Dispatches from Minnesota
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.