For Educators

Photo of classroom, St. Benedict's Mission School

Classroom of students in newly built St. Benedict's Mission School, White Earth, MN, circa 1895. Image courtesy of Minnesota Reflections.

Note to Users: Use of objects in the Minnesota Reflections collections is governed by U.S. copyright law. However, all contributors to Minnesota Reflections have agreed to allow nonprofit educational use of their Minnesota Reflections collections. Students and teachers may use the collection for classroom and other educational purposes without seeking permission. Anyone wanting to use an object in Minnesota Reflections for profit or for other non-educational purposes must contact its contributing organization.

Guides to Minnesota Reflections

"Guides to Minnesota Reflections" provide short trips into Minnesota Reflections for everyone interested in delving deeper into this growing collection of resources from across the state. Designed for teachers and their students, the guides will also help everyone get the most out of Minnesota Reflections.

Digital Delights

Digital Delights are a topical glimpse into the collections at Minnesota Reflections.


Viewshare is a free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.


Pachyderm allows the creation of web-based and multimedia learning experiences by educators with limited technical skills. Learning materials created with Pachyderm are optimized for web, CD-ROM or desktop delivery.

Learning from Photography

Bonnie Wilson, who was the photography archivist at the Minnesota Historical Society before retiring in 2005, wrote two essays for Minnesota Reflections when it was new. These essays help students understand the value of photography to historians and teach students how to understand and analyze the information in photographs.