Minnesotans Invited to Help Make History

For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 27, 2012
Media contacts: 

Julianna Olsen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3039, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

Nancy Franke Wilson, Franke Wilson Consulting, 763-545-2684, mnhistory@comcast.net

Minnesotans Invited to Help Make History

Minnesota Historical Society Holds Public Listening Sessions Around the State in December

What do you want to accomplish with history funds from Minnesota's Legacy Amendment over the next 20 years?  The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) will ask Minnesotans that question at listening sessions in five communities in December: Marshall, St. Paul, Virginia, Owatonna and Detroit Lakes. See below for dates, times and locations.

The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment was approved by Minnesota voters in November 2008.  One of the Amendment's four funds, the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF), supports the preservation of Minnesota's history and cultural heritage.  Many millions of ACHF dollars will be invested in Minnesota history over the 25-year life of the Legacy Amendment.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to shape how history looks in the future,” said Matt Hill, MHS Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Manager.  “We encourage Minnesotans to make history by giving a voice to this process.  What do you want to accomplish with Legacy history funds?”

The listening sessions are open to the public. Minnesotans who do not work for local historical societies or museums are especially encouraged to attend. 

  • Marshall: Dec. 4, 10-11:30 a.m. session for people working in the field of history. 1-2:30 p.m. session for the general public. Lyon County Historical Society, 301 West Lyon St.
  • St. Paul : Dec. 6, 10-11:30 a.m. session for people working in the field of history. 1-2:30 p.m. session for the general public.Historic Fort Snelling, which is at the junction of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, one mile east of the Twin Cities International Airport. Take Bloomington Road exit and follow signs to the historic site.
  • Virginia: Dec. 7, 10-11:30 a.m. session for people working in the field of history. 1-2:30 p.m. session for the general public. B'nai Abraham Synagogue, 800 North 9th Ave.
  • Owatonna: Dec. 11, 10-11:30 a.m. session for people working in the field of history. 1-2:30 p.m. session for the general public. Steele County Historical Society, 1448 Austin Rd.
  • Detroit Lakes: Dec. 14, 10-11:30 a.m. session for people working in the field of history. 1-2:30 p.m. session for the general public. Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave.

To participate, please RSVP to Nancy Franke Wilson, 763-360-3875 or mnhistory@comcast.net.

These events are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.