Minnesota's Legacy

Education Outreach for National History Day

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4 (b) (3) Parternships
Appropriation Language

$2,060,000 the first year and $2,140,000 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.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
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. Campus immersion programs will measure college readiness for skills (research and analysis) and aspiration and feeling of preparedness for higher education.

Description of Funds
University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, St. Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools
Source of Additional Funds

University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, St. Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools

Recipient Board Members
Phyllis Rawls Goff, President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
William R. Stoeri, Immediate Past President
William D. Green, Vice President
Kirby M. Law, Treasurer

Executive Council
Eric Ahlness
Kurt BlueDog
Grant Davis
Phyllis Rawls Goff
Martha Kaemmer
Kirby M. Law
Dean M. Nelson
William R. Stoeri
Ben Vander Kooi
Kathleen Blatz
Barbara Burwell
D. Stephen Elliott
William D. Green
Dennis L. Lamkin
Monica Little
Peter Reis
Bo Thao-Urabe
Eleanor Winston
Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Michael Farnell
David R. Hakensen
Jean M. Larson
Charles Mahar
Peter Reyes, Jr.
Karen Wilson Thissen
Warren Zaccaro

Mark Dayton, Governor
Steve Simon, Secretary of State
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor
Tina Smith, Lieutenant Governor
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Project Overview
Through this program, 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 and MNSCU colleges are trained to become History Day mentors and work with History Day students at inner city and rural schools. These partnerships have established a national model for creating "campus to classroom" connections where undergraduate students support classroom teachers by advising History Day students with topic selection, research, and project development. These academic skills make students more college-ready and the relationships with mentors increase aspiration for higher education.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code