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. Harriet was profoundly moved by the plight of American Indians through her first-hand experience growing up in northern South Dakota. It was her wish to establish a permanent endowment that perpetuated values she held during her lifetime. Today, this endowment, funded through the remainder of a gift annuity contract established between Harriet and the Society, continues to support the Society's commitment to collecting, preserving and telling the story of American Indian history in Minnesota.
In 2009, the Holden endowment provided the needed resources for a multi-media project to combine video of American Indian artifacts held in the Society's collections, with audio and video of contemporary American Indians discussing the cultural significance of the objects in the collections from the indigenous perspective. Please click here to access Collections Online, the first phase of this new on-line technology.