The photographs from the Minnesota Historical Society's (MNHS) collections document the state's history, but the collections provide more than views of early settlers and the various State Capitol buildings. There are numerous views of everyday Minnesotans engaging in everyday activities. These particular images highlight Minnesotans at play. From playing with toys to a rough-and tumble football game, from playing the guitar to playing the jukebox, from a rousing game of cards to an intense checkers match, these Minnesotans demonstrate the many ways they have had fun through the years and truly embrace what it means to play!
Before she was a professional golfer, Minneapolis native Patty Berg enjoyed a game of football with this group of boys. They've got the tackling down pat in this photo from around 1933.