Minnesota Historical Society Volunteer Program Earns National Honor

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Release dated: 
April 29, 2015
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Megan Lawson, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3141, megan.lawson@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Volunteer Program Earns National Honor

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) has been certified by Points of Light, a national service organization, as a Service Enterprise. This designation honors the work MNHS does to leverage volunteers and their skills to address community needs.

The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration and Hands On Twin Cities sponsored a group of eight nonprofits, including MNHS, to participate in the certification process. MNHS is the first historical society in the country to receive this certification.

Last year 2,300 volunteers contributed 43,000 hours of service to MNHS. “Our volunteers bring unique skills, a strong desire to contribute, and of course people power. We could not do the work that we do without them.” said Jean Nierenhausen, director of volunteers and interns at MNHS.

MNHS always has openings, but positions fill up quickly. Currently MNHS is looking for volunteers to help with the museum-going public at the History Center, Mill City Museum and Historic Fort Snelling. For more information go to mnhs.org/volunteers.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.