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MNHS Reaches Milestone with 1 Million Volunteer Hours Donated

This month MNHS marked a significant milestone with volunteers and interns donating 1 million hours of service. Since 1992, staff has tracked the contributions of people who have dedicated their time and talents to MNHS and Minnesota communities statewide.

“We are proud of the successes and accomplishments our volunteers and interns have achieved,” said Jean Nierenhausen, director of volunteers and interns at MNHS. “We are also pleased to be able to recognize the very special commitment of those people who have been with us for more than 20 years.”

Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers contribute to advance MNHS’s mission of using the power of history to transform lives. View some of their stories at

MNHS always has volunteer openings, but positions fill up quickly. Currently, MNHS is looking for enthusiastic volunteers from the Somali community to assist with events related to the upcoming exhibit “Somalis + Minnesota” opening June 23, 2018 at the Minnesota History Center. Find out more about this position and other openings at

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS 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, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.


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