MNHS Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

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Release dated: 
June 22, 2016
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

MNHS Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

The Minnesota Historical Society announces 60 recipients of 69 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each), totaling $456,396 in 29 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 May 20, 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 April 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, $873
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Anoka County, Anoka, Anoka County Historical Society, $6,090
Creation of MNopedia Articles: To create 19 Anoka County entries for the MNopedia project for online research.

Anoka County, Fridley, Springbrook Nature Center Foundation, $1,500
Tornado Exhibit, Oral History Interviews: To document in 10 oral history interviews the history of the impact of the 1986 Fridley Tornado on Springbrook Nature Center.

Blue Earth County, Mankato, Blue Earth County Historical Society, $1,301
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Blue Earth County, Mankato, Minnesota State University, Mankato (Department of Anthropology), $9,991
Malecha Site (21LE113) 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 Malecha Site, LeSueur County.

Blue Earth County, Mankato, Minnesota State University, Mankato (Department of Anthropology), $9,992
Johnson Island Site National Register Evaluation: To complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the Johnson Island site, Swan Lake, Nicollet County.

Carver County, Norwood Young America, City of Norwood Young America, $6,300
Norwood Young America Pavilion National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Norwood Young America Pavilion for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Carver County, Waconia, Carver County Historical Society, $1,947
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Chippewa County, Montevideo, Chippewa County Historical Society, $6,564
Digital Conversion of Audio Cassette Tapes: To digitize a collection of oral history cassette recordings, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Clay County, Moorhead, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, $9,935
Summer Collections Backlog Project: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Dakota County, Eagan, Caponi Art Park, $3,850
Development of Caponi Art Park Collection, Phase 5: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Goodhue County, Red Wing, The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, $10,000
Conditions Assessment of Historic Tower:  To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of the Historic Tower at Tower View, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Excelsior, The Museum of Lake Minnetonka, $9,157
Establish an Archive with an Appropriate Storage Environment: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Community Celebration of Place, $9,995
The Larry Long Archives Project: To provide better organization of archival materials, allowing for greater public access to historic resources.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, PACER Center, $9,981
Research Minnesota's History of Parent Involvement in Educating Children with Disabilities: To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of parent advocacy in Minnesota for children with disabilities, in preparation for a future book.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Regents of the University of Minnesota (University of Minnesota Press), $10,000
Book Production, The Ford Century in Minnesota: To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of the Ford Motor Company in Minnesota.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Museum of Russian Art, $9,999
The Museum of Russian Art General Assessment and Long-Range Plan: To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.

Hennepin County, Robbinsdale, Robbinsdale Historical Society, $10,000
Terrace Theater National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Terrace Theater in Robbinsdale.

Hennepin County, St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park Historical Society, $3,402
St. Louis Park Microfilm Phase II: To add 42 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Itasca County, Grand Rapids, Itasca County Historical Society, $2,806
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Itasca County, Grand Rapids, Itasca County Historical Society, $8,562
Museum Lighting Assessment to Meet Preservation Standards: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Kandiyohi County, Willmar, Kandiyohi County Historical Society, $9,920
World War I Traveling Exhibit Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan about World War I for an upcoming traveling exhibit.

Koochiching County, International Falls, Koochiching County Historical Society, $10,000
Rehouse Koochiching County Historical Society Library Collection: To provide better organization of archival/library materials, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Lyon County, Marshall, Lyon County Historical Society, $1,923
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Lyon County, Marshall, Southwest Minnesota Regional Research Center, $4,995
Microfilming Lyon County Township Records: To microfilm township records for six Lyon County townships to make primary records more accessible to the public.

McLeod County, Hutchinson, McLeod County Historical Society, $4,628
C-14 & Archaeological Examination of Dugout Canoe Phase III: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct an examination of McLeod County Historical Society's dugout canoe.

Morrison County, Little Falls, Friends of Linden Hill, Inc, $7,800
HVAC Assessment for Weyerhaeuser Mansion: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the museum environment.

Mower County, Austin, Hormel Historic Home, $940
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Nobles County, Worthington, Nobles County Historical Society, $6,305
Digital Conversion of Large Format Negatives: To digitize a collection of photo negatives, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Pine County, Askov, Pine County Historical Society, $2,460
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Pine County, Askov, Pine County Historical Society, $4,800
General Conservation Assessment & Long-Range Preservation Plan: To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.

Pine County, Askov, Pine County Historical Society, $8,650
Phase 3 - Inventory of Collections: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Pipestone County, Pipestone, Pipestone Indian Shrine Association, $10,000
Final Design and Construction Documents for the Superintendent's Residence of the Former Pipestone Indian Boarding School: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare final design and construction documents for the preservation of the superintendent's residence at the former Pipestone Indian Boarding School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Pope County, Glenwood, Pope County, $10,000
Fremad Building Conditions Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of the Fremad Building, Glenwood, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Pope County, Glenwood, Pope County Historical Society, $5,750
Lake Amelia Grist Mill Painting and Frame Restoration: To hire a qualified conservator to restore a significant object in the museum’s collections.

Ramsey County, Shoreview, Shoreview Historical Society, $9,750
Phase I (Reconnaissance) Archaeological Survey of Vadnais Lake: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a reconnaissance survey of Vadnais Lake.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, City of St. Paul (PED), $10,000
Hamline-Midway Neighborhood Cultural Resources Survey: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct a cultural resources survey in St. Paul's Hamline-Midway neighborhood.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, East Side Freedom Library, $7,500
HVAC Mechanical Conditions Assessment: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current mechanical system controls the building environment

Ramsey County, St. Paul, First Covenant Church of Saint Paul, $6,280
First Covenant Church Membership Records Collections:  To hire a qualified professional to assess the archival collections held by First Covenant Church of Saint Paul.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, $10,000
Fitzgerald in Saint Paul Manuscript: To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of F. Scott Fitzgerald and historic homes in Minnesota.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota, $10,000
Hmong Minnesota Folk Culture Permanent Exhibit Planning Project: To hire qualified professionals to research and develop an exhibit on the folk cultural heritage of Hmong Minnesotans.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Hmong Museum, $1,210
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Macalester College, $7,103
Geophysical Survey of Archaeological Resources at the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a geophysical survey of the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, Inver Grove Heights.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, $9,960
Lake Minnetonka Nautical Archaeology Project, Anomaly Assessment: To conduct a marine archaeology assessment of Lake Minnetonka.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Minnesota Museum of American Art, $3,591
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum, $786
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Ramsey County Historical Society, $2,327
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Ramsey County Historical Society, $6,851
A Pioneer Woman Program Series: To pilot an expansion of an existing program on pioneer women to reach wider audiences.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Saint Paul Regional Water Services, $10,000
Highland Tower Conditions Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of the Highland Water Tower, St. Paul, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, The Rose Ensemble, $5,500
Research and Writing for Small Visual Exhibits on Masqueray: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct research for an exhibit on architect Emmanuel Masqueray, who designed several churches in Minnesota.

Renville County, Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Area Historical Society, $1,167
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Renville County, Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Area Historical Society, $8,110
Collections and Storage Lighting Evaluation and Redesign of Sacred Heart Area Museum: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Rice County, Northfield, Northfield Arts Guild, $8,650
Northfield Arts Guild Oral History: To document in 15-20 oral history interviews the history of the Northfield Arts Guild.

Rice County, Northfield, Northfield Historical Society, $9,980
1876 Bank Raid Exhibit Phase 2, Research and Script Writing: To hire qualified consultants to develop an exhibit script on the 1876 Bank Raid in Northfield.

Rice County, Northfield, Project Friendship, $10,000
Oral History of Project Friendship: To document in oral history interviews the history of Project Friendship, Northfield.

Roseau County, Roseau, Roseau County Historical Society, $4,025
Website Development: To hire a qualified professional to update Roseau County Historical Society's website, allowing greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Scott County, Shakopee, Scott County Historical Society, $1,344
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Scott County, Shakopee, Scott County Historical Society, $4,478
Develop a Disaster and Emergency Response Plan:  To hire a qualified museum consultant to develop a disaster plan for the Scott County Historical Society.

Scott County, Shakopee, Scott County Historical Society, $4,485
Youth Archaeology Workshop Series: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct children's archaeology workshops at Scott County Historical Society.

Sibley County, Henderson, Sibley County Historical Society, $10,000
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Stearns County, St. Cloud, St. Cloud State University, $9,882
Digging Fort Fair Haven, Archaeological Excavations: To conduct an excavation of the Fort Fair Haven site in southeast Stearns County.

St. Louis County, Duluth, Armory Arts and Music Center, $10,000
Duluth Armory Interpretive Concept Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an interpretive plan for the Duluth Armory.

St. Louis County, Duluth, Duluth Children’s Museum, $1,704
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

St. Louis County, Duluth, Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps, $10,000
Halfway Ranger Station Historic District, Ranger Dwelling, Bat Relocation, Cleanup and Interior Restoration: To hire a qualified professional for bat relocation and abatement in a National Register-listed building.

St. Louis County, Duluth, Regents of the University of Minnesota (Duluth Campus), $7,000
Minnesota Foundational Environmental Laws Oral History Project:  To document in 10 oral history interviews the history of environmental laws in Minnesota.

St. Louis County, Ely, Ely-Winton Historical Society, $4,550
Museum Security System Update: To hire qualified technicians to install a security system to protect the collections from theft or fire.

St. Louis County, Tower, City of Tower, $7,500
Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Passenger Station Drainage Evaluation: To hire a qualified engineer to conduct an evaluation of the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Passenger Station, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Winona County, Winona, Winona County Historical Society, $5,247
AMM/MAM Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff at the regional Association of Midwest Museums/Minnesota Association of Museums Conference, July 27-30, 2016.

Wright County, Cokato, Cokato Historical Society, $7,000
Cokato Museum Lighting Re-Design Project: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting 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 two  small grants deadlines are July 8, 2016 and Oct. 14, 2016. 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.