Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Have History, Will Travel: Legacy Funds Send History Programs Statewide

History Live

Students participate in a History Live logging camp lesson using
interactive video technology

No matter where they live, thanks to Legacy history funds, Minnesotans have access to entertaining and informative programs about our state’s rich history and cultural heritage.

The award-winning History Live program brings high energy, interactive Minnesota history lessons to thousands of students via video conferencing technology. History Live staff are also developing a way to deliver content to seniors living in residential facilities and will continue building a state and national audience for these unique, hands-on history programs.


“(The) material was presented in an entertaining and engaging fashion—it had great impact on student learning. I have gained great enthusiasm for this method of teaching. (It) offers great opportunities for students and staff.”
~ 4th grade teacher commenting on “Inventions that Changed the Nation” History Live lesson


Intergenerational Learning Programs bring children and adults together to create history projects that preserve and share their community’s history. For example, in Virginia, teens interviewed long-term Iron Range residents, miners and politicians and researched historical documents to create “Iron Times,” a four-page supplement about Iron Range history that ran in a regional teen newspaper, Generation W. See page 68 to learn more about Intergenerational Learning Programs.


“It is nice to see children show an understanding of their heritage and their community— especially ours that is so rich in history. Thank you!”
~ Community member commenting on the Iron Range Newspaper Project


Minnesotans don’t have to travel far to enjoy exhibits that illuminate important chapters in state history. Exhibits like “Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” “Minnesota Disasters” and “Minnesota Remembers: the 1960s” are a few that have travelled to communities statewide, sharing important Minnesota stories and giving host sites fresh programming to attract new audiences. See page 70 to learn more about Statewide Traveling Exhibits.

88% of sites that hosted a Minnesota Historical Society traveling exhibit reported an increase of attendance over the same time the previous year.

94% of sites felt hosting the exhibit helped increase their visibility in the community.

History Programs Statewide

The Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Regional Library System have teamed up to bring highquality, entertaining history-related programs to libraries across the state. Thousands of Minnesotans in dozens of communities statewide have learned about our state’s rich cultural heritage while having fun. See page 78 to learn more about Library Outreach Programs.


“The performer did an excellent job and connected with the audience in such a positive way. Keep this program going! It enhances our entire community on & on.”
~ Audience member commenting on “Happy Days are Here Again” heritage music Library Outreach Program