2017 Legacy Research Fellowships Awarded to Advance Minnesota History

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Release dated: 
January 23, 2017
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

2017 Legacy Research Fellowships Awarded to Advance Minnesota History

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Legacy Research Fellowships. This is the fourth round of fellowships awarded by MNHS, made possible by funding from the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This competitive fellowship is designed to support research on Minnesota history conducted at the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center. The fellowship is open to any post-college Minnesota scholar.

The 2017 winners and their topics:

  • Carol Ahlgren, Crystal, MN: The Jefferson Highway in Minnesota
  • Krista Finstad Hanson, St. Paul, MN: Assisting Japanese-Americans from Resettlement Camps
  • Cory Haala, Inver Grove Heights, MN: The Many DFLs in Rudy Perpich's Minnesota: Grassroots Liberalism in the Age of Reagan
  • Michael Lansing, Minneapolis, MN: The Cradle of Carbohydrates: Minneapolis and the Making of the World's Food
  • Cecelia McKeig, Federal Dam, MN: History of Ah-Gwah-Ching Sanatorium Focusing on Cultural and Social Interaction
  • Joshua Preston, Minneapolis, MN: The Early 20th Century Professionalization of Nursing in Minnesota
  • Alan Slacter, Plymouth, MN: The Visionary, the Hero and the Russian Jews: September 1, 1894 in Brook Park, Minnesota
  • Barb Sommer, Mendota Heights, MN: The Little-Known History of Romansh Immigration to Minnesota

All fellowship recipients receive a stipend and will write articles for MNopedia, MNHS’ online resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events and things in Minnesota history. Several recipients hope to produce articles for “Minnesota History” magazine as well.

About the Minnesota Historical Society 
MNHS is a non-profit 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.

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