Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

2015 Legacy Research Fellowships to Advance Minnesota History Awarded

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Gale Family Library Legacy Research Fellowships. This is the second round of fellowships awarded by MNHS, made possible by funding from the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The competitive fellowship is designed to support research on Minnesota history that is conducted at MNHS’ Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center. The fellowship is open to any post-college Minnesota scholar.

The 2015 winners and their topics:

  • Kirsten Delegard, Minneapolis
    “City of Light and Darkness: The Making of a Progressive Metropolis in Minneapolis,” a comprehensive history of Minneapolis, post-1940.
  • Mary Krugerud, Shakopee
    History of tuberculosis treatment at Minnesota's sanatoriums.
  • Eric Colleary, Minneapolis
    Social history and cookbook based on research into the James J. Hill House kitchens.
  • David LaVigne, Eveleth
    Ethnic and multi-ethnic public commemorations on Minnesota's Iron Range from the 1960s to the 1980s and how these celebrations affected regional, state and national identities.

All fellowship recipients receive a stipend. Recipients will write articles for MNopedia, MNHS’s online resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events and things in Minnesota history. Several hope to produce articles for MNHS’s journal, Minnesota History as well.

The first published MNopedia entry from a 2014 Legacy Fellowship recipient is Lois Glewwe’s article on Dakota missionary Jane Smith Williamson.

Announcement details for the 2016 round of Legacy Fellowships will be made in July 2015, with an application deadline in fall 2015.


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.