History at the Minnesota Legislature
State support is critical to the field of history in Minnesota and state leaders need to hear directly from their constituents that history matters.
State leaders have discussed the possibility of the legislature returning later this year for a special session to approve a capital investment budget, but there has not been a final agreement on this. MNHS continues to advocate for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling to be included. Check the Historic Fort Snelling 2020 project page for updates.
The 2017 legislative session will begin in January with a main focus on setting the state’s budget for the next two years. With state revenue projections uncertain, this will be a very important time for state leaders to hear that history matters.
Help Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling
MNHS' top Capital Budget priority is revitalizing Historic Fort Snelling in time for its bicentennial in 2020. MNHS has requested $34 million in funding for design and construction to improve the Fort Snelling visitor experience.
MNHS Operating Funding
Operating funding for MNHS from the state’s general fund for the next two years will be appropriated in the 2017 legislative session and is critical for ongoing operations.
Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Budget
Since its approval by voters in 2008, a substantial share of the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) has supported history organizations statewide through statewide grants, history programs, and partnerships between history organizations. The 2017 legislative session will determine the allocation of ACHF funds for the next two years.
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 educational 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