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Special Projects

Current Projects

Preserving State Government Digital Information
Funded by the Library of Congress’ NDIIPP program, A Model Technological and Social Architecture for the Preservation of State Government Digital Information is a two-year project to work with selected state legislatures in exploring methods for providing enhanced online access to legislative materials in digital form. The Minnesota State Archives is leading the effort in partnership with the Minnesota Revisor’s Office, the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, the California Digital Library, California’s State Library and State Archives, the California Legislative Counsel, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Other participating states include Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Vermont.

Preserving the Records of the E-Legislature
In April 2005, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Office of the Revisor of Statutes, and the Legislative Reference Library launched a project to explore and test the technologies available to preserve the electronic records of the Minnesota legislature.

Great Rivers Cultural Heritage Network
In September 2006, the Bush Foundation awarded the Minnesota Historical Society a grant of nearly $1 million, over three years, to develop a new infrastructure that will expand its capability to manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content. Working in collaboration with partners in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, the Society will extend these services to other institutions and become a digital content and service center for the cultural heritage of the Upper Midwest.

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Project
The Minnesota Historical Society received two-year grants in 2007 and 2009 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). This program is a partnership between the NEH and the Library of Congress to build a national digital resource of newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. The material will be full-text searchable and accessible through Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, a website developed and hosted by the Library of Congress. For each grant, the Society will digitize 100,000 pages from newspaper microfilm in its collection to submit for the Chronicling America website.

Completed Projects

Geography and History Online: Integrating Digital Geographic Resources for Use in Schools
With the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in collaboration with Minnesota's Land Management Information Center, the Minnesota Historical Society has initiated a project to provide Minnesota's teachers with the knowledge, curriculum, and tools to teach the state's new graduation standards for geography and history, using online digital resources and applications.