Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

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Book Publishing | $6,998 | 2011
To publish the three-volume work, "Patriots of Brooklyn: Suppressors of the Great Slaveholder's Rebellion" profiling over 200 veterans of the American Civil War
To fabricate and install an exhibit based on considerable research and consultation with numerous stakeholders about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 for the 150th observance in August 2012.
To design, produce, and install historical markers in the City of Plainview to commemorate the Civil War.
The mission of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force is to promote and share the rich history of the American Civil War and Minnesota's connection to it.
The mission of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force is to promote and share the rich his...
Civil War Database | $90,000 | 2017
MNHS is developing an online database to identify the burial sites of Minnesota's Civil War veterans. When complete, this database will be available to the general public and serve as an aid to descendants, authors, educators and researchers.
In FY16, MNHS began to create a website for teachers to access educational materials and content related to the Civil War. Research was completed and Civil War-related materials were gathered for the website, including 120 primary sources with background information, Minnesota History magazine articles, videos and programs. Teacher testing will inform design and content modifications in advance of a spring 2017 launch.
As the Minnesota State Capitol reopens after several years of restoration work, MNHS plans to offer new programs exploring the Civil War at the Capitol. During this project, an introductory video will be created for school programs and public theme tours that provide background information about Minnesota's involvement in the Civil War and how that influenced the placement of artifacts, art and memorials in the Capitol. In particular, the video will focus on the Governor's Reception Room Civil War paintings, battle flags, statues and memorial plaques in the rotunda. MNHS will also create a comprehensive booklet for the general public on the 48 Civil War battle flags displayed in the rotunda and an overview of recent conservation work. A self-guided booklet will also be created to feature all the Civil War artifacts, art and memorials displayed in the Capitol.
The Minnesota Historical Society developed a communications strategy to raise awareness of the significance of Minnesota's role in the Civil War.
Civil War Soldier Database | $90,000 | 2016
The Historic Recognition Grant program will preserve, recognize, and promote the historic legacy of Minnesota, with a focus on commemoration of Minnesota's role in the American Civil War via a grave registration database to identify all known Minnesota Civil War soldiers buried in Minnesota and those Minnesotans buried outside the state is the first of three projects being administered by MNHS in cooperation with the state's Civil War Commemoration Task Force are in development
To hire a qualified architect to develop architectural drawings for reuse of the Wasioja Civil War Recruiting Station, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Historic Recognition Grant program will preserve, recognize, and promote the historic legacy of Minnesota, with a focus on commemoration of Minnesota's role in the American Civil War via creation of a digital Civil War resource to aid student instruction for sixth and seventh grade teachers is the third of three projects being administered by MNHS in cooperation with the state's Civil War Commemoration Task Force are in development
The Minnesota Historical Society will continue to increase access to its collections by making information and images of historical resources available online for the general public.
Historic Recognition Grants | $125,000 | 2016
Through a competitive process, the Historic Recognition Grant Program awards grants to historical organizations statewide to support programs that preserve, recognize, and promote the historic legacy of Minnesota, with a focus on commemoration of Minnesota's role in the American Civil War.
Historic Recognition Grants | $388,458 | 2017
The Historic Recognition Grant program is designed to preserve, recognize and promote the historic legacy of Minnesota, with a focus on commemoration of Minnesota's role in the U.S. Civil War. MNHS, through a onetime competitive process, awarded nine grants to eight history-minded organizations in eight counties. The Historic Recognition Grants Program grants are based on project priorities delineated by the Governor's Civil War Commemoration Task Force.
Historic Sites Revitalization | $551,523 | 2014
The Minnesota Historical Society continued to work on revitalizing some of the state's most importan...
Library Outreach Programs | $322,212 |
2012
2013
The Minnesota Regional Public Library System and the Minnesota Historical Society will combine their resources to educate, entertain and build community among library patrons around the state.
Library Outreach Programs | $180,772 | 2014
Partner: The Minnesota Regional Public Library System MNHS and regional public libraries across Minn...
Minnesota and the Civil War Exhibit | $646,572 |
2012
2013
A new exhibit explores Minnesota's role in the Civil War. The exhibit, which opened in March 2013, draws heavily on objects and manuscripts from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections.
To costume and equip seven mannequin figures for a major exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Minnesota's tragic Dakota War of 1862.
To enable public access through a website on the Minnesota Civil War Sesquicentennial.
The Minnesota History Center offered numerous programs and events to commemorate the 150th anniversa...
The Civil War stories of the Oliver Kelley Farm and Historic Fort Snelling were featured in a 30-minute television program and broadcast statewide by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). A similar TV segment was also aired on the Civil War origins of Juneteenth and how this anniversary continues to to be commemorated in the African American community. These historical topics and many more, including the 1862 U.S, Dakota War, comprised a special 2-hour television program also broadcast by TPT. Both television programs, produced entirely by MNHS, will continue to be aired by TPT for years to come. Minnesota Social Studies teachers will receive their own DVD copies for classroom use. Lifelong learners benefited from a lecture by noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer; an entire weekend of Civil War era programming at Historic Fort Snelling; and other statewide programming, including a Duluth dedication on Veterans Day to Civil War vet Albert Woolson. A final report of all Civil War Sesquicentennial activities is being developed and online resources are being archived.
To add 227 standard Minnesota history books to the Washington County Library System

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