New Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Awarded Across the State

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Release dated: 
September 26, 2012
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New Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Awarded Across the State

Grants Will Help Build a Rich Legacy For Future Minnesotans

The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is pleased to announce that more than 80 organizations in 37 counties throughout the state will receive Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants for projects that will preserve and share our state’s rich history and cultural heritage today and for many generations to come.
 
In this latest round of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, MHS awarded 56 mid-size and large grants (over $7,000) and 33 small grants (up to $7,000).  Please see the two lists of grant recipients below.

"These projects will enhance access to history for all people now and in the future," says David Grabitske, manager of outreach services. "Accessibility means that people will be able to use the power of Minnesota history to transform their communities."                              

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which supports efforts to preserve Minnesota’s land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage.  Information about Minnesota Historical and Cultural grant projects can be found at www.mnhs.org/legacy.

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

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

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 Grant Recipients
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.

Mid-size and Large Grants:

Anoka County, Anoka County Historical Society
History of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office Publication, $24,515
To publish the first comprehensive, scholarly history of the Anoka County Sheriff's Department.

Brown County, New Ulm Turnverein
Conservation and Treatment of New Ulm Turner Hall Murals, $23,140
To conserve and stabilize the historic murals in Turner Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown County, Sleepy Eye Area Foundation
Berg Hotel Exterior Renovation, $10,000
To acquire professional services to prepare architectural drawings and specifications to guide the rehabilitation of the Berg Hotel, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Chippewa County, Chippewa County Historical Society
Olof Swensson Farmstead: Barn Roof Replacement, $119,410
To re-roof the barn on the Olof Swensson Farmstead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chisago County, City of Taylors Falls
Taylors Falls Public Library Restoration, $18,011
To re-roof and improve weather-tightness to preserve the Taylors Falls Public Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, marking the city's centennial anniversary in 2013 of operating a library in this facility.

Clay County, City of Barnesville
Barnesville City Hall 2nd Floor Accessibility Improvements, $121,000
To broaden public access to the Barnesville City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and in continuous use since 1899, through the installation of an elevator and other appropriate modifications that satisfy the Americans with Disability Act.

Clay County, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
New Permanent Red River History Exhibit Phase II, $25,000
To design and fabricate visual assets for an exhibit documenting human uses of the Red River of the North.

Clearwater County, Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers, Inc.
J. Neil's/Red Lake Indian Sawmill Steam Cylinder Installation, $11,375
To re-install the historic steam-powered log carrier to the J.Neil's/Red Lake Indian Sawmill, a historically significant industrial artifact in northern Minnesota.

Cook County, Gunflint Trail Historical Society
Chik-Wauk Lodge (Museum and Nature Center) Cultural Landscape Report, $31,124
To acquire professional services that will prepare a cultural landscape report for the Chik-Wauk Lodge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, to guide future historic preservation projects.

Dakota County, Dakota County
Cultural Resources Interpretive Plan for the Mississippi River Trail in Dakota County, $77,500
To acquire professional services to prepare an interpretive plan for public access to history and cultural heritage along 27 miles of the national Mississippi River Trail and the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area

Fillmore County, City of Lanesboro
Lanesboro Stone Dam Rehabilitation, $300,000
To preserve historic features on the 1868 dam, a contributing feature of the Lanesboro Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fillmore County, Lanesboro Arts Center
Scanlan Hall (Lanesboro Art Council Gallery) Storefront Preservation, $91,365
To sensitively rehabilitate Scanlan Hall, a contributing feature of the Lanesboro Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places, with Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant access to the Lanesboro Art Center.

Hennepin County, American Swedish Institute
American Swedish Institute Archives Cataloging, $71,588
To acquire professional services for improving public accessibility to significant archival materials documenting Swedish immigrant contributions to state history.

Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis
Pillsbury A Mill Tunnel System Condition Study, $250,000
To acquire professional services for an assessment of structural condition for preservation and reuse of the drive tunnel infrastructure of the Pillsbury A Mill, a National Historic Landmark.

Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis
Pioneers and Soldiers Fence Restoration Project: Phase V, $118,688
To complete restoration of the historic steel fence enclosing the Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design Archival Processing Project, $97,941
To acquire professional services for improving public accessibility to significant archival materials documenting the founding and operation of the college over the past 125 years.

Hennepin County, The Soap Factory
The Soap Factory Restroom Project, $60,900
To create restrooms that meet Americans with Disabilities requirements in the Soap Factory, a contributing feature of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Three Rivers Park District
Schmid Farmstead Ruins Historic Structures Report, $28,900
To acquire professional services to prepare a Historic Structures Report that will guide future preservation projects on the Schmid Farmstead Ruins, determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, University of Minnesota Libraries
Exploring Minnesota's Natural History: Digitization and Online Access, $121,932
To digitize and make accessible botanical, zoological, and geological records documenting the natural history of Minnesota, 1872-1946.

Hennepin County, Walker Art Center
History of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden - A Documentary, $49,500
To produce and distribute a historical documentary film about the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for its 25th anniversary in 2013.

Isanti County, Isanti County Historical Society
Archival Cataloging and Digitization, $24,726
To catalog and digitize archival materials recovered from the July 8, 2011 arson fire, which destroyed most of the Isanti County History Museum.

Itasca County, Northern Itasca Joint Powers Board
Marcell Ranger Station: Historic CCC Log Home Restoration, $123,520
To rehabilitate plumbing, electrical, and weather-tightness, and restore interior finishes on the log residence of the Marcell Ranger Station, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lac qui Parle County, Lac qui Parle County Historical Society
Lac qui Parle County Museum Lighting System Upgrade, $79,700
To provide lighting that meets museum standards in order to reduce deterioration of artifacts.

Lake of the Woods County, City of Baudette
Willie Walleye Sculpture Conservation, $22,900
To acquire professional services to conserve Willie Walleye, a significant cultural heritage landmark sculpture.

Martin County, Martin County Preservation Association
First Church of Christ Scientist (Red Rock Center) Front Stair Replacement, $21,357
To rehabilitate the primary entrance of the First Church of Christ Scientist, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The facility operates as an arts center.

McLeod County, McLeod County Historical Society
Compressible Archival Storage, $51,846
To provide storage that meets museum standards through purchase of compressible shelving for the MCHS artifact collections.

Meeker County, Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc.
Litchfield Opera House Restroom Project, $29,893
To create restrooms that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements in the Litchfield Opera House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Mille Lacs County, City of Onamia
Onamia City Hall: Electrical and Mechanical Upgrade, $14,973
To acquire professional services to implement preservation recommendations that will mitigate original 1936 wiring within the Onamia Municipal Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Olmsted County, City of Rochester
Plummer House HVAC Replacement - Phase 1, $98,140
To install a professionally-designed environmental system to preserve the Henry S. Plummer House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society
Blueprint and Map Rehousing Project, $38,112
To gain intellectual and physical control over a significant historical architectural drawing collection documenting the built environment of Rochester.

Polk County, St. Peter Parish
Church of St. Peter's Interior Preservation Project, $40,000
To stabilize and restore plaster and stenciling in the Church of St. Peter (Catholic), listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, 1006 Summit Avenue Society
Governor's Residence Historic Landscape Report, $35,650
To acquire professional services in preparing a Historic Landscape Report for improvement of public access to the history of the Horace Irvine House/Governor's Residence, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Envision Minnesota
Legacy Letters Educational Curriculum, $2,500
To professionally design web access to historical content of Legacy Letters vignettes.

Ramsey County, First Baptist Church of St. Paul
Restoration of Historic 19th Century Pipe Organ, $34,200
To reverse inappropriate alterations by restoring the historic voice and register of the 1875 pipe organ in First Baptist Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Germanic-American Institute
Gardner House Exterior Preservation, $83,200
To repair and restore the gutter system and cornice assembly of the George W. Gardner House, a contributing feature of the Historic Hill District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Lower Phalen Creek Project
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary Immersive Interpretation Research Project, $40,000
To research and develop a plan for interpreting the history, culture and American Indian astronomical significance of Wakan Tipi/Carver’s Cave.

Ramsey County, Macalester College
Exploring the Past at the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area Through Phase I Archaeological Survey, $29,550
To conduct a Phase I archaeological survey of 150 acres in the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, Inver Grove Heights.

Ramsey County, Maplewood Area Historical Society
Milk House Dairy Exhibit, $50,565
To design, fabricate, and install an exhibit on post-World War II small dairy operations.

Ramsey County, MN Administrators of Special Education
History of Educating Children with Disabilities in Minnesota, Pre-1840 to 1960, $46,450
To hire a qualified historian to research and prepare materials that will enable the public to more broadly access the story of people aged 21 and younger with disabilities, pre-1840 to 1960.

Ramsey County, Ramsey County Law Library
Historical Judicial Portrait Preservation, $33,095
To conserve and stabilize ten historic oil painting judicial portraits in the St. Paul City Hall-Ramsey County Courthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Saint Paul Great River Passage - Interpretive & Exhibit Concept Plan, $25,000
To acquire professional services to prepare an interpretive plan for public access to history and cultural heritage along 17 miles of the Mississippi River.

Ramsey County, Science Museum of Minnesota
Crites Site: Collection Inventory, Geophysical Survey, Testing, and Outreach, $65,000
To facilitate collections inventory, geophysical survey and testing, LiDAR archaeological study and outreach efforts associated with the Crites Oneota and Woodland site in the St. Croix Valley.

Redwood County, Redwood Falls Public Library
Digital Microform Reader/Viewer System Acquisition, $12,513
To enable public access to primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Renville County, Renville County Historical Society
RCHS Collections Inventory, $45,101
To gain physical and intellectual control through a professional inventory of approximately 12,000 objects documenting Renville County history using PastPerfect Museum Software.

Rice County, City of Faribault
Faribault Woolen Mill Company Rehabilitation, $300,000
To preserve the smokestack on the Faribault Woolen Mill, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as a significant cultural heritage landmark that is otherwise obsolete to business operations.

Rice County, Northfield Historical Society
NHS Collections & Archives Room Storage and Access, $79,320
To provide storage that meets museum standards through improving lighting and purchase of compressible shelving for the NHS artifact collections.

Rock County, City of Luverne
Luverne Downtown Historic District National Register Evaluation, $16,600
To acquire professional services that will comprehensively evaluate Luverne's commercial district for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Duluth Playhouse Inc.
NorShor Theatre Rehabilitation, $150,000
To preserve and restore brick and terracotta on the NorShore Theatre, a contributing feature of the Duluth Commercial Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Friends of B'nai Abraham Synagogue
B'nai Abraham Synagogue Lower Level Exit Restoration, $28,760
To mitigate moisture damage to the rear egress of the B'nai Abraham Synagogue, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Steam Locomotive Northern Pacific #2435 Stabilization, $14,780
To stabilize and restore the Northern Pacific steam locomotive #2435, the last surviving Prairie Type locomotive built 1906-1907.

St. Louis County, Minnesota Discovery Center
Implementing the Ojibwe Exhibit, $85,900
To finalize, fabricate and install the Ojibwe exhibit segment in the "People" permanent exhibit.

St. Louis County, Regents of the University of Minnesota
Tweed Museum of Art Works-on-Paper Rehousing Project, $80,981
To preserve and make accessible a significant works-on-paper collection documenting the history of the Duluth region.

St. Louis County, Saint Louis County Historical Society
Eastman Johnson Collection Exhibit/Gallery/Storage Project, $150,000
To fabricate and install an exhibit of Eastman Johnson art work and Ojibwe artifacts in the Duluth Union Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sherburne County, Sherburne County Historical Society
Microfilm Reader Printer Acquisition, $11,890
To enable public access to primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Stearns County, Stearns History Museum and Research Center
HVAC for the Archival Storage Area, $42,385
To implement recommendations from an HVAC evaluation that will ensure better climate control for the preservation of historic resources in a 1,300 square foot archival storage vault.

Wabasha County, City of Wabasha
J.B. Finchy Building (Pembroke Ave Visitor Center) Predevelopment Evaluation, $9,000
To acquire professional services for a study on potential municipal reuse of the J.B. Finchy Building, a contributing feature of the Wabasha Commercial Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fast Track Grants:

Cook County, Schroeder Area Historical Society
Nine Video Oral History Transcriptions, $1125      
To transcribe 9 previously recorded oral histories documenting the history of the Schroeder area.

Crow Wing County, Crow Wing County
Portage Lake Trail Phase I Archaeological Survey, $6800      
To conduct a reconnaissance archaeological survey of a purported pre-historic portage trail.

Dakota County, Dakota County Historical Society
Presenting the Lost LeDuc Compositions, $6631      
To make accessible music composed by William G. LeDuc in the 1840s.

Dakota County, Prairie Creek Community School
Private and Public Charter Elementary Progressive Education in Minnesota: Research for a History of the Prairie Creek Community School 1983-2013, Part 2, $6800      
To conduct 15 to 20 interviews on the 30 year history of the Prairie Creek Community School, a forerunner of the Charter School movement.

Grant County, Grant County
Grant County Courthouse Historical and Cultural Landscape Study, $7000      
To hire a qualified and experienced historian to prepare a Cultural Landscape Report that will guide future preservation projects on the grounds of the Grant County Courthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, The Bakken Museum
HVAC Evaluation of The Bakken Museum’s Storage Vaults, $4900      
To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate the current system for better control of the Bakken Museum environment.

Hennepin County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota
Lake Minnetonka Nautical Archaeology 1 Project, $6999      
To research 16 prioritized anomalous radar readings on two previously undocumented maritime wrecks in Lake Minnetonka.

Hennepin County, Pond Dakota Heritage Society
Index, Printing, and e-book for Northern Slave, Black Dakota, $6900      
To publish "Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey," a new book by Walt Bachman.

Hennepin County, St. Louis Park Historical Society
General Preservation Assessment Survey, $5364      
To hire professional conservators to assess historically significant collections and write a long range preservation plan.

Lyon County, Society for the Study of Local and Regional History
Red Earth, White Road Publication, $2845      
To publish "The Joseph LaFramboise Family during the Dakota War of 1862" by Janet Timmerman.

Martin County, Truman Historical Association
Acquire The Truman Tribune Newspapers on Microfilm, $6330      
Brief Project Description: To add 70 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society
Acquire ScanPro 2000 Microform Scanning System, $7000      
To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Olmsted County, Rochester Park and Recreation Dept.
Dakota History Program: Elders, Guardians of our Future, $3800      
Brief Project Description: To conduct 4 interviews with Dakota elders on the cultural history of Indian Heights Park in Rochester.

Pope County, Terrace Mill Foundation
Professional Evaluation for Restoration of the Chippewa Falls Schoolhouse, $6500      
To hire a qualified historical architect and engineer to prepare an assessment of the foundation of Terrace Mill, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Center for International Education
Robert Bly:  News of the Universe (film), $6925      
To complete research for a planned documentary on Robert Bly, Minnesota Poet Laureate.

Ramsey County, Chinese American Academic and Professional Association in MN
Gather Resources for Publication of Twenty Years of History and Achievements of CAAPAM, $3000      
To gather records of the organization on the occasion of its 20th anniversary meeting.

Ramsey County, Hmong Cultural Center
Hmong American History Center and Library Interpretative Planning Project, $7000      
To assemble historic resources preparatory to fabrication and installation of an exhibit on the history of Hmong immigration in Minnesota.

Ramsey County, St. Catherine University - History Department
SCU Voices of Homelessness Oral History Project, $6760      
To conduct 20 interviews on the history of homelessness among youth in the Twin Cities in the last decade.

Ramsey County, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom Natural and Cultural History Guide, $7000      
To obtain the services of a qualified historian to research and write built environment history content supporting the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom curriculum.

Rice County, Rice County Historical Society
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner, $7000      
To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Rice County, Valley Grove Preservation Society
Historic Structures Report for Valley Grove Historic Site, $7000      
To hire a qualified and experienced historian to prepare a Historic Structures Report that will guide future preservation projects.

St. Louis County, Birthing Ways - Doula Connection
History of Birth in Duluth Research Project, $3442      
To assemble in a report records and resources from various repositories pertaining to birth and maternity in Duluth prior to World War II.

St. Louis County, Dorothy Molter Foundation and Museum
Disaster Plan Development, $4699      
To hire professional conservators to create a plan to respond to and recover from disasters.

St. Louis County, City of Duluth
Planning Process for an Ethnographic Study of the American Indian Heritage of Duluth, $7000      
To gather preliminary ethnographic resources preparatory to a larger project to study the ethnographic history of the Duluth area.

St. Louis County, Historic Union Depot Corporation
Revitalization of Duluth Immigration Exhibit, $5700      
To revitalize the immigration exhibit in the Duluth Union Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Listening Point Foundation
Sig Olson Writing Shack Exhibit, $4325      
To fabricate and install an exhibit on the history of Sigurd Olson's work to preserve the gray wolf in northern Minnesota.

St. Louis County, Minnesota Discovery Center
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer, $7000      
To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Scott County, City of Jordan
Inventory of Historical Collection, $3189      
To begin to gain intellectual and physical control over a significant historical collection documenting the City of Jordan.

Stearns County, St. Cloud State University
Digitization of Oral Histories, $1763      
To digitize 33 oral histories documenting the growth of St. Cloud State University, 1900-1990.

Stevens County, Stevens County Historical Society
Men and Women of the Land Exhibit, $7000      
To supplement the "Men and Women of the Land" exhibit at the Stevens County History Museum.

Watonwan County, Watonwan County Historical Society
National Register Nomination, 1908 Truss Bridge, Madelia Township, $3000      
To prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the 1908 Warren Truss Bridge no. 6527 in Madelia Township.

Wright County, City of Rockford
World War I Educational Website, Phase I, $3579      
To prepare for the 2014 centennial of World War I by assembling documentation of Minnesota homefront experiences.

Wright County, Cokato Historical Society
Akerlund Glass Plate Negative Scanning, Phase V, $7000      
To create digital user copies of approximately 1,400 5x7 glassplate negatives from the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio Collection.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Minnesota Historical Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Minnesota 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.

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.