56 ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE STATE TO RECEIVE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANTS FOR PROJECTS OF ENDURING VALUE

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56 ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE STATE TO RECEIVE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANTS FOR PROJECTS OF ENDURING VALUE

Minnesota Historical Society awards more than $3 million in Mid-size and Large Grants funded by the Legacy Amendment

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants continue to provide much needed funds to organizations throughout the state.  The Minnesota Historical Society today announced the 56 recipients of Mid-size and Large Grants for fiscal year 2011.  More than 35 communities throughout Minnesota will benefit from the grants.    

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

"With the response we have received from organizations throughout the state, it’s clear just how important these grants are for preserving our historic and cultural resources," said Britta Bloomberg, deputy state historic preservation officer.  "This second round of Mid-size and Large Grants spans a wide variety of projects from preserving historic properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places to supporting local museums around the state to documenting the experience of Minnesotans through oral history."

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Mid-size and Large Grants

Each Historical and Cultural Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources.  The latest round of recipients of Mid-size Grants ($7,000 to $50,000) and Large Grants (more than $50,000) are:

  • Aitkin: Maritime Heritage Minnesota; to conduct an underwater archaeological imaging sonar survey of the Mississippi River in Aitkin County to locate and identify submerged cultural resources, $9,820.
  • Albert Lea: Freeborn County; to repoint mortar joints, repair and replace bricks, and inspect the south wall on Lodge Zare Zapadu #44 which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $10,500.
  • Amboy: Amboy Area Community Club; to obtain a professional engineering design and development plan for the Dodd Ford Bridge which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $110,000.
  • Appleton: Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission; to research, design and fabricate 10 interpretive panels at 6 sites along the Minnesota River Valley for better interpretation of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, $37,565.
  • Atwater:  City of Atwater; to provide structural repair and fire protection to the Hotel Atwater which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, for use as a municipal building, $65,485.
  • Austin: Mower County Historical Society; to conduct an initial collections inventory and gain intellectual control of the collections, $43,380.
  • Baudette:
    • Depot Preservation Alliance; to repair and restore the interior and exterior of the Canadian National Depot (Baudette Depot) which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $86,194.
    • Lake of the Woods County Historical Society; to broaden public access to primary historic records through a microfilm reader/printer, $8,905.
  • Belle Plaine: City of Belle Plaine; to stabilize the foundation and exterior repairs on the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $72,605.
  • Bemidji:
    • Bemidji State University Ojibwe Language Program; to record, transcribe, and translate Ojibwe language oral histories for the Oshkaabewis Native Journal and digitally add the journal to the Bemidji State University Web site, $49,500.
    • Minnesota Indian Affairs Council; to analyze existing archaeological data from two cultural landscapes and interpret it for use among American Indian people through the creation of a manuscript and portal, $120,350.
  • Chisholm: Minnesota Museum of Mining; to design and create an interactive exhibit on the daily lives of iron ore miners at work and home from the 1920s to the 1950s, $50,000.
  • Coleraine: City of Coleraine; to replace the furnace and air conditioner with high-efficiency units and repair roof on the Coleraine Library which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $27,400.
  • Crosby: Cuyana Iron Range Heritage Network; to replace the roof on the Soo Line Depot Museum in Crosby which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $18,200.
  • Delano:  City of Delano; to remove brick infill and restore exterior doors of the Delano Village Hall which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $42,140.
  • Duluth:
    • City of Duluth Community Development Division, to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of the St. Louis County Jail, a contributing building of the Duluth Civic Center Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $225,000.
    • Regents of the University of Minnesota; to prepare a Historic Structure Report to guide future preservation and interpretation for Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $38,000.
    • Lake Superior Railroad Museum; to conserve the seats, chairs and sofas in the car Missabe, an 1893 business car from the Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railroad using historical methods and materials, $45,000.
  • Ely: Dorothy Molter Foundation and Museum; to complete an interpretive plan for the museum to better serve the public through more effective use of limited resources, $42,625.
  • Embarrass: Sisu Heritage; to stabilize and restore the exterior and foundation of the Alex Seitaniemi Housebarn which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $60,500.
  • Faribault: Rice County Historical Society, to prepare a Historic Structures Report to guide future preservation and interpretation for the Thorstein Veblen Farmstead, a National Historic Landmark, $10,000.
  • Fosston: Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers, Inc.; to construct a protective overhead canopy that will protect and preserve the J.Neils/Red Lake Sawmill and equipment, $45,000.
  • Fountain: Fillmore County Historical Society; to broaden public access through an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift in the Fillmore County History Center, $25,940.
  • Fridley: Islamic Resource Group; to capture and convey the Muslim experience in Minnesota through oral interviews and photographic portraits, $36,610.
  • Hutchinson  McLeod County Historical Society; to upgrade lighting in the McLeod County Historical Society museum gallery to reduce UV damage, improve CRI and eliminate fire hazards, $16,100.
  • Litchfield: Great Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc.; to complete exterior masonry preservation and rebuild missing entrance column of the Litchfield Opera House which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $115,000.
  • Little Falls: Morrison County Historical Society; to upgrade the HVAC system and insulation at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum to meet museum and historic preservation standards, $46,106.
  • Madison: Lac qui Parle County Historical Society; to broaden public access to primary historic records through a microfilm reader/printer, $11,166.
  • Minneapolis:
    • American Swedish Institute; for an archives and collection management project to gain intellectual and physical control over its collection in order to provide better public access to Minnesota's Swedish heritage, $94,677.
    • City of Minneapolis; to develop a Warehouse District Heritage Street Plan that will provide guidance on adapative reuse of the district's historic industrial infrastructure, $75,000.
    • Friends of the Immigration History Research Center; to collect data and conduct oral history interviews on congregations and houses of worship from 1849-1924 in 9 neighborhoods in the Twin Cities near the Mississippi River, $13,123.
    • Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development; to install drain tile and regrade window well slopes to stabilize the Grain Belt Office Building which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $125,000.
    • Regents of the University of Minnesota; to organize, catalog and make accessible archival material documenting the history of agriculture in Minnesota, $112,807.
    • Soap Factory; to prepare a Historic Structures Report with a Comprehensive Energy Plan for building reuse at the Soap Factory, a contributing resource in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $46,800.
  • Mora: Kanabec County Historical Society; to broaden public access to primary historical records through a microfilm reader/printer and computer, $11,836.
  • New Ulm:
    • Brown County Historical Society; to provide storage that meets museum standards through purchase of compressible shelving for the Brown County Historical Society’s family research files and art collections storage, $49,513.
    • New Ulm Turnverein; to improve accessibility with an elevator for Turner Hall which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $200,000.
  • Northfield: Northfield Historical Society; to add an elevator and at-grade entrance which will provide fully ADA-compliant access to the Scriver Block which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $200,642.
  • Onamia: City of Onamia; to prepare a Historic Structure Report that will provide restoration and management goals for the Onamia Municipal Hall which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $16,040.
  • Preston:  Preston Historical Society; to prepare a Preservation Plan that will guide the Preston Historical Society in reconstructing the Milwaukee Elevator and its outbuildings, $20,000.
  • St. Cloud: St. Cloud University; to initiate research at five adjacent archaeological sites in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which will inform an eventual National Register of Historic Places nomination, $56,050.
  • St. Paul:
    • Artspace Projects; to replace the roof and windows, and upgrade the interior of the historic Northern Warehouse, located in the Lowertown Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, for use as an affordable mixed-use space, $100,000.
    • Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans; an oral and visual history project to record, preserve and make available the stories of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Minnesotans, $64,100.
    • Concordia University – St. Paul; to conduct, transcribe, edit and archive oral histories on the social and cultural history of Minnesota during the 1970s, $21,825.
    • Hamline University Center for Global Environmental Education; to conduct oral/video interviews with the people who shaped environmental education in Minnesota, $29,926.
    • James J. Hill Reference Library; to repair and replace windows at the James J. Hill Reference Library which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $88,000.
    • Macalaster College Dewitt Wallace Library; to digitize and make accessible issues of the college's student and community newspapers and catalogs $10,888.
    • Minnesota Museum of American Art; for a new database and collections inventory to gain physical and intellectual control of its collection in order to broaden public access to historic Minnesota art, $29,322.
    • St. Catherine University; to design a plan for ADA renovation of the Our Lady of Victory Chapel on St. Catherine University's St. Paul campus, $19,970.
  • Staples: Staples Historical Society; to complete restoration on all the windows and the North and South lobby doors on the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $49,400.
  • Terrace: Terrace Mill Foundation; to brace interior walls and foundation, remove and replace steps, and install exterior drainage system on the Terrace Mill which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $25,088.
  • Virginia: Friends of B’nai Abraham; to restore a window and repair brick at the B'nai Abraham Synagogue which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $16,100.
  • Warroad: City of Warroad; to repair and repaint exterior wood surfaces, replace windows and restore front door for the Canadian National Depot in Warroad which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $34,681.
  • Willmar:
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society; to broaden public access to Kandiyohi County history through a marker system and accompanying guide brochure, $58,034.
    • Friends of the Willmar Public Library; to broaden public access to primary historic records through a digital reader/printer and additional microfilm rolls to augment the current collection, $19,500.
  • Winona: Pickwick Mill; to tuck-point three of six floors and repair one wall of the Pickwick Mill which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $29,130.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

The Society received a 2009 Legislative appropriation to award a total of $6.75 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2010 and 2011 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 "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 on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants program, 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.