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History of Local History Services

Minnesota Historical Society Local History Services has been a fixture in the statewide history community for a very long time, it was among the earliest to provide them beginning on September 1, 1916.

One of the hallmarks of Local History Services is in person visits. From July through December of 2015, for example, staff were able to visit all 87 county historical societies and dozens of other history organizations in Minnesota which resulted in the article, "Materially Strengthened: The Minnesota Historical Society and Providing Field Services, for a summary of this century of intentional collaboration".

We've been working together for a century to save and share Minnesota's amazing history. Read more about "Studies in Midwestern History".

See Governor Dayton's proclamation of September 2016, declaring Local Heritage Preservation Month in Minnesota.