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Resources to Explore Plymouth's History


Plymouth Historical Society Museum 

3605 Fernbrook Lane
Plymouth, MN 

Local Plymouth historical artifacts, pictures and a few family histories


Western Hennepin County Pioneer Museum

1953 W. Wayzata Blvd
Long Lake, MN 55436

Western Hennepin County historical artifacts, pictures and family histories.


Minneapolis Public Library Special Collections

Hennepin County Library System 300 Nicollet Mall            
Minneapolis, MN 55401                                                                                                                                            

Pictures, newspapers, letters, maps, etc. indexes searchable but most items require you to go to the Special Collections area by appointment.  Request the items or collections you would like to review and they will retrieve from the archives.


Minnesota Historical Society

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.                                             
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 

Large searchable state wide collection of photos, newspapers, maps, family history, etc.  Many available on line and others require you to visit the History Center Library to actually view the items.  It is a good idea to call ahead to request the items or collections you would like to review and they will retrieve from the archives other wise you have to wait.


Hennepin History Museum 

2303 Third Avenue South         
 Minneapolis, MN 55404 

Hennepin County historical artifacts, pictures and family histories.  Generally must visit to review collections.  Good list of links to other historical societies and databases.


Minnesota Digital Library

Digital database of more than 135,000 maps, images and documents.


Minnesota Reflections

Searchable data base of 30000 images


Wayzata Historical Society

425 East Lake Street 
Wayzata, MN 55391 

Local Wayzata historical artifacts, pictures and a few family histories


City of Plymouth

3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Plymouth, MN 55447-1482

Current property information is searchable and current maps available.


Hennepin County Government Center 

Hennepin County Public Records Division
A-500 Government Center
300 6th Street South
Minneapolis, MN  55487

Property records of all property in Hennepin County.  You must go to Government Center and need specific information on Range, Township, Section, etc. on property location to review documents.


Church of the Latter Day Saints

Salt Lake City, UT =

Free Family History, Family Tree, and Genealogy Records and Resources from Around the World


Historical Aerials Maps

Historical aerial maps of areas of the USA.  As an example for the Minneapolis and surrounding areas you can put in current address view what was on that location from maps from 1947, 1957, 1979, etc.  If you overlay current streets and roads it will enable you to see changes in highway relocation from early routes.


Historical Hennepin County Maps

Historical maps of Hennepin County


University of MinnesotaJohn R. Borchert Map Library

Historical maps of Minnesota and other locations


University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy

May only be indirectly helpful if there was a Plymouth connection to the U of M.  The database is a centralized, searchable access to institutional digital resources that would have traditionally gone to the University Archives.


Bureau of Land Management – General Land Office Records

Provides access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. The site makes available image access to more than three million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908.


Hennepin County – Property Information Records

Provides access to current Hennepin County Property Information. 


There are many other resources that may provide valuable information and the best way is to search the internet or follow a suggested link at some of the above websites