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43 organizations in 25 counties to receive 44 competitive grants

Dozens of organizations are recording and sharing Minnesota’s story and also preserving it for future generations with support from Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, funded by the Legacy Amendment.  The Minnesota Historical Society today announced 44 grants of up to $7,000 are being awarded to 43 recipients in 25 counties for projects of enduring value.

“From Cook County in the far northwest corner of the state, to Pipestone County in the southeast, Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are helping communities across Minnesota ensure that their history is accessible now and for many years to come,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. “This latest round of grants is not only preserving the places where Minnesota history happened, but it is also allowing Minnesotans to gather, record and save significant stories."

The Society also announced the next deadline for Small and Structured Grants of up to $7,000 is June 15, 2012. In addition, the required, pre-application deadline for Mid-Size and Large Grants for fiscal year 2013 is fast approaching on June 1, 2012. The Grants Manual is available at  Applications are accepted only through the Society’s new grants portal at

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund 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.

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:

Blue Earth County, Minnesota State University, Mankato, The Wagon Wheel Book Project, $7000.  

Brown County, Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society, Historic Markers - Reservation Line/Brown Family, $4620.

Clearwater County, Clearwater County Historical Society, Microfilm Acquisition, $405.      

Cook County, Cook County Historical Society, Passport Into The Past Program, $7000.  

Crow Wing County, Heritage Group North, Inc., John M. Rohr Historic Film Digital Conversion Project, $7000.   

Lac qui Parle County, City of Madison, Madison Municipal Building Reconstruction of Cupola, $7000.   

Hennepin County, Eden Prairie Historical Society, Cummins Grill House Fire Suppression System Installation, $7000.

Hennepin County, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, “We Rolled Up Our Sleeves” MNopedia Entries, $6660.

Hennepin County, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, St. Louis Park Oral History Project Phase Two, $7000.

Hennepin County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, Lake Minnetonka Survey 2, $6998.     

Hennepin County, Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation, Exhibit: Minnesota Aviation Innovators, 1910-1945, $5830.

Hennepin County, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Phyllis Wheatley Impact on Urban Coalition, $7000.

Hennepin County, Wayzata Historical Society, Biography: Royal C. Moore, Streetcar Boat Designer and Builder, $7000.

Hubbard County, City of Park Rapids, Stone Beach House National Register Nomination, $3500.

Lake of the Woods County, Lake of the Woods County Historical Society, Microfilm Acquisition, $5000.

Mille Lacs County, City of Milaca, Historical Museum Improvements, $2048.      

Mille Lacs County, Mille Lacs County Historical Society, Architectural Assessment of the Great Northern Depot Roof, $7000.   

Murray County, Murray County Historical Society, Preserving Our Hard Copy Newspaper Collection, $2000.            

Murray County, Normandale Community College, Preservation and Exploration of an Archaic and Woodland Site at Lake Fremont in Murray County, Minnesota, $7000.     

Nicollet County, Gustavus Adolphus College Archives, Digital Conversion Services for pre-1920 College Newspapers, $3868.

Nobles County, Nobles County Library, Acquisition of Microfilm Reader/Printer ScanPro 2000, $7000.      

Norman County, Norman County Historical Society, Loft Clothing Collections Project Phase 2, $3130.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society, 3-Dimensional Inventory and Catalog Project, $7000.

Pipestone County, Pipestone County Historical Society, Old City Hall Windows Repair Phase One, $7000.

Ramsey County, Germanic-American Institute, George Gardner House: Exterior Conditions Assessment, $6000.      

Ramsey County, Hamline University - Center For Global Environmental Education, The History of Environmental Education in Minnesota, $6999.      

Ramsey County, Hamline University Law Library, Hamline University Law Oral History Project, $6190.      

Ramsey County, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, The Clothesline Project Collections/Exhibit Preservation, $1500.

Ramsey County, Minnesota State Fair Foundation, Minnesota State Fair Archive $6780.        

Ramsey County, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Minnesota's Civic Legacy Banner Exhibit, $6850.

Rice County,City of Faribault, Expansion of Downtown National Register District, $7000.

Rice County, Northfield Historical Society, Collection Survey of New Members and Development and Enhancement of Metadata for Selected Content, $7000.      

Rice County, Northfield Public Library, History of the Northfield Public Library Since 1970, $6900.

Roseau County, Minnesota's Historic Northwest. Inventors, Innovators & Entrepreneurs: An Exhibit About People From Minnesota's Northwest Who Made a Difference, $4000.

Sibley County, City of Gaylord, Historic Context Study of the City of Gaylor $7000.

St. Louis County, Duluth Children's Museum, Doll Collection Documentation & Storage, $7000.

St. Louis County, Koochiching County Historical Society, Preserve and Organize Early Records from the Minnesota and Ontario Paper Mill, $6978.

St. Louis County, Minnesota Museum of Mining, Ore Train Track Rehabilitation, $7000.  

St. Louis County, Bois Forte Tribal Government, Bois Forte Veterans Log "Honoring Our Warriors," $7000.

Swift County, Swift County Historical Society, Monson Lake Immigrants Archaeological Education Project, $7000.      

Washington County, Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Photo Collection Reprographic and Rehousing Project, $3505.

Wright County, Brooklyn Historical Society, Repair and Conservation of Drawings of the Battle of Acton and the Hutchinson Stockade, $5146.         

Yellow Medicine County, City of Granite Falls, Andrew J. Volstead House Foundation Repair/Replacement Professional Estimate, $5500.  

Yellow Medicine County, Clean Up The River Environment, “Our Water, Our Land, Our Past, Our Future Oral History,” $6500.

About 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 history 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.