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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Last week the new traveling exhibits program announced the itineraries of the first two traveling exhibits from the Minnesota Historical Society.

The Minnesota Legislature in its 2009 legislation appropriating money from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund supported a new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, along with a traveling version. While the content for the new exhibit, which will complement the Northern Lights curriculum, is being developed, the first exhibits to debut will be welcome additions to many local history partners for many years to come.

The new exhibit, titled “Our Minnesota,” is about the regions of the state: prairie, north woods, and cities. In discussing the state’s geography the groundwork is nearly universally laid with maps. Minnesota on the Map will prepare visitors to local history partners to view “Our Minnesota” and its traveling editions in the near future.

In preparing to launch the new traveling exhibits program, the Society conducted a survey of potential host sites across the state, as well as interested individuals. The overwhelming demand? Minnesota Homefront, which is the traveling edition of the popular Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. ‘Homefront’ shows how the regions of the state experienced the 1930s-1950s.

Recipients were chosen through a competitive process. Each proposal demonstrated strong measurable outcomes and thorough discussions of need and rationale for hosting. Congratulations to all the hosts!

Minnesota on the Map:
Debut for the Minnesota Legislature at the History Center, Nov. 20-Jan. 16
Municipal Building Commission, Minneapolis, Jan. 29- March 20
Nobes County Historical Society, Worthington, April 2-May 22
Winona County Historical Society, Winona, May 28-July 24
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, August 6-September 25

Minnesota Homefront:
Debut for Minnesota Legislature at the State Capitol, Nov. 15-Nov. 29
Carver County Historical Society, Waconia, Jan. 28-March 6
Dodge County Historical Society, Mantorville, March 19-May 8
Virginia Area Historical Society, Virginia, May 21-July 10
Wabasha Heritage Preservation Commission, Wabasha, July 23-Sept. 11

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