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Women's Organization of MNHS

The Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society (WOMNHS) has been assisting the Society for over 65 years through monetary gifts and volunteerism. The organization was created in 1949 through the efforts of its first president, Mrs. Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser, along with other women who wished to contribute to and help further the mission of the Society. In 1951, WOMNHS was authorized by the MNHS Executive Council to operate as a separate entity to promote Minnesota history and the welfare of the Society.

In 1999, the WOMNHS Endowment Fund was created to help fund special projects and sites throughout the state. Since then, this fund has provided vital support to the Society for the historic sites network. WOMNHS members have assisted the Society's development staff, serve as docents for tours of the Governor's Residence and help out in a variety of other projects. The organization meets eight times yearly, September through May, offering programs, tours and events designed to stimulate interest in Minnesota history.

The upcoming program year will feature such topics on women who played an important role in Minnesota history as well as explore the people who make up the rich tapestry of our state. WOMNHS will again be hosting two public programs at the History Center which will focus on two outstate historic sites – Jeffers Petroglyphs and The Forest History Center.

New members are welcome. For more information, contact WOMNHS president, Vikki Bleise, at 651-698-0570.

2015-2016 Schedule

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Remembering the Ladies, Minnesota Suffragettes
Keller Golf Club

Tuesday Oct. 13, 2015 (note day change)

The History of the Hmong in Minnesota
James J. Hill House

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jeffers Petroglyphs: An encyclopedia of the American Indian
Minnesota History Center

Tom Sanders, site manager of Jeffers Petroglyphs, will discuss the preservation and interpretation of this important site, which has a history spanning thousands of years. From the rediscovery of thousands of carvings over the past few years to the decade-long work with elders to explore their meaning, the Petroglyphs are gaining new prominence in the history of this region. Come hear the story of how this work is unfolding at the Minnesota History Center’s 3M Auditorium.

The public program is made possible by the Women’s Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Christmas Stocking Tradition
Town and Country Club

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Forest History Center: Striving to Matter
Minnesota History Center

Join Jeff Johns, site manager of the Forest History Center will bring a little bit of Grand Rapids, Minnesota to the History Center, to get a glimpse of the exciting new programs being offered by Forest History Center in environmental learning, arts & culture, outdoor recreation, and artisan crafts and then meet the ambassadors of the Minnesota Zoo— animals of the north—during a live show.

The public program is made possible by the Women’s Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

African American Pioneers in Minnesota
Twin Cities Public Television studios

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (note date change)

Annual Bus Tour of Scandia and Lindstrom
The Swedish Immigrant Story, lunch, tour of Gamelgarden in Scandia and other area sites

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

First Ladies of Minnesota and Statehood Day Celebration
Mendakota Country Club

Celebrating women in Minnesota historyAnnual Meeting at Mendakota ClubCelebrating the lives and accomplishments of our membersVolunteering at MNHS is fun!