The Board of Directors of the Hennepin History Museum is responsible for ensuring that the mission of the organization is fulfilled. They provide governance, leadership, and vision; ensure the vitality and growth of the organization; represent the museum to the community; and accept the ultimate legal authority for the organization.

As a guide to these efforts, the board has created a Roles & Responsibilities document that is reviewed and affirmed annually.


Mission and Vision

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.

The organization is currently about half-way through its current 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. By the time the current plan expires, we will have a dynamic new vision for the organization that will guide our growth for the next 10-20 years.

Current Initiatives

We are excited to be participating in Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion, a nation-wide initiative of the American Alliance of Museums. This work dovetails with a significant programming initiative at the staff level: to look at every facet of our work through the lens of better diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity; and to focus on projects that meet the critical needs of our community today. Increasingly, the board and staff have come to understand that this work, when done well, will be integral to the success of our strategic goals.

Board Opportunities

The next recruiting cycle will be in the spring of 2022, but we welcome inquiries at any time. The board is a group of community members that share a common passion for this organization to make history a relevant force in people’s lives, and who enjoy working together to see that passion translate into meaningful volunteer work on behalf of HHM.

Board members are elected for three-year terms. A commitment of 7-10 hours per month is recommended, with 3-4 hours per month devoted to meetings and the balance for other activities. Board meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Please contact Executive Director John Crippen at or 612-201-6917 for more information.

We welcome you to consider joining the board, and invite you to share some information to help us get to know you better: