Forgotten Minnesota

January 2020 marked the ninth year of the website. When it started, Forgotten Minnesota was one of only a handful of websites dedicated to sharing the stories of forgotten places, old buildings, and the the people whose names had been lost to time. After researching, writing, and publishing more than 200 articles, I made the decision to close Forgotten Minnesota. I can’t thank you enough for all of your support over the years. In the coming months, I will be launching a new website that I think you will enjoy just as much (if not more!) An archive of Forgotten Minnesota articles will be available there. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list so you can stay up-to-date with all the latest in the meantime.


If you’re just finding the website, let me tell you a little bit about Forgotten Minnesota. Hopefully you’ll stick around and be part of my next project.

Forgotten Minnesota was dedicated to telling the stories of Minnesota’s historic and overlooked places. It was about more than sparking nostalgia or looking back on a time that we have never experienced. It was about reveling in exploration and adventure. It was about slowing down and taking the time to uncover the stories of people and places that have been hidden by neglect or lost to time. It was about looking back at what we’ve lost and learning to appreciate the unique places that surround us today. It was about sparking curiosity.

I believe that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and that their stories deserved to be shared. I wasn’t seeing a lot of people telling those stories online, so I put together a website where I could do just that.

Original website. 2011.

Original website. 2011.

Website in 2014

Website in 2014

I posted the first article here on January 3, 2011. Forgotten Minnesota slowly grew through word of mouth from a small but passionate group of readers. I was lucky enough to be featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in May 2014. That article launched Forgotten Minnesota into the consciousness of history lovers throughout the state.

Your support made the long hours of research, travel, and writing worth it. Forgotten Minnesota existed because people like you show up to read, share, and enjoy the site. Thank you.

Other work

Hennepin History Magazine | February 2020 | Article
Ambassador Resort Motor Hotel: Recipes from Minnesota’s Island in the Sun

Hennepin History Museum | February-March 2020 | Photographs
America’s Finest Theatre: The Terrace

MNopedia | January 2020 | Article
Anoka State Asylum for the Insane

Hennepin History Magazine | November 2019 | Article
History and Recipes For Your Round Table

Robbins Gallery | September 2019 | Photographs
Terrace Theater Exhibit

Hennepin History Magazine | June 2019 | Article
Mouthwatering Recipes on Tap

Minnesota Alumni | Summer 2018 | Photographs
University Grove by Elizabeth Foy Larsen (print and digital)

Finance and Commerce | 2016 | Article
Boosting Economic Vitality by Preserving Minnesota’s Historic Downtowns

The Minnesota Preservationist | 2011 | Article
Saving the State Theatre

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