Organizations Receive $402,675 in Grants to Support Minnesota’s History and Cultural Resources

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Release dated: 
June 22, 2017
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Organizations Receive $402,675 in Grants to Support Minnesota’s History and Cultural Resources

In winter 2017, five Minnesota history-based partnerships and one county received $402,675 from two grant programs administered by the Minnesota Historical Society: the Heritage Partnership Program and State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid County and Local Preservation program.

The Heritage Partnership Program’s goal is to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota’s history and cultural resources by supporting the creation and development of sustainable, history-based partnerships throughout the state. It is funded by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  

In winter 2017, five partnerships received funding:

  • McLeod County Historic Partnership, $11,123
    Disaster Preparedness Response and Recovery: To hire a qualified museum consultant to train museum partners in disaster planning and preparedness.
    Partner Organizations: McLeod County Historical Society, Historic Hutchinson, Glencoe Historic Preservation Society
  • Meeker County Development Corporation, $18,500
    Meeker County Heritage Tourism Assessment and Planning: To hire a qualified historian to work with program partners in developing a strategic plan for heritage tourism in Meeker County.
    Partner Organizations: Meeker County Historical Society and Dassel Area Historical Society
  • Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, $124,510
    Collection Management Software Pilot Program: Description: To hire qualified technicians to implement a pilot program for a new collections database to be tested by five MALHM partners.
    Partner Organizations: Pope County Historical Society, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council in partnership with Hamline University, Stevens County Historical Society, Renville County Historical Society, Isanti County Historical Society
  • Minnesota High Tech Foundation, $99,000
    The Minnesota Computer History Partnership: To hire a qualified project manager to assist partners in researching the history of the computer industry in Minnesota.
    Partner Organizations: Charles Babbage Institute, Dakota County Historical Society
  • Scott County Historical Society, $70,542
    Archaeology Alpha Sites Program, Phase Two: To expand on a partnership program that will provide archaeology and cultural resource management outreach services for alpha sites at three metro-area history organizations.
    Partner Organizations: Scott County Historical Society, Anoka County Historical Society, Dakota County Historical Society

The State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid County and Local Preservation program supports historic preservation projects of publicly owned buildings. Applicants must be local or county-level government units eligible to receive state bond funds. The property involved must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or have been determined eligible for the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Office. Funding for the program was approved by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2014 session as part of the Capital Budget General Funds Bill.

In winter 2017, one organization received funding:

  • Mille Lacs County, $79,000
    Mille Lacs County Courthouse: Update heating controls and replace storm windows in the courthouse, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
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.