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.
MNopedia volunteer Mary has been one of our most dedicated and prolific researcher-writers since she started working with the project back in January of 2016. She has published eight articles to date covering a range of topics from horticulture to state parks and to pop culture icons such as the Hamm's Bear, SPAM, and Burma-Shave. Her Burma-Shave article has formed the basis of a the first MNopedia podcast from Historical Markers Media, Inc., a new partner for our project. Seven of her articles have been chosen to be featured on MinnPost.
Watch MNopedia for more articles from this talented volunteer! Mary is now digging deep into research on the flu epidemic of 1918, and reports being pulled down yet another history rabbit hole after discovering an interesting, little-known story about leprosy in Minnesota.