Over $4.6 Million in Historical and Cultural Grants Awarded Statewide

For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 8, 2016
Media contacts: 

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

Over $4.6 Million in Historical and Cultural Grants Awarded Statewide

29 counties receive grants of $10,001 or more from Legacy Amendment funding in FY2017

The Minnesota Historical Society announces the newest recipients of 54 historical and cultural heritage large grants ($10,001 and up) in 29 counties, totaling $4,629,725 for FY2017. The grants, awarded once each fiscal year, are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Grant applications were recommended by the Historic Resources Advisory Committee, a volunteer panel made up of citizens from around the state, as specified by legislation. The MNHS Executive Council approved the recommendations at their October 27 meeting.

"What we do today preserves Minnesota history for future Minnesotans," said Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, grants manager for the Minnesota Historical Society. “The awards from this latest grant round have an assortment of history and preservation projects that will take place around the great state of Minnesota. It is exciting to see Minnesotans enthusiastic about preserving our history.”

MINNESOTA HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANT LARGE GRANT RECIPIENTS
Beltrami County, Bemidji, City of Bemidji, $345,957
Bemidji Carnegie Library Rehabilitation: To hire qualified professionals to repair the Bemidji Carnegie Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Carlton County, Carlton, Carlton County, $25,000
Shaw Memorial Library Architectural Plans and Specifications for Rehabilitation: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare planning documents that will help preserve the Shaw Memorial Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and used by Carlton County Historical Society.

Dakota County, Apple Valley, Dakota County, $52,000
Mississippi River Trail - South St. Paul Stockyards Interpretive Design: To hire a qualified consultant to write an interpretive plan for the South St. Paul Stockyards interpretive node.

Dakota County, Hastings, City of Hastings, $107,550
William G. LeDuc House Roof Replacement: To hire qualified professionals to replace the roof on the William G. Le Duc House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Dodge County, Kasson, Kasson Alliance for Restoration Inc., $45,000
Kasson Public School Historic Structure Report: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a historic structure report that will help preserve the Kasson Public School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Douglas County, Alexandria, Minnesota Lakes Maritime Society, $59,975
Museum Lighting System Improvements Implementation: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Minnesota Lakes Maritime Society's lighting system.

Fillmore County, Lanesboro, City of Lanesboro, $179,400
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Hall Rehabilitation: To hire qualified professionals to repair the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and used as the Sons of Norway Heimbygda Lodge.

Goodhue County, Cannon Falls, City of Cannon Falls, $161,000
Third Street Bridge Predevelopment Construction Plans and Specifications: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the Third Street Bridge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Goodhue County, Red Wing, Goodhue County Historical Society, $77,792
Inventory of Three-Dimensional Collection: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Goodhue County, Red Wing, Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, $62,344
MICC Museum Inventory Collection Completion: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Hennepin County, Edina, Edina Historical Society, $65,240
Partial Collections Inventory: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Hennepin County, Golden Valley, Golden Valley Historical Society, $139,950
Design, Fabrication and Installation of Permanent Exhibits: To hire qualified consultants to develop and install permanent exhibits at Golden Valley Historical Society.

Hennepin County, Hopkins, City of Hopkins, $35,000
Albert Pike Masonic Lodge Historic Structure Report: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a historic structure report that will help preserve the former Albert Pike Masonic Lodge, eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, AirSpace Minnesota, $49,800
Centennial Plan, Birth of the Citizen Airmen: To hire qualified consultants to develop planning documents for the centennial celebration of the Minnesota Air National Guard.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, American Swedish Institute, $40,600
Swan Turnblad House Interpretive Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an interpretive plan for the American Swedish Institute.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, City of Minneapolis (Community Planning & Economic Development), $92,948
Historic Nicollet Mall Sculpture Clock Conservation: To hire a qualified conservator to restore a significant object in the city's collections.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Friends of Christ Church Lutheran, $228,074
Christ Church Lutheran Courtyard Restoration: To hire qualified professionals to restore the courtyard at Christ Church Lutheran, a National Historic Landmark.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Streetcar Museum, $115,800
Repair and Overhaul Streetcar 1300's Trucks: To hire a qualified conservator to restore a significant object in the museum’s collections.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Regents of the University of Minnesota  (Humphrey School of Public Affairs), $45,700
Preserving the Legacy of Hubert Humphrey, Phase I of III: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Regents of the University of Minnesota (U of M Libraries), $88,386
Prairie Poets and Press, Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest: To provide better organization of archival materials, allowing for greater public access to historic resources.

Houston County, Caledonia, Houston County, $76,220
Houston County Courthouse and Jail Construction Planning and Reuse Study: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings and reuse study for the Houston County Courthouse and Jail, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lac qui Parle County, Madison, Lac qui Parle County Historical Society, $72,225
Museum Lighting Phase 2: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Lac qui Parle County Historical Society's lighting system.

McLeod County, Hutchinson, McLeod County Historical Society, $112,100
MCHS Museum Building ADA Accessibility Compliance Facility Upgrade: To improve public accessibility at McLeod County Historical Society and better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Murray County, Fulda, Fulda Heritage Society, $38,500
Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific Depot Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Murray County, Slayton, Murray County Historical Society, $62,000
Dinehart-Holt House Historic Structure Report: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a historic structure report that will help preserve the Dinehart-Holt House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Norman County, Bagley, Minnesota's Historic Northwest, $94,718
Minnesota’s Historic Northwest Design, Fabrication and Installation of Fur Trade Traveling Exhibit: To hire qualified consultants to develop a traveling exhibit on the fur trade in northwest Minnesota.

Pipestone County, Pipestone, Pipestone County, $93,500
Split Rock Bridge Predevelopment Construction Plans and Specifications: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of Split Rock Bridge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Pope County, Glenwood, Pope County Historical Society, $112,665
Artifact Storage Condition Improvement: To provide better storage conditions, allowing for greater public access to objects in the collection.

Ramsey County, Maplewood, Maplewood Area Historical Society, $56,614
3M and Maplewood: Magically Adhered Exhibit Production: To hire qualified consultants to develop and install an exhibit on the history of 3M in Maplewood.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Cass Gilbert Society Inc., $96,500
Furnishings of the Historic 1905 Minnesota State Capitol Research: To hire a qualified consultant to research the history and disposition of the original furnishings from the Minnesota State Capitol.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Germanic-American Institute, $136,300
George W. Gardner House Roof Restoration: To hire qualified professionals to replace the roof on the George W. Gardner House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and home of the Germanic-American Institute.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota, $52,920
Romanian Immigration to Minnesota During Communism (1945-1989) Documentary: To hire qualified professionals to produce a documentary on the history of Romanian immigration to Minnesota, 1945-1989.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, James J. Hill Reference Library, $85,000
St. Paul Public Library/James J. Hill Reference Library Historic Structure Report: to hire a qualified consultant to develop a historic structure report that will help preserve the St. Paul Public Library/James J. Hill Reference Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Minnesota Archaeological Society, $22,827
Digging Critically Using Science in Minnesota Archaeology: To hire qualified professionals to produce a script on the history of Minnesota archaeology.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Public Art Saint Paul, $60,000
Conserving the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in Summit Park: To hire a qualified conservator to restore a significant monument in St. Paul.

Ramsey County, St. Paul, Science Museum of Minnesota, $126,196
Documenting and Rehousing the 1973-1977 Silvernale Site Archaeological Collection: To provide better organization of archaeological collections, allowing for greater public access to historic resources.

Renville County, Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Area Historical Society, $80,125
Hotel Sacred Heart Building Reuse Feasibility Study: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct an architectural study of Hotel Sacred Heart, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Rice County, Faribault, Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour, $58,762
Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour and Guild House Historic Structure Report: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a historic structure report that will help preserve the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior and Guild Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Rice County, Faribault, Rice County Historical Society, $23,780
Alexander Faribault House Predevelopment, Working Drawings/Architectural Plans and Specifications: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of the Alexander Faribault House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Rock County, Beaver Creek, City of Beaver Creek, $40,100
Bridge No. L-4646 Predevelopment Construction Plans and Specifications: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for Bridge No. L-4646 (Spring Brook Bridge), listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Scott County, Shakopee, Scott County Historical Society, $63,000
Partial Inventory of the LeRoy Lebens Photograph Collection: To hire qualified professionals to begin an inventory of a photograph collection held by Scott County Historical Society.

St. Louis County, Duluth, Armory Arts and Music Center, $250,000
Duluth Armory Drill Hall Floor Repair: To hire qualified professionals to repair the drill hall floor in the Duluth Armory, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and home of the Armory Arts and Music Center.

St. Louis County, Virginia, Laurentian Arts and Culture Alliance, $110,000
Lyric Building Storefront Reconstruction: To hire qualified professionals to repair the storefront of the Lyric Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and home of Laurentian Arts and Culture Alliance.

St. Louis County, Chisholm, Minnesota Discovery Center, $90,966
Labor Exhibit Implementation: To hire qualified consultants to develop and install an exhibit on Iron Range labor history.

Stearns County, St. Cloud, Stearns History Museum, $93,000
Archival Inventory Project: To provide better organization of the museum's archival collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Steele County, Owatonna, City of Owatonna, $28,500
Owatonna City and Fireman's Hall Roof and Masonry Assessment: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of the Owatonna City and Fireman's Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Swift County, Benson, Swift County Historical Society, $96,400
HVAC System Installation: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Swift County Historical Society's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Wabasha County, Wabasha, Wabasha County, $35,000
Zumbro Parkway Bridge Predevelopment Construction Plans and Specifications: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare planning documents that will help preserve the Zumbro Parkway Bridge (Bridge No. 3219), listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Washington County, Afton, Afton Historical Society and Museum, $34,684
Rehouse Remaining 2D Objects: To provide better organization of the archival materials, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Washington County, Lake Elmo, Minnesota Special Education Leaders Foundation, $32,132
Write the History of Educating, Not Educating, Minnesota's Children with Disabilities 1840-1960: To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of special education in Minnesota.

Watonwan County, St. James, Watonwan County, $108,000
West Bridge Predevelopment Construction Plans and Specifications: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare planning documents that will help preserve West Bridge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Winona County, Winona, Winona County Historical Society, $102,675
WCHS Archives and Library Basic Processing Project: To provide better organization of the archival materials, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Yellow Medicine County, Granite Falls, Granite Falls Historical Society, $22,800
Andrew J. Volstead House Interpretive Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an interpretive plan for the Andrew J. Volstead House, a National Historic Landmark.

ABOUT MINNESOTA HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANTS
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: $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 Jan. 13, 2017 and April 14, 2017. Applications for large grants are awarded once in each fiscal year of the biennium. Pending Legislature funding approval, the next deadline for the large round is a mandatory pre-application due on July 21, 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.

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