History Matters

2016 Legislative Session: The History Agenda

History MattersAs the second year of Minnesota’s biennial legislative cycle, the 2016 legislative session will be short, with a focus on capital investments and changes to state policies. State support is critical to the field of history in Minnesota and state leaders need to hear directly from their constituents that history matters.

Help Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Building 17-18

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.

Take Action Now! Revitalize Minnesota's First National Historic Landmark

Asset Preservation and Local Grants

Mill City Ruins

The other MNHS 2016 capital budget requests are $5.8 million for Historic Sites Asset Preservation and $1.5 million for County and Local Historic Preservation Grants.

  • The asset preservation request includes building preservation projects at locations in the statewide Historic Sites Network, including Mill City Museum, Historic Forestville, Grand Mound, Lindbergh House, Fort Snelling and Marine Mill.
  • The county and local preservation grants funding would be a matching resource to help counties and cities preserve their most significant historic structures. Typical projects include roofs, windows and masonry repair on publicly-owned historic structures.

Take Action: Speak Up for History!

You can be an advocate for history in a few easy clicks. Contact your state legislators through our Legislative Action Center. It can help you find out who your legislators are, and directly connect you with them by email, phone, or even Twitter.

Or, if you prefer to make a phone call or write a letter, find out who your legislators are.

Why You Should Speak Up for Minnesota History

State funding helps MNHS preserve and share history statewide, through sites and museums, educational programming and our website.

Regardless of the state's economic situation, it's important not to lose sight of MNHS' value to all Minnesotans. Legislators and the governor need to hear from voters that funding MNHS educational and preservation program 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 representative
  • Visit your representative in person
  • 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