Library Outreach Programs
(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: Minnesota Regional Library System.
Through this partnership, the state's regional network of more than 370 public libraries is hosting a series of educational programs based on the Minnesota Historical Society's nationally acclaimed "Minnesota's Greatest Generation" exhibit and programs. Since the project launched in 2009, more than 200 programs have been sponsored in every regional library system across the state. For example, the public library in Aurora held an event entitled, "Minnesota History Morning at the Library: Growing up in the 1930s," which was attended by homeschooled children and their parents.
The Spring Grove Public Library hosted an event called the "Golden Age of Radio," in which Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard shared their interpretations of classic 1930s and 1940s standards in voice and piano. According to library staff, even the children were scrambling for autographs after the show. "This partnership enables us to provide library patrons access to engaging history programs that aren't available anywhere else in the country," said Mark Ranum, Director of the Plum Creek Library System, Worthington.