Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

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To print and publish a book on the history of Mankato's Wagon Wheel Café and its patrons.
To hire a qualified historian to conduct primary source research on the history of women's activities in southwestern Minnesota during World War I.
To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of women in southwestern Minnesota during World War I.
Then Now Wow Enhancement | $323,720 | 2013
Arts and Cultural Heritage funds supported staff time devoted to creating "Then Now Wow," a major, new, hands-on exhibit that brings fascinating people, places and stories of our state to life. Visitors to "Then Now Wow" (the exhibit's working title was "Our Minnesota") which opened at the Minnesota History Center in late November 2012, explore the state's distinctive places and meet the diverse people who have made their homes here.
Then Now Wow Exhibit | $50,000 | 2014
Developed for families with children and school field trips, and complementing the Northern Lights s...
Then Now Wow Exhibit Promotion | $189,952 | 2014
MNHS is promoting the "Then Now Wow" exhibit at the Minnesota History Center to ensure that Minnesot...
Then, Now, Wow | $160,000 | 2017
Then Now Wow is a long-term educational exhibit designed specifically for Minnesota's children and families. This year staff created a comprehensive marketing strategy to increase overall attendance while driving specific increases among diverse families. New programs, including a monthly offering called WOW! Family Sundays, will give families the opportunity to discover the connections between old and new through activities, games, hands-on art projects and sharing stories. Student and teacher feedback informed work to improve the technology used for Play the Past, the in-gallery mobile application for K-12 students. New devices with the most current operating system will be purchased to replace aging devices. Additionally, the Minnesota History Center will improve the exhibit with the installation of a handicap lift for the boxcar. Focus groups were conducted with families from the Hmong community, the Somali community and families with children on the autism spectrum. Surveys were conducted with families attending programs, as well as non-visitor families in the metro area. Following this work, recommendations will be made to establish programs and resources for family audiences that promote inclusivity and engagement.
To document in 12 oral history interviews the experiences of the crew of the Hjemkomst on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of ship's voyage.
To hire a qualified conservator to prepare a treatment proposal for the inspection certificate of the shipwreck Thomas Wilson
THPO Application Assistance | $7,000 | 2011
To hire a qualified professional to conduct public input meetings preparatory to Tribal Historic Preservation Office status
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.
To reinterpret and expand the interpretive timeline for the introduction to the main exhibit gallery.
TLO Church Cemetery Records | $2,125 | 2011
To reconstruct interment records of the Lone Oak Lutheran Cemetery and broaden public access through deposit at the Dakota County Historical Society. Amount adjusted to focus the project on software selection and data migration.
The Together in Time project meets the needs of a diverse, aging population by empowering them as lifelong learners, encouraging them to tell stories, and by supporting their caregivers in carrying out their essential roles. Core elements of the program include leading programs in multiple locations for those with memory loss and their caregivers and working on tools such as a mobile app to show objects from MNHS's collections in order to spark conversations. As part of this project, staff work with the African American and Latino communities to build relationships and better understand how to serve their unique memory loss and cultural needs.
The Together in Time project meets the needs of a diverse, aging population by empowering them as lifelong learners, encouraging them to tell stories, and supporting their caregivers in carrying out their essential roles. Core elements of the program include leading programs in multiple locations for those with memory loss and their caregivers and working on tools, such as a House of Memories mobile app, to show objects from the MNHS collection in order to spark conversations. An IMLS one-year planning grant, in place through October 2016, allowed staff to conduct focus groups to test the viability of the House of Memories mobile app program, develop relationships and co-create programs with a number of diverse community organizations, learn about the needs of professional and family care partners, and bring in healthcare and museum professionals to advise on this work. Currently, MNHS has applied for an IMLS grant to support developing the first U.S. version of the House of Memories mobile app. The grant would also allow staff to create a training program for professional care partners to use the mobile app tool to better care for people with memory loss. Work done with the African American and Latino communities during the planning grant will be incorporated into both the trainings and mobile app object selection.
To hire a qualified historian to research the history of Mount Sinai Hospital and Women's Auxiliary, 1942-1992.
To document in 10 oral history interviews the history of the impact of the 1986 Fridley Tornado on Springbrook Nature Center.
To create public access to two significant neighborhoods of St. Paul through self-guided tours
To adapt historical content from established paper-based tour brochures for the web and mobile applications for greater public access.
To hire a professional historian to prepare a nomination of the Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Depot to the National Register of Historic Places
To restore the roof and windows of the Chippewa Falls Town Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places
To produce an exhibit on the history of the county's townships
The exhibit told the stories of the toys of the baby boom era--of the kids who played with them, the ...
Fond du Lac College, in partnership with the Carlton County Historical Society, will transcribe and catalog 345 hours of video oral histories, making them available at the two institutions, as well as to a larger audience through online publication.

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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.