Coordination of Statewide Civil War Activities
Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $4,800,000 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.
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; 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.
The Minnesota Historical Society will offer Minnesotans across the state opportunities to learn about the Civil War and Minnesota's contributions to it. 2011 marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The war and Minnesota's connection to it are of deep interest to many Minnesotans.