Library Field Trips/Funding

2018-2019 History Day Library Funding 

History Day Field Trip Procedures for this Year:

  • History Day Hullabaloos: History Day will run a schedule of Hullabaloos in 2018-19 supported in part from individual CRPLSA regions, as well as additional History Day funding. These events will continue to be free. Please check our website for dates.

  • Library Field Trip Subsidies: There is no statewide library funding available to subsidize the cost of library field trips for schools. If your school is located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington county, you are eligible to apply for a limited pool of funds, sponsored by MELSA. These funds will be distributed to schools in the MELSA region on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on a completed application. As of October 31, there are no funds remaining. Please contact Gretchen if you'd like to be added to the waiting list.

  • Library Guides at the U of M Wilson Library: If you are planning on visiting the U of M Wilson Library (schedule your visit here), History Day will cover a limited amount of costs associated with hiring the required college students as library guides. These funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schedule your U of M Wilson Library field trip as soon as possible to guarantee their availability.

  • Library Field Trip Facilitation: If you are interested in visiting a public library with your class, please contact Gretchen and she can help facilitate this conversation with that library. If you are asking for reimbursement, the same application process as attending Wilson applies.


Ideas for Finding Field Trip Funding

Schools are encouraged to take field trips to the same libraries that they have taken in the past, provided schools are able to find your own funding for transportation and arrange the trip in advance directly with that library. If you need additional financial support for your trip, consider asking your:

  • School board, Parent Teacher Organization, or school booster club

  • Community organizations

  • Local businesses

  • Community foundations with a focus on education


MNHS Field Trip Funding for Greater Minnesota Schools

Schools in Greater Minnesota (more than 50 miles from the Minnesota History Center) are eligible to apply for a limited amount of funds from the MacMillan Field Trip Grant when combining their research trip with a visit to an MNHS historic site or museum in the Twin Cities. Visit the Minnesota Historical Society website for more information.



The Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota understand the value of research support to History Day students and teachers. We are committed to finding additional funding opportunities to maintain these vital services. Please feel free to contact Gretchen with questions.



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