Investing in our Legacy: The Minnesota Historical Society Announces Latest Round of Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients

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Investing in our Legacy: The Minnesota Historical Society Announces Latest Round of Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients

49 organizations statewide to receive grants for history and cultural heritage projects of enduring value; $10.5 million appropriated for grants in 2012 and 2013

ST. PAUL (Nov. 1, 2011) – From preserving historic buildings to installing interpretive history markers along roadsides, Minnesotans now have access to more than $10 million for the cause of history and historic preservation through the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants. The Minnesota Historical Society, the organization responsible for administering the grants, today announced 49 recipients from across the state, of the September Small and Structured Grants of up to $7,000.

The Society also announced the next deadline for Small and Structured Grants is January 13, 2012. The Grants Manual is available at with all applications being accepted only through the Society’s new grants portal at

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.

“It’s clear that Minnesotans need these funds to preserve and make accessible history now and for future generations,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. “In 2009 and 2010, the Society administered more than $6 million in grants – the first time that Minnesotans have really had access to such significant grants for the cause of history. With those funds, we just made a dent in the pent-up demand for funds. It’s no surprise to see such strong usage of the grant program. We’re pleased to see the good work that began in the last legislative biennium, continue.”

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:

  • Aitkin County, Aitkin County Historical Society, Minnesota History Bookshelf, $1,132
  • Anoka County: Fridley Historical Society, Post World War II Suburban Development of Fridley, Minnesota, $5,114
  • Carlton County, Cloquet Public Library, Microfilm Reader/Scanner, $7,000
  • Carver County, Carver County Historical Society, Rehousing At-risk Photographs, $7,000
  • Cass County, Heritage Group North, Inc., City of Pine River, MN Walking Tour – Phase Two, $7,000
  • Clay County, Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation, Inc., Updated HSR for Probstfield House, $3,600
  • Cook County, Cook County Historical Society, HVAC Evaluation, $7,000
  • Dakota County, Caponi Art Park, Phase Two – Development of Institutional Archive, $6,560
  • Dakota County, Prairie Creek Community School, Preparing for a History of the Prairie Creek Community School, 1983-2013, $6,920
  • Dakota County, Dakota County Historical Society, Our Voices: Hastings State Hospital Oral History Project, $6,183
  • Dodge County, Dodge County Historical Society, Photo Preservation and Management, $4,986
  • Fillmore County, Fillmore County Historical Society, Microfilm Reader/Printer Purchase, $7,000
  • Fillmore County, Rushford-Peterson Schools, National Register Evaluation for the Rushford School, $6,995
  • Fillmore County, Lanesboro Arts Center, Lanesboro Arts Center HVAC Assessments, $5,000
  • Goodhue County, Goodhue County Historical Society, MNopedia, $6,800
  • Goodhue County, Friends of St. Rose, Inc., St. Rose Church National Register Nomination, $4,000
  • Hennepin County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, Lake Minnetonka Survey I, $6,997
  • Hennepin County, Firefighter’s Hall and Museum, 1-35W Bridge Collapse Exhibit: Firefighter Response, $5,950
  • Lac qui Parle County, Lac qui Parle County Historical Society, Conservation Assessment/Preservation, $6,230
  • Lake County, William M. Kelley High School, “Company Town” Book, $6,008
  • McLeod County, City of Glencoe, Henry Hill School National Register Nomination, $2,600
  • Meeker County, Greater Litchfield Opera House Associations, Inc., HVAC, $5,000
  • Meeker County, City of Litchfield, Litchfield Original Plat Survey, $7,000
  • Meeker County, Meeker County Historical Society, Collections Care & Mgmt: Cataloging 350 Artifacts, $7,000
  • Mille Lacs county, City of Onamia, Exterior building preservation work – modification of the roof drainage systems – leaf guards (wicker covers and tip-ups), $ 2,035
  • Mower County, Mower County Historical Society, MCHS Township Records Microfilming Implementation Grant, $7,000
  • Otter Tail County, Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Funding for a Long Range Conservation Plan for a Collection of Fine Art, $2,696
  • Pope County, Pope County Historical Society, Museum Environment – Insulations, $7,000
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Collections Inventory and Data Entry, $6,660
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota Administrators of Special Education, MN Services for Infants/Toddlers With Disabilities, $6,999
  • Ramsey County, HAND in HAND Productions, Saint Paul Police Oral History Project – Phase 5, $7,000
  • Ramsey County, Twin City Model Railroad Museum, Interpretive Plan, $7,000
  • Ramsey County, Friends of the Immigration History Research Center, Houses of Worship and Ethnicity in the Twin Cities, $7,000
  • Ramsey County, Sholom Community Alliance, Jewish Identity & Legacy: A Cross-Generational Exploration, $7,000
  • Ramsey County, Ramsey County Historical Society, Collections Inventory, $6,996
  • Ramsey County, Eight Air Force Historical Society, Inc. – Minnesota Chapter, Digital Conversion and Publication of Past Minnesota Veterans’ Presentations, Educational Outreach, and Oral History Interviews of Veterans of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society of Minnesota, $4,158
  • Ramsey County, White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, Fillebrown House Exterior Restoration Project, $7,000
  • Renville County, Dakota Wicohan, Dakota Language Oral History Project – Phase IV, $7,000
  • Rice County, Rice County Historical Society, Reaching and Gathering Historical Evidence of Alexander Faribault, $7,000
  • Scott County, Scott County Historical Society, “Marking Time: The Rituals of Life & Death” exhibit, $3,650
  • Sibley County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, Minnesota River Survey I, $6,993
  • Stearns County, Stearns History Museum, Online Archival Catalog Upgrade, $6,750
  • St. Louis County, Minnesota Discovery Center, Minnesota Discovery Center Object Collection Inventory, $7,000
  • St. Louis County, Dorothy Molter Foundation and Museum, Collections Inventory and Registration, $5,384
  • St. Louis County, Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Associations, Duluth Farmer’s Market Oral History, $4,300
  • Washington County, Afton Historical Society and Museum, Collections Care & Mgmt: Phase 3, $6,992
  • Washington County, Hmong Cultural Center, Tshook Kos (Marriage Ceremony) and Kev Cai Pam Tuag (Funeral Procedures) Publication Project, $6,500
  • Washington County, Marine Restoration Society, Documenting Significant Historic Areas of St. Croix Valley Through Photographey, $6,999
  • Winona County, Sister City International, Columbia Heights, Frantic 7 for an American Audience, $2,000

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

For more information about other Legacy-funded historyprojects, please visit

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to 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.