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MN History Center

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

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm 
Closed Monday (Open Monday holidays year round)
Closed Thanksgiving Day; open 10 am-5 pm on Fri, Nov. 27.
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours


  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free Tuesdays 5-8 pm
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members
  • Free to visit the library



2015 Nov 24


George Nelson

George Nelson

1786 - 1859
Fur Trade Clerk

Your fur trade lessons will come alive when your group learns about:

  • His life as a fur trade clerk for the XY, North West and Hudson Bay companies
  • The roles of traders, clerks, voyageurs and Indian suppliers in the Great Lakes fur trade
  • The cultural and economic exchange between the Dakota, Ojibwe and Europeans
  • Trade goods from around the world and their value in beaver pelts


George Nelson is available for the following programs:
History Player in the Classroom

History Player in the Libraries
History Player in the Museum


To request a visit by a History Player, fill out this online form. If you have questions, call 651-259-3412 or email HPIC@mnhs.org.


George Nelson biography, related books, and additional resources