Legacy Amendment Supports $270,130 in Small Grants to History Organizations Across Minnesota

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Release dated: 
January 12, 2022
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Suzanne Herrick, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org
Julianna Olsen, 651-259-3140, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

Legacy Amendment Supports $270,130 in Small Grants to History Organizations Across Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, 31 small grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $270,130 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 December 9, 2021.

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 October 2021 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.

Aeon, Minneapolis, $10,000
To document in oral history interviews the history of Aeon, an affordable housing nonprofit in Minneapolis.

The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis, $10,000
To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of Earl Bakken and technological innovation, in preparation for a future exhibit.

Beltrami County Historical Society, Bemidji, $9,608
To improve collections care and management through an updated collections management system.

Cass County Historical Society, Walker, $6,780
To add 75 rolls of microfilmed Cass County newspapers to the historical society's holdings, making primary records more accessible to the public.

Center for Policy Design, St. Paul, $9,925
To hire a qualified historian to conduct primary source research on the history of interracial and immigrant communities in Minneapolis.

City of Appleton, Appleton, $10,000
To hire a qualified historian to research and assemble materials in preparation for a heritage tourism map.

City of Canby, Canby, $9,800
To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of the Historic Canby Theatre, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Dassel, Dassel, $9,999
To hire a qualified consultant to conduct a survey of historic structures in Dassel.

Clearwater County Historical Society, Bagley, $5,000
To hire a qualified and experienced security firm to evaluate the current level of museum security.

Cottonwood County, Windom, $10,000
To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Cottonwood County Courthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Diverse Emerging Music Organization, Minneapolis, $10,000
To hire qualified developers to begin planning a digital archive of Minnesota's music history.

Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis, $7,390
To design, produce, and install a historical marker for the 1889 Oakland Apartment & Hotel Building in Minneapolis.

Face to Face Health & Counseling Service, Inc., St. Paul, $9,950
To document in in-depth oral history interviews the early history of Face to Face Health & Counseling Service.

Friends of St. Rose, Inc., Kenyon, $10,000
To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for ADA improvements at St. Rose of Lima, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, $10,000
To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Prast Hus (Pastor’s House), built in 1868 and now part of Gammelgarden Museum.

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Spring Grove, $10,000
To hire qualified consultants to develop and install an exhibit on Minnesota author and artist Peter Rosendahl's comic strip "Han Ola og han Per."

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, $7,000
To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the 1895 District 3 Rollag School House.

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, $10,000
To hire qualified conservators to assess the painting collection and half the textile collection at the museum.

Houston Area Preservation Initiative, Houston, $6,000
To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the 1878 N. H. Forsyth property.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $5,000
To hire a qualified and experienced security firm to evaluate the current level of museum security.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $8,768
To provide appropriate storage materials for rolled textiles in the museum's collections.

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul, $10,000
To hire qualified consultants to develop and install an exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Chapter of the Links, Inc., an African American women’s organization.

Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, $10,000
To hire a qualified zoo archaeologist to analyze animal remains excavated from the Pedersen site (21LN2) on Lake Benton in Lincoln County.

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, $8,715
To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Sherburne County Historical Society, Becker, $10,000
To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society, Sleepy Eye, $10,000
To add 124 rolls of microfilmed city newspapers to the historical society’s holdings, making primary records more accessible to the public.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Duluth, $9,800
To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the 1923 St. George Serbian Orthodox Church.

St. Olaf Heritage Association, Rochester, $4,495
To design, produce, and install two historical markers for the Tverberg Log House and West St. Olaf Church in southeast Minnesota.

True Directions, Inc., Mora, $7,000
To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the C. E. Williams House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Valley Community Presbyterian Church, Golden Valley, $9,900
To document in 8 oral history interviews with Dakota or Ojibwe people their relationship to the area surrounding Haha Wakpadaŋ/Bassett Creek in Golden Valley.

Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena, $5,000
To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the 1925 Wesley Hospital Building.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $33.085 million for the 2022-2023 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (“Legacy”) Grants: $5,892,000 for FY2022 and $7,000,000 for FY2023.

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 8 and July 8, 2022. Large grants of more than $10,000 are offered once a year. All grants are administered through a competitive process using review criteria and professional standards.

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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partner: Explore Minnesota Tourism.