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MNi150 Wiki

Minnesota Historical Society
In-House Team

What do Prince, the GPS system, Hubert H. Humphrey and the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team have in common? They all changed Minnesota. The exhibit "MN150," which opened on Oct. 13, 2008 at the Minnesota History Center, launches the 2008 celebration of 150 years of Minnesota statehood by exploring changes – changes wrought by powerful people and by ordinary citizens, sparked by something as simple as a hockey game or as broad as a new political party – changes ranging from those that have shaken up Minnesota to those that have rocked the world. One hundred fifty people, places and things are presented and interpreted in the "MN150" exhibit, and on the web site. The exhibit was created from more than 2,700 nominations provided by Minnesotans living in every corner of the state, as well as across the globe. They came in via an online form, phone, mail, and even a nomination-on-a-stick at the Minnesota State Fair. All nominations were entered into a database. A committee of Minnesota Historical Society staff, community members and subject experts selected the final list of 150, basing their choice on the compelling case made by the nominator as well as the potential for each topic to be developed into a successful exhibit component. All nominations, whether or not they are featured in the physical exhibit, are presented online on the MN150 wiki ( There are two wiki kiosks in the physical exhibit. The goals for the web site project were: 1) Accept nominations from the public for what should be included in the exhibit. 2) Present all the nominations online. Provide a way for nominators to see their nomination. 3) Provide a way for web visitors to collaborate on the history of the MN150 topics, or to share stories or memories. 4) Provide web links to other resources on or external resources. For each topic, the wiki shows the text of the nomination, a brief history for the topics featured in the physical exhibit, a section to share a memory, resource links, notes and related media. Recommended Pathway Visit 1) Learn more about MN150 on the home page. 2) Explore a few topics; read the nomination(s) collaborate on the history or leave a memory: Ann Bancroft: Don Miguel: Atmosphere:

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