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.
The 2015 Legislative Session convened on January 6, 2015. The major activity for this year’s session will be to complete a budget for the upcoming two year budget period. For history fans, this includes:
- Operating funding from the state’s general fund, which supports the Minnesota Historical Society’s operating budget.
Support the MNHS operating budget request.
- Legacy Amendment / Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) funding for the next two year period. ACHF funding supports history organizations statewide through statewide grants, history programs, and partnerships between history organizations. The Minnesota History Coalition, an umbrella group of history organizations, is requesting Legacy funds for history project and programs in the next biennium. View a one-page summary of the request (PDF). Visit our Legacy Amendment website for more information on Legacy-funded programs. Learn more about Legacy activities over the past year in our Legacy annual report (PDF).
Support the Minnesota History Coalition’s Legacy Fund request.
- Capital Budget: The Legislature likely will consider a Capital Budget or “bonding” bill. The Minnesota Historical Society’s top Capital Budget priority for 2015 is revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling, for which MNHS has requested Pre-design and Design funding. Learn more about the Fort Snelling revitalization project (PDF).
Support the MNHS request for Historic Fort Snelling.
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