Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

History Initiatives Funded by the Legacy Amendment Benefit Minnesota Students, Teachers and the Economy

Learn how history projects and programs funded by the Legacy Amendment are impacting Minnesotans in a new report and video, just released by the Minnesota Historical Society. 

The report details history projects and programs funded by the Legacy Amendment since July 2011, as well as the economic and educational benefits those initiatives have produced for Minnesotans. Legacy-funded history projects and programs are:

An update to an economic study prepared by the University of Minnesota's Extension Center for Community Vitality finds that for every $1 invested in history and cultural heritage, the state receives a return on investment of $2, which directly benefits state and local economies. Read the original economic study (2011) and the updated version (2013).

More than 500 Legacy-funded grants awarded since July 2011 are helping hundreds of organizations preserve and share our state's history and cultural heritage in communities across Minnesota. 

Minnesota voters passed the Legacy Amendment in November 2008. It mandates that a portion of funds be used to "preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage."  For fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the legislature appropriated $25 million from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to the Minnesota Historical Society.

History Coalition Recommendation

To continue building this important Legacy for future Minnesotans, the Minnesota History Coalition, a group of nine history organizations, respectfully recommends that for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the state legislature appropriate $39.75 million from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to statewide history initiatives. For more information on the Minnesota History Coalition's recommendation, visit www.mnhs.org/historymatters.

Read the press release

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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.