Advocacy - It's about sharing your passion for Waseca County history.

Whether you are having coffee with a friend or speaking at a township board meeting, or standing before one of our city councils, or the Waseca County Commissioners, it's important for friends and acquaintances to know what you care about. It's also very important for these governing entities to hear that members of the community care about their history. Do not assume that your Waseca County History Center will always be here. Do you want to access your history online? Who will have that information? Who will collect the stories? Where will you find meaning in the place you call home?


  • As a member of the Minnesota Historical Society, we do not receive any funding for operations from MHS or the state. In fact, WCHS pays MHS an annual fee as an organizational member.
  • Most grant resources do not fund operations, except some staff time managing a specific project or event.
  • Grants are not easy to get. They require a great deal of staff time to research, gather information, estimates and write narratives. Grant approval cannot be assumed. A great deal of time can be spent on a grant request that is not approved.
  • Nonprofits cannot be professionally managed and accountable with volunteers only. Though this is done in the creation of many nonprofits to get going, it requires a paid staff to be the mainstay of an organization that intends to survive.

Download this brochure, How WCHS Is Funded that explains the broad base of operational and program support needed to maintain and grow your Waseca County History Center.