$330,000+ in Legacy Small Grants Support History Projects Across Minnesota

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Release dated: 
September 25, 2018
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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$330,000+ in Legacy Small Grants Support History Projects Across Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce 39 recipients of 40 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $336,477 in 20 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on Aug. 24, 2018.

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.

 

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grant Recipients

Recipients of small grants ($10,000 and less) from the July 2018 cycle are listed in alphabetical order below. Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and awarded according to program guidelines and criteria and professional standards.

 

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, $10,000
Critical Timeline of Wilder’s History: To hire qualified professionals to research the history of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

 

Beth El Foundation of Minnesota, St. Louis Park, $9,950
Beth El Synagogue 1920-Present, Jewish Tradition Enriching Minnesota Life, Phase 3: Interpretive Script Development: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit script on the history of Beth El Synagogue and its impact on Minnesota Jewish and cultural life.  

 

Blaine Historical Society, Blaine, $9,733
Blaine History Book: To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of the city of Blaine.

 

Canton Historical Society, Canton, $5,560
Canton Railroad Depot Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Canton Railroad Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Dawson, $10,000
Dawson Armory and Community Building Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Dawson Armory and Community Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Easton, $8,500
Water Tower National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Easton Water Tower for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.  

City of Henning, $7,500
Henning Landmark Center National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Henning Landmark Center for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.  

City of Orono, $9,995
Big Island Archaeological Survey: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of Big Island, site of a former amusement park.

City of Pipestone, $10,000
Pipestone Public Library Conditions Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Pipestone Public Library, now a senior center, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Taylors Falls, $8,000
Angel Hill Historic District Residential Design Guidelines Update: To hire a qualified consultant to update historic preservation design guidelines for the Angel Hill Historic District in Taylors Falls.

City of the Village of Minnetonka Beach, $4,500
Water Tower National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Minnetonka Beach 1928 water tower.

Dakota County Historical Society, South St. Paul, $10,000
Historic Sites Tour Reviews: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct an analysis of the interpretation at Dakota County Historical Society's historic sites.

Dakota County Library - Pleasant Hill, Hastings, $9,879
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Farmer-Labor Education Committee, Minneapolis, $10,000
Production Phase of Farmer-Labor Film: To hire qualified professionals to produce a working script on the history of the Farmer-Labor movement in Minnesota.

Hiawatha Academies, Minneapolis, $1,923
Minnesota History Bookshelf: To add Minnesota history books to Hiawatha Collegiate High School's holdings to make this information more accessible to the public.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, $7,950
Caroline Crosby House Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Caroline Crosby House, a contributing building in the Washburn-Fair Oaks Mansion Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

International Institute of Minnesota, St. Paul, $9,315
100th Anniversary Exhibit (1919-2019): To hire qualified consultants to develop and install an exhibit on the International Institute of Minnesota's 100th anniversary.

Itasca County Historical Society, Grand Rapids, $4,600
HVAC Assessment Recommendations: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the museum environment.

Kasson Alliance for Restoration Inc., Kasson, $7,328
Kasson School Restoration Construction Documents: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for reuse of the Kasson School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Maritime Heritage Minnesota, St. Paul, $9,980

Minnesota Suburban Lakes Nautical Archaeology Project, Targeted Sonar Survey and Anomaly Assessment: To hire qualified archaeologists to conduct a survey of several suburban Twin Cities lakes.
 

Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, Willmar, $9,988
Resource Library: To add Minnesota history books to the grantee’s holdings to make this information more accessible to history organizations across the state.

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, $3,229
Sulfide Mining Oral History Project: To document in 12 oral history interviews the history of sulfide mining in Minnesota.

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, $10,000
Cataloging Object Metadata into PastPerfect: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $10,000
Audience and Market Analyses:To hire a qualified consultant to conduct audience and market analyses for the Nobles County Historical Society.

Nobles County Library and Information Center, Worthington, $5,830
Acquire Worthington Daily Globe Microfilm Rolls from May 2010 through 2015: To add 68 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to the library's holdings to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, $10,000
Plan to Digitize O.E. Rolvaag Collection: To hire a professional to develop a digitization plan for a collection of O.E. Rolvaag's papers, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Park Baptist, Unity Baptist and Anointed Faith Missionary Church, St. Paul, $6,401
Park Baptist Church National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Park Baptist Church for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Pine County Historical Society, Askov, $9,655
Rehousing of Textiles and Artifacts: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.

Pine County Historical Society, Askov, $9,905
Inventory of Collections Phase 5: To provide better organization of the Pine County Historical Society collections materials, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic information.

Polish Cultural Institute, Winona, $10,000
Collections Inventory Phase 9: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Preserve Historic Dinkytown, Minneapolis, $9,500
Dinkytown Odyssey Oral History: To document in oral history interviews the history of Dinkytown in Minneapolis.

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul, $9,981
Archival Collections Processing: To provide better organization of archival collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.  

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Goldstein Museum of Design), Minneapolis, $10,000
Preserving Design and Retail Innovation: The Design Guys, Michael Graves and Target: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, $8,300
Evaluation of Building Mechanical System (HVAC): To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the museum environment.

Southeast Seniors, Minneapolis, $4,050
Neighborhood Memories and Stories Oral History: To document in 18 oral history interviews the history of Marcy Holmes, Prospect Park and Southeast Como neighborhoods in Minneapolis.

Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, $9,950
25th Anniversary Oral History Project: To document in eight oral history interviews the history of the Textile Center of Minnesota.

Ukrainian American Community Center, Minneapolis, $9,600
Holodomor Impact on Minnesota's Ukrainian Community Oral History: To document in 10-12 oral history interviews the history of Ukrainian immigrants to Minnesota.

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, $10,000
1968 and the War for America's Soul: To record conference session content for a conference on the year 1968, which will be held in October.

Wabasha County Historical Society, Lake City, $8,000
Reads Landing Schoolhouse Evaluation of Building Mechanical System (HVAC): To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the museum environment.

Winona County Historical Society, Winona, $7,375
Microfilming St. Charles Press and Lewiston Journal Newspapers: To microfilm two Winona County newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11 million for the 2018-2019 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (“Legacy”) Grants: $4,500,000 for FY2018 and $6,500,000 for FY2019.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next small grant application deadlines are Oct. 12, 2018 and Jan.11, 2019. 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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.