SPEAK UP FOR MINNESOTA HISTORY
You can help the Minnesota Historical Society by contacting your state elected representatives. Here's why:
• Over half of the Society's operating budget comes from the State of Minnesota.
• State funding helps the Society preserve and share history statewide, through sites and museums, educational programming and our website, www.mnhs.org.
• While the state faces a difficult economic situation, it's important not to lose sight of the Society's value to all Minnesotans.
• Legislators –and the governor – need to hear from voters that funding the Society is a good use of tax dollars.
Please let your elected representatives know that history matters to you!
May 23, 2013 End of Legislative Session Update
We are delighted to share some good news with you: the 2013 legislative session has recently ended and history fans have many reasons to be grateful.
The new state budget, approved by the Legislature and the Governor, affirms that history matters in Minnesota. Funding for the next two years will allow the Minnesota Historical Society to continue serving all Minnesotans by preserving our past, sharing our state’s stories and connecting people with history. Please see below for more Minnesota history legislative highlights.
MHS Operating Budget
After a number of years of flat or declining budgets, the Legislature has provided an increase in funding for the Minnesota Historical Society's operating budget, which funds the Minnesota History Center Museum and Library, Historic Sites and Museums, care of collections and general operations, as well as many other activities. With this funding, we will continue to bring history to Minnesotans across the state.
Send a message to the Governor and Legislators thanking them for their support for history
One of the purposes of the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund is "to preserve Minnesota's history." Appropriations made this year from the Constitutional amendment passed by the voters in 2008 will help preserve history across the state. This will be accomplished through MHS programs, grants, partnerships and statewide programs. Arts and Cultural Heritage funding for history grants and statewide programs increased compared to the previous biennium.
Spreadsheet of all Legacy Funds (ACHF begins on page 7)
Send a message to the Governor and Legislators thanking them for their support for Legacy
Historic Preservation Tax Credit
In 2010, the Minnesota Legislature passed an incentive for owners of historically significant buildings to preserve these important places. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit has helped create thousands of construction jobs, while preserving our state's most important historic places. The original legislation included a "sunset" of the program after five years. This year, the Legislature recognized the value of this incentive and extended it for another six years.
Send a message to the Governor and Legislators thanking them for extending the credit
Capital Budget / Bonding Bill
The Legislature passed a very small capital budget or bonding bill, which did not provide funding for replacing the woefully inadequate and aging visitor center at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm Historic Site in Elk River. MHS will bring this request to the Governor and the 2014 Legislature. Please visit the History Matters Legislative Action Page and let elected officials know about the importance of this project.
Another important project that was included in the bonding bill is funding for the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol. Through this preservation project, crews will update aging mechanical systems while preserving the historic elements of world-renowned architect Cass Gilbert's gem.
More ways to make your voice heard
Whenever you speak up for history, you're making a difference. On this page, we've provided a link that makes it easy to email elected officials, but here are more ideas:
• Visit your representative in person • Write a personal letter to your representative • Call your representative on the phone • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper • Tell your friends and colleagues
Anything you can do helps!