Historical and cultural legacy fund grants announced

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants worth $3.8 million have been awarded to 59 organizations.

The Minnesota Historical Society announced this round of grants as part of a report to the governor and Legislature.

David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society, said: “In this round of recipients, awards address a great many ways that history makes life in Minnesota so rich, deep and vibrant, from the preservation of historic spaces for arts and low-income housing, to preserving modern experiences that will become history, and fostering films with solid historical content.”

The cultural and historical grants in this round, by county:

  • Brown County, Brown County Historical Society, Brown County’s U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Core Exhibit, $54,836.
  • Brown County, The Grand Center for Arts and Culture, Inc., Grand Hotel: Grand Center for the Arts and Culture Accessibility and Interior Systems, $100,000.
  • Carver County, Carver County Historical Society, Andrew Peterson Farmstead: Barn Foundation Restoration, $27,140.
  • Clay County, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Thirty Years After the Dream: The Hjemkomst Legacy, $15,000.
  • Cottonwood County, Cottonwood County Historical Society, Interpretive Exhibit: Cottonwood County Citizens Serving Their Country, $19,000.
  • Dakota County, Dakota County Historical Society, Going Digital: Converting DCHS Oral History and Film Collection to Digital Files, $33,172.
  • Dakota County, Minnesota Genealogical Society, Microfilm Reader/Scanners, $11,000.
  • Fillmore County, Preston Historical Society, Milwaukee Elevator: Reconstruction of Additions, $25,103.
  • Fillmore County, Spring Valley Historical Society, Spring Valley Methodist Episcopal Church: Re-Roofing, $58,800.
  • Grant County, Grant County Historical Society, ADA Accessibility — Bathrooms & Entry Door, $29,215.
  • Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery: Fence Restoration Project, Phase IV, $150,000.
  • Hennepin County, Emerge Community Development, Minneapolis Public Library, North Branch: Roof Replacement, $82,000.
  • Hennepin County, Friends of Christ Church Lutheran, Christ Church Lutheran: Historic Structures Report, $38,000.
  • Hennepin County, Friends of the Immigration History Research Center, Houses of Worship: The Mosaic of Religion and Ethnicity in the Twin Cities, 1849-1924, $23,794.
  • Hennepin County, Heart of the Earth, Inc., American Indian Movement Interpretive Center Collections Development: Establishing the Collection, $39,706.
  • Hennepin County, Hennepin County Library, Musical Score Preservation Project, $30,000.
  • Hennepin County, MIGIZI Communications, The Minneapolis American Indian Community — An Unexpected Outcome of the Federal Urban Indian Relocation Program, $39,220.
  • Hennepin County, Minnesota African American Museum & Cultural Center, Amos B. Coe House: Minnesota African American Museum & Cultural Center HVAC Upgrade, $155,250.
  • Hennepin County, Regents of the University of Minnesota (American Indian Studies), Ojibwe People’s Dictionary Phase Two, $270,820.
  • Hennepin County, Three Rivers Park District, Pierre Bottineau House Interpretive Exhibit Fabrication and Installation, $47,850.
  • Hennepin County, University of Minnesota Libraries, Preserving Minnesota’s Performing Arts Heritage, $159,205.
  • Isanti County, Isanti County Historical Society, Microform Reader/Printer & Newspaper Microfilm, $22,865.
  • Koochiching County, Ernest C. Oberholtzer Foundation, Ernest C. Oberholtzer Rainy Lake Islands Historic District: House Fireplace and Chimney Preservation, $48,822.
  • Mahnomen County, Mahnomen County Historical Society, Interior Environmental Control Project, $21,247.
  • Meeker County, Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc., Litchfield Opera House: Exterior Preservation, $208,298.
  • Meeker County, Meeker County Historical Society, Collections Care & Management: Cataloging Artifacts from Litchfield’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall Museum, $25,811.
  • Morrison County, Minnesota Military Museum, Collection Management, $43,403.
  • Morrison County, Morrison County Historical Society, Digital Access to Morrison County History Resources, $11,090.
  • Mower County, Mower County Historical Society, MCHS Interpretive Plan Development, $10,000.
  • Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society, George Stoppel Farmstead: Historic Structures Report, $27,300.
  • Otter Tail County, Otter Tail County Historical Society, Geophysical and Archaeological Evaluation of Fort Juelson, Otter Tail County, $21,947.
  • Pine County, Audubon Center of the North Woods, Arnold Schwyzer Summer House and Farmstead: Windows Upgrade, $45,000.
  • Pope County, Ann Bickle Heritage House, Ann Bickle House: Roof Reshingling, $18,810.
  • Pope County, Pope County, Pope County Courthouse: North Entry Restoration, $152,655.
  • Pope County, Pope County Historical Society, HVAC Update Phase 2, $81,391.
  • Ramsey County, Historic Saint Paul, Tour Saint Paul: Web & Mobile, $49,410.
  • Ramsey County, James J. Hill Reference Library, James J. Hill Reference Library: Main Entrance Stair Restoration, $36,300
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota Landmarks Inc., U.S. Post Office, Courthouse and Customs House (Landmark Center): Copper Restoration: North and South Tower Roofs, $126,625.
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Cataloguing Project, $31,356.
  • Ramsey County, North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, North Star Museum Lighting Project, $49,955.
  • Ramsey County, Ramsey County Historical Society, University Avenue Documentary, $59,800.
  • Ramsey County, Regents of the University of Minnesota (Labor Education Service), Who Built the Capitol? — Video and Web Site, $24,724.
  • Redwood County, Redwood County, Ramsey Park Swayback Bridge: Preservation, $32,000.
  • Rice County, District One Hospital, Johnston Hall: Roof Replacement, $110,700.
  • Saint Louis County, American Indian Community Housing Organization, Young Women’s Christian Association of Duluth (YWCA): Gimaajii Mino Bimaadiziyaan, $250,000.
  • Saint Louis County, City of Duluth, Sacred Heart Cathedral: Roof and Tower Restoration, $168,525.
  • Saint Louis County, Laurentian Arts and Culture Alliance, Virginia Commercial Historic District: Lyric Center for the Arts Street Façade Rehabilitation Design, $50,500.
  • Saint Louis County, Regents of the University of Minnesota – Duluth, Archaeological Survey and GIS Development in the Cloquet River Valley, $62,338
  • Saint Louis County, Sisu Heritage Inc., Alex Seitaniemi Barn, House Restoration Phase 2, $100,000.
  • Scott County, Scott County Historical Society, Microfilm Digital Reader, $9,990.
  • Steele County, Steele County Historical Society, SCHS Collections Project, $40,000.
  • Todd County, Staples Historical Society, Northern Pacific Railway Depot: Restoration Pans and Specifications Development, $90,000.
  • Wabasha County, Wabasha County Historical Society, Reads Landing School: Rehabilitation Project Construction Documents, $18,290.
  • Waseca County, City of New Richland, Stranger’s Refuge Lodge Number 74 (IOOF): Preservation, $99,114.
  • Waseca County, Waseca County Historical Society, Waseca County Historical Society ADA Compliancy, $48,185.
  • Washington County, Afton Historical Society and Museum, Collections Care and Management: Cataloging Items into PastPerfect, $24,941.
  • Washington County, Washington County Historical Society, She Who Would Giants Fight, $76,000.
  • Winona County, Winona County Historical Society, Winona Commercial Historical District: Winona Armory Battlement, $156,295.
  • Yellow Medicine County, Yellow Medicine County Historical Society, Digital Archiving of the Yellow Medicine County Birth Records, $16,545.

 MHS also announced “four partnerships for history-minded organizations”:

  • Carleton College and Veblen Farmstead, Veblen Farmstead: Hay Barn Stabilization and Preservation, $125,000.
  • Old Highland Neighborhood Association and Preserve Minneapolis, Homeowner Restoration Workshops, $23,000.
  • Macalester College and Carleton College, Environmental History Conference, $102,522.
  • Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul, Johann Friedrich von Schiller Sculpture: Restoration and Preservation, $35,000.

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