History Projects

Collections Care and Management

  • Archives
  • General collections survey project
  • Collections inventory project
  • Registration (cataloging) project
  • Collections storage/rehousing project
  • Conservation treatment project
  • Infestation control project

Digital Conversion and Reproduction

  • Conversion of video, film, negatives, audio, and paper-based formats into digital formats 
  • Digital collections storage/rehousing/backup 
  • Access to "Minnesota Reflections" website to host your digital images on the Internet
  • Microfilming 
  • Photograph reproduction
  • Reformatting deteriorating media 
  • Create descriptive metadata or create edited transcriptions of digitized materials 
  • Research copyright status of collection material prior to being digitally converted

Interpretive Programs and Public Education

  • Exhibits
  • Films
  • Historical markers
  • Audio-visual presentations
  • Tour brochures
  • Host or plan a conference, program, or workshop in Minnesota
  • Develop a Minnesota history-based public educational kit/curriculum for a community, school, or organization
  • Web development
  • Develop mobile/web apps
  • Interactive Technology
  • Alternate formats

Museum and Archives Environments

  • Monitor and install temperature and humidity controls
  • Particulates (dust) control
  • Measure and install lighting controls
  • Install security systems and protocols
  • Physical accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Pest control and integrated pest management (IPM)
  • Architectural/Engineering drawings and specifications for HVAC upgrade (see HVAC Upgrade Requirements)
  • HVAC installation using Architectural/Engineering drawings and specifications (see HVAC Upgrade Requirements)

Oral History

  • Gathering interviews with recent immigrants
  • Military experiences of community members
  • Local controversies
  • Business developments
  • Natural disasters
  • Community life
  • Civic accomplishments
  • Work for the public good
  • Language preservation
  • Transcription

Research & Writing

  • Gathering research materials to ground in solid history
  • Drafting text for exhibits, books, websites, scripts for films, and more
  • Editing to improve writing
  • Graphic design and layout


  • Traditional publications
  • Non-traditional publications such as adding to existing websites
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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.