Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

More than 50 organizations in 32 counties to receive Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Dozens of organizations across Minnesota just got a boost in their work to preserve and share our state's history thanks to 58 new Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants awarded by the Minnesota Historical Society. The grants, which can be up to $10,000, are listed by county below.

"Demand for Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants remains high as we kick off a new biennium. The grants help give history-minded organizations the support they need to carry out valuable projects that will benefit Minnesotans now and well into the future," said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants The Minnesota Historical Society has received a legislative appropriation of $11.2 million for the 2014-2015 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program. 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. Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which supports efforts to preserve Minnesota's land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage. Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: Small or Structured Grants of $10,000 or less, Mid-Size Grants between $10,001 and $50,000, and Large Grants of more than $50,001.

Visit legacy.mnhs.org/grants/deadlines for application deadlines for the 2014-2015 biennium. The Grants Manual is available at legacy.mnhs.org/grants. Applications are accepted only through the Society’s grants portal at grants.mnhs.org.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients Each Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota's cultural and historical resources. The grants are awarded according to professional standards and criteria.

Anoka County, Anoka County
Anoka State Hospital Oral History Project, $4782
To document in 20 interviews the history of Anoka State Hospital.

Brown County, Brown County
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Study, $6000
To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate the current system preparatory to better control of the Brown County Historical Society museum environment.

Cass County, Heritage Group North, Inc.
Pine River Depot Museum Historic Preservation & Minnesota History Bookshelves, $1835
To add 68 standard Minnesota historic preservation and history titles to broaden public accessibility.

Cass County, Heritage Group North, Inc.
Pine River Depot Museum Minnesota Museum Bookshelf,  $1799
To add 49 standard Minnesota museum titles to broaden public accessibility.

Chippewa County, City of Montevideo
Montevideo Carnegie Library Building Assessment Project,  $6950
To hire a qualified historian to conduct a conditions assessment of the Montevideo Carnegie Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Clay County, Heritage Education Commission
Veterans’ Oral History Transcription, $8100
To transcribe 75 oral histories from World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to provide better public access.

Clay County, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
Bergquist Cabin Outdoor Interpretation, $2500
To fabricate and install a historical marker that provides public access to the story of the John Bergquist House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Dakota County, Caponi Art Park
Development of a Collections Plan, $3080
To hire a consultant to help write a collections plan in order to improve collections care and management.

Fillmore County, City of Lanesboro
Historic Preservation Training at the 2013 Preserve Minnesota Conference, $9590
To provide supplemental training opportunities at the 2013 Preserve Minnesota conference.

Goodhue County, Florence Township
Florence Town Hall Exterior Assessment, $8000
To hire a qualified professional to write an exterior building assessment of the Florence Town Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Grant County, Grant County
Grant County Courthouse Decorative Elements Original Stencils Reproduction and Preservation, $7920
To reproduce original stencil patterns from the Grant County Courthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, AirSpace Minnesota
AirSpace Minnesota: Oral History Project, $7250
To document in 6-8 interviews the history of individuals who have been underrepresented in Minnesota's aviation and aerospace industry.

Hennepin County, Augsburg Fairview Academy
Native American Resource Library, $252
To add 11 standard American Indian history titles to broaden public accessibility.

Hennepin County, Hennepin History Museum
HIV/AIDS Healthcare Providers Oral History Project, $10,000
To document in 10 interviews the history of HIV/AIDS treatment in the Twin Cities.

Houston County, City of Hokah
Hokah City Hall National Register Nomination, $4000
To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for Hokah City Hall.

Houston County, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center
Spring Grove Research and Exhibit Design, $7000
To research, develop themes for, and design an exhibit on the history of Spring Grove, 1850-1900.

Houston County, Houston County
Houston County Courthouse Historic Structure Report, $10,000
To hire a qualified consultant to write a historic structure report for the Houston County Courthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.          

Hubbard County, Hubbard County Historical Society
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Evaluation, $6300
To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate current system preparatory to better control of the Hubbard County Historical Society museum environment.

Itasca County, Itasca County Historical Society
Asbestos Abatement for Archival Storage, $6150
To hire a contractor for asbestos abatement in the museum's archival storage area.

Lake County, Lake County Historical Society
Depot Window Restoration Project Phase 1, $7650
To hire a contractor to repair four original windows in the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Mille Lacs County, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Archives Assessment and Preservation Plan, $5361
To hire professional conservators to assess historically significant collections and write a long range preservation plan.

Morrison County, City of Royalton
Royalton Banner Microfilm Acquisition, $4245
To add 58 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Nobles County, Nobles County Historical Society
Three-dimensional Artifact Cataloging Project, $9955
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society
Comprehensive Inventory and Cataloging Project, Vault A, $8790
To add 90 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society
Purchase Olmsted County Newspapers on Microfilm, $8129
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Pipestone County, Pipestone County Historical Society
Old City Hall Rehabilitation Phase II, $10,000
To hire a historic architect to assess the restoration needs for the historic Pipestone City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and current home of the Pipestone County Museum.

Ramsey County, City of Maplewood
Maplewood Historic Context Study, $9500
To hire a qualified historian to conduct a historic context study for the City of Maplewood.

Ramsey County, Hamline Church United Methodist
Conditions Report for Hamline Church, $10,000
To hire a qualified professional to write a conditions assessment of Hamline Methodist Episcopal Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, HAND in HAND Productions
Saint Paul Police Oral History Project Phase 8, $10,000
To document in 2-4 interviews the history of the Saint Paul Police Department.

Ramsey County, Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota
Romanian Immigration to the Twin Cities Documentary Video, $10,000
To create a documentary about the experiences of Romanian immigrants in Minnesota.

Ramsey County, Maplewood Area Historical Society
Maplewood Fire Department Oral History, Phase 1, $10,000
To document in oral history interviews the history of the Maplewood Fire Department.

Ramsey County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota
Lake Waconia Nautical Archaeology 1, $4003
To determine the nature of objects discovered through marine archaeology research in Lake Minnetonka.

Ramsey County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota
Lake Minnetonka Nautical Archaeology 2, $9245
To determine the nature of objects discovered through marine archaeology research in Lake Waconia.

Ramsey County, Minnesota Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Annotated Timeline, $10,000
To prepare for the 2014 centennial of the organization through research and writing on the contributions to Minnesota engineering history.

Ramsey County, Minnesota Transportation Museum
Jackson Street Roundhouse Interpretive Plan, $10,000
To complete an interpretive plan for the museum in order to make more effective use of limited resources to better serve the public.

Ramsey County, North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting
"My 3000 Mile Hike to San Francisco" Research Project, $7130
To research context for a manuscript by then 16-year-old Leon Blehart about a 1915 hike from St. Paul to San Francisco.

Ramsey County, Ramsey County Historical Society
General Preservation Assessment Survey and Long Range Conservation Plan, $5626
To hire professional conservators to assess historically significant collections and write a long range preservation plan.

Rice County, Independent School District #659
History of the Northfield Minnesota Public Schools, $9000
To hire a consultant to research and prepare materials for a history of Northfield public schools.

Rice County, Northfield Historical Society
Civic Organizations Digitization and Transcription, $9976
To digitize documents from 36 Northfield­area civic organizations and make them publicly accessible via the Northfield History Collaborative.

Rice County, Northfield Historical Society
Processing NHS Collections Backlog, $9912
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Rice County, Rice County Historical Society
Hidden in Plain Sight: Recovering Evangeline Marrs Whipple’s Minnesota Story Through Archival Research, $9800
 To research and compile resources documenting the 14 years that influential philanthropist Evangeline Marrs Whipple spent in Minnesota.

St. Louis County, City of Duluth
I-35 Duluth Area Construction Oral History Project, $4900
To document in 10 interviews the history of the development of Interstate 35 through Duluth.

St. Louis County, City of Ely
Ely Community Center Reuse Study, $10,000
To hire a qualified historian to conduct a reuse study for the Ely Community Center, a WPA-era building.

St. Louis County, Dorothy Molter Foundation and Museum
Photography Collection Cataloging, $9594
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic photographs held in public trust.

St. Louis County, Proctor Area Historical Society
Collections Management Policy and Procedures, $7000
To hire a qualified professional to assess historically significant collections and write a collections management policy.

Stearns County, Stearns History Museum and Research Center
Collections Storage and Rehousing, $7946
To improve care and management of archival and small three-dimensional collections through proper storage.

Steele County, Steele County Historical Society
Collections Project for Preservation and Interpretation, $6772
To improve care and management of collections through proper storage.

Steele County, Steele County Historical Society
StEPs Workbook, $4144
To grow the capacity of the organization to preserve and interpret history through a national training standard.

Todd County, Todd County Historical Society
Acquire Primary Resources on Microfilm, $9954
To add 83 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Traverse County, Taylor Township
Roof Restoration District #44 School, $10,000
To use historically appropriate materials to repair the roof of the District No. 44 School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Wabasha County, Wabasha County Historical Society
Reads Landing Museum Interpretive Plan, $10,000
To hire a qualified consultant to create an interpretive plan for exhibits at the historical society's Reads Landing Schoolhouse museum building.

Wadena County, Menahga Area Historical Society
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Evaluation, $6500
To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate current system preparatory to better control of the Menahga Area Museum environment.

Waseca County, City of Waseca
Downtown Waseca Design Guidelines, $5500
To hire a qualified consultant to create historic preservation design guidelines for the City of Waseca.

Washington County, Afton Historical Society and Museum
Cataloging 1110 items into PastPerfect Database, $9990
To improve collections care and management through proper storage.

Winona County, Polish Cultural Institute
Collections Inventory Preparation, $9997
To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust using PastPerfect Museum Software.

Wright County, City of Cokato
Cokato Museum Door Replacement Project, $10,000
To improve public accessibility at the Cokato Historical Society and better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wright County, City of Rockford
Off-site Archival Storage of the Ames-Florida-Stork House Collections, $8936
To provide appropriate storage materials for archival collections.

Wright County, Cokato Historical Society
Akerlund Glass Plate Negative Scanning, Phase VI, $10,000
To scan glass plate negatives from the museum's collection for better public access to the images.

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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.