Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants Total $319,701 Across Minnesota

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Release dated: 
March 22, 2018
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
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Latest Round of Legacy Small Grants Total $319,701 Across Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society announces 36 recipients of 38 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $319,701 in 23 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 February 20.

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 January 2018 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.

Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm, $4,700
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.

City of Barnesville, $10,000
Acoustic Evaluation of Old City Hall Opera House: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct an acoustic evaluation of the former opera house space in the Old City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Blooming Prairie, $6,763
Water Tower National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Blooming Prairie water tower for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Coleraine, $10,000
Condition Assessment for 1910 Coleraine City Hall: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Coleraine City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Ely, $10,000
Pioneer Mine Site Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Pioneer Mine Site, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Middle River, $7,000
Pioneer Press Historic Building National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Pioneer Press building in Middle River for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Springfield (Springfield Public Library), $9,879
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Cokato Historical Society, Cokato, $9,000
Gust Akerlund Studio National Register Nomination Update: To hire a qualified historian to complete an updated nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Gust Akerlund Studio.

Cook County Historical Society, Grand Marais, $9,999
Architectural Drawings and Engineering Specification for Bally Blacksmith Shop: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings and specifications for the Bally Blacksmith Shop, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ernest C. Oberholtzer Foundation, Koochiching County, $10,000
Photograph Collection Inventory 2018: To provide better organization of the museum's photography collection, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Spring Grove, $9,974
Norwegian Ridge Farmer Oral Histories: To document in 15-20 oral history interviews the history of farmers in Norwegian Ridge in Spring Grove.

Glencoe Historic Preservation Society, Glencoe, $9,938
Researching Historic Properties in Glencoe, Phase I: To hire a qualified historian to research historic properties in Glencoe.

Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, $8,990
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public

Hassan Area Historical Society, Rogers, $7,098
Collections Rehousing and Organizing: To provide better storage conditions, allowing for greater public access to objects in the collection.

Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis, $9,983
Cataloging the Inventions & Innovation Collection: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Hibbing Public Library, Hibbing, $523
Minnesota History Bookshelf: To add 19 Minnesota history books to Hibbing Public Library's holdings to make this information more accessible to the public.

Minnesota Dragonfly Society, Plymouth, $9,337
Data Management Planning for Historical Dragonfly Records: To provide better organization and greater public access to historic resources.

Minnesota Lakes Maritime Society, Alexandria, $10,000
Legacy of the Lakes Museum 3-5 Year Exhibit Schedule Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for the Legacy of the Lakes Museum.

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, $9,999
Rehousing of Museum Collection to Pallet Rack Shelving: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.

Minnesota Quilters Inc., St. Paul, $1,750
Historical Quilt Documentation Care and Preservation: To hire a qualified professional to assess the archival collections held by Minnesota Quilters Inc.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, $9,920
Resources Analysis and Thematic Development for a History Center: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a plan for a history center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Murray County Historical Society, Slayton, $10,000
HVAC Assessment: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the museum environment.

Murray County Historical Society, Slayton, $9,700
The 1920s: A Decade of Change in Murray County:To hire a qualified historian to conduct primary source research on the history of the 1920s in Murray County.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $9,879
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

North Hennepin Pioneer Society, Hanover, $6,500
Burschville School National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Burschville School.

Northfield Historical Society, Northfield, $8,000
Northfield History Collaborative Primary Source Sets: To research and write a collection of primary source sets that will interpret digitized materials from the online Northfield History Collaborative.

Pioneerland Library System, Willmar, $9,879
Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Prospect House Museum, Battle Lake, $9,984
Civil War Museum Education Program, Phase II: To hire a qualified professional to develop educational resources on the Civil War for area schools.

Rice County Historical Society, Faribault, $7,601
Hats and Shoes Recataloging and Rehousing: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.

Rollingstone Luxembourg Heritage Museum, Rollingstone, $7,500
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 Rollingstone Luxembourg Heritage Museum.

Roseville Historical Society, Roseville, $9,995
Professional Consultation and Artifact Rehousing: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.

Sauk Centre Area History Museum and Research Center, Sauk Centre, $10,000
Creamery Building Conditions Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Blue Valley Creamery, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sikh Society of Minnesota, Bloomington, $7,770
Oral History Project: To document in 12 oral history interviews the history of the Sikh Society of Minnesota.

St. Peter Parish, Crookston, $6,100
Evaluation of Building Mechanical System (HVAC): To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the building environment.

West Concord Historical Society, West Concord, $7,000
West Concord School 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 West Concord School.

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake, $10,000
White Bear Lake Armory HVAC Upgrade: To hire a qualified professional to perform an upgrade of White Bear Lake Area Historical Society's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake, $6,940
White Bear Town Hall HVAC Evaluation: To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the building environment.

Winona County Historical Society, Winona, $8,000
Security Camera Upgrade: To hire qualified technicians to install a security system to protect the museum collections.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11 million for the 2018-2019 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (“Legacy”) Grants: $4,500,000 for FY2018 and $6,500,000 for FY2019.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next small grant application deadlines are April 13 and July 13, 2018, and the large grant preapplication deadline is May 25, 2018. 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.

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.