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Legacy Amendment Provides $361,000+ in Small Grants to Support History Projects Statewide

 

December 28, 2020



The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 42 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $361,234 in 29 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and federally recognized tribes to preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on Dec. 10, 2020.

This state-funded program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grant Recipients

Recipients of small grants ($10,000 and less) from the most recent small grants cycle are listed in alphabetical order below. Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and awarded according to program guidelines and criteria, as well as professional standards.

City of Columbia Heights, Columbia Heights, $9,750

To hire a qualified consultant to write a context study for the City of Columbia Heights.

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, East Bethel, $10,000

To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato, $9,990

To add 111 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm, $8,982

To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Chippewa County Historical Society, Montevideo, $10,000

To hire a qualified and experienced security firm to evaluate the current level of museum security.

City of Maynard, Maynard, $10,000

To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of the roof of the 1915 Maynard State Bank, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and used as the Maynard History Museum.

North Chisago Historical Society, Rush City, $6,240

To hire a qualified consultant to prepare a collections management policies and procedures document.

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, $7,920

To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the 1895 Rollag Schoolhouse.

Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation, Moorhead, $8,790

To hire a qualified historian to conduct primary source research on the history of Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation, Inc., Moorhead, $10,000

To hire a qualified consultant to develop exterior architectural drawings for reuse of the R.M. Probstfield House, built in 1868 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Cottonwood County Historical Society, Windom, $9,900

To hire a qualified professional to research lifestyles and recreation in Cottonwood County in preparation for an upcoming exhibit.

City of Cuyuna, Deerwood, $9,999

To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the 1909 Cuyuna City Hall.

Minnesota Lakes Maritime Society, Alexandria, $8,773

To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Minnesota Lakes Maritime Society, Alexandria, $9,745

To hire qualified consultants to conduct research for an exhibit on Alexandria Boat Works in Douglas County.

Harmony Area Historical Society, Harmony, $5,000

To hire a qualified historian to complete the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the 1879 McMichael Grain Elevator.

Freeborn County Historical Society, Albert Lea, $8,409

To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Afton Historical Society Press, Edina, $10,000

To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of the life of artist Hazel Belvo.

Afton Historical Society Press, Edina, $10,000

To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of ballet in Minnesota.

Minnetonka Historical Society, Minnetonka, $9,325

To improve collections care and management through an updated collections management system.

Portal Research, Minneapolis, $9,650

To document in ten oral history interviews the contemporary history of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regents of the University of Minnesota (U of M Libraries), Minneapolis, $10,000

To digitize a collection of video recordings, allowing for greater public access to these historic resources.

Minnesota Special Education Leaders Foundation (MNSELF), Lake Elmo, $9,992

To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the current historical thinking concerning special education in Minnesota.

City of Coleraine (Public Library), Coleraine, $10,000

To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the Coleraine Public Library, built in 1910 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Township of Teien, Drayton, $9,595

To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the 1904 Teien Central Schoolhouse in Kittson County.

Danebod Folk School, Tyler, $10,000

To hire a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the 1917 Danebod Folk School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lyon County Historical Society, Marshall, $5,300

To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.

Mahnomen County Historical Society, Mahnomen, $9,879

To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Meeker County Historical Society, Litchfield, $9,947

To add 110 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

Bellevue Township, Royalton, $7,800

To hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of the Bellevue Township Cemetery in Morrison County.

Mower County Historical Society, Austin, $3,360

To improve collections care and management through an updated collections management system.

Murray County, Slayton, $9,930

To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $10,000

To hire a consultant to write a plan for improved collections storage.

Hiawatha Homes Foundation, Rochester, $3,200

To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.

Pope County Historical Society, Glenwood, $10,000

To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Maritime Heritage Minnesota, St. Paul, $9,903

To conduct primary source research on the history of wooden watercraft in Minnesota.

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul, $9,875

To hire a qualified consultant to write a research report in preparation for an exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the Links, an African American women's organization.

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, $6,045

To hire a qualified museum consultant to conduct a general preservation needs assessment survey and long range collections preservation plan.

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake, $1,005

To digitize a collection of archival oral history recordings, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, $10,000

To provide better organization and analysis of archaeological collections, allowing for greater public access to historic resources.

Tower-Soudan Historical Society, Tower, $10,000

To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of the roof and addition on the Tower Fire Hall, built in 1895 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Stevens County Historical Society, Morris, $6,930

To digitize a collection of photo negatives, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

City of Winona, Winona, $6,000

To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the 1923 Winona Lake Park Bandshell.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $12.85 million for the 2020-2021 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (“Legacy”) Grants: $5,846,000 for FY2020 and $7,004,000 for FY2021.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two funding tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next small grant application deadlines are January 8, 2021 and April 9, 2021. Large grants of more than $10,000 are offered once a year. All grants are administered through a competitive process based on program guidelines, and professional standards and criteria.

For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit http://www.mnhs.org/preservation/legacy-grants.

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 publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.

 

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