MNHS Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

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Release dated: 
June 26, 2017
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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MNHS Announces Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants

The Minnesota Historical Society announces 50 recipients of 56 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each), totaling $415,269 in 29 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 June 1, 2017.

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 ($10,000 and less) from the April 2017 cycle are listed 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.

AirSpace Minnesota, Minneapolis, $4,850
Oral History Project, The Honeywell Ring Laser Gyro, an Epic 20-Year Engineering Odyssey: To document in 12 oral history interviews the history of the Honeywell Ring Laser Gyro.

Caponi Art Park, Eagan, $9,295
Development of Caponi Art Park Archive, Phase VI: To assess and better organize the archival collections held by Caponi Art Park.

Celtic Junction Arts Center, St. Paul, $7,339
Irish Music and Musicians in the Twin Cities Community, 1950-1990: To document in 13 oral history interviews the history of Celtic Junction Arts Center.

Chaska Historical Society, Chaska, $6,750
Updating and Preparing Volumes I and II of “Chaska:  A Minnesota River City” as a Combined Volume Entitled “Chaska: A Minnesota River City, 1800s to 1950”: To hire qualified professionals to update and edit a manuscript on the history of Chaska.

Chisholm Kids Plus, Chisholm, $8,725
Downtown Chisholm Historic Signage: To design, produce and install nine historical markers in the city of Chisholm.

City of Albert Lea, $8,683
Wayfinding Signs to and Around Albert Lea: To install wayfinding signs in Albert Lea's historic downtown.

City of Eden Prairie, $9,920
Phase I Archaeology Survey, Town of Hennepin: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of the area known as the Town of Hennepin.

City of Falcon Heights, $2,136
Curtiss Field Interpretive Signage: To design, produce and install two historical markers at Curtiss Field.

City of Maynard, $6,000
Maynard State Bank National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Maynard State Bank.

City of Winona, $8,000
Woodlawn Cemetery National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified consultant to evaluate Woodlawn Cemetery for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Clearwater County Historical Society, Shevlin, $3,999
Historical Organization Self-Assessment Using StEPs: To provide Clearwater County Historical Society with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.

Cottonwood County Historical Society, Windom, $4,143
Archival Storage Rehousing: To provide appropriate storage materials for an archival collection.

Edina Historical Society, Edina, $962
Historical Organization Self-Assessment Using StEPs: To provide Edina Historical Society with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.

Farmer-Labor Education Committee, St. Paul, $10,000
Working Script, Farmer Labor Film Project: To hire qualified professionals to produce a documentary script on the history of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Movement.

Finland Minnesota Historical Society, Finland, $6,100
Collections Inventory Work: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Foundation of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, $4,975
Creating Finding Aid for John Dietrich Sunday Talks, 1916-1938: To create a finding aid for a historically significant collection of sermons, which will allow greater public access to this resource.

Friends of St. Rose, Inc., Kenyon, $6,265
Interpretative Signage for Church of St. Rose of Lima: To design, produce and install a historical marker for the Church of St. Rose of Lima, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Spring Grove, $5,750
Ola and Per Exhibit, Phase I Research: To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of Peter Rosendahl and his “Ola and Per” cartoon, in preparation for a future exhibit.

Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing, $267
Oral History Association Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff and board members at the national Oral History Association conference in Minneapolis, October 4-8, 2017.

Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing, $10,000
Acquisition of Goodhue County Newspapers on Microfilm, Phase II: To add 126 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, Fridley, $9,937
Shipwreck Harriet B National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Shipwreck Harriet B.

Harmony Area Historical Society, Harmony, $7,235
Harmony MNopedia Entries: To create 14 Harmony-area entries for the MNopedia project for online research.

Hibbing Historical Society, Hibbing, $8,470
Aubin Studios Digitization Project: To digitize a large collection of photographs, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, $3,500
Bergquist Cabin Repairs: To hire qualified professionals to repair the John Bergquist Cabin, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, $1,177
Acquisition of Sanborn and FUIB Maps: To add Minnesota Sanborn and Fire Underwriters' Inspection Bureau maps to Clay County Historical Society's holdings to make this information more accessible to the public.

Iron Range Historical Society, Gilbert, $2,623
Resurrection Church Historical Marker Replacement: To design, produce and install a historical marker at Resurrection Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Minneapolis, $10,000
Book Project, We Spoke Jewish: To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of 20th-century Jewish immigrant culture in Minnesota.

Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar, $6,782
Sperry House National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Sperry House for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

Lyon County Historical Society, Marshall, $10,000
Exhibit Plan for New Permanent Exhibit Gallery: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for Lyon County Historical Society.

Maritime Heritage Minnesota, St. Paul, $9,989
Minnesota Suburban Lakes Nautical Archaeology Project, Anomaly Assessment: To conduct a marine archaeology anomaly assessment of several suburban lakes.

Martin County Historical Society, Fairmont, $5,683
Historical Articles Book, Manuscript Creation Phase: To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of Martin County.

McLeod County Historic Partnership, Hutchinson, $9,008
McLeod Cataloged: To provide better organization of museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Minnesota Genealogical Society, South St. Paul, $10,000
William J. Hoffman Library Shelving Upgrades: To provide appropriate storage and public access for genealogy materials.

Minnesota Genealogical Society, South St. Paul, $10,000
Library Cataloging and Reclassification Project: To provide better organization of the library collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s genealogy resources.

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, $10,000
Creating Metadata for Digital Assets: To create metadata for a collection of digital photographs.

Mower County Historical Society, Austin, $9,805
Preserve 50 Years of the Lyle Tribune Newspaper Through Microfilming: To microfilm 50 years of Mower County newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $10,000
Feasibility Study of the Worthington Armory: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct a feasibility study of the Worthington Armory, eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, $9,878
Archives Basic Processing Project: To provide better organization of the archival materials, allowing for greater public access of these historic resources.

Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls, $10,000
Combined Fire/Burglar Alarm System:To hire qualified technicians to upgrade Otter Tail County Historical Society's fire and burglar alarm systems.

Pine County Historical Society, Askov, $9,880
Inventory of Collections, Phase IV: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Polish Cultural Institute, Winona, $1,540
Conservation of Solidarity Shirt: To hire a qualified conservator to restore a significant object in the museum’s collections.

Polish Cultural Institute, Winona, $4,746
Installation of UV-Blocking Window Film: To improve lighting conditions in the museum by installing UV window film.

Polish Cultural Institute, Winona, $9,920
Polish Museum of Winona Collections Inventory, Phase VIII: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul, $9,979
Archival Collections Processing: To hire a qualified professional to process three archival collections held by Ramsey County Historical Society.

Redwood County Historical Society, Redwood Falls, $6,500
Install UV Film on Museum Windows: To improve lighting conditions in the museum by installing UV window film.

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Bell Museum of Natural History), Minneapolis, $10,000
History of the Bell Museum + Planetarium, Phase IIA: To hire qualified professionals to edit a manuscript on the history of the Bell Museum and Planetarium.

Roseau County Historical Society, Roseau, $9,900
Collection Inventory, Phase I: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, $3,295
K-12 Educational Trunks: To create Minnesota-based educational “trunk programs” for Scott County schools.

Seward Neighborhood Group, Minneapolis, $10,000
The History of the Seward Neighborhood, Phase III: To hire qualified professionals to produce an edited manuscript on the history of the Seward neighborhood.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Shakopee, $10,000
Interpretive Materials Development for Dakota Cultural and Medicinal Garden, Phase I Research: To hire qualified consultants to conduct research for interpretive materials for a Dakota cultural and medicinal garden.

Society for the Study of Local and Regional History, Marshall, $7,932
The Women of Southwest Minnesota and the Great War, Phase III: To hire qualified professionals to publish an essay on women in southwest Minnesota during World War I.

Taylor Township, Tintah, $9,500
Archaeological Dig, Phase II: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of the area surrounding District #44 School, Taylor Township, Traverse County.

The Performance Lab, St. Paul, $9,999
Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History: To document the history of Minnesota dance community by conducting and transcribing oral history interviews.

Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest, Eagan, $10,000
A Heritage of Service, Yale Alumni in Minnesota: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of Yale University graduates in Minnesota.

YWCA Mankato, Mankato, $3,832
Oral History Association Conference Scholarship: To provide professional development for staff and volunteers at the national Oral History Association conference in Minneapolis, October 4-8, 2017.

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 FY2016 and $6,000,000 for FY2017.

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 14, 2017 and October 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.

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. 

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