Legacy Amendment Supports $388,00+ in Small Grants to History Organizations Across Minnesota

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Release dated: 
May 5, 2020
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org or Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Legacy Amendment Supports $388,00+ in Small Grants to History Organizations Across Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 47 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $388,244 in 21 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and federally recognized tribes to preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on March 2, 2020.

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 2020 small grants cycle are listed in alphabetical order below. Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and awarded according to program guidelines and criteria, as well as professional standards.

Aitkin County Historical Society, Aitkin, $10,000
Northern Pacific Depot Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Northern Pacific Depot, built in 1916 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Caponi Art Park, Eagan, $10,000
Caponi Home National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate artist Anthony Caponi’s 1949 home at Caponi Art Park for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Cass County, Walker, $9,740
Munroe Turntable-Roundhouse Survey: To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of late 19th-century logging activity around the former Brainerd and Northern Minnesota Railway, specifically the Munroe turntable, which marked the last outpost on the railway.

Celtic Junction Arts Center, St. Paul, $5,230
Eoin McKiernan Television Program Digital Conversion: To digitize a collection of mid-1960s video recordings of Minnesota TV programs on Irish culture, allowing for greater public access to these historic resources.

City of Afton, $10,000
First Congregational Church National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to write the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the First Congregational Church. Built in 1868, the church is now the home to the Afton Historical Society and Museum.

City of Afton, $10,000
First Congregational Church Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the 1868 First Congregational Church.

City of Cokato, $1,050
Evaluation of Building Mechanical System (HVAC): To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate how well the current system controls the Cokato Museum environment.

City of Cokato, $9,500
Gust Akerlund Photography Studio Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio. Constructed in 1903, the studio is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Henning, $10,000
Trinity Lutheran Church Construction Documents: To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of Trinity Lutheran Church. Built in 1898, the church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Delano Franklin Township Area Historical Society, Delano, $10,000
Interpretive Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an interpretive plan for the Delano Franklin Township Area Historical Society.

First Church of God in Christ, Minneapolis, $8,100
National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine National Register of Historic Places eligibility for First Church of God in Christ/Tifereth B'nai Jacob synagogue, built in 1926.

Friends of Highland Arts, St. Paul, $10,000
Highland Heritage Research Project: To hire qualified historians to research the history of Highland Park in St. Paul in preparation for a future book.

Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, $9,750
Prast Hus National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the Prast Hus for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1868, the Prast Hus was the first parsonage in Minnesota.

Giants of the Earth Heritage Society, Spring Grove, $10,000
Script Development for Norwegian Ridge Farmers Documentary: To hire qualified professionals to produce a documentary script on the history of Spring Grove's Norwegian Ridge.

Giants of the Earth Heritage Society, Spring Grove, $10,000
Ola and Per Exhibit Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for an upcoming exhibit on local author Peter Rosendahl (1878-1942), who illustrated the “Ola and Per” comic strips from 1918-1935.

Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc., Litchfield, $10,000
Construction Documents: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for reuse of the Litchfield Opera House. Built in 1900, the opera house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, St. Paul, $9,450
Assessment and Long-Range Preservation Plan: To hire professional conservators to assess historically significant collections and write a long-range preservation plan for the community center, which was founded in 1929.

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, $4,212
Increasing Our Preservation Capabilities: To monitor, assess, and make necessary changes to environmental controls in the Hjemkomst Center’s storage and exhibit spaces.

Island Park Village Hall Preservation Society, Mound, $9,550
Condition Assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Island Park Village Hall. Originally constructed in 1936, the building is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Jasper Area Historical Society, Jasper, $9,915
Poorbaugh Building National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified consultant to complete an evaluation to determine National Register of Historic Places eligibility for the Poorbaugh Building, built in 1889 as a woodworking and planing plant.

Lyon County Historical Society, Marshall, $9,500
CollectiveAccess Data Conversion: To improve collections care and management through an updated collections management system.

Maritime Heritage Minnesota, St. Paul, $9,915
Analysis & 3D Scanning for the Minnesota Historic Outboard Runabouts Project: To conduct primary source research on the history of outboard runabout boats in Minnesota.

Marshall County, Warren, $6,000
National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine National Register of Historic Places eligibility for the Marshall County Courthouse, built in 1900.

Meeker County Historical Society, Litchfield, $5,700
Conservation Assessment & Long-Range Preservation Plan: To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long-range collections preservation plan.

Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation, St. Paul, $9,954
Centennial Scanning/Digitization Project: To digitize a collection of archival video recordings and slides that show the grantee’s contributions to the military and aviation in Minnesota, and allows for greater public access to these historic resources.

Minnesota Boychoir, St. Paul, $9,970
60th Anniversary Oral History: To document the history of the Minnesota Boychoir​ in 8-12 oral history interviews.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Altura, $10,000
Maintaining the Marnach House - Preserving Our Luxembourger Heritage: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the 1857-1860 Marnach House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and located in Whitewater State Park in Altura.

Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis, $7,700
Records Management Program: To provide better organization of the Minnesota Opera's corporate records, allowing for greater public access to these historic resources.

Murray County, Slayton, $5,893
End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum History Research: To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in preparation for a future publication. The park and its historic turntable were first preserved by a local 4-H club in 1972 and then incorporated by Murray County three years later.

New Brighton Area Historical Society, New Brighton, $10,000
Security System for the History Center: To hire qualified technicians to install a security system to protect the collections from theft or fire.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $9,950
The Minnesota National Guard in Worthington Oral History Project: To document the history of the Minnesota National Guard in Worthington in 10-12 oral history interviews.

Olmsted County Historical Society, Rochester, $5,151
Gate Visitor Survey: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct an audience analysis for the History Center of Olmsted County.

Park Baptist, UNITY Baptist & Anointed Faith Missionary Church, St. Paul, $5,525
Woodland Park Baptist Church National Register Nomination: To hire a qualified historian to complete the National Register of Historic Places nomination for Woodland Park Baptist Church, built in 1907.

Polish Cultural Institute, Winona, $10,000
Development of Exhibit Schematic Design, Related Content and Style Manual: To hire a qualified consultant to write a schematic exhibit design, related content development, and style manual for the upcoming exhibit "They Built Winona."

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul, $10,000
Conservation Treatment for Great Northern Railway Textile Samples: To hire a qualified conservator to restore significant textile objects in the museum’s collections.

Red Lake County, Red Lake Falls, $4,990
Old Crossing Treaty Park Historical Marker: To design, produce and install a historical marker in the Old Crossing Treaty Park. The park is named for two treaties signed in 1863 and 1864 between the Pembina and Red Lake bands of Ojibwe and the United States.

Redeemer Center for Life, Minneapolis, $10,000
Manuscript of Role of Leadership and Institutions in Community Crisis Response: To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of community crisis response to street and institutional violence in Minneapolis.

Scandia Heritage Alliance, Scandia, $10,000
Research the History of Scandia and Its Important Sites: To hire qualified consultants to research the history of Scandia for a future outdoor heritage trail. Established in the 1850s, Scandia was home to the first Swedish immigrant settlement in the state.

Sisu Heritage Inc., Embarrass, $9,000
Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church National Register Evaluation: To hire qualified consultants to evaluate the 1906 Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Michael's and St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Minneapolis, $9,130
Script Development on Holodomor Impact on Minnesota's Ukrainian Community: To hire qualified professionals to produce a documentary script on the history of Minnesota's Ukrainian community and the impact of the Holodomor in the 1930s.

St. Olaf College, Northfield, $10,000
Chronicling the History of Japanese American College Students During WWII: To hire a qualified professional to produce a manuscript on the history of Japanese American college students in Minnesota from 1941-1946.

St. Paul Public Schools (ISD #625), St. Paul, $3,091
Books for the American Indian Education Program Resource Center: To add books on Native American history and culture to St. Paul Public Schools' holdings to make this information more accessible to the public.

St. Paul Public Schools (ISD #625), St. Paul, $862
Cultural Resources for American Indian Students at Harding High School: To add books on Native American history and culture to Harding High School's holdings to make this information more accessible to the public

Tower-Soudan Historical Society, Tower, $9,850
Revision of Architectural Drawings for the Tower Fire Hall: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for reuse of Tower Fire Hall, built in 1895 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Westonka Historical Society, Mound, $7,492
Acquire Primary Resources on Microfilm: To add 92 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Winona County Historical Society, Winona, $4,754
Detailed Processing of Winona's Urban Renewal Collection: To hire a qualified professional to assess the Urban Renewal archival collection held by Winona County Historical Society.

Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo, $7,300
CollectiveAccess Conversion: To improve collections care and management through an updated collections management system.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $12.85 million for the 2020-2021 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (“Legacy”) Grants: $5,846,000 for FY2020 and $7,004,000 for FY2021.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two funding tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next small grant application deadlines are April 10 and July 10, 2020. Large grants of more than $10,000 are offered once a year. 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 www.mnhs.org/preservation/legacy-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 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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