Historic Resources Advisory Committee

Committee responsibilities

Responsibility for administering this competitive grants program lies with the Minnesota Historical Society. The appropriations bill (H.F. 1231) establishes the Committee:

The Minnesota Historical Society shall appoint a historic resources advisory committee, with balanced statewide membership and representatives of local, county, and statewide historical and cultural organizations and programs, to provide policy and grant making guidance on expenditures of funds from this paragraph. This membership shall include, but is not limited to, members representing the interests of historic preservation, local history, archaeology, archival programs, and other cultural programs related to the history of Minnesota. This committee shall seek input from all interested parties, and shall make recommendations for expenditures from these funds to the executive council of the Minnesota Historical Society; all expenditures must meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 138.01.

Members

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee consists of thirteen members serving two-year terms and two ex-officio members. They represent a variety of disciplines and are from diverse areas of the state. The committee roster for calendar year 2019, including two vacancies:

Annette Atkins, Minneapolis
  • Ph.D in American History/American Studies from Indiana 
  • Professor Emerita of History at Saint John’s University and Former Interim Executive Director of Stearns History Museum  
  • Qualified in local history, research, governance 
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Milissa Brooks-Ojibway, Duluth
  • Collections Manager, Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate
  • Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree, Fond du Lac Community College
  • Qualified in grant writing and implementing, collection policies, and object care
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Tamara Edevold, Bagley
  • Executive Director at Clearwater Historical Society 
  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Moorhead State University 
  • Qualified in local history, archives, exhibits, and collections management
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Ginny Lackovic, Minneapolis
  • Associate Vice President at HGA
  • Licensed architect in Minnesota and meets The Secretary of the Interior's qualifications for historical architect
  • Qualified in historic preservation 
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2020)
Robert Mack, Minneapolis
  • 45 years of practicing preservation architecture, teaching preservation, service with preservation organizations, and technical writing on preservation subjects
  • Author of Preservation Briefs #1 and 2
  • Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at University of Minnesota
  • Qualified in historic preservation 
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2020)
Richard Nash, New Prague
  • Member of the MNHS Executive Council
  • Lt. General (retired), Army National Guard
  • 30th Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard (2010-2017)
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2020)
Kathryn Ohland, Saint Paul
  • Master of Science, Architecture Preservation and Conservation, University of Minnesota
  • Architectural Historian
  • Qualified in historic preservation 
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Jonathan Palmer, St Paul
  • Executive Director of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, an 90-year old historic African American social service organization
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Morehouse College and currently completing his Master Degree in Public Affairs for Hubert H Humphrey Institute on Public Affairs. 
  • Qualified in community outreach, nonprofit administration, grant writing, grant management, program administration, and governance 
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)
Mattew Piscitelli, Chaska
  • Project Archaeology and Social Media Manager at SEARCH, Inc.
  • Research Associate at The Field Museum
  • Qualified in archaeology, grant administration, community outreach, education, and museum services
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2020)
Benjamin Vander Kooi, Jr., Luverne
  • Attorney practicing at Vander Kooi Law Offices, P.A. in Luverne, MN
  • Past Chair of MN State Arts Board
  • Advisor, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Qualified in historic preservation, nonprofit and grants administration
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2020) 
Jill Wohnoutka, Bird Island
  • Director of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and former Director of the Renville County Historical Society 
  • Bachelor of Art in History from Gustavus Adolphus College. 
  • Qualified in local history, grant writing, archives, exhibits, and collections management
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2019)
David Hakensen, MNHS Board President (ex-officio member) 

Dan Schmechel, MNHS Board Treasurer (ex-officio member)

MEETINGS

HRAC meetings are open to the public. 

Upcoming Meetings:

  • November 7 and 8, 2019, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul. The committee will review applications and make its recommendations for awards for FY 2020 large grant round.   

Previous HRAC Meetings:

  • May 3, 2019 at Pope County Historical Society, Glenwood, MN. Committee reviewed the results of fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and review upcoming grant manual revisions.
  • September 20 and 21, 2018, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul, committee deliberated and made FY 2019 large grant award recommendations
  • May 7, 2018, at James J. Hill House, committee reviewed policy and procedures
  • November 2 and 3, 2017, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul. The committee deliberated and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2018 large grants.
  • May 5, 2017, at the Stearns County Museum in St Cloud, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., reviewed the results of FY 2016-2017 and grant manaul changes.
  • September 22 and 23, 2016, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul. The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2017 large grants.
  • May 20, 2016, at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., provided advice on grants policy and procedures.
  • November 5 and 6, 2015, in the State Office Building in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2016 large grants (funds requests over $10,001).
  • May 1, 2015, Archer House and Northfield Historical Society, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., reviewed the results of FY 2014-2015, provided advice on grants policy and procedures, and reviewed 13 completed grants at the Northfield Historical Society.
  • August 14-15, 2014, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2015 mid- and large- grants.
  • November 7-8 2013, November 7, the Minnesota State Capitol, room G-153M; November 8, Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The committee will hear presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and will make its recommendations for awards for FY 2013 mid- and large- grants.
  • May 3, 2013, Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Reviewed the results of FY 2012-2013 grants, toured the paper preservation project, and met with independent investigators concerning overall legacy funding.
  • September 6-7 2012, The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2013 mid- and large- grants.
  • December 19-20, 2011, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The committee heard presentations by grant applicants, followed by deliberations and made its recommendations for awards for FY 2012 mid- and large- grants.
  • November 17, 2011, Committee Orientation at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, noon to 3 p.m.
  • June 6, 2011, in the Litchfield Opera House, Litchfield, Minnesota, beginning at 10 a.m. HRAC toured this historic preservation legacy grant project prior to considering the outcome of the FY2010-2011 biennium. HRAC also visited the Meeker County Historical Society to view another four grant projects. Rep. Dean Urdahl guided HRAC on a visit to the Forest City Stockade toward the end of the day. 
  • May 24-25, 2010, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The Historic Resources Advisory Committee heard presentations by grant applicants on the first day, followed by deliberations and to finalize its recommendations for grant awards. Further information about the review process is available in the grant guidelines.
  • January 11-12, 2010, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, beginning at 9 a.m. Historic Resources Advisory Committee met to consider grant applications received for the November 23, 2009, deadline for Mid-Size and Large grants.
  • The Committee held its first meeting on September 15, 2009. This was the initial organizational meeting of the committee.

Meeting Minutes

Fall 2018 HRAC Meeting Recordings

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) met September 20 and 21, 2018 in 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul MN to review this year's round of large grant applications. The meeting was livestreamed and recordings are available to review.
Livestream for September 20, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Livestream for September 21, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fall 2016 HRAC Meeting Recordings

Notice to Solicit Nominees to Historic Resources Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks candidates for service on the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC). Committee members provide policy and grant-making guidance for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, funded by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. HRAC members also make recommendations to the Society’s Executive Council regarding the awarding of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) is one of four funds created by the Legacy Amendment, passed by voters in November 2008. For the current biennium (2018-2019), the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $28.1 million from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to the Minnesota Historical Society, including $11 million for Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants to be awarded during the biennium. Expectations are high for what these grants can accomplish across Minnesota – they are supporting projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation.

The Minnesota Historical Society administers the competitive Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program and appoints members to the Historic Resources Advisory Committee. The legislation specifies that the committee has balanced statewide membership and include representatives of local, county, and statewide historical and cultural organizations and programs. It further requires that the committee includes, but is not limited to, members representing the interests of historic preservation, local history, archaeology, archival programs and other cultural programs related to the history of Minnesota. To maintain a balanced statewide membership, the Grants Office will give first consideration to candidates living/working in Greater Minnesota, underserved/underrepresented communities, and expertise in historic preservation, archives, and archaeology.

As an HRAC member, you will be expected to:

  • attend two meetings a year,
  • seek public input,
  • provide policy and grant-making guidance on the expenditure of legacy funds for Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program grants, and review, evaluate, and recommend to the Executive Council for grant awards in the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 138.01.

The anticipated time commitment for Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) members is substantial but is focused around a yearly working meeting. HRAC work requires extensive reading two weeks prior to public meetings and the ability to meet during the work week to deliberate on award recommendations.

HRAC members should have:

  • skills and/or knowledge to evaluate and apply criteria related to grant requirements and professional standards
  • work independently to read and analyze applications
  • communicate effectively during review meetings
  • contribute to an effective group process by being cooperative, constructive, and flexible
  • adhere to conflict of interest policy
  • have basic computer skills and familiarity with MNHS’ grant portal or ability to quickly learn the application review though MNHS’ grant portal.

The benefits of being an HRAC member include making an impact on history and historic preservation statewide work, increasing your professional networking, and developing an understanding of statewide history and historic preservation needs.

Recruitment Schedule

  • July/August: Recruitment for openings
  • September: Applications are due
  • October: Grants submitted recommendations to MNHS Board
  • November: Applicants are notified

Please contact Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, Grants Manager at 651-259-3469 with any questions.