Preserving Priceless Resources: The Minnesota Historical Society Announces Recipients of Mid-Size and Large Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

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Preserving Priceless Resources: The Minnesota Historical Society Announces Recipients of Mid-Size and Large Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Grants totaling more than $3.8 million awarded to 59 organizations in 39 counties for projects of enduring value

The Minnesota Historical Society today announced 59 recipients of mid-size and large Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants (listed below) for fiscal year 2012.  Mid-size grants are awarded in amounts between $7,001 and $50,000, and large grants for $50,001 or more.

The grant announcements follow news of the Minnesota Historical Society’s latest report to the governor and legislature detailing all expenditures for 2012 Legacy history projects and programs.  The report is now available at or as a PDF 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 state history and cultural heritage.

“This latest group of awards really begins to reach out across disciplines and funding lines to collaborate with arts, library and other groups as the legislature had encouraged. The Historic Resources Advisory Committee that reviews grant proposals keeps such encouragements in mind,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society.  “In this round of recipients, awards address a great many ways that history makes life in Minnesota so rich, deep and vibrant, from the preservation of historic spaces for arts and low-income housing, to preserving modern experiences that will become history, and fostering films with solid historical content.”

In addition, the Minnesota Historical Society announced four partnerships for history-minded organizations outside of the Society to come together to enhance access to Minnesota history and cultural heritage.  Partnership funds were awarded to:

  • Carleton College and Veblen Farmstead, Veblen Farmstead: Hay Barn Stabilization and Preservation, $125,000
  • Old Highland Neighborhood Association and Preserve Minneapolis, Homeowner Restoration Workshops, $23,000
  • Macalester College and Carleton College, Environmental History Conference, $102,522
  • Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul, Johann Friedrich von Schiller Sculpture: Restoration and Preservation, $35,000

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Mid-Size and Large 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.

  • Brown County, Brown County Historical Society, Brown County’s U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Core Exhibit, $54,836.
  • Brown County, The Grand Center for Arts and Culture, Inc., Grand Hotel: Grand Center for the Arts and Culture Accessibility and Interior Systems, $100,000.
  • Carver County, Carver County Historical Society, Andrew Peterson Farmstead: Barn Foundation Restoration, $27,140.
  • Clay County, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Thirty Years After the Dream: The Hjemkomst Legacy, $15,000.
  • Cottonwood County, Cottonwood County Historical Society, Interpretive Exhibit: Cottonwood County Citizens Serving Their Country, $19,000.
  • Dakota County, Dakota County Historical Society, Going Digital: Converting DCHS Oral History and Film Collection to Digital Files, $33,172.
  • Dakota County, Minnesota Genealogical Society, Microfilm Reader/Scanners, $11,000.
  • Fillmore County, Preston Historical Society, Milwaukee Elevator: Reconstruction of Additions, $25,103.
  • Fillmore County, Spring Valley Historical Society, Spring Valley Methodist Episcopal Church: Re-Roofing, $58,800.
  • Grant County, Grant County Historical Society, ADA Accessibility – Bathrooms & Entry Door, $29,215.
  • Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery: Fence Restoration Project, Phase IV, $150,000.
  • Hennepin County, Emerge Community Development, Minneapolis Public Library, North Branch: Roof Replacement, $82,000.
  • Hennepin County, Friends of Christ Church Lutheran, Christ Church Lutheran: Historic Structures Report, $38,000.
  • Hennepin County, Friends of the Immigration History Research Center, Houses of Worship: The Mosaic of Religion and Ethnicity in the Twin Cities, 1849-1924, $23,794.
  • Hennepin County, Heart of the Earth, Inc., American Indian Movement Interpretive Center Collections Development: Establishing the Collection, $39,706.
  • Hennepin County, Hennepin County Library, Musical Score Preservation Project, $30,000.  
  • Hennepin County, MIGIZI Communications, The Minneapolis American Indian Community – An Unexpected Outcome of the Federal Urban Indian Relocation Program, $39,220.
  • Hennepin County, Minnesota African American Museum & Cultural Center, Amos B. Coe House: Minnesota African American Museum & Cultural Center HVAC Upgrade, $155,250.
  • Hennepin County, Regents of the University of Minnesota (American Indian Studies), Ojibwe People’s Dictionary Phase Two, $270,820.
  • Hennepin County, Three Rivers Park District, Pierre Bottineau House Interpretive Exhibit Fabrication and Installation, $47,850.
  • Hennepin County, University of Minnesota Libraries, Preserving Minnesota’s Performing Arts Heritage, $159,205.
  • Isanti County, Isanti County Historical Society, Microform Reader/Printer & Newspaper Microfilm, $22,865.
  • Koochiching County, Ernest C. Oberholtzer Foundation, Ernest C. Oberholtzer Rainy Lake Islands Historic District: House Fireplace and Chimney Preservation, $48,822.
  • Mahnomen County, Mahnomen County Historical Society, Interior Environmental Control Project, $21,247.
  • Meeker County, Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc., Litchfield Opera House: Exterior Preservation, $208,298.
  • Meeker County, Meeker County Historical Society, Collections Care & Management: Cataloging Artifacts from Litchfield’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall Museum, $25,811.
  • Morrison County, Minnesota Military Museum, Collection Management, $43,403.
  • Morrison County, Morrison County Historical Society, Digital Access to Morrison County History Resources, $11,090.
  • Mower County, Mower County Historical Society, MCHS Interpretive Plan Development, $10,000.
  • Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society, George Stoppel Farmstead: Historic Structures Report, $27,300.
  • Otter Tail County, Otter Tail County Historical Society, Geophysical and Archaeological Evaluation of Fort Juelson, Otter Tail County, $21,947.
  • Pine County, Audubon Center of the North Woods, Arnold Schwyzer Summer House and Farmstead: Windows Upgrade, $45,000.
  • Pope County, Ann Bickle Heritage House, Ann Bickle House: Roof Reshingling, $18,810.
  • Pope County, Pope County, Pope County Courthouse: North Entry Restoration, $152,655.
  • Pope County, Pope County Historical Society, HVAC Update Phase 2, $81,391.
  • Ramsey County, Historic Saint Paul, Tour Saint Paul: Web & Mobile, $49,410.
  • Ramsey County, James J. Hill Reference Library, James J. Hill Reference Library: Main Entrance Stair Restoration, $36,300
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota Landmarks Inc., U.S. Post Office, Courthouse and Customs House (Landmark Center): Copper Restoration: North and South Tower Roofs, $126,625.
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Cataloguing Project, $31,356.
  • Ramsey County, North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, North Star Museum Lighting Project, $49,955.
  • Ramsey County, Ramsey County Historical Society, University Avenue Documentary, $59,800.
  • Ramsey County, Regents of the University of Minnesota (Labor Education Service), Who Built the Capitol? – Video and Web Site, $24,724.
  • Redwood County, Redwood County, Ramsey Park Swayback Bridge: Preservation, $32,000.
  • Rice County, District One Hospital, Johnston Hall: Roof Replacement, $110,700.
  • Saint Louis County, American Indian Community Housing Organization, Young Women’s Christian Association of Duluth (YWCA): Gimaajii Mino Bimaadiziyaan, $250,000.
  • Saint Louis County, City of Duluth, Sacred Heart Cathedral: Roof and Tower Restoration, $168,525.
  • Saint Louis County, Laurentian Arts and Culture Alliance, Virginia Commercial Historic District: Lyric Center for the Arts Street Façade Rehabilitation Design, $50,500.
  • Saint Louis County, Regents of the University of Minnesota - Duluth, Archaeological Survey and GIS Development in the Cloquet River Valley, $62,338
  • Saint Louis County, Sisu Heritage Inc., Alex Seitaniemi Barn, House Restoration Phase 2, $100,000.
  • Scott County, Scott County Historical Society, Microfilm Digital Reader, $9,990.
  • Steele County, Steele County Historical Society, SCHS Collections Project, $40,000.
  • Todd County, Staples Historical Society, Northern Pacific Railway Depot: Restoration Pans and Specifications Development, $90,000.
  • Wabasha County, Wabasha County Historical Society, Reads Landing School: Rehabilitation Project Construction Documents, $18,290.
  • Waseca County, City of New Richland, Stranger’s Refuge Lodge Number 74 (IOOF): Preservation, $99,114.
  • Waseca County, Waseca County Historical Society, Waseca County Historical Society ADA Compliancy, $48,185.
  • Washington County, Afton Historical Society and Museum, Collections Care and Management: Cataloging Items into PastPerfect, $24,941.
  • Washington County, Washington County Historical Society, She Who Would Giants Fight, $76,000.
  • Winona County, Winona County Historical Society, Winona Commercial Historical District: Winona Armory Battlement, $156,295.
  • Yellow Medicine County, Yellow Medicine County Historical Society, Digital Archiving of the Yellow Medicine County Birth Records, $16,545.

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.  The required, pre-application deadline for Mid-Size and Large

Grants for fiscal year 2013 is June 1, 2012.  The next deadlines for Small and Structured Grants of up to $7,000 are Feb. 17, 2012 and March 23.  All applications being accepted only through the Society’s new grants portal at

For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program and to access the Grants Manual, visit

For more information about other Legacy-funded projects, 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.