THE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARDS FIRST ROUND OF HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANTS TO 30 ORGANIZATIONS STATEWIDE

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Release dated: 
December 22, 2009
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The Minnesota Historical Society is helping to grant wishes to dozens of historic and cultural organizations across the state just in time for the holidays. The Society today announced the first 30 recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Fast Track Grants of $7,000 or less.

"The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants have been highly anticipated by grant applicants throughout the state – especially this first round. We received many applications for deserving projects. There's definitely pent-up demand for these resources," said Britta Bloomberg, deputy state historic preservation officer. "It is rewarding to know that many projects are now getting this much-needed support."

The grants are made possible by the people of Minnesota who voted on Nov. 4, 2008, to pass the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to support efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including our state’s history and cultural heritage.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Fast Track Grants

Each Historical and Cultural Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. The first round of grant recipients for the October deadline of Fast Track Grants of $7,000 or less are:

  • Albert Lea, Minn.: Freeborn County Historical Society, acquire newspapers on microfilm, $6,954.
  • Amboy, Minn.: Amboy Area Community Club, Dodd Ford Bridge engineering study, $3,000.
  • Bemidji, Minn.: Beltrami County Historical Society, early medicine exhibit research project, $6,896.
  • Chatfield, Minn.: Chatfield Economic Development Authority, Potter Center for the Arts Historic Structure Report, $6,750.
  • Crookston, Minn.: Prairie Skyline Foundation, Inc., Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception reuse study, $7,000.
  • Detroit Lakes, Minn.: Becker County Historical Society, acquire newspapers on microfilm, $334.
  • Fergus Falls, Minn.: Otter Tail County Historical Society, water abatement project, $2,790.
  • Fort Snelling, Minn.: Hennepin County, Fort Snelling West District Historic Building, $7,000.
  • Gaylord, Minn.: City of Gaylord, Gaylord City Park National Register Nomination, $3,000.
  • Glenwood, Minn.: Pope County Historical Society, rehouse Helbing Collection, $7,000.
  • Grand Rapids, Minn.: Itasca County Historical Society, acquire newspapers on microfilm, $2,303.
  • Lindstrom, Minn.: Chisago County Historical Society, Gustaf Anderson House climate control, $7,000.
  • Luverne, Minn.: City of Luverne, Palace Theatre restoration, $7,000.
  • Marshall, Minn.: Prairieland Genealogical Society, acquire newspapers on microfilm, $7,000.
  • Minneapolis, Minn.: Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, collections management upgrade, $6,700.
  • Mountain Lake, Minn.: Lake Commission of Mountain Lake, “Mt. Lake and the WPA” historic marker, $1,300.
  • New Ulm, Minn.:
  • Brown County Historical Society, improve collections security, $6,939.
  • New Ulm Public Library, acquire newspapers on microfilm, $6,966.
  • New Ulm Turnverein, Turner Hall handicap accessibility, $6,995.
  • Wanda Gag House Association, Flavia Gag Art Restoration, $6,757.
  • Red Wing, Minn.: Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission, Red Wing historic walking tour, $1,000.
  • St. Cloud, Minn.: City of St. Cloud, river walk self-guided audio tour, $7,000.
  • St. Joseph, Minn.: Haehn Museum, conservation of Two Drawings, $4,818.
  • St. Paul, Minn.:
  • Minnesota Transportation Museum, collection management upgrade, $6,918.
  • Ramsey County Historical Society, interpretive programming for home school families, $6,645.
  • Stillwater, Minn.:
  • City of Stillwater, Hersey & Bean Planing Mill wall stabilization, $4,260.
  • Washington County Historical Society, John Runk film accessibility project, $4,390.
  • Virginia, Minn.: Friends of B'nai Abraham, B'nai Abraham Synagogue stained glass window restoration, $6,994.
  • Walker, Minn.: The Trust for Public Land, Two Points National Register Nomination, $7,000.
  • Zumbrota, Minn.: Zumbrota Area Historical Society, microfilm reader/printer acquisition, $2,290.
  • Subsequent Fast Track Grant deadlines are the final Friday of every month through 2011 depending upon the availability of funds.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

The Society will award a total of $6.75 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants to non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribes during the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for 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 "Fast Track" grants of $7,000 or less, Mid-Size grants between $7,000 and $50,000, and Large grants of more than $50,000. For more information, including application deadlines, visit www.mnhs.org/legacygrants.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to help illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. 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.

THE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARDS FIRST ROUND OF HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANTS TO 30 ORGANIZATIONS STATEWIDE

Organizations from 23 counties receive a total of $161,666 in grants for historic and cultural projects of enduring value.