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Minnesota Historical Society awards $1,462,500 in Mid-size and Large Grants funded by the Legacy Amendment


Wed, Jan 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL (Jan. 27, 2010) - Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants continue to provide much needed funds to organizations throughout the state. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced the first 27 recipients of Mid-size and Large Grants for fiscal year 2010. An additional 56 organizations received $248,787 in Fast Track Grants, for a total of $1,711,287 awarded for projects of enduring value. More than 50 communities throughout Minnesota will benefit from the grants.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment by the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including our state's history and cultural heritage.

"These grants provide new life for important projects around the state - especially this first round of Mid-size and Large Grants," said Britta Bloomberg, deputy state historic preservation officer. "From creating exhibits to publishing books and preserving historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we are excited about the impact these grants will have on the future of our state's historic and cultural resources."

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Mid-size and Large Grants

Each Historical and Cultural Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota's cultural and historical resources. The first round of recipients of Mid-size Grants of $7,000 to $50,000 and Large Grants of more than $50,000 are:

• Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press, publish the book "Pioneer Modernists" about the significant contributions of Minnesota women to art in the early 20th century, $28,169.

• Becker, Minn. : Sherburne County Historical Society, acquire and install large functional object storage to better preserve significant evidence from the county's past, $22,400.

• Duluth, Minn.: Regents of the University of Minnesota - Duluth, evaluate environmental systems of the university's museums preparatory to improve preservation, $17,000.

• Ely, Minn.: Listening Point Foundation, restore masonry foundation facade, exterior steps, and interior fireplace hearth in the cabin at Listening Point, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $10,900.

• Grand Marais, Minn.:

o Gunflint Trail Historical Society, install an exhibit about life in the Gunflint Trail area, $25,000.

o Minnesota Department of Transportation, restore the WPA stonewall of the Cascade River Wayside, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $235,131.

• Granite Falls, Minn: Dakota Wicohan, conduct oral history interviews with the few remaining Dakota-as-a-first language speakers, $50,000.

• Hewitt, Minn.: City of Hewitt, restore the roof and abate water infiltration to the Hewitt Public School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and home to the Hewitt Historical Society, $156,369.

• Hibbing, Minn.: Hibbing Economic Development Authority, produce a historic walking tour brochure, $2,250.

• Kandiyohi, Minn: The Trust for Public Land, conduct a cultural resource assessment of a rural landscape containing a rare old growth elm forest, $9,000.

• Minneapolis, Minn.:

o City of Minneapolis, abate water infiltration in the lower levels of the Grain Belt Office Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $50,000.

o Emerge Community Development, rehabilitate the North Branch Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as a career and technology center, $150,000.

o Native American Community Development Institute, produce a cross-disciplinary book-length manuscript on the history of land use by Dakota people in Minnesota prior to 1862, $107,900.

o Regents of the University of Minnesota, digitize the Norman Borlaug Papers and provide worldwide access, $27,667.

• Moorhead, Minn.: Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, acquire and install archival storage to better preserve significant evidence from the county's past, $10,688.

• Morris, Minn.: Stevens County Historical Society, acquire and install compact storage to better preserve significant evidence from the county's past, $75,000.

• Mountain Iron, Minn.: City of Mountain Iron, increase public accessibility to Mountain Iron Mine National Historic Landmark, $48,000.

• Plymouth, Minn.: Three Rivers Park District, develop a cultural resource management plan for a suburban system of 20 parks and 10 trails, $39,072.

• Richfield, Minn.: Richfield Historical Society, prepare a comprehensive interpretive plan for better public access to Richfield history, $44,148.

• Rockford, Minn.: Rockford Area Historical Society, repair the roof of the Ames-Florida House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $18,880.

• South St. Paul, Minn.: Dakota County Historical Society, acquire and install compact storage to better preserve significant evidence from the county's past, $75,000.

• St. Bonifacius, Minn.: St. Bonifacius Historical Society, provide public access to Cold War-era history through interpretation of a Nike-Hercules Missle, $14,000.

• St. Paul, Minn.:

o Aeon, repoint masonry work on the O'Donell Shoe Company Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $50,000.

o Science Museum of Minnesota, make 1955 archaeological artifacts from the Ranelius Site publicly accessible, $21,100.

• Thief River Falls, Minn.: City of Thief River Falls, stabilize the structure of and improve the environmental systems in the Thief River Falls Carnegie Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, for use as a community center, $99,000.

• Tower, Minn.: 1854 Treaty Authority, evaluate and survey archaeological resources by the Grand Portage and Bois Forte Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, $37,000.

• Virginia, Minn.: Friends of B'nai Abraham, repoint masonry and preserve windows of the B'nai Abraham Synagogue, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, for use as a community center, $38,826.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Fast Track Grants

The Society awards Fast Track grants of $7,000 or less every month. Fast Track grant deadlines are the final Friday of every month through 2011 depending upon the availability of funds. The latest round of Fast Track Grant recipients include:

• Appleton, Minn.: Upper MN Valley Regional Development Commission, evaluate the US-Dakota War of 1862 story markers and propose additional stories, perspectives, and voices in preparation for the war's sesquicentennial, $6,980.

• Austin, Minn.: Mower County Historical Society, preserve and make accessible records of Mower County individual townships from the earliest date possible through 2008, $1,518.

• Bagley, Minn.: Clearwater County Historical Society, broaden public accessibility to primary records by adding 24 rolls of microfilmed newspapers, $673.

• Becker, Minn.: Sherburne County Historical Society, improve collections care and management through proper storage, $2,650.

• Chisholm, Minn.: Minnesota Museum of Mining, develop and research the overall storyline of the main exhibit hall depicting life on the Iron Range, 1920-1950, $7,000.

• Cokato, Minn.: Cokato Historical Society, create digital user copies of 817 8x10 glassplate negatives from the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio Collection, $4,494.

• Dassel, Minn.: Dassel Area Historical Society, broaden public accessibility to primary records by adding 17 rolls of microfilmed newspapers, $469.

• Duluth, Minn.:

o Saint Louis County Historical Society, provide appropriate storage for the nationally significant ethnographic Eastman Johnson collection, $6,500.

o Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, record 15 interviews with people knowledgeable about the establishment of the sanitary district and subsequent pollution abatement, $6,540.

• Ely, Minn.:

o Dorothy Molter Foundation and Museum, broaden public accessibility through well-rounded interpretation by adding 19 standard Minnesota history titles, $581.

o Ely-Winton Historical Society, reinterpret and expand the interpretive timeline for the introduction to the main exhibit gallery, $2,850..

o Vermilion Community College Library, broaden public accessibility by adding 35 standard Minnesota history titles, $1,879.

• Grand Rapids, Minn.: Itasca County Historical Society, broaden public accessibility by adding 43 standard Minnesota history titles, $1,197.

• Gilbert, Minn.: Gilbert Public Library, broaden public accessibility by adding 43 standard Minnesota history titles, $1,107.

• Henderson, Minn.: Joseph R. Brown Heritage Center, create the initial issue of a scholarly journal, "Minnesota's Heritage", $5,060.

• Litchfield, Minn.:

o Meeker County Historical Society, update the security system at the Litchfield G.A.R. Hall and the Meeker County Historical Society Museum, $2,982.

o Meeker County Historical Society, broaden public accessibility by adding 43 standard Minnesota history titles, $1,197.

• Little Falls, Minn.: Minnesota Military Museum, costume and equip seven mannequin figures for a major exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Minnesota's tragic Dakota War of 1862, $7,000.

• Marshall, Minn.: Marshall-Lyon County Library, broaden public accessibility by adding 27 standard Minnesota history titles, $608.

• Menahga, Minn.: Menahga Area Historical Society, gain physical and intellectual control of 5000 artifacts using PastPerfect software, $2,073.

• Mendota, Minn.: Pilot Knob Preservation Association, research, write, produce, and distribute a web-based pocket guide to historic and culturally important Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob), $6,925.

• Minneapolis, Minn.:

o American Red Cross Twin Cities Area Chapter, research and produce a small traveling exhibit about the contributions of women to the Red Cross in World War I, $6,986.

o City of Minneapolis, determine the reuse of historic tunnels and drop shafts attached to the Pillsbury A Mill to produce hydrothermal energy for heating and cooling, $7,000.

o Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, broaden public access to information through Placeography about places in Minnesota significant to Jewish history, $7,000.

o Minnesota Streetcar Museum, properly rehouse the historic photo collection of Minnesota's streetcar heritage, $3,808.

o Obsidian Arts, broaden public accessibility to "150 Years of African Artists - Minnesota Connections" through a statewide traveling exhibit, $7,000.

o Regents of the University of Minnesota - Labor Education Services, assemble historical resources pertaining to the laborers who built the Minnesota State Capitol, $6,000.

o Service League of the Hennepin County Medical Center, preserve approximately 1,700 prints and negatives documenting medical history, $988.

• Moorhead, Minn.: Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, make primary records available through a new microfilm reader/printer, $5,962.

• Morton, Minn.: Renville County Historical Society, broaden public accessibility to primary records by adding 157 rolls of microfilmed newspapers, $4,239.

• North St. Paul, Minn.: North St. Paul Historical Society, revise and update the "Walking Tour of North St. Paul" brochure, due to construction, demolition, and highway realignment since it was first printed, $500.

• Park Rapids, Minn.: Hubbard County Public Works, develop a master interpretive plan for the Lake Country Scenic Byway, $7,000.

• Perham, Minn.: Friends of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, record 20 interviews with people who shaped events related to the Cold War in eastern Otter Tail County, $6,831.

• Pine River, Minn.: Pine River Fire Department, professionally assess the condition of a 90-year-old horse drawn fire apparatus used by the Pine River Fire Department, $1,695.

• Princeton, Minn.: Mille Lacs County Historical Society, broaden public accessibility to primary records by adding 22 rolls of microfilmed newspapers, $660.

• Roseau, Minn.: Roseau County Historical Society, record 13 interviews with Korean and Vietnam veterans from Roseau County, $2,468.

• Sacred Heart, Minn.: Sacred Heart Area Historical Society, determine necessary steps to abate water and pest infiltration to better preserve artifact collections, $5,019.

• Shakopee, Minn.:

o Scott County Historical Society, prepare a booklength manuscript based on oral histories with World War II veterans from Scott County, $6,772.

o Three Rivers Park District - The Landing, gain intellectual and physical control over all objects in 25 buildings and provide better access to them, $6,949.

• South St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Genealogical Society, broaden public accessibility to primary records by adding 8 fiche and 96 rolls of microfilmed city directories, $6,971.

• St. Cloud, Minn.: Stearns History Museum, provide an engineering assessment of the museum's 1983 environmental systems, $4,610.

• St. Paul, Minn.:

o Cass Gilbert Society, broaden online historical content about Cass Gilbert projects, $6,100.

o Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota, provide an engineering assessment of a property from 1887, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, $7,000.

o Grassroots Culture, record 11 interviews with people who shaped bluegrass music in Minnesota, $5,870.

o Hamline United Methodist Church, complete research and documentation of the Hamline United Methodist Church building with a professional historian, in preparation for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, $3,500.

o HAND in HAND Productions, document 11 interviews about the history and culture of women serving the St. Paul Police Department, $7,000.

o Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, augment current digital content by digitizing 817 audiocassettes of the 2004 Senate Committee hearings, $4,076.

o Office of the Revisor of Statutes, make publicly accessible Minnesota Rules, 1982-2007, as digital web-based content, $7,000

• St. Peter, Minn.: Nicollet County Historical Society, augment an award-winning exhibit with direct quotes from Dakota people to deepen public perspective on the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, $750.

• Taylors Falls, Minn.: City of Taylors Falls, broaden public access through podcasts describing the historical significance of Taylor's Falls, $6,750.

• Tower, Minn.: Bois Forte Heritage Museum, broaden public access to the work of reknowned Ojibwe artisit Carl Gawboy through a documentary, $7,000.

• Virginia, Minn.: Mesabi Range College Library, broaden public accessibility by adding 40 standard Minnesota history titles, $1,136.

• Waconia, Minn.: Carver County Historical Society, improve security and storage for significant military artifacts, $5,800.

• White Bear Lake, Minn.: White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, broaden public accessibility to primary records by adding 119 rolls of microfilmed newspapers, $3,232.

• Winona, Minn.: Winona County Historical Society, improve safety and the environment for historical artifacts by creating a separate exhibit fabrication area, $6,953.

• Woodbury, Minn.: Washington County Library, add 227 standard Minnesota history books to the Washington County Library System, $6,700.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

The Society received a 2009 Legislative appropriation to award a total of $6.75 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state's history and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: Small or "Fast Track" grants of $7,000 or less, Mid-Size grants between $7,000 and $50,000, and Large grants of more than $50,000. For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants program, including application deadlines, visit www.mnhs.org/legacygrants.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to help illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

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