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Standing the Test of Time

Standing the Test of Time
Standing the test of time
- The Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society in 2011

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. Officially approved by the Society's Executive Committee on October 4, 1951, The Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society (WOMHS) was born on June 13, 1959.


In those early years WOMHS sponsored museum exhibits, lectures, teas, open houses, publications, tours and other events that helped further the Society's mission to collect, preserve and share the stories of Minnesota's rich and diverse history, while acquainting more people with the Society and helping to increase its member base.

Today, 62 years later, WOMHS carries on the traditions, purposes and goals set out by its founders to support and enhance the work of the Society. Meeting eight times a year, the group enjoys educational and entertaining programs that highlight the work of the Society. In addition the group's members have spent countless hours volunteering at the Society and as docents at the Governor's residence.

Even Mrs. Weyerhaeuser couldn't have predicted the energy, enthusiasm and dedication the membership displayed as the group celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1999. It was at this annual meeting that the organization decided to take on a fundraising campaign that would enable the group to raise the $50,000 needed to establish a named endowment fund to benefit the Society's historic sites. In May of 2006, members of WOMHS gathered to celebrate goal attainment. But, they didn't stop there!

At the May, 2011 annual meeting, just five years since the establishment of the named endowment fund, contributions to the Sites Enhancement Fund, along with investment income have catapulted the endowment total to more than $100,000 dollars! Since the fund's inception, income has been used to support centennial activities at Split Rock Lighthouse and other activities and programs at historic sites across the state.

Congratulations WOMHS members, not only has the longevity of your organization stood the test of time, but the purposes for which you first gathered remains as valid and as valued today as it was in 1949. History matters - thank you for helping secure a creative and dynamic future for the Society and everyone we serve.

For more information on becoming a member of the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society or creating your own named endowment fund, please email or call me: cassie.cramer@mnhs.org - (651) 259-3116.


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