Minnesota's Legacy

Lifelong Learning

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
Digitization/Online Information Access
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)

Outcomes: Net Promoter Score goal for FY16 = 69. YTD participants reported that they strongly agreed/agreed with these outcomes: 1) 92 percent increased their knowledge of MN's history and/or cultural traditions 2) 84 percent reported that they were likely to have conversations about historical topics; and 3) 92 percent reported that MNHS was a valuable resource for physical and/or intellectual wellbeing.

Description of Funds
IMLS Museums for America
Source of Additional Funds

IMLS Museums for America

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 is deeply engaged in cultivating meaningful relationships with adult audiences as lifelong learners, members, donors, volunteers, and supporters. In FY16, MNHS continued to build the organization's capacity for using skilled volunteers through staff trainings, creating new programs, and a thorough evaluation of programs targeted at adult audiences. New initiatives: Fifty-eight new skilled volunteer positions were added, contributing 4,700 volunteer hours. Staff piloted a new program in fall 2015 for people with memory loss at Mill City Museum, which includes time spent in the baking lab. In addition, tours for people with memory loss continued at the James J. Hill House. These hour-long programs aim to spark memory and conversation with residents and their caregivers by using the historic resources and storytelling skills of MNHS staff. About 200 people attended the first Writing Your Family Legacy Conference, held in partnership with The Loft Literary Center. Participants learned how to research, write, and preserve their family legacy at this all-day event. Staff work has begun on the Together in Time project, which uses an app to show objects from MNHS's collections to spark conversations for people with memory loss and their caregivers. During FY16, staff will be working with the African American and Latino communities to build relationships and better understand how to serve their unique memory loss and cultural needs. A work group was formed to study what was needed to create and sustain an interactive video conference program that could be screened for adults in assisted living facilities. Pilot programs will be held in spring 2016.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code