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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – James J. Hill House
Members and guests will meet the Society’s new director, Kent Whitworth, and hear why history saved and preserved is the foundation for future generations.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Bus trip to Faribault, MN
Members and guests will travel to Faribault, regarded as one of the most historic communities in Minnesota, with settlement and commercial activity predating Minnesota’s establishment as a U.S. Territory.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – Saint Paul’s Union Depot – Veterans Gallery
With the signing of the Armistice, World War I ended November 11, 1918. Join us as we commemorate this milestone in world history, occurring ‘the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month’.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – Mendakota Country Club
Author, Kristal Leebrick, will present from her book ‘Thank You for Shopping’ as she regales for us stories of the golden age of Minnesota department stores.
No program in January
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – Joseph’s Grill
Members and guests will learn about the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, a group dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of those who settled in Minnesota Territory prior to 1858.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – venue TBD
The first Irish to come to Minnesota were immigrants who served as soldiers at Fort Snelling. Come and hear how the Irish have played an integral part in the founding and growth of the saintly city.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – The New Bell Museum
Bringing together science, art and the environment, come and enjoy this new home featuring a digital planetarium, high-tech exhibits and famous wildlife dioramas with a unique Minnesota perspective.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – Dellwood Country Club
Our annual meeting wraps our program year, with a brief business meeting and a presentation TBD.
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.