Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Acquire Microfilm Scanner & Computer

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Project Overview

Recipient: Beltrami 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:

12/01/2015 - 12/01/2016

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: $9,734

Amount of Other Funds Leveraged $480

Direct Expenses: $10,214

Project Manager

Dan Karalus
Beltrami County Historical Society
130 Minnesota Avenue SW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Members of Recipient's Governing Body: Sharon Geisen, Steve Caron, Linda L. Lemmer, Andy Mack, Sue Bruns, Jim Aakhus

Subject: History

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

Our aim for this project was to improve access to our research resources and give staff and volunteers better tools to complete research for visitors, exhibits, and programs. The installation of the new ST ViewScan III microfilm scanner achieved these goals for us. We now offer access to our microfilmed newspapers using the scanner. Visitors, staff, and volunteers can now save newspaper records electronically and print them on our printers and copiers with better clarity. As an example, within a week of receiving the new microfilm scanner, we fulfilled a research request with the new scanner and were able to e-mail a clear and readable PDF copy of an obituary to the researcher because of this project. Moreover, the project allows us to start indexing newspapers to make more local history more readily available to the public.

Quick Facts

Project Type: Grants

Recipient: Beltrami County Historical Society

Funding Amount: $9,734

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: Completed

Appropriation Years: 2016

Description of Other Funds Available upon request. Contact

Recipient Type: Non-Profit Business/Entity

Activity Type: Grants/Contracts

Counties Impacted: Beltrami

MN Senate District: 5

MN House District: 5A

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

This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.