Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Minnesota and the Civil War Exhibit

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Project Overview

"Minnesota and the Civil War," a new 5,000-square-foot exhibit on view at the Minnesota History Center March 2 through Sept. 8, 2013, reveals the words and actions of Minnesotans who lived during the war. Minnesota responded first in the nation and, fighting in almost every major battle, Minnesotans were among the most tested and honored in the Union Army. Stories of soldiers and their loved ones at home have been drawn from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections: letters, diaries, memoirs and reminiscences that capture the personal impact of this tumultuous period. The war, and Minnesota's connection to it, are of deep interest to many Minnesotans, especially during the war's 150th anniversary.

Project Details

A new exhibit explores Minnesota's role in the Civil War. The exhibit, which opened in March 2013, draws heavily on objects and manuscripts from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2 Subdivision 5, as amended by laws of Minnesota, 2012, Chapter 264, Article 5, Section 4.

Appropriation Language
Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $5,200,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Funding Amount: $646,572

Direct Expenses: $646,572

Project Manager

Dan Spock
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102

Subject: History

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Board Members:

William R. Stoeri, President
Missy Staples Thompson, First Vice President
Ruth Huss, Vice President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer

Suzanne Blue, Robert Bruininks, Brenda J. Child, Judith S. Corson, D. Stephen Elliott
Phyllis Rawls Goff, William D. Green, David R. Hakensen, Ruth S. Huss, Martha Kaemmer, Dennis L. Lamkin, David M. Larson, Charles Mahar, Dean M. Nelson
Dennis Nguyen, Elizabeth M. Nordlie, Peter Reis, Hussein Samatar, Simon Stevens
Susan Kenny Stevens, William R. Stoeri, Karen Wilson Thissen, Missy Staples Thompson, Eleanor Winston

Mark Dayton, Governor
Yvonne Prettner Solon, Lieutenant Governor
Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor

Measurable Outcomes

This project has left visitors with a positive overall experience of Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. This project has left visitors with a greater interest in Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. This project has increased the likelihood that visitors will recommend the Minnesota Historical Society to their friends and family. This project has increased the likelihood that teachers view the Minnesota Historical Society as a valuable resource for teaching. This project has increased the likelihood that teachers will recommend the Minnesota Historical Society to other teachers as a resource for teaching.

Quick Facts

Project Type: Statewide Programs

Parent Project:

Funding Amount: $646,572

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: In Progress

Appropriation Years: 2012 2013

Activity Type: Education/Outreach/Engagement

Counties Impacted: Statewide

MN Senate District: All Districts

MN House District: All Districts

FTEs (Full-Time Equivalent Positions Directly Created): 5.00

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