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Hennepin History Museum

Hennepin History Museum brings the diverse history of people in Hennepin County to life. We help people understand their world through an exploration of local history with exhibits, public programs, a magazine, and a public research library.

Arts, Culture and Humanities

The board recently renewed the organization’s strategic plan, with a focus on two main goals: expanding our constituency, both through increased use of our facilities and services and through a broadened donor base; and developing a long-range facility plan to meet the current and future needs of the organization. These two goals will be the focus of the board’s attention for the next several years.

We are participating in the American Alliance of Museums Facing Change Initiative to advance diversity and inclusion of museum boards. More information on that program can be found here:

There are several vacancies on the board in 2020, and an opportunity for new members to shape the future of the organization. Ideal skills for new board members include fundraising, organizational development, finance, facilities, and community engagement.

A Roles and Responsibilities document can be found here:

We have an online portal for filling out a short application here:

Or for more information, contact John Crippen via phone or email.

The Board of Directors of the Hennepin History Museum has the principal responsibility of ensuring the mission of HHM is fulfilled. This function is carried out by providing governance, leadership and vision; ensuring the vitality and growth of the organization; representing the museum to the community and accepting the ultimate legal authority for the organization. The board acts as a policy-making body, with a paid staff of ten people and many volunteers to do the day-to-day work.

John Crippen
Executive Director
(612) 870-1329

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