Education Outreach for National History Day

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2013, chapter 137, article 4, section 2, subdivision 5, (b) (3) History Partnerships
Appropriation Language

History Partnerships: $2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000 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.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Increase in the amount of classroom support available to middle and high school teachers who apply the National History Day program in Minnesota classrooms. Project will measure total hours of service to teachers and students by professional staff from MNHS, undergraduate mentors from the U of M, MNSCU and private colleges, and supplementary classroom support staff. Effects of increased student support will be measured in terms of research skills, academic engagement, vocabulary, library use, writing and academic aspiration. Support for teachers will be measured in terms of effectiveness of instruction, access to external resources, support for academic rigor. Impact on undergraduates will be measured in terms of service learning goals, improved academic skills, career aspirations.

Recipient Board Members
"Minnesota Historical Society Governing Board:

William R. Stoeri, President
Missy S. Thompson, Vice President
Ruth Huss, Vice President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer

Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Robert Bruininks
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
Elizabeth M. Nordlie
Dennis Nguyen
Peter R. Reis
Hussein Samatar
Simon Stevens
Susan Kenny Stevens
William R. Stoeri
Karen Wilson Thissen
Missy Staples Thompson
Eleanor Winston

Mark Dayton, Governor
Yvonne Prattner Solon Lieutenant Governor
Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor"
Project Overview
Partners: Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU), University of Minnesota (U of M), Minneapolis Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools The partners are extending the reach of National History Day in Minnesota. MNHS professional staff members coordinate school services with an emphasis on support for students from diverse backgrounds. Higher education partnerships help build college readiness skills for middle and high school students and strengthen the mentoring skills of Minnesota college students. Undergraduate students from the U of M, ACTC and MNSCU colleges are trained to become History Day mentors and work with History Day students at inner city and rural schools. In another component of the partnership, undergraduate students representing all five ACTC colleges participated in a fall semester course designed to increase knowledge about the museum field. During the spring semester these students interned at Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools, mentoring students participating in the History Day program. ACTC Fellows also visited leading museums in the Midwest to compare and contrast MNHS with other cultural institutions regarding content learned in class.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
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