The State Historical Society of Wisconsin created a uniquely Midwestern public history profession in 1896. Minnesota Historical Society, much as other Midwestern state historical s ocieties would, has used Field Services since 1916 to better serve the public by distributing the capacity to save and share history. Flowing from the Northwest Ordinance, creating local repositories for history and publishing local history furthered education and identity for Midwesterners in general, and Minnesotans specifically. Minnesota tenaciously pursued a county historical society for every county, first on project funding and later had the first full time funding for the work. Since 1981 all 87 counties now have a historical society.
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Grabiske, David M. and Nichols, David J. III
"Materially Strengthened: The Minnesota Historical Society and Providing Field Services,"
Studies in Midwestern History: Vol. 2
, No. 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/midwesternhistory/vol2/iss1/5