Dr. Alice Hanson
Dr. Alice HansonDr. 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. She knows about research. A native of Crystal, Minnesota, Dr. Hanson received her BA in Music from Wells College, Aurora NY; and her MM and PhD in Musicology from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) with specialties in the 19th Century and Renaissance. As a Fulbright Scholar, she attended the University of Vienna while conducting research for her dissertation "The Cultural Context of Music in Vienna, 1815-1830. Dr. Hanson began her teaching career at Saint Olaf in 1982.
In 2010, Dr. Hanson created an endowed fund through a deferred gift for the Society's Library. The "Alice M. Hanson Fund for The Library," is established to support the programs of the Minnesota Historical Society's Library.
In addition, Dr. Hanson's gift underscores her belief that the Minnesota Historical Society is essential to the memory and understanding of the Minnesota experience as she echoes the words of Marjorie Schwarzer in the book, 100 Years of Museums in America, "Museums do matter. They are the only institutions that collect, preserve, display, interpret, and educate for the public good. They are stewards of who and what we are today, and have been in the past: our shared heritage, good and bad, accomplishments and failures as humans...offering us an opportunity to be informed and inspired, to be enriched culturally, intellectually, emotionally. Without them we would be infinitely poorer as individuals and as a nation."
With Dr. Hanson's future gift, the resources of the Minnesota Historical Society Library will continue to be available for all, providing the opportunity for research in the past, and insight to the future.