New Round of Highly Competitive Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Awarded in Dozens of Minnesota Communities

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New Round of Highly Competitive Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Awarded in Dozens of Minnesota Communities

Important Minnesota stories will be preserved and shared thanks to a new round of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants awarded by the Minnesota Historical Society with funds from the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Fifty-nine new grants have been awarded in 29 counties across the state (see list below).

Demand remains high for MHCH grants as the second and final year of this biennium begins. Over the past year, the Society received 481 applications requesting approximately $10.5 million and awarded 253 for approximately $5 million.

"We've reached 71 of 87 counties at the halfway point of this biennium compared to 56 of 87 in the last biennium," said David Grabitske, manager of Outreach Services for the Minnesota Historical Society. "A truly diverse number of eligible applicants have demonstrated compelling reasons to preserve the state's history, one of our most valuable non-renewable resources.”

The remaining Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants deadlines for fiscal year 2013, which began July 1, 2012 are:

Deadlines for Small Grants, which are up to $7,000:
August 17, 2012
October 5, 2012
November 9, 2012 (funds permitting)
January 11, 2013 (funds permitting)

Deadlines for Mid and Large Size grants, which are $7,001 and higher:
Final applications: July 27, 2012
Historical Resources Advisory Committee meets: September 6-7, 2012 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul

The Grants Manual is available at legacy.mnhs.org/grants. Applications are accepted only through the Society’s grants portal at grants.mnhs.org.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund by the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota's land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage.

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Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Small and Structured Grants
Each Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. The grants are awarded according to professional standards and criteria. The latest round of recipients of Small and Structured Grants of up to $7,000 are:

From the June 15, 2012 Rolling Deadline for Small Grants

Aitkin County
, Aitkin County Historical Society
Microfilm Reader, $7000
To enable public access to primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Beltrami County, Beltrami County History Center
Acquire "Bemidji Pioneer" and "Bemidji Sentinel" Newspapers on Microfilm, $6966
To acquire 86 rolls of primary records on microfilm for increased public access to history.

Brown County, Brown County Historical Society
New Ulm Popcorn Wagon Interpretive Program, $6891
To grant access to an iconic and significant artifact of New Ulm’s heritage, a popcorn wagon, for interpretive programs at the object's original area of usage.

Cass County, Heritage Group North, Inc.
Pine River Depot Museum Software Project, $1483
To purchase software that will allow better intellectual control of and public access to historical records and artifacts.

Chisago County, Taylors Falls Historical Society
Collections Consolidation, Re-Inventory, and Rehousing Project, $3324
To rehouse and store according to archival standards objects documenting the history of Taylors Falls.

Crow Wing County, Crow Wing County Historical Society
Lyman P. White Portrait Restoration, $7000
To hire conservators to restore an oil painting of Lyman P. White, an important historical figure in Brainerd.

Fillmore County, City of Wykoff
Mitchell Saloon Structural Analysis, $6500
To hire an engineering firm to conduct a structural assessment of the Mitchell Saloon, home to Ed's Museum operated by the Wykoff Historical Society.

Goodhue County, Red Wing Public Library
History of the Red Wing Public Library, $6900
To research and compile historic resources in preparation to write the history of the Red Wing Public Library.

Hennepin County, Bloomington Historical Society
Preparation of National Register Nomination, Bridge No. 3145 Long Meadow Bridge, $5000
To prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for Bridge No. 3145 Long Meadow Lake Bridge (Old Cedar Ave. Bridge), Bloomington, MN.

Mille Lacs County, City of Princeton
Reconnaissance Survey of Princeton's Downtown, $6630
To hire a consultant to complete a reconnaissance survey of Princeton's downtown, approximately 50 commercial buildings.

Polk County, McIntosh Heritage & Arts Center
MH&AC Collection Re-housing and Cataloguing, $6848
To rehouse and store according to archival standards loose issues of McIntosh Times newspapers.

Ramsey County, American Aviation Heritage Foundation
History of Northwest Aeronautical Corporation, $6990
To document in 10-12 interviews the commercial history of Villaume Box & Lumber Company, St. Paul, which built combat gliders during World War II.

Ramsey County, City of North St. Paul
18th Avenue Historic Residence Survey, $6950
To hire a consultant to conduct an intensive architectural survey of 1880s residential properties in North St. Paul.

Ramsey County, Grassroots Culture
Minneapolis North Side Tornado Oral History Project, $6645
To conduct 12 oral history interviews with residents of Minneapolis' North Side on the effects of the 2011 tornado.

Ramsey County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota
White Bear Lake and Lake Waconia Survey Project, $6952
To conduct a side and down imaging remote sensing survey of White Bear Lake and Lake Waconia to recognize submerged cultural resources.

Ramsey County, Minnesota Museum of American Art
Collections Storage and Rehousing, $5654
To improve to museum standards the storage of artwork documenting Minnesota history.

Ramsey County, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society
The SPCO's Dennis Russell Davies Years, $7000
To provide public access to newly-digitized SPCO concert recordings from the 1970s under then-Music Director Dennis Russell Davies.

Ramsey County, Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
SGSM Collection Development: Minnesota Swedish Lutheran Church Microfilm, $770
To acquire 22 rolls of primary records on microfilm for increased public access to history.

Renville County, Dakota Wicohan
Final Editing of Interviews and Recordings, Phase VIB, $7000
To conduct final editing of oral history footage for an original documentary on the history of the Dakota language in Minnesota.

Scott County, Scott County Historical Society
Installation of Power Door Operators, $5625
To install power-door operators at the front entry of the museum for increased access to history.

St. Louis County, City of Tower
National Register Nomination, Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Company
Passenger Station, $6700
To prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Company Passenger Station.

Todd County, Todd County Historical Society
Museum Collections Storage and Rehousing, $564
To rehouse and store according to archival standards four Todd County newspapers.

Waseca County, Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center
Food Preservation Interpretive Plan, $7000
To develop an interpretive plan for the history of food preservation in rural Minnesota.

Washington County, City of Afton
Historic Preservation Design Guidelines Project, $6850
To hire a consultant to review the City of Afton's existing design guideline ordinance for the historic Old Village area and develop an updated, illustrated set of design guidelines for Old Village historic properties.

Washington County, Denmark Township Historical Society
National Register Nomination, Valley School #34, $4800
To prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for Valley School #34, Washington County, future home of the Denmark Township Historical Society.

From the March 23, 2012 Rolling Deadline for Small Grants to be funded effective July 1, 2012 with Fiscal Year 2013 appropriation

Aitkin County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota
Aitkin County Shipwrecks Project, $6988
To evaluate three shipwrecks for potential inclusion as a district on the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown County, New Ulm Turnverein
New Ulm Turner Hall Window Survey, $7000
To hire a qualified professional to assess windows for future preservation on the New Ulm Turner Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Carver County, Carver County Historical Society
Rehousing Photograph Collection Stage Two, $5394
To rehouse and store according to archival standards 2,000 photographs documenting Carver County history.

Cass County, Pine River Fire Department
Pine River Fire Department - 100 years of history, $1390
To publish a history of the Pine River Fire Department, 1911-2011.

Clay County, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
New Hjemkomst Exhibit Phase 2, $7000
To fabricate and install a professionally designed exhibit about the voyage of the Hjemkomst for its 30th anniversary.

Hennepin County, African American Registry
African American and Jewish Oral Histories, $7000
To document in 6 interviews an inter-racial, cross-cultural oral history of Black and Jewish residents of Minneapolis.

Hennepin County, Hassan Area Historical Society
Rogers and Hassan Township Business Development Oral History, $5355
To document in 12 interviews the commercial history of Rogers and Hassan Township.

Hennepin County, Islamic Resource Group
Muslim Experience in Minnesota Exhibit, $7000
To fabricate and travel an exhibit documenting significant contributions by Muslims to Minnesota history.

Hennepin County, Preserve Minneapolis
Expansion of Minneapolis Historic Walking and Biking Tours, $1645
To revise and expand existing walking and bicycle tours with eight additional tours of historic resources.

Hennepin County, Western Hennepin County Pioneers Association
General Collections Assessment Survey, $5277
To hire a qualified professional to assess museum collections and articulate a long range plan for future preservation.

Lake County, St. Cloud State University
Determining the Age of the Lillian Joyce Site, $2240
To scientifically determine age of recovered archaeological artifacts.

McLeod County, Historic Hutchinson
St. John's Episcopal Church Evaluation, $2250
To hire a qualified professional to evaluate St. John's Episcopal Church for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

McLeod County, McLeod County Historical Society
Archaeology of Dugout Canoe, $7000
To identify archaeological collections for enhanced public access to pre-historic McLeod County.

Meeker County, Meeker County Historical Society
Battle of Acton Historic Marker, $3910
To fabricate and install a historical marker for the Battle of Acton fought September 3, 1862.

Pipestone County, Minnesota Archaeological Society
The Red Pipestone Quarry of Minnesota: Archaeological and Historical Reports, Second Revised Edition, $7000
To revise, supplement, and reprint "Red Pipestone Quarry of Minnesota" (1983).

Ramsey County, 1006 Summit Avenue Society
Governor's Residence Video Script Development, $2600
To research and write a script for an introductory video on the history of the Minnesota Governor's Residence (Horace Irvine House), listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, HAND in HAND Productions
Saint Paul Police Oral History Project Phase Six, $7000
To meet oral history standards by transcribing six previously recorded interviews with St. Paul Police officers.

Ramsey County, Ramsey County Historical Society
Collections Inventory - Project Completion, $6996
To inventory approximately 1,900 objects documenting Ramsey County history.

Ramsey County, United Jewish Fund & Council
Mount Zion Temple Oral History Transcriptions, $7000
To meet oral history standards by transcribing 14 previously recorded interviews.

Renville County, Sacred Heart Area Historical Society
Microfilm/Newspaper-Census-Naturalization Project, $6109
To acquire 75 rolls of primary records on microfilm for increased public access to history.

Rice County, Carleton College
Research for History of the Student Experience at Minnesota Liberal Arts Colleges, $6800
To research and write a history of Carleton College from a student point of view, 1960-2010.

Rice County, Norwegian-American Historical Association
Norwegian-American Biographical Scanning and Indexing Pilot, $7000
To scan and make digitally accessible 37,000 biographical records documenting Norwegian-Americans.

Rice County, Rice County Historical Society
Collections Care - Phase 2, $4725
To improve to museum standards the storage of approximately 110 textiles documenting Rice County.

Scott County, 70 Years Project/IFP Minnesota
70 Years Project's "Made in Minnesota" documentary, $5500
To research and write a script for a documentary on innovations developed in Minnesota that contributed to victory in World War II.

St. Louis County, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
160 years of Jewish Migration MNopedia Articles, $4522
To research and write two articles about Jewish migration and denominations for MNopedia: Minnesota Encyclopedia.

St. Louis County, Lake County Historical Society
Yellowstone Mallet Interpretative Kiosk, $7000
To fabricate and install a kiosk exhibit for enhanced access to the history of the Yellowstone Mallet Locomotive.

Steele County, Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum, Inc.
Orphanage Walking Tour/Oral History, $5600
To document in five oral history interviews the historic use and interrelationship of the buildings on the campus of the Minnesota State School for Dependent and Neglected Children, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Washington County, City of Stillwater
Historic Downtown Stillwater Podcasts, $4750
To create and make available 14 podcasts for greater public access to Stillwater's historic resources.

Washington County, City of Stillwater
NE Churchill, Nelson, Slaughter Addition Local Designation District Project, $4600
To hire a professional to prepare documentation for local designation of the Churchill, Nelson, Slaughter Addition to the City of Stillwater.

Winona County, City of Winona
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Station National Register Nomination, $2000
To prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company Station.

Wright County, City of Rockford
HVAC Planning at Ames-Florida-Stork House, $5900
To hire a professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineer to evaluate the Ames-Florida House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and make recommendations for meeting climate standards.

Yellow Medicine County, Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Indian Treaty Signers Project, $7000
To analyze and synthesize 450 biographies of Minnesota treaty signers preparatory to an online exhibit.

Yellow Medicine County, Oyate Nipi Kte
Siceca Wowapi Dakota Language Publication, $7000
To publish two children's books that transmit cultural heritage through the Dakota language.

Yellow Medicine County, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
Preservation Advocacy Web Toolkit, $7000
To increase public access to tools the public needs in order preserve their built environments.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The grants 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.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: Small or Structured Grants of $7,000 or less, Mid-Size Grants between $7,001 and $50,000, and Large Grants of more than $50,001. For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit legacy.mnhs.org/grants.

For more information about other Legacy-funded history projects, please visit legacy.mnhs.org.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society 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, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.