The Minnesota

​Territorial Pioneers

Established May 11, 1897 - Incorporated 1924


The Minnesota Territory included parts of the original Northwest Territory (1783), Louisiana Purchase (1803) and lands along the Red River of the North ceded to the US by the Anglo-American Convention of 1818.  Along with the state of Minnesota, portions of the states of North and South Dakota were part of the Minnesota Territory.

If your ancestors were among those who called the territory home before Minnesota became a state, celebrate your heritage - become a member of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers!

Pioneers Awarded Grant

12/21/2016 - The Pioneers have been awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grant for the purpose of conducting a collections and inventory assessment to provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.


Watch Us on WCCO

WCCO paid a visit to the Pioneer Log Cabin at the 2016 State Fair. Click the link above to watch the story.


We're Updating Our Website

​We've just begun the long process of designing and building a new website to better serve our educational and outreach efforts. In the interim, we've created this temporary site. While we've tried to copy over much of our online materials, some things may have been left out. If you're looking for something that you can't find, let us know, and we'll try to get it to you.

News and Events

Preserving Our Pioneer Heritage

Our Mission: To Preserve and Promote Awareness of the Heritage and History of Territorial Minnesota Through Educational Outreach

When Did Your Family Arrive in Minnesota?

Members of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers trace their ancestry to the pioneers who settled in the Minnesota Territory before the state of Minnesota was admitted to the union in 1858. 


The organization seeks to preserve pioneer heritage and encourage the study of Minnesota's history through educational activities and community outreach. MTP was founded in 1897 and celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2017.