Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Acquisition of Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner

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Project Overview

Recipient: Lyon County Historical Society

To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to broaden public accessibility to microfilmed records.

Project Details

To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to broaden public accessibility to microfilmed records.

Fund Availability:

12/01/2014 - 12/01/2015

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants.

Appropriation Language
Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. $5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources.

Funding Amount: $9,385

Direct Expenses: $9,385

Project Manager

Jennifer Andries
Lyon County Historical Society
301 W. Lyon St.
Marshall, MN 56258

Members of Recipient's Governing Body: Officers: Neal Ingebrigtson, President; Andrea Hess, Vice President; Kathy Lozinski, Treasurer; Nicole DeBoer, Secretary Don Swanjord, Georgia Boerboom, John Lenz, and Jan Hansen

Subject: Historic Preservation

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Board Members:

Minnesota Historical Society Governing Board:

William R. Stoeri, President
Missy S. Thompson, Vice President
Ruth Huss, Vice President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer

Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Robert Bruininks
Judith S. Corson
D. Stephen Elliott
Phyllis Rawls Goff
William D. Green
David R. Hakensen
Ruth S. Huss
Martha Kaemmer
Dennis L. Lamkin
David M. Larson
Charles Mahar
Dean M. Nelson
Elizabeth M. Nordlie
Dennis Nguyen
Peter R. Reis
Hussein Samatar
Simon Stevens
Susan Kenny Stevens
William R. Stoeri
Karen Wilson Thissen
Missy Staples Thompson
Eleanor Winston

Mark Dayton, Governor
Yvonne Prattner Solon Lieutenant Governor
Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor

Conflict of Interest Disclosed: None

Measurable Outcomes

The Lyon County Historical Society and the Prairieland Genealogical Society wanted a system that was easy to use for staff, volunteers, and museum visitors. The ST ViewScan III System has achieved the easy to use expectation. It is easy to show people how to operate it, print from it, email from it, and so forth. The most received compliment of the system is the size of the monitor that came with it. The microfilm system was installed at the end of January, 2015. We had an open house for the Prairieland Genealogical Society in April, 2015. From April, 2015 to December, 2015, we have been keeping track of staff and volunteer hours using the microfilm system and visitors' use of the microfilm system. Our goal for staff and volunteer use was set at 30 hours a month. On average, the use came out to be around 22 hours a month. Our goal for visitors' use of the microfilm reader was 20 hours a month. On average, the use by visitors was only around 5 hours a month. One of our initiatives of acquiring the microfilm system was for visitors to use the system for their own research. We feel we need to market/advertise by getting the word out more that we have the microfilm reader system in our research center and that it is available for public use. Overall, the microfilm system has been a great asset for the Lyon County Museum for research requests and research for exhibits.

Quick Facts

Project Type: Grants

Recipient: Lyon County Historical Society

Funding Amount: $9,385

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: Completed

Appropriation Years: 2015

Description of Other Funds Available upon request. Contact

Recipient Type: Non-Profit Business/Entity

Activity Type: Grants/Contracts

Counties Impacted: Lyon

MN Senate District: 16

MN House District: 16A

FTEs (Full-Time Equivalent Positions Directly Created): 0.00

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