History Matters


2019 Session Talking Points

History Matters

  • State funding is critical to the field of history in Minnesota.
  • The Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) supports history projects and benefits communities across the state, from Ada to Zumbrota.
  • Nearly 2,500 legacy-funded historical and cultural heritage grants have been awarded to 831 organizations in all 87 counties.
  • In the past year alone, 213 grants, totaling more than $6.2 million have been awarded to 179 organizations across Minnesota.
  • Our state’s most valuable historical and cultural resources are being preserved for future generations.
  • Minnesotans of all ages can access and connect to history—and to each other—in new and exciting ways.
  • Demand for funding outweighs available resources over 2:1.
  • The state’s General Fund provides support for the activities for MNHS in its statewide service
  • Nearly one million Minnesotans and vistors make in-person visits to MNHS’s historic sites and museums; millions more use on-line resources to learn about our shared past.
  • History Matters Day at the Capitol 2019 Flyer (PDF)

Why You Should Speak Up for Minnesota History

Regardless of the state's economic situation, it's important not to lose sight of MNHS' and other history organizations’ value to all Minnesotans. Legislators and the governor need to hear from voters that funding MNHS and history education and preservation programs is a good use of tax dollars.

Whenever you speak up for history, you're making a difference. Effective ways to speak up:

  • Send a message to your State Representative and Senator and the Governor
  • Visit your representative in person
  • Invite your legislator to visit your historic site or museum, particularly for special events
  • Write a personal letter to your representative
  • Call your representative
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • Tell your friends and colleagues
  • Use social media to spread the word about the importance of history