More than $4 Million in Large Grants Awarded to Support State History Across Minnesota

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Release dated: 
January 13, 2020
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

More than $4 Million in Large Grants Awarded to Support State History Across Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 38 historical and cultural heritage large grants (over $10,000) in 24 counties, totaling $4,113,823 in FY2020. The grants, awarded once each fiscal year, are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

“Every year we see so many exciting projects to preserve Minnesota history for future generations to experience, learn and enjoy, and this year is no exception," said Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, grants manager for the Minnesota Historical Society. 

Grant applications were recommended for funding by the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC), a volunteer panel made up of citizens from around the state. The MNHS Executive Council approved the recommendations on December 12, 2019.

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 Grant Large Grant Recipients

The Artist Sanctuary, Red Wing, $17,800
Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the 1875 Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Mission Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and now used by The Artist Sanctuary.

Arlington Historical Society, Arlington, $24,724
Lighting Design Implementation: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Arlington Historical Society's lighting system.

Brown County, $178,773
East Attic Level Masonry, Terracotta and Window Restoration: To hire qualified professionals to repair masonry, terracotta and windows in the 1909 New Ulm Post Office, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and home of the Brown County Historical Society.

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia, $111,400
Construction Documents for Three Buildings at the Peterson Farmstead: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for reuse of the farmhouse, granary, and south barn at the 1860s Peterson Farmstead, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Central Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, $200,000
To hire qualified professionals to repair the west facade of the Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, built in 1889 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Charles Thompson Memorial Hall, St. Paul, $116,000
Construction Documents: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the 1916 Charles Thompson Memorial Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and one of the few remaining clubhouses for the deaf community in the United States.

City of Barnesville, $30,000
Old City Hall Opera House Architectural Plans: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the 1899 Barnesville City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Brainerd, $23,700
Preservation Plans and Specifications to Restore and Preserve the Brainerd Water Tower: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the Brainerd Water Tower, built in 1918-1921 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Dawson, $184,000
Dawson Armory Roof Replacement, Site Grading and Water Damage Repairs: To hire qualified professionals to repair the roof on the Dawson Armory and Community Building, built in 1923 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Elk River, $136,367
Jackson Street Water Tower Restoration: To hire qualified professionals to restore the 1920 Elk River Water Tower,  listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Lanesboro, $66,320
Restoring Historic Heimbygda Lodge Exterior: To hire qualified professionals to repair the exterior of the 1910 Bethlehem Lutheran Church Hall, now operated by the Sons of Norway as Heimbygda Lodge, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Pipestone, $91,400
Water Tower Plans and Specifications: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the 1920 Pipestone Water Tower, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Wykoff, $48,750
Mitchell Saloon Renovation and Stabilization: To hire qualified professionals to repair the 1876 Mitchell Saloon, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Edina Historical Society, Edina, $40,800
Inventory Project Phase 2: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

First Congregational Church of Minnesota, Minneapolis, $63,157
Gothic Windows Restoration: To hire qualified professionals to repair windows on the First Congregational Church of Minnesota, built in 1886 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Friends of Historic Virginia Street Church, St. Paul, $150,500
Historic Virginia Street Church Construction: To hire qualified professionals to make ADA improvements to the Cass Gilbert-designed Virginia Street Church, built in 1886 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Friends of St. Rose Inc., Kenyon, $13,625
St. Rose of Lima ADA Accessibility Plan: To hire qualified consultants to develop construction documents, including ADA planning, for the Church of St. Rose of Lima, built in 1878-1879 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Helga Township, $363,945
Repair and Replacement of Nary School Windows: To hire qualified professionals to repair and replace windows at the Nary School (Consolidated School District No. 22) in Hubbard County, built in 1919 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research), Minneapolis, $35,200
Oral History Project: To document the history of Latino businesses in Minneapolis in 15 oral history interviews. 

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, $89,446
Installation of New Museum Lighting: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade the lighting system at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Hormel Historic Home, Austin, $14,611
Collections Inventory: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Minnesota Masonic Historical Society and Museum, Bloomington, $73,549
Partial Collections Inventory Phase 2: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Minnesota Orchestra Association, Minneapolis, $130,250
Preserving the Minnesota Orchestra’s Concert Broadcast History: To digitize a large collection of archival audio recordings, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, $74,386
Collections Storage Renovation: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.

Pine County Historical Society, Askov, $139,035
Lighting Redesign Installation Phase: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Pine County Historical Society's lighting system.

Pipestone County Historical Society, Pipestone, $56,000
Construction Drawings for the Ferris Grand Block: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the Ferris Grand Block/Masonic Hall, built in 1898 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Proctor Area Historical Society, Proctor, $82,813
Proctor Museum ADA Compliance: To improve public accessibility at the Proctor Area Historical Society and better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Reclaim Community, Jasper, $75,000
Historic Structure Report for Jasper School: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a historic structure report that will help preserve the 1911 Jasper School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Glensheen), Duluth, $250,000
Carriage House Exterior Preservation: To hire qualified professionals to make exterior repairs to the carriage house at Glensheen, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Roseau County Historical Society, Roseau, $146,099
Lighting Restructure Project: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Roseau County Historical Society's lighting system.

Sacred Heart Area Historical Society, Sacred Heart, $183,923
Hotel Sacred Heart Construction Documents, Phases 2 & 3: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for reuse of the 1914 Hotel Sacred Heart, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, $163,000
HVAC System Upgrade: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Scott County Historical Society's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Sinclair Lewis Foundation, Sauk Centre, $90,000
In Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of "Main Street": a Centennial Presentation Based on Sinclair Lewis' Life and Works: To hire qualified professionals to produce a historical play on Sinclair Lewis in honor of the 100th anniversary of his novel "Main Street."

St. Cloud State University (Department of Anthropology), St. Cloud, $71,392
Archiving and Curating the Douglas A. Birk Collection: To provide better organization of the Douglas A. Birk archaeological materials, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

St. Olaf College, Northfield, $97,344
Cataloging Minnesota Treasures in the St. Olaf Archives: To provide better organization of St. Olaf College's archival materials, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna, $61,696
Photo Collection Phase 2: To provide better organization of a large born-digital real estate photograph collection, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Todd County, $76,000
Rock Wall Construction Documents: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of a rock retaining wall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Todd County Historic Courthouse.

Waterford Township, $342,818
Waterford Bridge Rehabilitation: To hire qualified professionals to repair the 1909 Waterford Bridge (Bridge L3275), listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $12.85 million for the 2020-2021 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (“Legacy”) Grants: $5,846,000 for FY2020 and $7,004,000 for FY2021.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two funding tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next small grant application deadlines are April 10 and July 10, 2020. Large grants of more than $10,000 are offered once a year. 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 www.mnhs.org/preservation/legacy-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 publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.

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