Historical Societies

Great Northern Railway train engine under protective shelter
MCIT provides property coverage, such as the canopy structure above this historic train, for historical societies.

Unique Exposures for Historical Societies Require Specific Risk Management Techniques

Ten areas generate the most questions and concerns from historical societies regarding risk management. MCIT encourages members to take a thoughtful approach to how they manage their exposures for best results.

Risk Management Resources for Historical Societies book cover10 Risk Management Essentials for Historical Societies

MCIT risk management consultants are available to assist MCIT members that are historical societies with the items below. Members can call their consultant to set up a meeting to discuss them, to review the Risk Management Resources for Historical Societies booklet or to receive a risk management perspective on other concerns. 

The 10 essential areas of risk management for historical societies:

  1. Property schedules
  2. Contents coverage
  3. Structures, artifacts and historic value
  4. Property in the open
  5. Slip, trip and fall prevention
  6. Special events planning
  7. Contracts
  8. Volunteer coverage
  9. Claim reporting
  10. MCIT resources

Further Resources

  • Members are encouraged to contact their MCIT risk management and loss control consultants when they have questions regarding risk management and safety for their operations.
  • Members should work with their legal counsel when setting up policies and procedures to ensure the historical society is in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
  • The Resource Library includes a number of articles related to risk management, such as contracts, volunteers and coverage; workplace safety and other concerns related to operating a historical society.
  • The Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential counseling for MCIT member employees and their dependents for personal concerns.
  • All MCIT member organizations are members of the Minnesota Safety Council, giving them access to no-cost or reduced-fee services, including training classes and videos, consultation services and written educational resources.