State Operating Budget Increase Means Improved Access to Historic Resources for Minnesotans

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Release dated: 
July 1, 2013
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Lory Sutton • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3140 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

State Operating Budget Increase Means Improved Access to Historic Resources for Minnesotans

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to offer additional hours at historic sites and museums, and increased hours and improved service at the Gale Family Library

After a number of years of flat or declining budgets, the Minnesota Legislature has increased funding for the Minnesota Historical Society’s operating budget, which supports the Minnesota History Center and Gale Family Library, 26 historic sites and museums, care of collections and general operations, educational outreach and other activities.

As a result, the Society is improving access to historic resources by adding hours at six historic sites around the state beginning July 1, 2013 and new and expanded services at the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center, beginning fall 2013.

“The new state budget affirms that history matters to Minnesotans,” said Steve Elliott, director and CEO. “Expanding our open hours at 6 historic sites and improving research services at our library at the History Center will enable more Minnesotans to explore history firsthand – whether up north in Grand Rapids at the Forest History Center or on the southern Minnesota prairies at Jeffers Petroglyphs or at the History Center in St. Paul.”

The new hours will affect Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Historic Forestville, Forest History Center, North West Company Fur Post, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and the Oliver H. Kelley Farm. The funds will provide for additional Saturday hours in the spring and fall for the sites, the addition of Wednesday hours at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site during the summer, and additional days during the holiday season at the Forest History Center.

The Gale Family Library will also increase hours and offer improved service. Following a survey of researchers and other library patrons, the library will expand hours on Tuesday mornings creating a longer day for users, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library will also be implementing new ways to increase access to collections and provide expanded reference services to better meet the needs of patrons throughout Minnesota. The changes will take effect this fall after staff and new technologies are put into place.

The Gale Family Library is located inside the History Center at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Auxiliary aids and services are available with notice of five working days (call 651-259-3300).

View a grid showing the new hours.

Additional information about the 2013 legislative session can be found at online at

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.