Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Legacy Strategic Agenda

The Legacy Strategic Agenda (LSA) Collaborative guides the work of three priority action teams. Meeting quarterly across the state, Collaborative members represent libraries, academia, diverse communities, and local history organizations.

The LSA Collaborative is a partnership between the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) and the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) that inspires LSA action and drives momentum.

The goals in the Legacy Strategic Agenda build on success realized during the first five years of Legacy funding. The LSA’s strategic priorities focus on:

  • History Education
  • Legacy Grants
  • Unfamiliar Stories
  • Partnerships

In 2017, priority action teams will assess strengths and challenges across the first three priorities. All teams will integrate Partnership strategies. We’re seeking creative solutions to transform history in communities across Minnesota.


Local historical societies are ideal resources for outstate school districts working to meet state social studies standards. The education action team will survey local educators & administrators. They’ll assess barriers and opportunities in connecting school districts with local historical societies.

Unfamiliar Stories

There’s a gap between those whose histories and narratives are not in the mainstream — those with unfamiliar stories — and the resources available in history communities. The unfamiliar stories action team will identify places and people where these stories exist and share this knowledge with the wider history community. The team will also explore the wants and needs of communities.

Legacy Grants

How can the MNHS Legacy grant programs have continued transparency, operational excellence, and enduring value? The grants action team will assess and act on possibilities related to Legacy grant programs.

Watch this site for updates on the LSA Priority Action Teams! We are always open to having new voices and perspectives on the teams. Email lsa@mnhs.org if you’d like to know more!