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 the calendar year 2021:

Tamara Edevold, Bagley, Chair

  • 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 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2021)

Marika Reese, Saint Paul, Deputy Chair

  • Director of Family and Community Engagement, Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
  • Owner/Executive Director, Ubuntu Care Services
  • Master of Arts in Education, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Qualified in governance, nonprofit administration, community engagement
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2021)

Jill Wohnoutka, Bird Island, Deputy Chair

  • 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 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2021)
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 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2021
Simiyha Garrison, Minneapolis
  • Graduate Student at the University of Minnesota in the Heritage Studies and Public History Master’s program (HSPH), due to graduate in May 2020
  • Bachelor of Arts, History and Africana Studies
  • Qualified in oral history, exhibit curation, collections, museum standards, and best practices
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2021)
Heather Hoagland, Minneapolis
  • Executive Director of Scott County Historical Society
  • Master in Museum Studies from the George Washington University, Washington DC
  • Qualified in collections management, exhibit development, grant writing, registrar, and museum services.
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2022)
Kristy Jeffcoat, Minneapolis
  • Senior Paintings Conservator, Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC)
  • Master of Art in Conservation, Paintings Specialization, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Qualified in conservation
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2021)
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 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2022)
Lindsay Marshall, Baudette
  • Executive Director and Curator, Lake of the Woods County Historical Society
  • Master of Science in Cultural Resource Management
  • Qualified in inventory, collections, grant-writing, non-profit administration
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2021)

Tianna Odegard, Granite Falls

  • Master of Heritage Studies & Public History from the University of Minnesota
  • Cultural Resources Specialist at Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. St. Paul, Minnesota - May 2019 - February 2020
  • Upper Sioux Community Indian Housing - Authority Commissioner (Vice-Chair)
  • Qualified in collections care, community engagement - tribal communities, NAGPRA, THPO, public outreach, and conflict management.
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2022)

Anne O’Keefe-Jackson, Morton

  • Human Resource Director at Jackpot Junction Casino, 
  • M.A. Business, M.A. Leadership from Augsburg University
  • Board member of Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
  • Qualified in compliance, leadership, grant management, and tribal community.
  • Currently serving 1st term (expires on December 31, 2022)
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 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2021)
Matthew Piscitelli, Chaska
  • Project Archaeologist and Digital Media Manager at SEARCH, Inc.
  • Research Associate at The Field Museum
  • Qualified in archaeology, grant administration, community outreach, education, and museum services
  • Currently serving 2nd term (expires on December 31, 2022)
    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:

    • June 4, 2021, the Committee will meet virtually to discuss policy and procedures 
    • November 4 and 5, 2021, the Committee will review applications and make its recommendations for awards for the fiscal year 2022 large grant round. HRAC meetings are open to the public and live-streamed. The date is subject to change pending funding approval by the Minnesota Legislature and Governor.

    Previous HRAC Meetings:

    • September 24 and 25, 2020, the Committee will meet in the 3M Auditorium at the History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul MN. The committee will review applications and make its recommendations for awards for fiscal year 2021 large grant round. HRAC meetings are open to the public and live-streamed
    • June 5, 2020, virtually, the committee reviewed policy and procedures.
    • November 7 and 8, 2019, in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul, the committee deliberated and made FY 2020 large grant award recommendations
    • 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, the committee deliberated and made FY 2019 large grant award recommendations
    • May 7, 2018, at James J. Hill House, the 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 manual 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 2020 HRAC Meeting Recordings

    List of 2020 Requests PDF

    Fall 2019 HRAC Meeting Recordings

    Fall 2018 HRAC Meeting Recordings

    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