Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

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The Minnesota Historical Society recognizes the natural relationship between sustainability and historic preservation and the importance of environmental stewardship as we preserve our cultural heritage for future generations.
During the third phase of this project, staff continue to implement and verify recommendations for reducing the Society’s environmental impact.
The Minnesota Historical Society continues to strive for environmental, economic and social sustaina...
To hire historic preservation professionals to conduct a condition assessment of the Swedish Mission Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places
To hire qualified professionals to research and assemble materials specific to historic preservation in Minnesota preparatory to a national preservation conference.
To augment an award-winning exhibit with direct quotes from Dakota people and deepen public perspective on the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux
To re-roof and improve weather-tightness to preserve the Taylors Falls Public Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, preparatory to marking the city's centennial anniversary in 2013 of operating a library in this facility
The U of M and MNHS are collaborating to enhance heritage education across Minnesota. This project engages students in field experiences with the archaeological collections and interpretive programs at Historic Fort Snelling and is providing research support for new programs at the Oliver Kelley Farm. These projects will help build models for collaborative instruction that fosters cultural heritage awareness and protection. Through the projects, the students will be exposed to the breadth of Minnesota's diverse artifacts, sites, stories, and traditions, thus nurturing future generations of professionals who understand the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of heritage and preservation work. Secondary benefits of this initiative include building better community-institutional relationships and fostering broader public support for cultural heritage awareness and protection.
Partner: University of Minnesota--Twin Cities The University of Minnesota and Minnesota Historical So...
With the approval by the U of M Board of Regents of a recently proposed MA program in Heritage Studies and Public History, the Teaching Heritage Collaborative will shift focus to the development of program curriculum and recruitment. In addition, the History Day partnership between the U of M and MNHS will be enriched through further development of campus engagement programs.These will include new cohorts of the Summer History Immersion Program for high school students as well as on-campus research experiences during the school year. The scope of these efforts is creating deeper engagement between MNHS staff and U of M faculty and students. History Day partnerships are creating pathways to higher education, and, in turn, connecting undergraduate students to K-12 education and shaping their future college and career paths. The new MA program will open more opportunities to cooperatively develop public history professionals to support heritage institutions into the future.
Technology Enhancements | $753,361 |
2010
2011
This funding enabled the Society to help deliver web development services, and to purchase servers and equipment to meet the increased demands created by the ACHF programs.
Technology Support | $564,420 |
2012
2013
This funding allows the Minnesota Historical Society to broaden access to many of its Legacy-funded programs through the internet. It supports the web development professionals who plan, build and implement digital components that are part of many Legacy-funded history projects.
Technology Support | $666,470 | 2014
The Minnesota Historical Society continues to focus on broadening access to many of its Legacy-funde...
To hire qualified professionals to develop an exhibit on the 1916 Mesabi Range Strike.
To brace interior walls and foundation, remove and replace steps, and install exterior drainage system on the Terrace Mill, listed on the National Register.
To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Terrace Theater in Robbinsdale.
To gain intellectual and physical control and provide appropriate storage materials for historic textiles held in public trust.
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.
To hire an architect to write a Historic Structure Report to guide future restoration of the 1910 Sam S. Shubert Theatre and Shubert Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
To research, finalize, and design an exhibit on the beginnings of the computer industry in Minnesota.
To hire a qualified historian to research and assemble materials concerning the former Burntside River Community
To hire a preservation consultant to improve intellectual control and proper storage of the Clothesline Project collection.
To preserve through proper museum storage a collection of 650 textiles documenting victims of domestic violence.
Through a competitive process, the Heritage Partnership Program awards grants to historical organizations statewide to support programs that will build the capacity of partnering organizations to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural resources. The program supports the creation and development of sustainable, history-based partnerships throughout the state.
To assemble historical resources pertaining to 50 years of theater productions, 1959-2012, preparatory to digitization

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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.