Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Traveling Exhibits

“Minnesota on the Map” exhibit.

A Priceless Opportunity

Never had the Wright County Historical Society gotten such a great response from visitors.

“I can’t tell you how many new members I picked up,” said Business Manager Sally Stevens.

In a little more than a month during the summer of 2010, a traveling exhibit called “Journey Stories” attracted more than 1,200 visitors to the Wright County Historical Society.   In the same time period the year before, the Wright County Historical Society saw just 65 people.

“In a rural county like Wright County, the money spent is priceless to us,” Stevens said. “People traveled from all over—people who can’t make it to the Smithsonian.”

The traveling exhibit, part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, was made possible by a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Humanities Center. The partnership is supported by $52,080 from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

In 2010-2011, “Journey Stories” is traveling from Winona to Thief River Falls and four other Minnesota communities in between. Another $476,012 from the ACHF is allowing the Minnesota Historical Society to expand its own traveling exhibits with a program called “Exhibits to Go.”

“The Legacy money is allowing us to reach more people with important stories of their history,” said Aaron Novodvorsky, a Project Specialist at the Society.

Exhibits on Minnesota’s maps, rural electrification, New Deal-era architecture, Minnesota disasters, the history of the Minnesota home front during World War II and other subjects will travel to communities throughout the state in 2011.


See more at the Traveling Exhibits site.

This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.