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.

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.

2016-2017 Schedule

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Paul Kotz: Women who have run for President, and continue to make a difference
Midland Hills

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tour of General Mills

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tim Hoogland: History Day @ the History Center

Tim Hoogland. Tim (aka Mr. History) is the co-coordinator of History Day in Minnesota and manager of education outreach services at MNHS. Over his 20 years with History Day, participation in the program has grown from 125 students to approximately 30,000 students each year in Minnesota. History Day, is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12. Students choose a topic that relates to an annual theme, research that topic, and develop their research into one of five presentation categories: research paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, or website. Students may then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, regional, state, and national levels. State winners from each category are eligible to compete in the National History Day competition held each June at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Holiday Party
Town and Country Club

Photo-op in Lindstrom with The MayorFarewell, Madam President, Vikki BleiseVolunteering at MNHS!Tour at new TPT Television Studios