The Minnesota Historical Society's volunteer and intern programs welcome people from all communities to engage in mission-related projects. Over 2,660 volunteers and interns contribute 53,400 hours hours annually. This diverse volunteer corps helps to achieve the MNHS mission — Using the Power of History to Transform Lives.
History of Minnesota archaeology in the National Register program
Amanda completed her current volunteer project in early September, as she was preparing to move to Chicago for her MA coursework in Historic Preservation. Amanda assisted David Mather with data gathering on Minnesota archaeological sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. After studying recent nominations, she created a spreadsheet to record categories of data that had been deemed useful. After the spreadsheet was in its final form, she started working through the NRHP documentation and entering data. As expected, the available time did not permit complete data recording for all the listed sites, but the spreadsheet will allow the project to continue, either by staff, by Amanda herself in a follow-up project, or by another volunteer. David intends to use the data to compile a summary history of Minnesota archaeology in the National Register program, for the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, in 2016. Amanda's volunteer work has been a great help toward this goal.
Submitted by Barbara Howard, posted 10/24/14