History Matters


History Matters Day at the Capitol, March 8

History Matters

Participate in a day to let state leaders know why history matters to Minnesota. No need to be an expert on public policy or politics. State legislators best understand the importance of funding history when they hear directly from constituents.

MNHS's top Capital Budget priority is securing $30 million for construction to revitalize Historic Fort Snelling.

This funding is needed now so the project can be completed in time for Historic Fort Snelling's bicentennial in 2020. Learn more about the project.

History Matters Day at the Capitol
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Minnesota State Capitol

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  • 10 am, Gather for coffee and donuts in the L'Etoile du Nord room at the Capitol
  • 10:30 am, Learn about MNHS legislative requests and tips for speaking with lawmakers
  • 1 - 4 pm, Information fair in the Capitol Rotunda

Shuttle buses will run between the Minnesota History Center and the Capitol from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

History at the 2017 Legislative Session

The main focus of the 2017 legislative session was to set the state’s budget for the coming two years. Thanks to the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton, history and MNHS will receive strong funding over the next biennium.

History accomplishments from the 2017 legislative session:

  • $4 million for design work for the Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization from the capital investment or “bonding” bill .
  • An increase in MNHS operating funding and one-time funds for digital preservation and access.
  • Strong funding for history from the Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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