Minnesota History: Building A Legacy


Speak Up for History This President's Day

History MattersJoin fellow history lovers at the Minnesota State Capitol this President's Day, Monday Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for History Matters Day.

Meet costumed historical characters, tour the historic Capitol building, see Civil War artifacts from the Minnesota Historical Society collections and let your legislators know that history matters!


The Ojibwe People's Dictionary is Online

The Ojibwe People's Dictionary, a project funded by a Legacy grant, is now available online at http://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu/.

The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary was established by faculty and students in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.


Preserving Priceless Resources: Recipients of Mid-Size and Large Historical And Cultural Heritage Grants

The Minnesota Historical Society today announced 59 recipients of mid-size and large Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants for fiscal year 2012. Mid-size grants are awarded in amounts between $7,001 and $50,000, and large grants for $50,001 or more. Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

In addition, the Minnesota Historical Society announced four partnerships for history-minded organizations outside of the Society to come together to enhance access to Minnesota history and cultural heritage.


New Video Showcases 2012 Legacy Projects

We just uploaded an exciting new video to the Minnesota History: Building a Legacy website. This video shows a few of the many history projects that are happening throughout Minnesota this year. We hope you'll take a moment to find out about a few of the ways we're working to build a legacy for Minnesota.


Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Update

Minnesota Historical Society's Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, January 19, 2012 to approve the recommendations made by the Historic Resources Advisory Committee on the Fall Mid and Large grants. Applicants will receive notifications in the following weeks.

2012 Report to the Governor and Legislature

Minnesotans around the state are preserving and sharing more history than ever thanks to support from the Legacy Amendment, which mandates that a portion of funds "preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage."

A new report from the Minnesota Historical Society details 2012 Legacy history projects and programs that are creating new opportunities for students, revitalizing communities, protecting priceless historical resources and allowing unprecedented access to those resources.


1968: The Year That Rocked the World

Did you love the 1968 Exhibit?

Relive the year again with the History Theatre’s production of 1968: the Year That Rocked the World.

Unforgettable events, personalities and music of 1968 come to life in this world premiere play performed at the Minnesota History Center. This production is a partnership with the History Theatre and supported by the Legacy Amendment.


MNopedia: The Minnesota Encyclopedia

We’ve all come to rely on Wikipedia as an extensive source of information on the web. Now, in a similar vein, we have a growing resource of online information about all things Minnesota.


December Recipients of Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

In December we awarded 48 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants of up to $7,000 to organizations across the state.

The Society also announced the next deadlines for Small and Structured Grants are January 13, 2012, and February 17, 2012. The Grants Manual is available at www.mnhs.org/legacygrants with all applications being accepted only through the Society’s new grants portal at grants.mnhs.org.


Telling the Stories of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Legacy Projects

We’re starting this blog to create an ongoing conversation about history projects funded by the Legacy Amendment.

Now that we’re in the second biennium since the Legacy Amendment was passed in 2008, we have a lot of stories to tell about how these projects are creating an impact for Minnesotans.


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.