MEDIA ALERT & PHOTO OP: MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY USING LEGACY FUNDS TO IMPROVE LIVES

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 18, 2011
Media contacts: 

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

Jessica Kohen
Marketing and Communications
651-259-3148
jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

MEDIA ALERT & PHOTO OP: MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY USING LEGACY FUNDS TO IMPROVE LIVES

Great pictures, compelling stories show Legacy funds at work; new report tracks every dollar

Website:
http://www.mnhs.org/legacy

WHAT:  See and learn how statewide history projects funded by the Legacy Amendment are building a better future for Minnesota.

  • See schoolchildren test a groundbreaking educational exhibit about Minnesota now under construction.  Elements:  replicas of an 1870s sod house and Dakota tipi, interactive plow, cutting-edge technology that will be part of the exhibit.
  • Go behind the scenes of an exciting new program that beams live, active history lessons into classrooms across the state.
  • Learn how Legacy-funded history projects are boosting economies, preserving our state’s priceless resources and giving unprecedented access to historical and cultural materials.

WHEN:  10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

WHERE:  The Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

WHY:  To share details of all Legacy-fund expenditures made through the Minnesota Historical Society for the 2010-2011 biennium.  The Society is required to report these expenditures annually to the governor and state legislature

WHO:  The Minnesota Historical Society received an appropriation from the state legislature of $22 million from the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for statewide projects that “preserve and enhance access to Minnesota history.”

BACKGROUND:  Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008.  The “Legacy Amendment” supports outdoor heritage, clean water, parks and trails, as well as arts, history and cultural heritage.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. 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.