Environmental History Study
(d) History Partnerships. $1,250,000 in 2010 and $2,750,000 in 2011 are for partnerships between and with the Minnesota Historical Society and partnering organizations to enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.
Partner Organization: Macalester College.
Through this partnership, students from Macalester College are conducting a study to identify, select and assess historic content related to Minnesota's environmental history, using archival, archaeological and geospatial data at the Minnesota Historical Society.
The pilot project is a place-specific case study at the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (KONHSA), located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in Inver Grove Heights. The material derived from this research will be used in classrooms and at the KONSHA site, to help teach students about environmental history and about the use of historic primary sources in scientific study. Find out more in the project's final report.
One outcome of the pilot is a proposal for a Twin Cities Environmental History Conference with state experts and nationally renowned scientists and historians, setting the stage for a larger project to further explore the confluence of environmental science and Minnesota history.