Grants are helping organizations in every
â€œThis 1,000-grant milestone is significant. It means that Minnesotans are building a lasting legacy now for future generations by preserving what makes our state a great place to live,â€ said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. â€œWhile a lot has been accomplished in just three years, the demand for the grants for the cause of history and historic preservation remains strong and enthusiastic.â€
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 amendment supports efforts to preserve
January Small Grant Recipients:
All grants are administered according to professional standards and criteria. Below is the latest round of Small Grant recipients, listed in alphabetical order by county.
Aitkin County, McGrath Historical Committee, Inc., $1,315
Museum Accessibility Improvements: To increase accessibility to exhibits and historical resources within the museum by constructing an entrance ramp and skirting.
Big Stone County, Pioneerland Library System, $1,283
Bringing Minnesota History to the Big Stone County Libraries: To add 57 standard
Wooden Structure Restoration of the Peterson North Barn: To begin restoration of the North Barn on the Andrew Peterson Farmstead, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Chaska Historical Society: Exhibit Development: To hire a qualified professional to research the effect of changing technologies on Chaska residents, preparatory to designing and installing an exhibit.
Cass County, Heritage Group North, Inc., $5,521
Glen A. Glover Glass Plate Negative Digital Conversion Project: To scan and digitize 118 glass plate negatives for greater public accessibility.
Long Range Conservation Plan: To hire a qualified professional to write a long range conservation plan for the museum's collections.
Displaying Recently Archived Collections in
Bergquist Cabin Historic Structures Report: To hire a qualified professional to prepare a Historic Structures Report for the John Bergquist House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Minnesota Museum Bookshelf: To add 49 standard
Crow Wing County, City of
Brainerd Historical Markers: To develop historical markers to facilitate public access to stories significant to the Brainerd community.
Develop a Disaster Plan: To hire a qualified professional to write a historic site disaster plan.
Oral History & Digitization for Ragamala Dance Company: To document in oral history interviews the history of the Ragamala Dance Company.
Grant County, Grant County Historical Society, $6,400
HVAC Evaluation: To hire a qualified professional to evaluate the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems in the county museum building.
Annotated Innovation Story Timeline Research & Development: To research innovation and invention throughout the history of
Historic Structures Report, Phase One: To hire a consultant to develop the first phase of a Historic Structures Report for the Alliance Francaise building, part of the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Hennepin County, Eighth Air Force Historical Society, Inc. - Minnesota Chapter, $3,827
Oral History Transcription of World War II Veterans' Experiences: To transcribe 12 oral history interviews to provide public access to World War II veterans' experiences.
Hennepin County, Minnesota African American Museum & Cultural Center, $7,000
Acquisition of Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner: To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.
Minnesota History Bookshelf: To add 19 standard
Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to evaluate the
Mobile Historical Website, Phase I: To set up the Preserve Minneapolis website with updated technology to support the Old Highland Neighborhood Association walking tours.
Oral Histories of Intellectual and Cultural Leaders of Minnesota (2000-2012): To document in 20 interviews the history of
Transition from School to Work for MNâ€™s Youth With Disabilities: An Oral History. To document in 8 interviews the policies that reduced unemployment rates among
Interactive Agriculture and Food Outreach Program: To develop a hands-on outreach program series to share
Comprehensive Investigation of the Jackson County Courtroom Ceiling, Stenciling and Plasterwork: To hire a qualified professional to develop a treatment plan for the Jackson County Courthouse stenciling and plasterwork.
Microfilm Kandiyohi County Township Records: To microfilm and make accessible public records for six Kandiyohi County townships.
Downtown Willmar Historic District National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to evaluate the downtown
Lac qui Parle County, Lac qui Parle County Historical Society, $5,080
Disaster Plan Development for Lac qui Parle County Museum: To hire a qualified professional to develop a disaster plan for the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society.
Two Harbors MNopedia Entries: To create 17 entries on Two Harbors history for the MNopedia project for online research.
Minnesota Museum Bookshelf: To add 22 standard
Camden Vase Display Case and Interpretive Signs: To hire a qualified professional to fabricate an appropriate display and exhibit labels for a significant collections piece.
Minnesota Museum Bookshelf: To add 44 standard
MCHS Disaster Planning Project: To hire a qualified professional to develop a comprehensive disaster plan.
Mower County During World War II Exhibit Research Project: To research and develop a new exhibit on
Acquisition of Austin Daily Herald Microfilm Copies Phase 1: To acquire microfilm copies of the Austin Daily Herald newspaper through 2007.
Vertical File Inventory and Cataloging Project: To hire a qualified professional to process and make accessible archival materials.
Otter Tail County,
StEPs Program Assessment: To hire a qualified professional to begin the American Association for State and Local History's StEPs self-assessment program.
Evaluation of Air Conditioning/Ventilation System and Monitoring System: To hire a qualified professional to perform an evaluation of the museum's HVAC system.
Minnesota Historic Preservation Bookshelf Starter Kit: To add 47 standard
General Preservation Assessment Survey: To hire a qualified museum professional to conduct a preservation assessment survey on works of art in the Cathedral's collections.
Structural Assessment and Work Plan for Pattern Shop at Jackson Street Shops: To hire a qualified professional to complete a structural assessment and work plan.
General Preservation Assessment Survey: To hire a qualified professional to conduct a preservation assessment survey of an art collection.
Microfilm/fiche Reader/Printer/Scanner: To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.
Digital Access to Historical Documents and Finding Aids from the Office of the Secretary of State (1900-1990): To make accessible to the public documents from the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, 1900-1990.
General Preservation Assessment Survey: To hire a qualified professional to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.
Ramsey County, Park Press Inc., $2,000
Demographic Change in St. Anthony Park, Como Park, Falcon Heights, and Lauderdale: To conduct research for a series of articles on the history of demographic changes in Ramsey County.
Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History Project: To document in three interviews the history of modern dance educators in the 1960s.
Signage for "Marketing a Heritage" Gallery: To fabricate and install interpretive panels for the Toy Train Division gallery.
Ramsey County, White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, $4,000
White Bear Town Hall National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to evaluate the 1885 White Bear Town Hall for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
Sacred Heart Public School National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to evaluate the
Sesquicentennial History of the
MSAD Portable Museum Exhibit: To develop a portable exhibit for campus buildings and the school museum.
Item Level Assessment of the NHS Collection: To conduct an item-level conditions assessment of the museum collections.
Greenbush Public Library Historic Photo Display: To prepare an exhibit marking the 50-year history of the Greenbush Public Library.
Minnesota History Book Shelf: To add 22 standard
RCHS Cataloging Project: To hire a qualified professional to accession and catalog archives and documents in the collections.
Microfilm Scott County Newspapers: To microfilm two years of
Partial Re-roofing and Roof Repair: To restore the roof of the Duluth Armory, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Development of Collections Management Policy & Procedures and Collections Plan: To hire a qualified professional to develop policies and procedures for museum collections management.
Collections Inventory, Phase
Mesaba Park Expanded Oral History Project, To document in 10 interviews additional historical information related to
Farmamerica Collections Management Policy and Procedures: To hire a qualified professional to develop a set of collections management policies and procedures.
The Minnesota Historical Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the stateâ€™s history and cultural heritage.
Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: Small Grants of $7,000 or less, Mid-Size Grants between $7,001 and $50,000, and Large Grants of more than $50,001. For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit legacy.mnhs.org/grants.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesotaâ€™s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our stateâ€™s stories and connects people with history.