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The Minnesota ​Territorial Pioneers

Established May 11, 1897-Incorporated1897

About us

Established May 11, 1897 – Incorporated 1924

MN Territory

Membership Options Overview

Learn more about our various membership options.

Application Materials

MTP Brochure

View online or print on-demand, this brochure contains information about us, our mission, and fun facts for Minnesotans of all ages.

Friends of the Pioneers

Not eligible for membership?  Learn about how you can become a Friend of the Pioneers.

Geography Defined


Minnesota territory is defined as extending west to the east shore of the Missouri River and White Earth Rivers in what is now North and South Dakota.


If so, you are eligible to apply for membership

in the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, Inc.


Each application must include and document at least one Minnesota Pioneer ancestor. We encourage applicants with more than one pioneer ancestor to include documentation and proof of lineage for each one.  There is no additional charge for submitting multiple pioneers. The following two criteria must be met (for at least one Pioneer Ancestor) for any applicant to be recommended for membership:


  1. The Minnesota Pioneer Ancestor is documented in a publication that was produced during the Minnesota Territorial era or immediately after. This documentation should be a copy of the original document.
  2. The applicant can trace and document his/her direct ancestry from each Minnesota Pioneer submitted. Documentation for this can be dates and places of marriage, dates and places of birth, certificates of baptism, certificates of marriage or other official records. While actual documents are not required to meet these criteria, the physical location of these records is required; copies of these records will also be accepted. Each application must stand on its own merit.


A twenty-five dollar ($25) payment is required when the application is submitted. The membership committee reviews and researches each application and supporting documents and then recommends acceptance or rejection to the Board of Directors. The Board then votes to recommend or reject the application. The Board’s recommendations are submitted to the General Membership at the Annual Membership Meeting every May for final approval. You will be notified of the membership’s decision and, if accepted, you will be asked to remit your membership dues at that time.  Both yearly and lifetime membership plans are available.

You’ll find a link to the MTP membership application and lineage form (one document) on the right side of this page. Please complete them both and send them along with supporting documentation and a check or money order for $25 to:

Minnesota Territorial Pioneers
1101 Snelling Avenue North, Suite 200
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

We encourage you to include a complete list of descendants for our records.  One of the primary goals of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers is to collect as much information as possible about life in Minnesota Territory. Any family stories passed down from your ancestors about daily pioneer life or events will be greatly appreciated.

For more information please contact Mary Casebolt, MTP Secretary, by telephone at (651) 379-1849 and leave a message, or e-mail MTP at: .


On behalf of the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors, we look forward to welcoming you to the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers!

Do you have ancestors who lived in Minnesota Territory before May 11, 1858