Notice to Solicit Nominees to Historic Resources Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks candidates for service on the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC). Committee members provide policy and grant-making guidance for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, funded by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. HRAC members also make recommendations to the Society’s Executive Council regarding the awarding of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants.
The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) is one of four funds created by the Legacy Amendment, passed by voters in November 2008. For the current biennium (2018-2019), the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $28.1 million from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to the Minnesota Historical Society, including $11 million for Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants to be awarded during the biennium. Expectations are high for what these grants can accomplish across Minnesota – they are supporting projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation.
The Minnesota Historical Society administers the competitive Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program and appoints members to the Historic Resources Advisory Committee. The legislation specifies that the committee has balanced statewide membership and include representatives of local, county, and statewide historical and cultural organizations and programs. It further requires that the committee includes, but is not limited to, members representing the interests of historic preservation, local history, archaeology, archival programs and other cultural programs related to the history of Minnesota. To maintain a balanced statewide membership, the Grants Office will give first consideration to candidates living/working in Greater Minnesota, underserved/underrepresented communities, and expertise in historic preservation, archives, and archaeology. 
As an HRAC member, you will be expected to:
  • attend two meetings a year,
  • seek public input,
  • provide policy and grant-making guidance on the expenditure of legacy funds for Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program grants, and review, evaluate, and recommend to the Executive Council for grant awards in the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 138.01. 
The anticipated time commitment for Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) members is substantial but is focused around a yearly working meeting. HRAC work requires extensive reading two weeks prior to public meetings and the ability to meet during the work week to deliberate on award recommendations. 
HRAC members should have: 
  • skills and/or knowledge to evaluate and apply criteria related to grant requirements and professional standards
  • work independently to read and analyze applications
  • communicate effectively during review meetings
  • contribute to an effective group process by being cooperative, constructive, and flexible
  • adhere to conflict of interest policy
  • have basic computer skills and familiarity with MNHS’ grant portal or ability to quickly learn the application review though MNHS’ grant portal. 
The benefits of being an HRAC member include making an impact on history and historic preservation statewide work, increasing your professional networking, and developing an understanding of statewide history and historic preservation needs. 
There are three open appointments with terms starting in January 2019.
To be considered for the January 2019 open appointments, please send 1) a letter of interest specifying your qualifications for serving on the HRAC and 2) a resume to: Grants Office, Attn: Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, Historic Resources Advisory Committee, Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN 55102 or by email by September 17, 2018.
Please contact Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, Grants Manager at 651-259-3469 with any questions. 

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.