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Public invited to 'listening series' to decide funding

What do you want to accomplish with history funds from Minnesota's Legacy Amendment over the next 20 years?

The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) will ask Northern Minnesotans that question at two listening sessions on Friday, Dec. 14, in the Detroit Lakes Library.

The first session, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, is open to people currently working in the history field. The second listening session, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is open to the general public. The Detroit Lakes Library is located at 1000 Washington Ave, Detroit Lakes.

The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment was approved by Minnesota voters in November 2008. One of the Amendment's four funds, the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF), supports the preservation of Minnesota's history and cultural heritage. Many millions of ACHF dollars will be invested in Minnesota history over the 25-year life of the Legacy Amendment.

"We have an unprecedented opportunity to shape how history looks in the future," said Matt Hill, MHS Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Manager. "We encourage Minnesotans to make history by giving a voice to this process. What do you want to accomplish with Legacy history funds?"

To participate, please RSVP to Nancy Franke Wilson at 763-360-3875 or

MHS is holding five listening sessions throughout Minnesota in December. To learn about current MHS initiatives funded by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, please visit

This event is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history.