Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

History Museum Fellows Program

  • Project Overview
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Project Overview

Partner: The University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Through this partnership, University of Minnesota students from diverse backgrounds explored the museum field through a semester-long course at the University of Minnesota and then a paid summer internship at the Minnesota Historical Society. The course introduced the students to issues related to diversity and museums. Students then chose from a wide range of internship positions and also interacted with professionals in the field during a museum study trip to Washington, D.C. The History Museum Fellows Program also engages students in discussions about ways to address the underrepresentation of communities of color and American Indian nations in historical organizations and public history graduate programs.

Project Details

This partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society gives a dozen undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the museum field through a semester-long course at the U. and then a paid summer internship at the Society.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, History Partnerships.

Appropriation Language
History Partnerships. $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.

Funding Amount: $228,146

Direct Expenses: $228,146

Project Manager

Chris Taylor
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 partnership has left the participant with a positive overall experience with Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. This partnership has left the participant with a greater interest with Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. This partnership has increased the likelihood that participants will recommend MHS to their friends and family.

Quick Facts

Project Type: MHS Partnerships

Funding Amount: $228,146

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

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): 0.85

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