Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

New Featured Legacy Projects

We’re featuring some new projects on the Minnesota History: Building a Legacy website this year. Take a look at some of the projects that are happening around the state:

Civil War CapThe Civil War: Forging Minnesota’s Identity
From being the first state to volunteer troops to defend the Union, to the First Minnesota’s heroic charge at Gettysburg, Minnesota played a valuable role in the U.S. Civil War. The war also helped shape our young state. Read about Civil War projects, including Statewide Public Programs, Civil War Exhibit and Civil War Collections Online and The Civil War Daybook.

Commemorating the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Though 150 years have passed since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the war, its causes and its aftermath remain central to the story of Minnesota. The historical trauma the war created still echoes in those living today. In the summer of 2012, an exhibit about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 will open at the Minnesota History Center. Arts and Cultural Heritage funds are supporting a broad range of other initiatives to commemorate the war.

U.S. and Minnesota Constitutions
Arts and Cultural Heritage funds are bringing the only traveling copy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights to the Minnesota History Center in the spring of 2012. The copy dates back to 1787 and will be displayed along with original copies of the Minnesota Constitutions giving Minnesotans the opportunity to learn about and see firsthand the original documents that govern their lives.

Kids learn about history with technology

History in Our Hands
The Mobile Learning Project is entering the next phase of development of a mobile application that will create a new model for school field trips using mobile and web technologies to capitalize on the natural behaviors and learning styles of today’s students. “History in Our Hands: the Field Trip for the 21st Century Learner,” will demonstrate how museums can use technology with large numbers of “digitally native” students to create self-directed, personalized, responsive field trip experiences that deepen students’ connection to history while honing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

More projects featured this year:
Archaeological Surveys
I-35W Bridge Collapse Exhibit
Minnesota Digital Library
Preserving Hmong Rituals
Saving the Probstfield House
History Museum Fellows

All featured projects: http://legacy.mnhs.org/featured-projects

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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.