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 WOMNHS president, Rita Dillon, at 651-699-3473.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – David Mathers/Ben Leonard
Grand Mound @ the History Center – Reopening a Sacred Site br> Grand Mound is a National Historic Landmark, prominent in Canada's First Nations history and a sacred place within the cultural landscape of the Rainy River area in far northern Minnesota. MNHS archaeologist David Mather and Ben Leonard, manager of community outreach and partnerships, will talk about the behind-the- scenes work that goes into reopening and reinterpreting a shuttered historic site.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Joan Mathison, Founder, Adventures of a Locavore
F. Scott Fitzgerald @ The Commodore Hotel br> In the 1920s, St. Paul was known as the Paris of the Midwest for its literary and artistic culture, including writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. Many young artists and writers spent time in Paris studying and working. They returned home inspired and did the best work of their careers. Joan is an engaging presenter that has done fascinating research into the fabulous world of St. Paul in the teens and twenties, including many of the important sites that shaped native son F. Scott Fitzgerald and his literature.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – Spring bus tour - The LeDuc Mansion, Hastings, Mn
The William G. LeDuc House, also known as the LeDuc Historic Estate, is located at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings, MN. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is managed and interpreted by the Dakota County Historical Society. The house was built over several years and completed in 1865, by William G. LeDuc, who came to Minnesota in 1850 from Ohio. LeDuc was a Civil War veteran and the U.S. Commissioner of Agriculture.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Annual Meeting – location TBD