Engaging High School Students in Minnesota History through Internships

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) (2) Programs
Appropriation Language

$5,525,000 the first year and $6,000,000 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.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. Continue to place diverse students, reach 85% diversity rate. We have a 73% diversity rate in all teen programs at this time for FY16. The Legacy program alone reached 50%. Two out of the four students were from diverse communities. However, we will extend this program into the summer for FY16 and anticipate an increase. 2. 30% of students go to another MNHS teen program or come from another MNHS teen program i.e. TAC, SHIP, History Day, Mentor, ACTC, College Intern, Fellows or continue to volunteer with us. For all teen programs we had a 57% crossover rate for the beginning of FY16. For the Legacy Program alone, we have four students who are new to MNHS but we anticipate some of them continuing their involvement after their experience in Spring 2016. 3. 90% feel that this program has increased their job skills or knowledge of public history. 100% of high school students in Summer 2015 said their experience increased their job skills and critical thinking and problem solving skills. We have not surveyed the spring 2016 Legacy program students yet because they have just started.

Description of Funds
St. Paul Chamber
Source of Additional Funds

St. Paul Chamber

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
The Minnesota Historical Society strives to attract high school interns from underrepresented communities to encourage engagement and to diversify the institution. Legacy funds supported five gallery assistants in spring 2015. High school students placed in this program get professional on-the-job experience interacting with visitors in the History Center galleries and at public events. These students contributed more than 400 hours to MNHS. Eighty percent of these students were from communities of color.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
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