Legacy Amendment Pays Dividends for Minnesota

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Minnesota State Capitol Building DomeA report released earlier this month by the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality finds that the Legacy Amendment, which Minnesota voters passed in November 2008, has generated a return of $1.95 for every dollar of Legacy funds invested in history programs and projects — to the direct benefit of state and local economies. The Hutchinson Leader reported that for the 2010-2011 biennium, the state legislature appropriated $22 million in Legacy funds to the Minnesota Historical Society for new statewide programs and projects. With those funds, the society has developed statewide programs and projects centered on education and preservation. The society also awarded 474 grants to 343 history organizations across Minnesota.

“We have taken our responsibility very seriously. We have carefully invested Legacy funds in projects and programs that are impacting Minnesotans in all 87 counties in the state,” said Minnesota Historical
Society Director Michael Fox.

“Legacy funding has given us a huge opportunity to meet the needs of students and teachers, which benefits all the people of Minnesota,” said Wendy Jones, head of education programs at the Minnesota History Center.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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