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History Projects

Collections Care and Management

  • Establishing an archives
  • Archives collection development
  • Projects with new and evolving media
  • 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

  • Gathering research scattered at numerous institutions
  • Gathering research materials to ground in solid history
  • Analyzing resources that were previously assembled
  • Organizing resources prior to an implementation project
  • Exhibits
  • Audio-visual presentations
  • Historical markers 
  • Tour brochures 
  • Alternate formats (to make interpretive programs ADA-compliant)
  • Hosting or planning a conference or workshop that highlights Minnesota history
  • An archaeological field school with a public component
  • Develop a Minnesota history-based public education toolbox/curriculum for a community, school, or organization
  • Curriculum development focusing on the community’s historic resources 
  • Development of website and/or web capabilities that enhances Minnesota history 
  • Online indexes/databases of government records, city directories, cemetery records
  • Development of mobile/web apps and games
  • Development of Web/Library 2.0 

Museum and Archives Environments

  • Temperature and humidity control 
  • Particulates (dust) control 
  • Lighting 
  • Security 
  • Physical accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Oral History

  • Gathering interviews with recent immigrants 
  • Interviews on topics such as military experiences of community members, local controversies, business developments, natural disasters, community life, civic accomplishments, work for the public good, or language preservation
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Research & Writing

  • Gathering research scattered at numerous institutions 
  • Gathering research materials to ground in solid history
  • Analyzing resources that were previously assembled through writing or other means
  • Organizing resources in preparation for an implementation project


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

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.