MNHS Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

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Release dated: 
March 11, 2016
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

MNHS Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants


The Minnesota Historical Society announces 34 recipients of 39 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each), totaling $295,192 in 20 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on Feb. 19, 2016.

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 January 2016 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, Anoka, Anoka County Historical Society, $9,999
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Anoka County, Anoka, Anoka County Historical Society, $733
Minnesota History Bookshelf: To add 26 Minnesota history books to Anoka County Historical Society's holdings to make this information more accessible to the public.

Anoka County, Fridley, Minnesota Special Education Leaders Foundation, $9,995
Researching MN's Special Education History from 2000 to 2010: To hire a qualified historian to research the recent history of special education in Minnesota.

Brown County, New Ulm, New Ulm Public Library, $9,585
New Ulm Journal Microfilm Acquisition: To add 106 rolls of microfilmed New Ulm newspapers to the library's holdings, making primary records more accessible to the public.

Brown County, New Ulm, Wanda Gag House Association, $10,000
Architectural Services: To contract with a qualified architect to prepare construction documents for the preservation of the Wanda Gag House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Carver County, Waconia, Carver County Historical Society, $9,729
Collections Management and Assessment, Phase One: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Carver County, Waconia, Carver County Historical Society, $7,612
Newspaper Microfilm Conversion, Phase One: To microfilm four years of weekly Carver County newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Crow Wing County, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, $9,757
Crow Wing County Historical Museum and Research Library Structural Support: To hire qualified professionals to improve structural support for the Crow Wing County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Dodge County, Mantorville, Dodge County Historical Society, $7,176
Planning for Redesign of Museum Lighting: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Dodge County, Mantorville, Dodge County Historical Society, $6,500
Construction Documents, Wasioja Civil War Recruiting Station: To hire a qualified architect to develop architectural drawings for reuse of the Wasioja Civil War Recruiting Station, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Houston County, Spring Grove, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, $10,000
Giants of the Earth Interpretive Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an interpretive plan for Giants of the Earth's museum.

Houston County, Spring Grove, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, $10,000
Ballard House National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Ballard House in Spring Grove.

Lac qui Parle County, Madison, Lac qui Parle County Historical Society, $9,995
Museum Security System Upgrade: To hire qualified technicians to install an upgraded security system to protect collections from theft or fire.

Lyon County, Marshall, Lyon County Historical Society, $10,000
Research for New Permanent Exhibit Gallery at the Lyon County Museum: To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of Lyon County in preparation for a future exhibit.

Lyon County, Marshall, Society for the Study of Local and Regional History, $3,850
The Women of Southwest Minnesota and the Great War, Writing Phase Two:: To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of women in southwestern Minnesota during World War I.

Mille Lacs County, Milaca, Milaca Area Historical Society, $2,660
Microfilming Unfilmed Issues of the Mille Lacs County Times: To microfilm Mille Lacs County Times newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Morrison County, Little Falls, Minnesota Military Museum, $6,280
1930s Camp Ripley Motion Picture Digitization Project: To digitize archival 1930s motion pictures from Camp Ripley, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Murray County, Slayton, Murray County Historical Society, $9,985 
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Nobles County, Worthington, Nobles County Historical Society, $6,350
Archaeological Survey of Trapper’s Dugouts, Phase One: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey to investigate a potential trapper's dugout.

Ramsey County, White Bear Lake, City of White Bear Lake, $5,000
White Bear Lake 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 White Bear Lake Armory.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Hamline University, $8,197
The Oracle Digitization Project: To digitize issues of the student newspaper, The Oracle, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, $7,342 
Minnesota Dugout Canoe Project Documentation: To hire qualified archaeologists to conduct a survey of undocumented dugout canoes.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Minnesota Museum of American Art, $10,000
Digital Archiving of MMAA's Collection: To digitize the Minnesota Museum of American Art's collections, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, $10,000
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office Oral History Project: To document in five oral history interviews the history of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Science Museum of Minnesota, $9,969
Archaeobotany at the Energy Park Site, Plant Use at a 12th-13th Century Native American Village: To hire qualified archaeologists to conduct a survey of plant and soil samples at a 12th-13th century American Indian village near Red Wing.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Twin City Model Railroad Museum, $10,000
Initial Exhibit Schematic Design for New Museum Space: To hire a qualified consultant to develop schematic designs for new exhibits.

Ramsey County, White Bear Lake, White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, $3,084
White Bear Town Hall Architect Research: To research the history of the White Bear Town Hall in order to verify whether the architect was Cass Gilbert.

Redwood County, Morton, Lower Sioux Indian Community, $10,000
Publication of Book on Cultural and Medicinal Plants, Phase Two: To hire qualified professionals to produce a field guide on the cultural history of plants in the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

Rice County, Northfield, Carleton College, $10,000
The Presidency of John Nason at Carleton College: To hire a qualified professional to produce a manuscript on the early years of John Nason's presidency at Carleton College.

Rice County, Northfield, Northfield Historical Society, $10,000
Laura Baker Services Association Collection Inventory and Rehousing: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Rice County, Northfield, Save the Northfield Depot, $3,000
Northfield Depot National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified consultant to evaluate the Northfield Depot for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Virginia, City of Virginia, $4,290
Olcott Park Fountain Conservation Assessment and Long-Range Preservation Plan: To hire a qualified museum conservator to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long-range collections preservation plan.

St. Louis County, Duluth, Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Inc., $6,160
Duluth African-American Oral History Project: To document in 15 oral history interviews the history of African Americans in Duluth.

St. Louis County, Chisholm, Minnesota Discovery Center, $5,342
Temporary Exhibit, 1916 Mesabi Range Strike: To hire qualified professionals to develop an exhibit on the 1916 Mesabi Range Strike.

Steele County, Owatonna, Steele County Historical Society, $7,455
Collections Cataloging, School House: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Waseca County, Waseca, Waseca County Historical Society, $9,387
Acquire a Digital Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Washington County, Marine on St. Croix, Marine Library Association, $997
Minnesota History and Historic Preservation Bookshelves: To add 36 Minnesota history and historic preservation books to the Marine Community Library's holdings to make this information more accessible to the public.

Winona County, Winona, Polish Cultural Institute, $9,963
Collections Inventory, Phase Six: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Winona County, Winona, Polish Cultural Institute, $4,800
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
The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11.525 million for the 2015-2017 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (“Legacy”) Grants: $5,525,000 for FY 2016 and $6,000,000 for FY 2017.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next three small grants deadlines are April 8, 2016; July 8, 2016 and Oct. 14, 2016 . Applications for large grants are awarded once in each fiscal year of the biennium. A required pre-application is due on May 27, 2016, and final application is due on July 29, 2016 for the next large grant round.

All grants are administered through a competitive process using professional standards and criteria.

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 the MNHS grants portal.

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

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS 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.

Media Contacts: Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org or Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org