinavian, Dutch and English family history. He is past president of MGS and a current faculty member of the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy.
      Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015