Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Statewide Civil War Outreach

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Project Overview

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Minnesota Historical Society is creating a broad range of opportunities to help students, teachers and the general public learn more about the war and the role Minnesota played.

Initiatives include a Civil War topic page, www.mnhs.org/civilwar, with links to videos, books, art, photos, artifacts, events and other resources related to the war; collaboration with community partners to commemorate the Battle of Antietam and the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in September 2012;  a series of History Forums at the Minnesota History Center focused on different aspects of the war; a dozen short films that will spotlight Civil War milestones and Minnesotans' experiences on the homefront and a partnership with the Guthrie Theater to share insights about our Civil War collections with audiences of the theater's production of "Appomattox."

Society staff will continue planning more initiatives with other organizations including the Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force, the United States Postal Service and Civil War Roundtables.

Project Details

The Minnesota Historical Society is offering Minnesotans across the state opportunities to learn about the Civil War and Minnesota's contributions to it.

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: $107,579

Direct Expenses: $107,579

Project Manager

Randal Dietrich
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard W.
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 participants with a positive overall experience of Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. This project has left participants with a greater interest in Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. This project has increased the likelihood that participants will recommend the Minnesota Historical Society to their friends and family.

Quick Facts

Project Type: Statewide Programs

Parent Project:

Funding Amount: $107,579

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): 1.00

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.