Dispatches from Minnesota

Posted on February 11, 2009 under minnesota, public history

I’ve still got a foot planted on the other side of Lake Superior.  Here’s the news from the history community back in Minnesota.

The MHS has a $2.8 million budget hole, and, besides extending a hiring freeze and cutting expenses, is going to require some employees to take unpaid leave.  The problem is related to the down economy and the drying up of state funding.  At least the Global Hotdish Variety Show is still going strong!  We’re all rooting for you, MHS.

Relatedly, the MHS’s History Matters history advocacy day at the capitol is Feb 16.

Plans and structures for allocating the money from the Outdoor Heritage Amendment fractional sales tax passed in November.  About 20% will go to arts and cultural organizations, around $50 million a year.  Minnesota local historians have been talking about plans for possible funding.

3 Comments on “Dispatches from Minnesota”

  1. Sad news, and sadly typical for history and heritage organizations across the country right now. My favorite museum in the northwest, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, is cutting their history programming by 50%!

    I was hoping the history community would get something from the stimulus, but we got nada. The AHA and and the OAH and our other professional organizations were asleep at the wheel on this one.

  2. I agree. The AAM was definitely active, though, and got the Coburn Amendment altered, which is a reversal of a ban, rather than a positive grant to our communities.

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