Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

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To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of the Winona Historic Preservation Commission, in preparation for an expanded HPC website.
To hire a qualified consultant to write a historic structure report for the Winona Masonic Temple, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
WLSSD History Exhibit | $5,900 | 2011
To fabricate and install an exhibit on the history of the sanitary district and broaden public access to the district's story. Amount adjusted to remove a traveling exhibit component not critical to the success of the project.
To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the Woman's Club of Minneapolis.
To edit audio-visual assets as a part of a larger project to create a documentary on women's political history in Minnesota. Amount adjusted to focus the project on editing.
To document in 6 interviews the story of women in politics in Minnesota
To document in 30 interviews the history of this all-women's college preparatory to the college's sesquicentennial observance
To prepare a timeline of significant legislation affecting Minnesota women, 1920-present
To begin restoration of the North Barn on the Andrew Peterson Farmstead, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
To assemble historical resources pertaining to the Great War (1914-1918) in Murray County preparatory to the centennial
To research and develop a book about World War I Red Cross volunteer Alice O'Brien
To prepare for the 2014 centennial of World War I by assembling documentation of Minnesota homefront experiences
To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan about World War I for an upcoming traveling exhibit.
To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for a traveling exhibit on World War I in Kandiyohi County.
To install an exhibit on the impact of World War II on Mower County residents.
To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of special education administration in Minnesota.
To hire a qualified historian to draft a manuscript on the history of the Red Wing Public Library.
To provide professional development opportunities to central Minnesota writers interested in writing about local history.
WW1 America | $736,587 | 2017
The WW1 America exhibit will be a new traveling exhibit created by Minnesota History Center staff and focused on America during the World War I era, 1914-1919. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit will depict the era as a dramatic time in American history when the nation grappled with massive upheavals brought on by social movements, mobility and modernity at home, while exerting its growing military, industrial and cultural influence abroad. Visitors will gain a better understanding of this often-overlooked period in U.S. history. The exhibit will open in April 2017, to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. MNHS is partnering on the exhibit with the National Constitution Center, National World War I Museum and Memorial and Oakland Museum of California.
To hire a qualified consultant to research World War I in Brown County for a future exhibit.
To develop a new website that enables better public access to Dakota County history.
To repair sandstone details, masonry, and windows on the Young Women's Christian Association building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, for low-income and homeless housing.
To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct children's archaeology workshops at Scott County Historical Society.
Youth Partnerships | $82,578 | 2016
MNHS partners with diverse organizations to create in-depth, meaningful learning experiences for young people that help them develop career and life skills. One example is the Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Program. Over 10 weeks, six American Indian high school students worked with MNHS to investigate historic and contemporary images of American Indians, learn digital photography, and create a gallery show of photographic prints chosen for their interpretation of the theme, "What Brings Us Together." The opening was expected to bring in more than 100 people from the community to the Two Rivers Gallery on Dec. 4, 2015, to celebrate the students' work. Two Rivers Gallery graciously contributed the gallery space for the opening exhibition, gallery cards showcasing the event to the community, and frames for showing the students' prints. The evening event was part of a community art crawl in collaboration between Two Rivers Gallery, All My Relations Gallery, and Minneapolis Institute of Art. The student photography show will open at the Minnesota History Center on Jan. 23, 2016, and will continue to travel to Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Lower Sioux Agency in spring and summer 2016. MNHS Inclusion and Community Engagement staff also created opportunities to engage with community members telling their personal histories through two programs, the Summer Technology Workshop and Teen Advisory Council. Summer Technology Workshop is a two-and-a-half week program that highlights career readiness through a community-identified assessment of technology skills needs. Students explored the Google suite of tools and web design through immersive opportunities held at the Minnesota History Center and Saint Paul College. They explored the lack of Latino representation in the historical record and identified topics for future in-depth research. Final products were five-minute documentaries and websites that showed off students' newly acquired knowledge. The goal of the Teen Advisory Council is to increase teen presence and voice at MNHS. The council works with community advisers such as the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs to create teen-produced programming for MNHS Family Day events. Students learn about the history of the community and issues surrounding diverse narratives. They then create original programs and performances (such as spoken word and webinars) with guidance from community advisers and MNHS staff. Students learn about what it means to be a Minnesotan and how to present those narratives in a museum setting.
Youth Partnerships | $86,851 | 2017
MNHS partners with diverse organizations to create in-depth, meaningful learning experiences for young people that help them develop career and life skills. The Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Program welcomed six American Indian high school students who investigated historic and contemporary images of American Indians, learned digital photography, and created a gallery show to interpret the theme "Powerful." The opening was held at the Two Rivers Gallery on Dec. 9, 2016, with the gallery donating the space, announcement postcards and frames for the prints. The student show will also be displayed at Minneapolis Central Library starting Feb. 8, 2017 and the Minnesota History Center and Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post in spring and summer 2017. The Summer Technology Workshop highlights career readiness through a community-identified assessment of technology skills needs. Students explored the Google suite of tools and web design through immersive opportunities held at the Minnesota History Center and Saint Paul College. Students explored Latino representation in the historical record and identified topics for future in-depth research. They created 10-minute documentaries and websites. The goal of the Teen Advisory Council is to increase a teen presence and voice at MNHS. The council works with community advisers such as the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs to create teen-produced programming for MNHS family day events. Students learn about the history of the community and issues surrounding diverse narratives. They create original programs and performances (such as spoken word and webinars) with guidance from community advisers and MNHS staff. Students learned about what it means to be a Minnesotan and how to present those narratives in a museum setting. This year staff worked at Mill City Museum to develop Waariyan: Somali Youth in Minnesota, which encouraged Somali high school students to explore their identities as Minnesotans through food, storytelling and cultural resources. Using oral histories, video editing software, historical research and career-readiness curriculum, students compiled research into a cookbook to be published by MNHS Press in 2018.

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