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Historic Resources Advisory Committee

Responsibility for administering this new competitive grants program lies with the Minnesota Historical Society. The appropriations bill (H.F. 1231) establishes the Committee:

The Minnesota Historical Society shall appoint a historic resources advisory committee, with balanced statewide membership and representatives of local, county, and statewide historical and cultural organizations and programs, to provide policy and grant making guidance on expenditures of funds from this paragraph. This membership shall include, but is not limited to, members representing the interests of historic preservation, local history, archaeology, archival programs, and other cultural programs related to the history of Minnesota. This committee shall seek input from all interested parties, and shall make recommendations for expenditures from these funds to the executive council of the Minnesota Historical Society; all expenditures must meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 138.01.

MEMBERS

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee consists of thirteen members serving two-year terms and two ex-officio members. Members were selected following an open solicitation process held during late winter 2014. They represent a variety of disciplines and are from diverse areas of the state. The committee roster for 2015:

  • Leanne Brown, Eden Prairie (Chair)
    • Director of Development, Carver County Library/Library Foundation
    • Formerly, Executive Director, Carver County Historical Society
    • Qualified in grantmaking, history, project management and museum studies
  • Suzanne Blue, Red Wing
    • Entrepreneur
    • Community Leader
    • Qualified in business development, historic preservation, governance
  • Jack Byers, Minneapolis
    • Manager, Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED)
    • Manages CPED's Preservation and Design Section
    • Qualified in historic preservation, architecture, urban geography and planning
  • Mark Edevold, Bagley
    • M.A. Anthropology
    • Formerly, Executive Director, Beltrami County Historical Society & Mayor of Bagley
    • Qualified in archaeology, construction, facility management
  • Kristi Link Fernholz, Appleton
    • Senior Planner, Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission
    • Active with Minnesota Valley National Scenic Byway
    • Qualified in grants management, regional government, graphic arts, and interpretation
  • David Hakensen, Minnetonka
    • Manager, Fleishman Hillard
    • Qualified in crisis communications, media coaching and mergers and acquisition messaging
  • Ginny Lackovic, Minneapolis
    • Registered Architect, HGA Architects and Engineers
    • Involved in restoration work on the Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul Union Depot, and Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis
    • Qualified in historic architecture
  • Andrea LaVasseur, Bemidji
    • U.S. Forest Service Program Manager, Retired
    • M.A. Anthropology
    • Qualified in anthropology, project management, federal and tribal government
  • Amy Spong, St.Paul
    • Historic Preservation Specialist, City of St. Paul
    • Formerly, grants administrator of Colorado State Historical Fund
    • Qualified in historic preservation, project management, grant making and local government
  • Michael Worcester, Cokato
    • Director, Cokato Historical Museum and Akerlund Studio
    • Formerly, board member of Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums
    • Qualified in local history, project management, museum collections care and management
  • Mike Brubaker, Becker
    • Executive Director, Sherburne History Center
    • Phd candidate (ABD) History, Georgia State University
    • Master of Arts, Utah State University
    • Qualified in local history, genealogy, archives, exhibits, and collections management
    • Qualified 
  • Sara M. Hanson, White Bear Lake
    • Executive Director, White Bear Lake Historical Society
    • M.A., Public History, St Cloud State University
    • Qualified in local history, research, and collections 
  • Ann Grandy, Glenwood
    • Collections Manager, Pope County Historical Society
    • Master of Liberal Arts, History, Harvard Extension School
    • Qualified in collection management, exhibits, research

Ex Officio Members

  • William Stoeri, Minneapolis, ex-officio member (president of the MHS Board)
  • Dean Nelson, Saint Paul, ex-officio member (treasurer of the MHS Board)

 

MEETINGS

Upcoming Meetings:

  • November 5 and 6, 2015, committee will hear presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and will make FY 2016 large- grant award recommendations

 

Previous HRAC Meetings:

  • May 1, 2015, Archer House and Northfield Historical Society, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., reviewed the results of FY 2014-2015, provided advice on grants policy and procedures, and reviewed 13 completed grants at the Northfield Historical Society.
  • August 14-15, 2014, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2015 mid- and large- grants.
  • November 7-8 2013, November 7, the Minnesota State Capitol, room G-153M; November 8, Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The committee will hear presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and will make its recommendations for awards for FY 2013 mid- and large- grants.
  • May 3, 2013, Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Reviewed the results of FY 2012-2013 grants, toured the paper preservation project, and met with independent investigators concerning overall legacy funding.
  • September 6-7 2012, The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2013 mid- and large- grants.
  • December 19-20, 2011, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2012 mid- and large- grants.
  • November 17, 2011, Committee Orientation at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, noon to 3 p.m.
  • June 6, 2011, in the Litchfield Opera House, Litchfield, Minnesota, beginning at 10 a.m. HRAC toured this historic preservation legacy grant project prior to considering the outcome of the FY2010-2011 biennium. HRAC also visited the Meeker County Historical Society to view another four grant projects. Rep. Dean Urdahl guided HRAC on a visit to the Forest City Stockade toward the end of the day. 
  • May 24-25, 2010, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The Historic Resources Advisory Committee heard presentations by grant applicants on the first day, followed by deliberations and to finalize its recommendations for grant awards. Further information about the review process is available in the grant guidelines.
  • January 11-12, 2010, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. Historic Resources Advisory Committee met to consider grant applications received for the November 23, 2009, deadline for Mid-Size and Large grants.
  • The Committee held its first meeting on September 15, 2009. This was the initial organizational meeting of the committee.

 

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.