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.
WOMNHS will again be hosting two public programs at the History Center which will focus on the History Day program in Minnesota and Grand Mound, the largest ancient burial mound in Minnesota, near International Falls. All programs begin at 11:30 a.m. and adjourn by 2:00 p.m.
New members are welcome. For more information, contact Membership Chair, Kathy Manley at 612-214-5570.
September 13, 2017 – Minnesota State Capitol
Members will be treated to a private tour led by Brian Pease of the newly renovated Minnesota State Capitol followed by a box lunch in the Rathskeller Cafe.
October 11, 2017 – The Oliver Kelley Farm
We will visit the Oliver Kelley Farm to view new, updated facilities including a new visitor center, a learning kitchen and a museum shop hosted by Site Manager, Bob Quist.
November 8, 2017 – Doug Ohman, Pioneer Photography
Doug will share a presentation of one of his many intriguing historic collections.
December 13, 2017 – Holiday Party
Perennial favorite, the Town and Country Club will host our Holiday Party. We will enjoy hearing about the history of the club and Minnesota’s first professional golfer. Joe Gladke presenting.
No program in January
February 14, 2018 – Native American Indians
In response to member requests, our topic this month is the American Indian history and traditions.
March 14, 2018 – Somalian Immigrants in Minnesota
Our speaker will highlight the Somalian immigration experience in Minnesota. Minnesota has the greatest number of Somalian immigrants in the United States. Accompanying book, Somalis in Minnesota.
April 11, 2018 – Barn Quilt Tour
The April program will see us on a bus tour in Washington County of the many barn quilts.
May 9, 2018 – Annual Meeting
This is our wrap up meeting of the year and will include a brief business meeting and a Master Gardener presentation.
We hope to see all our members and many guests at the programs. Watch for flyers each month defining specifics of the programs and locations.