Minnesota Historical Society Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

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Release dated: 
September 3, 2015
Media contacts: 

Laura Weber, MNHS, laura.weber@mnhs.org, 651-259-3039
Lauren Peck, MNHS, lauren.peck@mnhs.org, 651-259-3137

Minnesota Historical Society Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

ST. PAUL (September 3, 2015) – The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) announces 36 recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each) totaling $290,010 in 19 counties.

The grants are awarded quarterly to help non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. The awards were approved by the MNHS Executive Council on August 11, 2015.

“Legacy grants help history organizations around the state improve and enhance their ability to achieve their mission and sustain themselves over time,” said Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, MNHS grants manager.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grant Recipients
Recipients of small grants (up to $10,000) from the July 2015 cycle are listed by county, in alphabetical order below. Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and are awarded according to program guidelines and criteria and professional standards.

Anoka County, Fridley, Minnesota Special Education Leaders Foundation (MNSELF), $9,950
Publish the History of Special Education Administration: To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of special education administration.

Brown County, Hanska, City of Hanska, $10,000
Conditions Assessment for Liberal Union Hall Building: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of the Liberal Union Hall Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Clay County, Moorhead, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, $10,000
Wet and Dry in Clay County Exhibit: To develop and install an exhibit on the history of alcohol in Clay County.

Dakota County, Eagan, Caponi Art Park, $6,170
General Preservation Assessment Survey and Long Range Conservation Plan: To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.

Dakota County, Northfield, City of Northfield (Northfield Hospital and Clinics), $10,000
Narrative for History of the Northfield City Hospital, 1910-2010: To hire a qualified professional to produce a manuscript on the history of the Northfield City Hospital.

Dodge County, Mantorville, Dodge County Historical Society, $10,000
Conditions Assessment and Treatment Plan for the Bourdon House: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of the Bourdon House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.        

Hennepin County, Golden Valley, Golden Valley Historical Society, $5,155
Collections Management Policy and Procedures: To hire a qualified consultant to prepare a collections management policies and procedures document.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), $10,000
MCF Oral History Collection: To document in eight oral history interviews the history of philanthropy in Minnesota.

Hennepin County, St Louis Park, St. Louis Park Historical Society, $2,997
St. Louis Park Newspaper Microfilm: To add 37 rolls of microfilmed St. Louis Park newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Itasca County, Grand Rapids, Itasca County Historical Society, $5,486
Disaster Plan for New Museum Location: To hire a qualified museum consultant to develop a disaster plan for the Itasca County Historical Society.

Kandiyohi County, Willmar, Kandiyohi County Historical Society, $10,000
World War I Traveling Exhibit Research: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for a traveling exhibit on World War I in Kandiyohi County.

Lac qui Parle County, Madison, Lac qui Parle County Historical Society, $8,052
Museum Lighting Assessment: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Lake County, Finland, Finland Minnesota Historical Society, $5,614
Historical Organization Self-Assessment Using StEPs: To provide Finland Minnesota Historical Society with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.

Mahnomen County, Mahnomen, Mahnomen County Historical Society, $5,120
Microfilm Mahnomen County and Tribal Newspapers: To microfilm Mahnomen County and Tribal newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Meeker County, Dassel, Dassel Area Historical Society, $7,900
HVAC Evaluation for the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the museum environment.

Pope County: Glenwood, Pope County Historical Society, $7,654
Microfilm Purchase: To add 95 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Ramsey County, St Paul, Friends of Historic Virginia Street Church, $10,000
Conditions Assessment for the Virginia Street Church: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of the Virginia Street Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Hmong American Farmers Association, $10,000
Oral History of Hmong Farmers in Minnesota: To document in 10 oral history interviews the history of Hmong farmers in Minnesota.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Luther Seminary Foundation, $8,500
Norway Lutheran Church (Muskego) Pre-development Design Services: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare planning documents that will help preserve the Norway Lutheran Church (Muskego), listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Maplewood, Maplewood Area Historical Society, $9,999
StEPs Self Assessment: To provide Maplewood Area Historical Society with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Maritime Heritage Minnesota,$9,857
Aitkin Wrecks Project 2015: To conduct a marine archaeology survey of shipwrecks in the Headwaters Mississippi River, Aitkin, MN.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, $9,997
Lake Minnetonka Nautical Archaeology 5: To conduct a marine archaeology survey of shipwrecks in Lake Minnetonka.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, $10,000
Not a Stranger Here: Minnesota Communities Confront Homelessness: To document in 16 oral history interviews the history of homelessness in Minnesota.

Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum, $4,846
Rehousing Paper and Photograph Collections: To provide better organization of the archival materials, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Ramsey County Historical Society, $4,931
Implement an Institution-Wide Environmental Monitoring Program: To monitor, assess, and make necessary changes to environmental controls at the museum sites.

Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Twin City Model Railroad Museum, $10,000
Exhibit Research and Plan: Technology of MN Model Railroads: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for the history of technology in Minnesota model railroads.

Ramsey County, White Bear Lake, White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, $5,000
HVAC Evaluation for the Charles P. Noyes Cottage: To hire a qualified consultant to perform an assessment of the Charles P. Noyes Cottage's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Ramsey County, White Bear Lake, White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, $6,000
HVAC Evaluation for the White Bear Lake Armory: To hire a qualified consultant to perform an assessment of White Bear Lake Area Historical Society's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at the White Bear Lake Armory.

Rice County, Northfield, Northfield Historical Society, $4,868
Northfield Historical Society Disaster Plan Development: To hire a qualified museum consultant to write a historic site disaster plan.

Scott County, Shakopee, Scott County Historical Society, $10,000
Digital Microfilm Reader/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

St. Louis County: Duluth, Duluth Art Institute, $10,000
Conditions Assessment for Lincoln Center for Arts Education: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Lincoln Center for Arts Education, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Ely, Ely Greenstone Public Art Committee, $9,935
Erie Mining Company Oral History and Transcription: To document in 12 oral history interviews the history of the Erie Mining Company.

St. Louis County. Duluth, Minnesota Ballet, $9,900
Minnesota Ballet Oral History Project: To document in 12 oral history interviews the history of the Minnesota Ballet.

Stearns County, St. Cloud, St. Cloud State University, $5,816
Fortifying Saint Cloud: Searching for Fort Holes, A Dakota Conflict Era "Settler's Fort": To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey to locate the remains of Fort Holes.

Winona County, Winona, Polish Cultural Institute, $9,990
Collections Inventory: Phase 5: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Winona County, Winona, Winona County Historical Society, $6,273
General Conservation Assessment and Long-Range Preservation Plan: To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.

The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11.2 million for the 2014-2015 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants: $5,525,000 for FY 2014 and $5,565,000 for FY 2015.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next two small grants deadlines (tentative, pending funding) are July 10, 2015, and October 9, 2015.

Applications for large ($10,001 and up) grants will be awarded in two cycles, one for each fiscal year. All grants are administered through a competitive process using professional standards and criteria. The next large grant deadlines (tentative, pending funding) are pre-application, due on July 31, 2015, and final application, due on September 25, 2015.

For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visitlegacy.mnhs.org/grants. Applications are accepted only through MNHS’s grants portal.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.