The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums formed in 1991 to support each other in our mission of connecting people to nearby history.
What does The Alliance do?
Minnesota's local history groups formed an alliance in 1991. Even though we serve different communities throughout the state, we share a common mission of connecting people to nearby history. Some of us have professional staff, but many of us are small, volunteer-run societies. Together, we work together to raise the quality of work in the local history field in Minnesota. The Minnesota Alliance for Local History Museums serves the approximately 500-plus local history groups throughout the state with professional training, awards for excellence, mutual assistance in times of disaster and more.
2019 National History Day Theme Chosen!
The 2019 National History Day theme will be Triumph and Tragedy in History.
The Triumph & Tragedy in History theme is complex and requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Can one person’s triumph be another’s tragedy? Can the same person or group suffer from tragedy and triumph at the same time? How does one ultimately triumph after tragedy? Can triumph lead to tragedy? Throughout this academic year you will ask yourself these questions and more, always looking for how and why.
Learn more about this year's theme through the National History Day website. Want to be involved here in Minnesota? Check out the Minnesota History Day website for more information.
House Museum Workshop scheduled for October 25
Plans are in progress for the 3rd Annual House Museum Workshop on Thursday, October 25. The workshop will be held at the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings. It is operated by the Dakota County Historical Society.
This Civil War-era Gothic Revival home is the perfect setting for house museum professionals to gather and learn new ideas to use at their own museum.
Registration will open on September 1 with a schedule of events.
Apply for a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant
The passage of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment in 2008 has provided an unprecedented opportunity for local history organizations to fund projects across Minnesota. Projects may include preservation work, collection inventories and digitization, improved exhibits, new scholarly publications, and heritage tourism.
Check out the Minnesota Heritage and Cultural Grants program website for the most recent grants manual and upcoming deadlines.
Interested in funding a partnership project? There are funds for that too! Explore the Heritage Partnership Program for opportunities to work with your colleagues.