Your Minnesota Legacy

Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how The Caroll Hall Family and others have made an impact through their acts of giving to the Minnesota Historical Society.

  • Lydia Lucas...a lifetime of service continues
    As a young girl, Lydia Lucas discovered the magic hidden in historical records.
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  • An Enduring Legacy
    To say Ron and Margaret Hubbs left a strong legacy is an understatement. As two of the Minnesota Historical Society's greatest champions, they shared a love of history for more than fifty years.
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  • Volunteers and interns make history everyday!
    A recent study released by UnitedHealth Group revealed there are significant short and long-term benefits of volunteering in your community.
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  • Mark Haidet, celebrating his history at the Society...
    Once in a generation you meet someone who can truly be considered a cornerstone of the work you are doing.
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  • The Jeffrey G. Allman Fund For Historic Preservation
    A lifetime interest in history and a commitment to historical preservation has led Jeffrey Allman, CEO of Allman & Associates, Inc. to establish The Jeffrey G. Allman Fund...
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  • It's Not Too Late: Ramsey House Endowment Challenge Ends December 31, 2013
    On September 26th, a sellout crowd of history enthusiasts gathered at the Alexander Ramsey House for one of the site's award-winning History Happy Hours.
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  • A Birthday Surprise
    While the Minnesota Historical Society focuses on collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of our state's rich history, some important information about the future also turns up in conversation.
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  • The Allure of History
    With a keen appreciation of the importance of history and historic sites, Bob and Marveen Minish have spent the better part of 25 years working for the preservation of the Sibley Historic Site
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  • Joseph S. & Jane Y. Micallef's Named Legacy Fund Supports Education Programs
    Born on the Island of Malta in 1933, Joseph S. Micallef grew up surrounded by the legacy of an ancient civilization, rich in history spanning a period...
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  • Laura Joanne Zeccardi: A Life Shaped by the Power of History
    The Minnesota Historical Society tragically lost a dynamic young educator when Laura Zeccardi's life was cut short on February 24, 2013 by a previously undetected medical condition.
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  • F.T. Gustavson: Honoring a Father and a Discovery
    "This is a beautiful way to honor our father." These words by Ruth Gustavson Dyer, of Pocatello, ID, sum up the feelings she and her late sister...
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  • Marion Votel: Living a Life that Matters
    Do you ever stop to consider how many different hats you wear in a day? Like most of us, Marion Votel wore many throughout her life...
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  • Remembering Richard DeLeo: Champion of the Society's Historic Sites
    The Society lost a great friend and a champion of its historic sites program last month. Richard (Dick) DeLeo passed away on November 13, 2012 at the age of 90.
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  • Preserving History, Building Community, Creating Sense of Place.
    Scott Robinson established The Thomas Segar Memorial Fund at the Minnesota Historical Society, as his way of paying tribute to his friend and life partner, Tom Segar.
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  • Betty Peyton - A life of joy and family philanthropy
    When Betty Peyton died in December, 2010, at the age of 93 she was described by many as "gregarious, resourceful, and philanthropic."
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  • Honoring a Family's Legacy
    Alfred Pillsbury Gale was a descendant of two of Minnesota's pioneering families who arrived in Minnesota before statehood and played leading roles in shaping the state's development.
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  • Jean Chesley shares ingredients for a long and successful life
    Throughout our lives, one develops deep passions about projects and programs and experiences that fill our lives with mission, purpose, interest and delight.
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  • A Life - A Legacy
    The gifts of Roger G. Kennedys many friends have created this endowed fund. This fund, designated as the Roger G. Kennedy Fund for Professional Development, is established in memory of Roger G. Kennedy, a Saint Paul, Minnesota native, born in 1926.
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  • Teaching, reaching, transforming
    Dan Eckberg retired in 1997 after a distinguished teaching career in the Hopkins School District. He began as a social studies teacher in the 1960's and by the early 1970s became Coordinator of Instructional Services.
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  • History is a gift from the past. A legacy is this family's gift to the future.
    Sam and June Joy are continuing a proud tradition of preserving and passing on Joy family history for the education and enrichment of their children and grandchildren, as well as future generations of Minnesotans.
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  • The Lenore Jesness Fund for Genealogical Research
    The Minnesota Historical Society is a valued part of Lenore Jesness' life. "I have been a member of the Minnesota Historical Society since 1982 and have spent many wonderful hours in the Library and on the MHS website researching my family records," she says.
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  • Remembering One's Roots
    Tom Winter's family lived in West St. Paul since the 1890s. Tom was the youngest of eight children born to Joseph and Marie Winter
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  • A gift for all time...
    The Minnesota Historical Society recently received an estate gift from Crystal Clift, whose life-long interest and commitment to history was made manifest as she named the Society as a beneficiary of her Individual Retirement Account.
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  • In Giving You Receive
    It is said that in the act of giving we receive. Most of us experience the reality of this truism through the eyes of a child, the gratitude of a life changed, or through the vision that is inherent in the spirit of philanthropy.
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  • Ruttger Family Honors Its Legacy
    The Ruttger Family is the first family of Minnesota's resorting industry. In the 1890s Joseph and Josephine Ruttger and their four sons, who were farming on the north shore of Bay Lake near Deerwood, began providing fishermen with hot meals and a place to stay.
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  • Standing the Test of Time
    In 1949, 101 years after the Minnesota Historical Society was incorporated, a small dedicated group of women led by Mrs. Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser gathered to help promote the welfare of the Society, its programs and services.
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  • Jim Brown
    Often our volunteers contribute not only their time and talents, but their financial resources too. James Brown, a long-time member and North Star Circle donor, is one such volunteer.
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  • Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, it's always a season to learn
    The Hall Family has had a long tradition of valuing higher education and giving back to the community through service.
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  • Dorothy Hagen Kettner
    Dorothy Hagen Kettner, in pursuit of knowledge, enjoyment and lifelong learning, creates legacy gift to enrich the lives of Minnesotans
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  • Dr. Alice Hanson
    Dr. Alice Hanson, Professor of Music at Saint Olaf College, Northfield, is also a family historian and genealogist who accomplished significant research on several branches of her family tree using the resources of the Minnesota Historical Society's Library.
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  • A stamp that Made History - And Still Does!
    In 2008, The Minnesota Historical Society was notified that Roger Emil Preuss, renowned wild life painter, born on January 29, 1922 in Waterville, Minnesota had bequeathed his estate to the Society.
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  • Honoring a brother...
    Dr. Roger E. Anderson, a member of the Historical Society for nearly 40 years, recently designated the Society as the beneficiary of his IRA.
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  • My Father Was A Big Influence
    How does one become interested in history? What leads a person to decide to extend their interest in history on into the distant future?
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  • A History Player
    In the summer of 2007, Thelma Boeder decided to establish the "Ballinger Boeder Endowment for Collections and Historic Sites" with the Minnesota Historical Society.
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  • A Lifetime of Satisfying and Fulfilling Work, Family Life and Philanthropy
    In deciding to establish the "Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache Fund for the Comstock House," with the Minnesota Historical Society
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  • Model Railroader - Model Citizen ---All aboard!
    Art Bergstrom a longtime member and volunteer, now adds Legacy Society member to his growing list of contributions to the Minnesota Historical Society.
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  • Barbara and Raleigh Nelson
    The Minnesota Historical Society has received a special gift from Barbara and Raleigh Nelson. This gift is designated for the Society's "Minnesota's Greatest Generation" project and exhibit, honoring Raleigh's service in World War II, and for the Nelson's name endowment fund at the Society.
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  • A Charitable Gift Annuity from the Schwartaus
    For 50 years, John and Bernice (Gustafson) Schwartau farmed in the Minnesota township of Featherstone in Goodhue County.
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  • American Indian History
    Shortly before her death on October 12, 2005, Harriet Thwing Holden, a Minnesota Historical Society member since 1968, worked with Society staff to create the Harriet Thwing Holden Fund for American Indian History.
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  • Planting the Seeds for a Secure Future
    St. Paul author, Grace Hodgson Flandrau, loved history. She chose to leave her mark by establishing an endowed scholarship fund in honor of her father-in-law, Judge Charles E. Flandrau, with the goal of promoting research and publication in the field of Minnesota history.
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  • Illuminating the Past to Light the Future
    On the eve of the Great Depression in 1928, the Minnesota Historical Society received its first endowment gift.
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  • A Unitrust from the DeLeos
    Richard DeLeo has been a champion of the Society's Historic Sites program for over three decades.
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  • Remembering Aunt Ruth
    Ruth Nomura was born in Portland in 1907. One of the first Japanese Americans to grow up in Oregon, she graduated with honors from Oregon State College earning a bachelor of science in home economics.
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  • John Baird's Endowment
    John and Nancy Baird have a special sense of the importance of history. Perhaps that is what drew them to the Minnesota Historical Society.
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  • IRA's can Last Forever
    Estate planning gives us each an opportunity to think about what we value most in life and how we can continue to support those values beyond our life.
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  • Students Learn History
    For more than two decades the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota's Department of History have partnered to build student participation in the National History Day program.
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