Advocate for History

Speak up for history during History Matters Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Plan to visit with your legislators and let them know why history matters to you.

History matters

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) collects, preserves, and shares Minnesotans’ stories so they may be known and remembered. With the continued support of the State of Minnesota, through our elected leaders, we are able to share history with people across the state.

The 2024 legislative session starts February 12 and ends May 20. You can make a difference and speak up for history by joining us for History Matters Day at the Capitol on February 29. Let your legislators know why history matters to you and how their support of history has made a difference in your community.

This year, MNHS is seeking Capital Budget funding for historic sites asset preservation, facilities improvements for collections care and visitor experience, and for county and local historic preservation grants. Funds from the Capital Budget go toward the maintenance of MNHS’ statewide network of facilities. Keeping these facilities in the best possible condition allows us to share Minnesota history with visitors from across the state, country, and world.

In addition, History Matters Day at the Capitol presents a great opportunity to say thanks for previous support for history appropriations.  If you or your organization have benefitted from Legacy Amendment funds, please be sure to express appreciation for help in preserving our history.

Minnesota State Capitol.

Join us at 9 am in person in Room G-19 in the Minnesota State Capitol or remotely via Zoom for History Matters Day at the Capitol. MNHS CEO Kent Whitworth and MNHS Director of Public Policy David Kelliher will kick off the morning and share how to get involved.

Register to attend History Matters Day at the Capitol in person

Register to attend History Matters Day at the Capitol via Zoom

If you are not able to join us on Feb 29th at History Matters Day at the Capitol, you can still help! See the information below on how to become a desktop advocate!

Take Action for History - in a few clicks, you can help to preserve the past!

Ask state leaders to fund historic sites asset preservation

Ask Governor Walz and your state legislators to support funding for historic sites asset preservation.

Ask state leaders to fund facilities improvements

Ask Governor Walz and your state legislators to support funding for MNHS facilities improvements for collections care and visitor experience design.

Ask state leaders to fund historic preservation

Ask Governor Walz and your state legislators to support funding for county and local historic preservation grants.

Whenever you speak up for history, you’re making a difference. Effective ways to speak up:

  • Send a message to your state representative, senator, and the governor
  • Have a Zoom or in-person meeting with your legislator
  • Write a personal letter to your legislator
  • Call your legislator
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • Tell your friends and colleagues
  • Use social media to spread the word about the importance of history

Preserving the past for future generations

Learn more about history organizations that carry out the work of preserving Minnesota's legacy. Read the 2024 MNHS Legacy Report.

These partner organizations work to preserve Minnesota’s history:

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