Minnesota Historical Society Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

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December 2, 2015
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Laura Weber, MNHS, laura.weber@mnhs.org, 651-259-3039

Minnesota Historical Society Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

ST. PAUL–The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) announces 36 recipients of 37 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each) totaling $291,642 in 22 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 Nov. 13, 2015.

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 October 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.

Beltrami County, Bemidji, Beltrami County Historical Society, $9,734
Acquire Microfilm Scanner and Computer: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to broaden public accessibility to microfilmed records.

Clearwater County, Bagley, Minnesota's Historic Northwest, $10,000
Survey of Settlement-era Buildings and Remnants in Clearwater, Polk, and Mahnomen Counties: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of settlement-era structures in northwestern Minnesota.

Fillmore County, Lanesboro, Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association, $9,475
“We Found the Bottles!” Collection Inventory II: To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

Goodhue County, Red Wing, Goodhue County Historical Society, $10,000
Goodhue County Microfilm Acquisition: To add 123 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, American Aviation Heritage Foundation, $10,000
History of Northwestern Aeronautical Corporation: Manuscript Revision: To hire qualified professionals to produce a revised and expanded manuscript on the history of Northwestern Aeronautical Corporation.

Hennepin County, St. Louis Park, Beth El Foundation of Minnesota, $9,900
Beth El Synagogue 1920-Present, Jewish Tradition Enriching Minnesota Life: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of Beth El Synagogue in Minnesota.

Hennepin County, Osseo, City of Osseo, $8,255\
Osseo Water Tower National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the 1915 Osseo Water Tower.

Hennepin County, Hopkins, Hopkins Historical Society, $10,000
Historic Structure Report for the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a Historic Structure Report that will help preserve the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge in Hopkins.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum, $5,375
Pest Mitigation and Preliminary Conservation Assessment: To hire a qualified conservator to provide pest and mold mitigation in collections storage and exhibit areas.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, $10,000
Woman's Club of Minneapolis National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for The Woman's Club of Minneapolis.

Itasca County, Grand Rapids, Judy Garland Children's Museum, $5,330
Gumm and Milne Family History Research: To hire a qualified historian to conduct primary source research on the history of the Gumm and Milne families in Minnesota.

Kanabec County, Mora, Kanabec County Historical Society, $8,400
HVAC Evaluation: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate the current system in preparation for better control of the Kanabec County Historical Society museum environment.

Lincoln County, Hendricks, Lincoln County Historical Society, $8,545
Evaluate Current and Redesigned Lighting: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

McLeod County, Hutchinson, McLeod County Historical Society, $9,385
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to broaden public accessibility to microfilmed records.

Morrison County, Little Falls, Minnesota Military Museum, $7,293
Evaluation of Building and Exhibit Lighting: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Mower County, Austin, Mower County Historical Society, $9,529
Lyle Oral History Phase 1: Organizations and Churches: To document in oral history interviews the history of churches and organizations in Lyle.

Murray County, Slayton, Murray County Historical Society, $9,855
Textile Cataloging and Rehousing: To gain intellectual and physical control and provide appropriate storage materials for historic textiles held in public trust.

Nobles County, Worthington, Nobles County Historical Society, $7,000
National Guard Armory National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the Worthington National Guard Armory.

Otter Tail County, Henning, City of Henning, $4,000
Trinity Lutheran Church National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for Trinity Lutheran Church, Henning.

Pine County, Askov, Pine County Historical Society, $8,952
Rehousing of Textiles: To provide appropriate storage materials for museum collections.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Central High School Parent Advisory Council, $10,000
Central High School's 150th Year Research: To hire a qualified historian to research the 150-year history of St. Paul's Central High School.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Concordia University, St. Paul, $4,780
Digitization of Oral History Project, WWII Years, 1941-1946: To digitize a collection of oral history interviews in order to broaden public accessibility.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Minnesota Newspaper Foundation, $10,000
Minnesota Newspaper Museum, Research and Writing: To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of Minnesota newspapers, in preparation for a future exhibit.

Ramsey County, New Brighton, New Brighton Area Historical Society, $5,474
General Preservation Assessment and Long Range Conservation Plan for the New Brighton Area Historical Society: To hire professional conservators to assess museum collections and write a long range conservation plan.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Ramsey County Historical Society, $9,976
Archival Collections Processing: To hire a qualified professional to assess the archival collections held by Ramsey County Historical Society.

Rice County, Northfield, Carleton College, $10,000
Centennial History of the Carleton College Chapel and Chaplaincy: To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of Carleton College's chapel and chaplaincy.

Rice County, Northfield, Independent School District #659, $10,000
A History of the Northfield Public Schools 1855-2015 Manuscript: To hire a qualified professional to complete a manuscript on the history of the Northfield public schools.

St. Louis County, Virginia, City of Virginia, $7,000
Olcott Park National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for Olcott Park in Virginia.

St. Louis County, Hibbing, Hibbing Historical Society, $6,000
Hibbing Historical Society Conservation Assessment and Long-Range Preservation Plan: To hire a qualified museum professional to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.

St. Louis County, Duluth, Lake Superior Marine Museum Association, $5,100
Minnesota Point Lighthouse Assessment: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct an assessment of the Minnesota Point Lighthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Chisholm, Minnesota Discovery Center, $5,200
Collections Inventory: Phase V: To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

St. Louis County, Hibbing, North Star Foundation of the Mesaba Incorporated, $7,200
Mesaba Co-op Park National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to write a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for Mesaba Co-op Park.

Stearns County, Paynesville, Paynesville Area Historical Society, $6,930
Researching an Overlooked Past: To hire a qualified historian to conduct primary source research on the history of underserved populations in the Paynesville area.

Wadena County, Wadena, Wadena County Historical Society, $9,249
Wadena Commercial District National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the Wadena Commercial District.

Wadena County, Wadena, Wadena County Historical Society, $1,760
Minnesota Encyclopedia Entries: Fur Trade-Era Site Excavations in Wadena County: To create Wadena County entries on the fur trade era for the MNopedia project for online research.

Washington County, Stillwater, Stillwater Public Library, $9,945
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to broaden public accessibility to microfilmed records.\

Winona County, Winona, City of Winona, $2,000
Winona Historic Preservation Commission Website Research and Writing: To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of the Winona Historic Preservation Commission, in preparation for an expanded HPC website.

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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 $11.525 million for the 2016-2017 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next two small grants deadlines are Jan. 8, 2016, and April 8, 2016.

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 are for the mandatory pre-application, due on May 27, 2016, and the final application, due on July 29, 2016.

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