Hi, I’m Carrie Hatler. This year marks the eighth year of Forgotten Minnesota and I have some really great stories to share with you this year! If you’re new here, let me tell you a little bit about Forgotten Minnesota and how we got here.

Forgotten Minnesota is dedicated to telling the stories of Minnesota’s forgotten history and overlooked places. It’s about more than sparking nostalgia or looking back on a time that we have never experienced. It is about reveling in exploration and adventure. It’s 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’s about looking back at what we’ve lost and learning to appreciate the unique places that surround us today. It’s about sparking curiosity.

I believe that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and that their stories deserve 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.

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.

Today, the site averages 900 unique hits per day, has a mailing list of more than 5,000 email addresses, and nearly 9,000 followers on social media. That support makes the long hours of research, travel, and writing worth it. Forgotten Minnesota exists because people like you show up to read, share, and enjoy the site. Thank you.