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Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

48 New Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants and Four New Partnership Grants Awarded Statewide

The Minnesota Historical Society today announced 48 recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants of up to $7,000 each and four new Partnership Grants totaling $155,410. The grants are being awarded in dozens of counties across the state to help local organizations preserve and share Minnesota history.

The Society also reminds interested applicants that the next grants deadline is January 11, 2013, which may be the final deadline for this 2012-2013 biennium depending upon available funds. The Grants Manual is available at legacy.mnhs.org/grants. Applications are accepted only through the Society’s grants portal at grants.mnhs.org.

“Every year, we receive hundreds of grant proposals for the cause of history and historic preservation,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. “We review each proposal to ensure the project meets established criteria and will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. This latest round of grants wisely uses the power of history to transform lives and communities, while building a legacy for Minnesota.”

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.

The Minnesota Historical Society has also awarded Legacy-funded partnership grants to organizations working together to preserve and share Minnesota history. The partnership grants promote the sharing of knowledge and resources among historical organizations and extend the reach of Legacy history funds across the state.

Grant Recipients:
All grants are administered through a competitive process using professional standards and criteria. The latest round of recipients of “Fast Track” Grants (up to $7,000) are listed in alphabetical order by county below. Partnership grants are listed below the “Fast Track” Grants.

Anoka County, Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, $1,670
Madeira Hull Section Display
To fabricate and install an outdoor exhibit of a hull section of the Madeira, a shipwreck listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Becker County, Becker County Historical Society, $6,830
Photo Collection Digitization
To digitize and make publicly accessible 14,835 photographs in the collection.

Brown County, Township of Milford, $2,500
District #50 School (Milford Town Hall) National Register Evaluation
To have the District #50 School, currently serving as Milford Township Hall, evaluated for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Carver County, Carver County Historical Society, $7,000
Peterson Barn Construction Preparation Work
To preserve wood components of the north barn, a contributing feature of the Andrew Peterson Farmstead, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Cook County, Schroeder Area Historical Society, $1,629
StEPs Program Assessment
To grow the capacity of the organization to preserve and interpret history through a national training standard.

Dakota County, Caponi Art Park, $6,775
Development of Institutional Photo Archives
To process photographs documenting Caponi Art Park in order to increase public access to them.

Fillmore County, Rushford Area Historical Society, $6,693
Cataloging the Collections of the Rushford Depot Museum
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust using PastPerfect Museum Software.

Goodhue County, City of Red Wing, $1,200
South End Residential Historic District (Proposed) Local Designation Form
To hire a qualified historian to prepare the local designation of the South End Residential Historic District.

Goodhue County, Red Wing Public Library, $7,000
Writing a History of the Red Wing Public Library
To hire a qualified historian to draft a manuscript on the history of the Red Wing Public Library.

Grant County, Grant County, $7,000
Preservation of Decorative Elements
To prepare a condition report and treatment proposal for murals in the Grant County Courthouse, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Eden Prairie Historical Society, $5,341
General Conservation Assessment and Long Range Plan
To hire professional conservators to assess historically significant collections and write a long range preservation plan.

Hennepin County, Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group, Inc., $4,200
Arthur and Edith Lee House National Register Evaluation
To have the Arthur and Edith Lee House evaluated for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Hennepin County Library, $7,000
Acquire Microfilm/fiche Reader/Printer/Scanner
To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer/scanner.

Hennepin County, Hennepin Medical History Center, $2,000
“World Within Our Walls” exhibit
To research and draft exhibit text concerning the history of departments and units of the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Hennepin County, Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association, $6,190
Lowry Hill East Bryant Avenue Research Project Phase I
To research and assemble historical data concerning residents along Bryant Avenue in South Minneapolis.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, $7,000
Grand Rounds Historic District - National Significance and Cultural Landscape Analysis
To hire a qualified historian to research and prepare a historic context study of the national significance of the Grand Rounds park system landscape.

Hennepin County, Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation, $190
Microfilm Duplication, Miller Collection
To add two rolls of microfilmed records from World War II to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Hennepin County, Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation, $2,140
MNANG Museum Archives Processing
To address, through basic processing, the backlog of archives in order to increase public access to Minnesota Air National Guard history.

Hennepin County, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, $7,000
Oral History for Phyllis Wheatley, Urban Coalition Minnesota Ombudsman for Corrections
To document in four interviews the history of inter-racial urban history from the 1960s-1990s.

Hennepin County, Regents of the University of Minnesota (Bell Museum of Natural History), $7,000
Interpretive Maps Illustrating History of Landscape Change in Minnesota
To increase public access to historically significant dioramas through handheld devices.

Hennepin County, Regents of the University of Minnesota (Institute on Community Integration), $7,000
An Anthology of the 1957 MN Law Requiring Special Education
To compile an anthology of the history behind the 1957 Minnesota law requiring special education for children with disabilities.

Hennepin County, Richfield Historical Society, $2,238
Creation and Implementation of Family Programming for Richfield Historical Society
To increase accessibility to Richfield history for K-12 audiences.

Itasca County, Itasca County Historical Society, $5,900
HVAC Evaluation for Collections Storage
To provide an engineering assessment of the museum’s environmental systems.

Lake of the Woods County, Depot Preservation Alliance, $7,000
“Take a Ride on the Rails” Exhibit
To fabricate and install “Take a Ride on the Rails,” an interpretive exhibit about rail service in the 1930s.

Le Sueur County, City of New Prague, $7,000
New Prague’s Historic Context Study
To hire a qualified historian to conduct a historic context study for the City of New Prague.

Lake of the Woods County, Lake of the Woods County Historical Society, $4,950
Microfilm Acquisition and Storage
To add 51 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Lyon County, Marshall-Lyon County Library, $6,872
Microfilm Aquisition for Marshall-Lyon County Library
To add 76 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Morrison County, Morrison County Historical Society, $6,500
Evaluation of Upgraded Weyerhaeuser Museum Mechanical System (HVAC)
To provide an engineering assessment of the museum’s environmental systems.

Nobles County, Nobles County Historical Society, $7,000
National Register Evaluation for War Memorial Building
To have the Nobles County War Memorial Building evaluated for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society, $4,770
HVAC Evaluation for History Center
To provide an engineering assessment of the museum’s environmental systems.

Otter Tail County, Otter Tail County Historical Society, $7,000
Interpretive Exhibit Plan for Natural History Exhibit
To hire a qualified museum consultant to develop a thematic concept plan for a woodland diorama.

Ramsey County, 1006 Summit Avenue Society, $7,000
Governor’s Residence Video: Production Phase
To produce a short video introduction about the history, architecture and use of the Horace Irvine House (Minnesota Governor’s Residence), which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, 1006 Summit Avenue Society, $7,000
Governor’s Residence Booklet: Writing and Design
To write and design a site guide for improved public access to the Minnesota Governor’s Residence (Horace Irvine House), which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Bethel University Digital Library, $3,800
Bethel University Student Newspaper Digitization
To digitize The Clarion, Bethel University’s student newspaper, 1983-2007, for increased public access.

Ramsey County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, $6,990
USS Essex Log Book Project III: Editing/Transcription
To prepare RAW digital images of log books from the USS Essex, a shipwreck listed in the National Register of Historic Places, for public access via the Internet.

Ramsey County, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, $6,872
The Clothesline Project/Exhibit Preservation
To preserve through proper museum storage a collection of 650 textiles documenting victims of domestic violence.

Ramsey County, Ramsey County Historical Society, $6,900
“They Played for the Love of the Game: Adding to the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball” Research and Writing
To complete the research and writing of a manuscript documenting the history of black baseball in Minnesota, 1940s-1960s.

Red Lake County, Minnesota's Historic Northwest, $7,000
Minnesota’s Historic Northwest Consortium: Interpretive Exhibit Plan for Traveling Exhibits
To hire a qualified museum consultant to create a detailed exhibit concept for a traveling exhibit about Northwestern Minnesota’s fur trade history.

Scott County, Scott County Historical Society, $6,171
Oversize Storage/Rehousing Project
To improve care and management of oversize and flat file collections through proper storage.

Sibley County, City of Gaylord, $7,000
City of Gaylord’s Historic Preservation Plan
To prepare a Historic Preservation Plan for the City of Gaylord.

St. Louis County, Hibbing Public Library, $7,000
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer
To enable public access to primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

St. Louis County, Laurentian Arts and Culture Alliance, $2,500
Repair Water Leakage at Sprinkler Service Main
To rehabilitate the sprinkler system protecting the Lyric Theater, a contributing feature of the Virginia Commercial Historic District which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Laurentian Arts and Culture Alliance, $7,000
Reinstall Emergency Exit Door on Lyric Building
To rehabilitate an egress door on the Lyric Theater, a contributing feature of the Virginia Commercial Historic District which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Proctor Area Historical Society, $7,000
Interpretive Exhibit Plan for the Car Shop Superintendent’s Office
To hire a qualified museum profesional to develop an interpretive plan for a railroad history gallery.

Stearns County, Stearns History Museum and Research Center, $7,000
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner
To enable public access to primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer/scanner.

Swift County, Upper MN Valley Regional Development Commission, $7,000
Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway 2013 Interpretive Plan
To hire a qualified interpretive specialist to develop an interpretive plan for the history along 287 miles of the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway.

Waseca County, Waseca County Historical Society, $7,000
Interpretive Exhibit Plan for Timeline Exhibit
To hire a qualified interpretive specialist to develop a comprehensive interpretive plan for Waseca County history.

Wadena County, Wadena County Historical Society, $6,990
“Reaume’s Leaf River Post” Survey Project: Remote Sensing and Archaeological Investigation
To conduct an archaeological survey of the Reaume Leaf River Post Site using ground-penetrating radar.

Legacy-Funded Partnership Grants

Hennepin County, Adath Jeshurun Foundation and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, $19,140
L'Dor V'Dor... Archival Processing Project
To make accessible to the public 127 years of archival materials documenting the history of Minnesota’s oldest Jewish Conservative Congregation.

Hennepin County, Friends of Christ Church Lutheran and Christ Church Lutheran, $78,250
Christ Church Lutheran Accessibility Project
To bring the elevator of Christ Church Lutheran, a National Historic Landmark, up to code to continue access to the entire building.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society and Zumbro Watershed Partnership, $33,020
Zumbro River Watershed Environmental History Research
To collect and research historical and environmental data on the Zumbro River watershed preparatory to producing an environmental history.

Ramsey County, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and Thorstein Veblen Farmstead, $25,000
Thorstein Veblen Farmstead Master Plan for Restoration and Rehabilitation
To undertake a comprehensive re-use study for the Thorstein Veblen Farmstead, a National Historic Landmark.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: “Fast Track” Grants of $7,000 or less, Mid-Size Grants between $7,001 and $50,000, and Large Grants of more than $50,001. For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit legacy.mnhs.org.

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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.