Minnesota Territory 1849-1858
Looking at the TerritoryMeeting the PeopleSeeking a FortuneMaking a HomeThe Exhibit
Getting Counted

Meeting the People
In 1849 most of the inhabitants of Minnesota Territory were Indians, but the first federal census, taken in 1850, mainly counted white settlers. The census tells much about the people who made their homes on the frontier. A quill-decorated leather coat offers a glimpse into the lives of the Territory's Indian and mixed-blood people.
Getting Counted
Learn fascinating facts that were recorded in the 1850 census.
Take a Closer Look
Examine an artifact to uncover information about many cultures.