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MNopedia logo.png
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available in English
Alexa rank 5,257,349 (January 2013)[1]
Launched August 15, 2011
Content license
CC-BY-SA 3.0,
public domain,
and all rights reserved

MNopedia is a free English-language encyclopedia project from the Minnesota Historical Society. Funded through a Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant, it is the first online encyclopedia about Minnesota.[2] The site came online on August 15, 2011 with initial funding of $215,000 for 2010 and 2011.[3] Many of the articles produced by the encyclopedia are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License as are some of its multimedia files.[4]

The Minnesota Historical Society had previously planned to produce a print encyclopedia, but opted for an online site for the sake of affordability and interactivity.[5] MNHS paid history scholars including Rhoda Gilman and Annette Atkins to compose essays for the site[6] and the historical society also awards grants for the creation of entries on select topics.[7]

MNopedia is queryable via API.[8] Online newspaper MinnPost publishes entries from MNopedia on a weekly basis as well as publishing bimonthly news articles that are later developed into entries for MNopedia.[9]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  2. ^ "MNopedia: The Minnesota Encyclopedia". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Regan, Sheila (September 2, 2011). "MNopedia, Minnesota's own encyclopedia". City Pages. 
  4. ^ "Copyright". MNopedia. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Tillotson, Kristin (August 22, 2011). "MNopedia site makes history fun". Star Tribune. 
  6. ^ Treacy, Mary (November 27, 2012). "MNopedia – An evolving encyclopedia of all things Minnesota". Twin Cities Daily Planet. 
  7. ^ Downer, Paul (December 6, 2012). "CCHS receives grant for MNopedia project". Sun Patriot. 
  8. ^ "About MNopedia". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "MinnPost partners with Minnesota Historical Society on MNopedia". MinnPost. September 7, 2012. 

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