Grants

Historic Resources Advisory Committee

Responsibility for administering this 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. They represent a variety of disciplines and are from diverse areas of the state. The committee roster for calendar year 2018:

Ann Grandy, Glenwood (Chair)
  • Collections Manager, Pope County Historical Society
  • Master of Liberal Arts, History, Harvard Extension School
  • Qualified in collection management, exhibits, research
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2018)
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
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2018)
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
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2018) 
Milissa Brooks-Ojibway, Duluth
  • Collections Manager, Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate
  • Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree, Fond du Lac Community College
  • Qualified in grant writing and implementing, collection policies, and object care
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Kathryn Ohland, Saint Paul
  • M.S., Architecture Preservation and Conservation, University of Minnesota
  • Architectural Historian
  • Qualified in historic preservation 
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Robert Mack, Minneapolis
  • 45 years of practicing preservation architecture, teaching preservation, service with preservation organizations, and technical writing on preservation subjects
  • Author of Preservation Briefs #1 and 2
  • Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at University of Minnesota
  • Qualified in historic preservation 
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2018)
Michael Farnell, Rochester
  • Member of Executive Council
  • Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic
  • Qualified in governance
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2018)
Annette Atkins, Minneapolis
  • Ph.D in American History/American Studies from Indiana 
  • Professor Emerita of History at Saint John’s University and Former Interim Executive Director of Stearns History Museum  
  • Qualified in local history, research, governance 
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Jonathan Palmer, St Paul
  • Executive Director of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, an 88-year old historic African American social service organization
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Morehouse College and currently completing his Master Degree in Public Affairs for Hubert H Humphrey Institute on Public Affairs. 
  • Qualified in grant management, program administration, and governance 
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Catherine Sandlund, Robbinsdale
  • Master of Science in Architecture-Heritage Preservation from University of Minnesota
  • Principal City Planner at the City of Minneapolis
  • Qualified in historic preservation with over 10 years of experience
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Tamara Edevold, Bagley
  • Executive Director at Clearwater Historical Society 
  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Moorhead State University. 
  • Qualified in local history, archives, exhibits, and collections management
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Jill Wohnoutka, Bird Island
  • Director of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and former Director of the Renville County Historical Society 
  • Bachelor of Art in History from Gustavus Adolphus College. 
  • Qualified in local history, grant writing, archives, exhibits, and collections management
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)

Phyllis Rawls Goff, ex-officio member (president of the MNHS Board)

Dan Schmechel, ex-officio member (treasurer of the MNHS Board)

MEETINGS

Upcoming Meetings:

  • May 7, 2018, at James J. Hill House, committee will review policy and procedures
  • September 20 and 21, 2018, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul, committee will deliberate and make FY 2019 large grant award recommendations

Previous HRAC Meetings:

  • November 2 and 3, 2017, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul. The committee deliberated and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2018 large grants.
  • May 5, 2017, at the Stearns County Museum in St Cloud, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., reviewed the results of FY 2016-2017 and grant manaul changes.
  • September 22 and 23, 2016, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul. The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2017 large grants.
  • May 20, 2016, at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., provided advice on grants policy and procedures.
  • November 5 and 6, 2015, in the State Office Building 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 2016 large grants (funds requests over $10,001).
  • 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.