Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102




Library Hours

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


$6 per day

Using the Library

Collections OnlineTimepieces

Catalog Search
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.




Uncovering the History of Your House

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students ($2 discount for MNHS members)
Location: Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul, MN 55102

Spend an evening with Reference Librarian Jackie Beckey as she shares tips on how to conduct research and unravel the history of your home using maps, city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals and state archive records. Brief tours of the Ramsey mansion will be available after the program.

To preregister, visit the event's ticketing page or call the box office (651-259-3015). Questions? Contact Ramsey House at 651-296-8760 or




Topics on Family History: Records for Research


Offered about once per month from Fall through Spring, 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.


  • Church & Cemetery Records

    Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MNHS/MGS members, MGS members should call to get the discount)
    Before civil governments kept records of births, marriages, and deaths, these life events were recorded in churches and cemeteries. Learn about these records, how to locate them, and how they can help solve your family history problems.
    This class is taught by professional geneaologists Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., expert on American and English research and methodology, and Shirleen Hoffman expert on Minnesota and Wisconsin research.
    Preregistration is recommended, but if there is remaining space on the morning of the class, walk-up registrations will be accepted.

    To preregister, visit the event's ticketing page or call the box office (651-259-3015).