Minnesota's Legacy

State Fair Programming

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
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY16, we distributed 40,000 walking tour brochures and we drew 2,400 to daily History-on-a-Schtick shows (filling all seats at the Schilling Amphitheater). For our Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour, 87 percent rated their experiences as excellent/very good. Other outcomes reported as strongly agree/agree: 1) 94 percent felt it increased their knowledge of Minnesota's history and/or cultural traditions; 2) 85 percent felt it increased their interest in learning more about Minnesota's diverse history and cultural traditions; 4) 80 percent felt it was welcoming and inclusive of their identity(ies). During FY16, 60.7 percent were participating in the tour for the first time and 39.3 were repeat participants.

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
MNHS and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation are increasing awareness and knowledge of Minnesota history by providing quality programming for visitors to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. In 2015, the partners added new visual and written content for the Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour brochure. Audio and visual content was available with the smartphone tour component, and staff presented audio/visual content via social media throughout the fair. Some 40,000 brochures were distributed throughout the fairgrounds during the run of the fair. History-on-a-Shtick, an original, vaudevillian romp through Minnesota's past with sing-alongs, trivia, and prizes, debuted in 2015 with daily performances on the Schell's Stage at the Schilling Amphitheater. MNHS worked with Minnesota playwright Beth Gilleland and a group of actors to create the production, which filled the 200-seat venue each day. One visitor called it the "highlight of the fair" and asked for it to be presented throughout the day in future years.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code