Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

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To improve security and storage for significant military artifacts
To create and implement curricula that meets Minnesota Education Standards and enables more thorough student access to veteran's history.
To improve security at the county historical society.
To document on film newspaper production and printing equipment operated by skilled volunteers. The retrospective video will be shown at the State Fair.
To document in 3 to 4 interviews the history of the dance community in the Twin Cities.
To contract with qualified professionals to prepare planning documents for the preservation of the Lyric Building, a contributing property in the Virginia Commercial Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and reused as an arts facility.
To document in 14 interviews the history of Korean adoptees in Minnesota.
To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the Wadena Commercial District.
To compile a comprehensive guide to historic resources documenting Walden Township (Pope County) preparatory to writing a history
To hire qualified professionals to produce a booklet on the history of the Two Harbors waterfront.
To enable greater public access to Waseca County history through installation of a lift and restrooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To hire consultants to develop and install a timeline exhibit in Waseca County.
To hire a qualified consultant to research and develop an exhibit plan for the Waseca County timeline exhibit.
To hire a qualified conservator to restore a significant memorial in Waseca County.
To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of Wasioja Recruiting Station, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
To hire qualified professionals to conduct a conditions assessment of the Wasioja Seminary, a contributing part of the Wasioja Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Water & Bat Abatement | $5,019 | 2010
To determine necessary steps to abate water and pest infiltration to better preserve artifact collections.
Water Abatement Project | $2,790 | 2010
To address water infiltration of museum collections storage by improving exterior drainage
WCHS Collections Inventory | $109,507 | 2014
To begin the inventory of collections documenting the history of Winona County.
To improve safety and the environment for historical artifacts by separating an exhibit fabrication area
We Are Hmong Minnesota | $102,564 | 2016
We Are Hmong Minnesota, a 2,500-square-foot exhibit, debuted March 7, 2015, timed for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the beginning of Hmong migration to Minnesota. MNHS staff worked in partnership with the Hmong community to develop the exhibit. A traveling version of the exhibit for loan to libraries, schools, and community centers was also developed and is currently circulating. A companion exhibit at the James J. Hill House displayed a collection of Hmong textiles recently donated to the Minnesota Historical Society. A new website aggregating collections and educational resources is now available at www.mnhs.org/hmong. The exhibit run was extended through Jan. 3, 2016, due to high demand. Initiating a new collaborative model, MNHS produced a marketing campaign designed in cooperation with members of the local Hmong community, which resulted in strong attendance by first-time visitors to the Minnesota History Center in FY15. More than 3,500 people attended on the exhibit's opening day, March 7, 2015, 75 percent of whom self-identified as Asian/Pacific American. The exhibit garnered impressive media coverage locally and nationally.
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.
To research and write 15 MNopedia entries about Minnesota's Jewish Community Institutions.
MNHS continues to focus on broadening access to many of its Legacy-funded programs through the Internet. This funding supports the web development professionals who plan, build and implement digital components that are part of many Legacy-funded history projects. MNHS also uses the web to report on its use of Legacy funds at legacy.mnhs.org and for the public to apply for Legacy grant funds at legacy.mnhs.org/grants.
MNHS continues to focus on broadening access to many of its Legacy-funded programs through the Internet. This funding supports the web development professionals who plan, build, and implement digital components that are part of many Legacy-funded history projects and helps pay for Web hosting to make these projects accessible to people in Minnesota and beyond. MNHS also uses the web to report on its use of Legacy funds at legacy.mnhs.org and for the public to apply for Legacy grant funds at legacy.mnhs.org/grants.

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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).
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