National Volunteer Recognition Week

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The Minnesota Historical Society's volunteer and intern programs welcome people from all communities to engage in mission-related projects. Over 2,660 volunteers and interns contribute 53,400 hours hours annually. This diverse volunteer corps helps to achieve the MNHS mission — Using the Power of History to Transform Lives.

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National Volunteer Recognition Week

By: Rebekah Bjork | April 19, 2020

Volunteers and interns are essential to the Minnesota Historical Society. MNHS has more than 2,200 volunteers and interns who help support MNHS and its goals. In FY2019, our volunteers and interns contributed a combined total of 56,300 hours in 32 programs and departments across the organization. 

Last year, 136 interns (high school, college, fellows, and Heritage Studies) contributed 17,000 hours! 83% said their internships increased their confidence in their skills, and 89% said their internships expanded their job skills. Interns work in various departments across the organization.

Many historic sites besides the History Center utilize volunteers’ and interns’ skills and talents for various projects and events. Volunteers can be found at the Alexander Ramsey House, Forest History Center, Forestville, Fort Snelling, James J. Hill House, the History Center, Jeffers, Lindbergh, Lower Sioux, Mill City Museum, Mille Lacs, North West Company Fur Post, the Oliver Kelley Farm, Sibley, and Split Rock Lighthouse!

Minnesota Historical Society’s Special Events team consists of volunteers who are dedicated to making MNHS events successful. 88 volunteers assisted at more than 330 events at MNHS sites including Fort Snelling, the History Center, Mill City Museum, the Alexander Ramsey House, and also several non-MNHS site locations.

We have over 144 staff members who work with our volunteers and interns to provide them with support, encouragement, instruction, and guidance. 97% of our volunteers feel valued and their work is meaningful, and 96% of staff think volunteers expand the capacity of MNHS.

Thanks to all MNHS volunteers and interns who continuously add to the mission and vision of MNHS!