Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Over $3.5 Million In Historical And Cultural Heritage Grants Awarded Statewide

The Minnesota Historical Society announces the newest recipients of 41 mid-size ($10,001 - $50,000) and large ($50,001 and up) grants in 23 counties totaling $3.57 million. Mid-size and large grants are awarded once each fiscal year; they 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.

"Many grants approved in this round fund planning and research, essential first steps in any successful history project," said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. "Minnesota citizens expect that projects will be done to the highest standards, so I am delighted to see the right steps being taken at the outset to ensure end results will have enduring value."

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

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Mid-Size and Large Grants

Anoka County (Fridley), Minnesota Special Education Leaders Foundation (MNSELF), $48,800
Researching 1960-2000 MN Special Education History: To hire a qualified historian to conduct primary source research on the history of special education in Minnesota, 1960-2000.

Beltrami County, City of Bemidji, $50,000
Bemidji Carnegie Library Rehabilitation Design Services: To hire a qualified consultant to develop planning documents to help preserve the Bemidji Carnegie Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Blue Earth County (Mankato), Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, $33,664
Development and Design of Children's Exhibits on Dakota Culture and History: To hire consultants to develop an exhibit on Dakota culture and history.

Brown County (New Ulm), Brown County, $148,101
HVAC System Update Phase I: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Brown County Historical Society's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Chisago County (Shafer), St. Croix Scenic Coalition, $50,000
St. Croix Scenic Byway Five-Part Heritage Tourism Video: To hire qualified professionals to produce a video series on the history of the St. Croix Scenic Byway.

Clay County (Moorhead), Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, $70,720
Clay County Archives Cataloging: To gain intellectual and physical control of archival materials held in public trust.

Clearwater County (Shevlin), Clearwater County Historical Society, $37,100
Upgrade HVAC in Museum: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Clearwater County Historical Society's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Crow Wing County (Brainerd), Crow Wing County, $16,050
Crow Wing County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence (Historical Museum and Research Library) Rehabilitation Architectural Services: To hire a qualified consultant to develop design guidelines that will help preserve the Crow Wing County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, now used as the Crow Wing County Historical Society's museum facility, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fillmore County (Lanesboro), City of Lanesboro, $40,000
Preserving Iconic Heimbygda Lodge, Design Services: To hire a qualified consultant to develop planning documents that will help preserve the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Hall, now Sons of Norway Heimbygda Lodge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Goodhue (Red Wing), Goodhue County Historical Society, $22,962
Phil Revoir Collection Cataloging and Rehousing Project: To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis), AirSpace Minnesota, $28,000
AirSpace Minnesota Interpretive Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an interpretive plan for Minnesota aviation and aerospace history.

Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, $262,208
Exterior Rehabilitation of the Hollywood Theater: To hire qualified professionals to rehabilitate the exterior of the Hollywood Theater, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, City of Rockford, $121,274
Installation of HVAC System at the Ames-Florida-Stork House: To hire qualified technicians to install a heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Ames-Florida House, now part of the Rockford Area Historical Society's museum facilities, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County (Golden Valley), DOCOMOMO-US-MN, $30,000
“Modernism on the Prairie” Symposium Development, Execution and Documentation: To create Minnesota-based educational content for the 2015 DOCOMOMO National Symposium, to be held in Minneapolis.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, $247,000
Rehabilitation of North Star Blankets Historic Signs: To hire qualified professionals to repair the North Star Blankets sign on the North Star Woolen Mill, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis), First Congregational Church of Minnesota-United Church of Christ, $20,500
First Congregational Church of Minnesota Preservation Design Services: To hire a qualified consultant to develop planning documents that will help preserve the First Congregational Church of Minnesota, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Hennepin County, $250,000
Fort Snelling Upper Post Building 55 Reroofing -- Historical Materials: To hire qualified professionals to replace the roof on Building 55 at Fort Snelling, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Northeast Community Development Corporation, $14,072
Cycling Museum of Minnesota Collections Management: To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Hennepin County (Bloomington), NWA History Centre, $49,400
Northwest Airlines History Centre Collections Inventory: To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Project for Pride in Living, Inc., $81,000
H. Alden Smith House Re-use Assessment: To hire qualified professionals to conduct a re-use assessment and prepare planning documents for the H. Alden Smith House, part of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College campus and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Regents of the University of Minnesota (U of M Libraries), $55,319
Minnesota On the Air: To gain intellectual and physical control of archival materials held in public trust.

Hennepin County (Richfield), Richfield Historical Society, $37,130
Historic Structure Report, Riley Lucas Bartholomew House: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a historic structure report that will help preserve the Riley Lucas Bartholomew House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis), The Bakken Museum, $100,000
Electropolis Exhibit Phase 2 Implementation: To hire consultants to develop and install an exhibit on the history of electricity in Minneapolis.

Isanti County (Cambridge), Isanti County Historical Society, $24,960
Collections Care and Management: To gain intellectual and physical control of archival materials held in public trust.

Lake County (Two Harbors), City of Two Harbors, $55,000
Window Restoration of the Carnegie Portion of the Two Harbors Public Library: To hire qualified professionals to repair windows in the Two Harbors Carnegie Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

McLeod County (Hutchinson), Historic Hutchinson, $15,000
Historic Structure Report, Harrington Merrill House: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a Historic Structure Report that will help preserve the Harrington Merrill House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

McLeod County (Hutchinson), McLeod County Historical Society, $83,000
HVAC and Building Systems Peer Review and Architectural Engineering Design Plan: To hire qualified technicians to assess McLeod County Historical Society's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Meeker County, City of Litchfield, $124,500
G.A.R. Hall Masonry Restoration: To hire qualified professionals to repair masonry on the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Hall, now part of the Meeker County Historical Society's museum facilities, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Pipestone County (Pipestone), Pipestone County Historical Society, $122,627
Old City Hall Rehabilitation Phase III: To hire qualified professionals to replace the roof and rehabilitate the windows on the Pipestone City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Polk County (Crookston), Prairie Skyline Foundation, Inc., $13,000
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Stabilization, Conditions Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to prepare a conditions assessment and planning documents for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, proposed to be used as a community center, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, City of Saint Paul (Parks and Recreation), $220,000
Como Park Historic Streetcar Pedestrian Bridge: To hire qualified professionals to repair the Como Park Streetcar Pedestrian Bridge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County (Saint Paul), East Side Freedom Library, $24,000
Historic Structure Report for Carnegie Library: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a Historic Structure Report for the former Arlington Hills Branch Library, a Carnegie Library listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County (St. Paul), James J. Hill Reference Library, $220,000
Elevator Replacement: To improve public accessibility at the James J. Hill Reference Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, to better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ramsey County (St. Paul), Ramsey County Historical Society, $44,889
HIV/AIDS Healthcare Providers Oral History Project II: To document in 20 oral history interviews the history of HIV/AIDS healthcare providers in Minnesota.

Ramsey County (St. Paul), Ramsey County Historical Society, $123,062
Comprehensive Artifact Collection Catalog: To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Ramsey County (St. Paul), Ramsey County Law Library, $63,207
Restoration of Ramsey County Historic Judicial Portraits: To hire a qualified conservator to restore significant collections pieces.

St. Louis County, City of Duluth, $365,380
Sacred Heart Cathedral (Music Center) Roof and Tower Restoration: To hire qualified professionals to replace the roof on the former Sacred Heart Cathedral, now Sacred Heart Music Center, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Stearns County (St. Cloud), Stearns History Museum and Research Center, $74,868
3D Collections Inventory: To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Waseca County (Waseca), Waseca County Historical Society, $119,208 
Waseca County Historical Society Design, Fabrication, and Installation of Timeline Exhibits: To hire consultants to develop and install a timeline exhibit in Waseca County.

Wright County, City of Howard Lake, $34,000
Rehabilitation of Historic City Hall/Community Center, Predevelopment: To hire a qualified consultant to prepare planning documents that will help preserve the Howard Lake City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Yellow Medicine County, City of Canby, $30,000
Canby Theatre Historic Structure Report: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a Historic Structure Report that will help preserve the Canby Theatre, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11.2 million for the 2014-2015 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants: $5,525,000 for FY 2014 and $5,675,000 for FY 2015.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next three small grants deadlines are Oct. 10, 2014; Jan. 9, 2015; and April 10, 2015. Applications for mid-size and large grants are awarded once in each fiscal year of the biennium.

All grants are administered through a competitive process using professional standards and criteria.

For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit legacy.mnhs.org/grants. Applications are accepted only through the MNHS grants portal.

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.

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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.