MNHS Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

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September 19, 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 55 recipients of the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each), totaling $387,359 in 31 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofit 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 August 24, 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 July 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.

Beltrami County, Bemidji, Beltrami County Historical Society, $4,765
Create Beltrami County MNopedia Articles for Online Access: To create 15 Beltrami County entries for the MNopedia project for online research.

Big Stone County, Graceville, Graceville Public Library, $10,000
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Blue Earth County, Mankato, Greater Mankato Diversity Council, $9,910
Research on the Cultural History of Mankato 1852-2015: To hire a qualified historian to research Mankato's cultural history.

Blue Earth County, Mankato, Minnesota State University Mankato, $6,175
Reporter Digitization 1998-2008: To digitize issues of the student newspaper, "The Reporter," allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Brown County, New Ulm, Brown County Historical Society, $8,982
Exhibit Installation, WWI Brown County and the First Amendment: To hire qualified consultants to develop and install an exhibit on World War I in Brown County.

Brown County, New Ulm, Wanda Gag House Association, $7,675
AASLH StEPs Assessment Program for the Wanda Gag House Association: To provide Wanda Gag House Association with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.

Carver County, Chaska, Minnesota Landscape Auditorium Foundation, $5,736
Creating a Long-Range Conservation Plan for Arboretum Art and Sculpture Collection: To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long-range collections preservation plan.

Chisago County, Rush City, North Chisago Historical Society, $6,350
Newspaper Microfilm Acquisition: To add 78 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Clay County, Moorhead, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, $7,050
Clay County MNopedia Entries: To create 16 Clay County entries for the MNopedia project for online research.

Cottonwood County, Windom, Cottonwood County Historical Society, $4,960
Cottonwood County MNopedia Entries: To create 26 Cottonwood County entries for the MNopedia project for online research.

Dakota County, South St. Paul, Dakota County Historical Society, $8,180
1917-1918 Exhibits Research: To hire a qualified historian to research Minnesota history during 1917-1918 in preparation for upcoming exhibits.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, AirSpace Minnesota, $10,000
AirSpace Minnesota Interpretive Exhibit Plan, A Century of Innovation: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for Minnesota aviation and aerospace history.

Hennepin County, Edina, Edina Historical Society, $10,000
Edina Historical Society Interpretive Planning Phase II, Recommendation and Implementation Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write Phase II of an interpretive plan for Edina Historical Society.

Hennepin County, Hopkins, Hopkins Historical Society, $3,800
Collections Management Policy & Procedures: To hire a qualified consultant to prepare a collections management policies and procedures document.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, $10,000
Exterior Restoration Architectural Drawings: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for Lake Harriet Methodist Episcopal Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, $10,000
The Red River Oxcart Trail Bike Tour II: To hire a qualified historian to complete production of a heritage tourism bike tour.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, $9,900
Developing a Collections Plan for a Rubber Stamp Collection: To hire professionals to assess and write a collections plan for a historically significant collection, which will allow greater public access to this resource.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Council on Foundations, $10,000
MCF Oral History Collection Phase III: To document in 8-14 oral history interviews the history of philanthropy in Minnesota.

Hennepin County, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Historical Society, $3,800
Minnetonka Historical Society Collections Management Policy & Procedures: To hire a qualified consultant to prepare a collections management policies and procedures document.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, PFLAG St. Paul-Minneapolis, $2,144
Preservation and Rehousing of the PFLAG Twin Cities Archives: To provide appropriate storage materials for an archival collection.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Regents of the University of Minnesota (Bell Museum of Natural History), $10,000
History of the Bell Museum + Planetarium Research: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of the Bell Museum and Planetarium.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Regents of the University of Minnesota (Department of Anthropology), $6,270
Native Perspectives on the Fur Trade, Searching for Historic-Period Ojibway and Dakota Sites in Wadena: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of Dakota and Ojibwe sites in Wadena.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, VocalEssence, $10,000
VocalEssence 50th Anniversary Digital Archiving: To hire a qualified professional to assess the archival collections held by VocalEssence.

Koochiching County, Ranier, City of Ranier, $8,000
Ranier Community Building National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Ranier Community Building for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lac qui Parle County, Dawson, City of Dawson, $9,385
Acquisition of Microfilm Reader/Printer: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Lac qui Parle County, Madison, City of Madison, $8,100
Madison City Hall Conditions Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of Madison City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lyon County, Marshall, Lyon County Historical Society, $6,859
Marshall-Lyon County Library National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Marshall-Lyon County Library, now used as the Lyon County Historical Society, for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Mahnomen County, Mahnomen, City of Mahnomen, $7,550
Mahnomen City Hall ADA and Water Infiltration Feasibility and Predevelopment, Feasibility Research Report: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a feasibility study of the Mahnomen City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

McLeod County, Hutchinson, McLeod County Historical Society, $9,950
McLeod County World War I Anniversary, Exhibit Planning & Design: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan and designs for McLeod County Historical Society's upcoming World War I exhibit.

Morrison County, Little Falls, Minnesota Military Museum, $6,640
Minnesota Military Museum 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.

Murray County, Slayton, Murray County Historical Society, $4,200
Murray County MNopedia Articles: To create five Murray County entries for the MNopedia project for online research.

Nicollet County, St. Peter, Gustavus Adolphus College (Hillstrom Museum of Art), $6,005
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.

Pipestone County, Pipestone, City of Pipestone, $10,000
Conditions Assessment for the Pipestone Historic Water Tower: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of the Pipestone Historic Water Tower, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Polk County, Crookston, Polk County Historical Society, $8,765
History of Crookston in the Heart of the Red River Valley MNopedia Articles: To create 15 Polk County entries for the MNopedia project for online research.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota, $10,000
Oral History and Research Collection for the Film “From These Bohemian Shores”: To document the history of Minnesota polka bands and Czech heritage through research and oral history interviews.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Friends for a Nonviolent World, $1,200
Minnesota Peace and Justice History Project, Oral History Transcriptions: To transcribe oral history interviews on the history of peace and justice in Minnesota.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, $9,952
Minnesota Suburban Lakes Survey Project: To conduct a marine archaeology survey of six suburban Minnesota lakes.

Ramsey County, White Bear Lake, White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, $1,378
Campbell Photo Collection Project: To digitize a collection of glass plate negatives, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Rice County, Northfield, All Saints Episcopal Church, $10,000
Conditions Assessment for All Saints Episcopal Church: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of All Saints Episcopal Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Rice County, Northfield, Carleton College, $6,700
Print Manuscript, A History of Religion, the Chapel and the Chaplaincy at Carleton: To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of the chaplaincy at Carleton College.

Roseau County, Roseau, Roseau County Historical Society, $9,070
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner with Computer: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Sherburne County, Becker, Sherburne County Historical Society, $2,098
Rehousing Storage Project: To provide appropriate storage materials for museum collections.

Sherburne County, Becker, Sherburne County Historical Society, $3,082
Sherburne County Quilt Documentation Project Phase 2: To document quilts in Sherburne County, allowing for greater public access to these historic resources.

St. Louis County, Virginia, City of Virginia, $7,000
Olcott Park Fountain National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Olcott Park Fountain.

St. Louis County, Proctor, Proctor Area Historical Society, $290
StEPs Certification: To provide Proctor Area Historical Society with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.

St. Louis County, Proctor, Proctor Area Historical Society, $1,105
Minnesota History and Museum Bookshelf Acquisition: To add Minnesota history and museum administration books to Proctor Area Historical Society's holdings to make this information more accessible to the public.

St. Louis County, Proctor, Proctor Area Historical Society, $6,391
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.

St. Louis County, Tower, Tower-Soudan Historical Society, $10,000
Development of Architectural Construction Documents for the Tower Fire Hall: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the Tower Fire Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Stearns County, Melrose, Melrose Area Historical Society, $9,300
Evaluation of Museum Lighting: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Stearns County, Sauk Centre, The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, $5,000
Architectural and Structural Drawings for the Chancel Wall Reconstruction: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Todd County, Long Prairie, Todd County Historical Society, $6,188
Acquire Primary Resources on Microfilm: To add 76 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Waseca County, Waseca, Waseca County Historical Society, $10,000
Hofmann Apiaries Construction Drawings, Scope of Work and Specifications: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for reuse of Hofmann Apiaries, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Washington County, Hastings, Denmark Township Historical Society, $9,999
Architectural Design and Construction Documents for the Rehabilitation of District No. 34 School: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of District No. 34 School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Winona County, Winona, Winona County Historical Society, $2,114
Implementation of Environmental Monitoring Program: To monitor, assess and make necessary changes to environmental controls at the museum.

Wright County, Monticello, Independent School District #882, $5,341
Digital Conversion, The History of Monticello Football: To digitize a collection of video recordings of Monticello football games, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

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 Oct. 14, 2016 and January 13, 2017. 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 nonprofit 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, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.

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