Terms of Use

Terms of Use

By submitting any stories or associated content such as uploaded photographs, uploaded documents, embedded video, or embedded audio, also known as  "materials," you agree that the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has a nonexclusive license, in perpetuity, to edit, reproduce, publish, distribute, and perform this material. If you do not wish to grant such rights to MHS, you may choose not to submit material to this website. By submitting your materials, you agree that the MHS may edit, excerpt, copy, and use your material as it deems appropriate. Spelling and grammatical errors may be corrected, but story content will not be rewritten or used out of its original context. Stories and multimedia content that deals with topics outside the framework of the subject of this website, are questionable, or have inappropriate content will be edited or rejected at the discretion of the MHS. If you are using any material that belongs to someone else, you must have the owner's permission. Excerpts from previously published works require the permission of the publisher/copyright owner and proper citations must be provided.  It is the sole responsibility of the contributor to obtain the necessary permissions and to provide proper citations.

Rules for Online Conduct

You agree to use the Sites in accordance with all applicable laws. You warrant that you have the right to make your contribution available to MHS.  You are responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions to publish copyrighted materials or previously unpublished materials owned by other persons, and you must provide proper citations.

Further, you agree that you will not e-mail or post any of the following content (“Prohibited Content”) anywhere on the Site:

  • Content that defames, harasses or threatens others
  • Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit such activities, or encourages others to commit such activities
  • Content that infringes or misappropriates another's intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks or trade secrets
  • Material that contains obscene (i.e., pornographic) language or images
  • Advertising, promotional materials, or any form of commercial solicitation
  • Content that otherwise harms other users or visitors to the Sites
  • Content that is otherwise unlawful or that violates any applicable local, state, national or international law.

Submission of materials to this website constitutes agreement on your part to indemnify MHS against all legal fees, damages and other legal expenses that may be incurred by MHS due to your breach of the above warranty.

Personal Information and Privacy Policy

Personal information supplied to us through the story submission process is used only to identify your story, to contact you if we have questions, or if we receive a request from a website visitor to contact you.  It will not be made available to others without your express permission. We will display your first name, last name and city. Providing your last name and city is optional.  Please see our Privacy Policy about how we protect your information.

Right of Modification

We reserve the right to change or modify the Terms of Use at our sole discretion at any time. Any change or modification to the Terms of Use will be effective immediately upon posting by us. For any material changes to the Terms, we will take reasonable steps to notify you of such changes. In all cases, your continued use of the Sites after publication of such modifications, with or without notification, constitutes binding acceptance of these modified Terms of Use.

Viewpoints: All viewpoints expressed on this website are those of the contributors, and are not representative of the Minnesota Historical Society.