Legacy Amendment Supports $450,000+ in Small Grants to History Organizations Across Minnesota

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Release dated: 
January 23, 2020
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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Legacy Amendment Supports $450,000+ in Small Grants to History Organizations Across Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 51 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $456,026 in 28 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 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 Small Grant Recipients
Recipients of small grants ($10,000 and less) from the October 2019 small grants 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, as well as professional standards.

Afton Historical Society, Afton, $10,000
Artist Hazel Belvo Publication, Research/Writing/Editing: To hire qualified professionals to edit a manuscript on the life and work of Minnesota artist Hazel Belvo.

Blue Earth County Library System, Mankato, $9,995
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm, $9,973
Comprehensive Inventory Phase 1: To hire a qualified professional to assess the collections held by Brown County Historical Society.

Cannon Falls Area Historical Society, Cannon Falls, $10,000
History of the Mineral Springs Sanatorium Research: To hire a qualified historian to conduct research on the history of the Mineral Springs Sanatorium, which opened in 1915. 

Caponi Art Park, Eagan, $9,995
Establish Collections Management System, CollectiveAccess: To improve collections care and management through an updated collections management system.

City of Browns Valley, $10,000
Carnegie Library Condition Assessment with Focus on the Structural System: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the 1916 Browns Valley Carnegie Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Chaska, $10,000
City Square Park/21CR2 Geophysical Archaeological Survey: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of City Square Park for future city planning.

City of Ely, $10,000
Ely Pioneer Mine Retaining Wall Construction Drawings: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the retaining wall at the Ely Pioneer Mine site, which operated from 1889-19657 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Litchfield, $6,000
GAR Hall National Register Nomination Update: To hire a qualified historian to complete an updated nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the 1885 Litchfield GAR Hall.

City of Stillwater, $3,085
Acquire Primary Resources on Microfilm: To add 34 rolls of microfilmed property assessment and tax records to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Dawson Historical Properties, Dawson, $10,000
First National Bank Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the 1897 First National Bank, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Dodge County Historical Society, Mantorville, $7,900
Collections Management System Conversion: To improve collections care and management through an updated collections management system.

Douglas County Historical Society, Alexandria, $10,000
Knute Nelson House Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the 1872 Knute Nelson House, home to the longtime Minnesota politician and governor and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Edina Morningside Community Church, Edina, $10,000
Inventory Slides, Sound & Moving Images: To provide better organization of the church's slide and image collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Excelsior, $6,470
Research for Exhibits: To conduct research on the Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka areas in preparation for future exhibits.

Farmer-Labor Education Committee, Minneapolis, $10,000
Farmer-Labor Video Post-Production: To produce a rough edit of the documentary about the history of the Farmer-Labor Movement.

Fillmore County Historical Society, Preston, $9,910
Collections Management Conversion & Upgrade: To improve collections care and management through an updated collections management system.

Friends of Linden Hill Inc., Little Falls, $10,000
Barn/Carriage House Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the barn/carriage house at the 1898 Linden Hill estate, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Golden Valley Historical Society, Golden Valley, $5,400
Disaster Plan Development: To hire a qualified museum consultant to develop a disaster plan for the Golden Valley Historical Society.

Golden Valley Historical Society, Golden Valley, $9,650
Historic Context Study for Golden Valley: To hire a qualified consultant to write a historic context study for the City of Golden Valley.

Houston County, Caledonia, $10,000
Historic Jail Construction Planning Study: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the 1875 Houston County historic jail, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, $9,997
Write Special Education Teachers and Related Services Staff: How the Professions Evolved in Minnesota: To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of special education teachers in Minnesota.

Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota - Duluth, $9,900
Library Annex Mechanical Systems Evaluation: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the museum environment.

Lake of the Woods County Historical Society, Baudette, $9,800
Security System Installation: To hire qualified technicians to install a security system to protect the collections from theft and fire.

Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association, Lanesboro, $9,900
Organizing the Bounty: Estate Donation Inventory: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Metropolitan State University Foundation, St. Paul, $9,350
Our First 50 Years - Metropolitan State University Oral History Project: To document the history of the first 50 years of Metropolitan State University in approximately eight oral history interviews.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis, $7,403
History Publication: To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra for their 70th anniversary.

Minnesota Council of Churches, Minneapolis, $10,000
Research for Bdote, a Sacred Site: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of Bdote and create a script from the research.

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, St. Paul, $10,000
Legislative Coordinating Commission  Tape Conversion Project: To digitize part of a large collection of archival audio recordings from the Legislative Coordinating Commission, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Minnesota State University, Mankato (Library Services), Mankato, $7,893
Acquire Primary Resources on Microfilm: To add 97 rolls of microfilmed local newspapers to the library's holdings, making primary records more accessible to the public.

Montgomery Area Historical Society, Montgomery, $10,000
Level II Property Evaluation Survey: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the historic buildings in Montgomery for possible inclusion as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.

Murray County Historical Society, Slayton, $9,104
The 1920s: A Decade of Change in Murray County, Exhibit Implementation:: To develop and install an exhibit on the 1920s in Murray County.

The Nature Conservancy, Pope County, $9,500
Ordway Prairie Historical Interpretation: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of Ordway Prairie and the Fort Lake Johanna Historical Site in Pope County.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $9,668
Digital Conversion of Photographic Negatives 1940-1947: To digitize a collection of photo negatives, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Olmsted County Historical Society, Rochester, $7,500
Research for Women's Rights Exhibit: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of women's rights in Olmsted County.

Or Emet, Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Minneapolis, $10,000
Humanistic Judaism in Minnesota, an Oral History of Or Emet: To document the Minnesota history of Or Emet and humanistic Judaism in 10 oral history interviews. 

Pine County Historical Society, Askov, $7,737
Inventory of Collections Phase 6: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Pope County Historical Society, Glenwood, $10,000
News Photo Cataloging & Digitization: To digitize a collection of new photo negatives, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Prospect House Museum, Battle Lake, $4,800
General Conservation Assessment & Development of Long-Range Preservation Plan: To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long-range collections preservation plan.

Raymond W. Cannon Foundation, Minneapolis,  $8,650
Alpha Phi Alpha Archives & Collections Project: To document the history of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in Minnesota in 10 oral history interviews.

SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating), Rochester, $10,000
Research for a History of SELCO: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of SELCO, one of Minnesota's 12 regional public library systems.

Sinclair Lewis Foundation, Sauk Centre, $6,200
Implementation of Historical Manuscript, Becoming Sinclair Lewis: To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of Sinclair Lewis.

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, $9,202
Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? A History of Housing Inequality in Ramsey County: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of housing inequality in Ramsey County.

St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, $10,000
Archives Digital Project: To digitize a collection of archival audio/video recordings, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Saint Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, $5,740
Supplemental Teaching Kits for American Indian Education Program Resource Center: To create Minnesota-based educational kits for Saint Paul Public Schools' American Indian Education Program.

The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, $8,354
Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota: To document the history of black rural and suburban experiences in Minnesota in 15-20 oral history interviews.

University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, $10,000
Files Transfer: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.

Valley Grove Preservation Society, Nerstrand, $9,850
History of the Valley Grove Churches & Preservation Society: To hire a qualified historian to conduct primary source research on the history of Valley Grove Lutheran Church.

Wells Historical Society, Wells, $10,000
Depot and Lunchroom Architectural Drawings & Specifications: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Depot & Lunchroom, built in 1903 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Winona County Historical Society, Winona, $9,900
HVAC Evaluation: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the museum environment at the Winona County History Center.

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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