Over $300,000 in History Grants go to Minnesota Counties

Nearly $40,000 goes to organizations in Northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Historical Society announces 36 recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each), totaling $324,149 in 22 counties.  A handful of the endowments landed right here in the Northland. Two of those recipients are in Duluth.

The Lincoln Center for Arts Education Building (2229 W 2ndSt Duluth, MN 55806) Photo Courtesy: Duluth Art Institute

The Duluth Art Institute was awarded $10,000 for a two phase project that will develop architectural plans to maintain and repair the Lincoln Center for Arts Education Building (2229 W 2ndSt Duluth, MN 55806), a former Carnegie library that has been transformed into artist studios and an arts education center. This building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial in Duluth will receive $3,300 for the Duluth African American History Project. They aim to hire a qualified historian to research the history of African Americans in Duluth.

“Grace” The official Minnesota State Picture.

In Grand Rapids, the Itasca County Historical Society will get $9,950 to document 15 oral history interviews regarding the Minnesota State Photograph, “Grace.” This will be part of a celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic photograph.

Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm will get $6,400 to provide better organization and analysis of archaeological collections, allowing for greater public access to historic resources. Their focus will be the Hill Annex Paleontology Project.

Pine County Historical Society in Askov is set to receive $9,377 to develop a professional museum lighting plan.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on December 1, 2017.

Here is a full alphabetized list of the the projects receiving funds this quarter:

Bird Island Cultural Centre, Bird Island, $5,000
Baker House National Register Evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the Baker House.

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia, $9,782
Andrew Peterson Diary Translation: To hire a qualified professional to provide a new translation for the Andrew Peterson diaries.

City of Eden Prairie, $8,000
Riley-Jacques Farmstead Interpretive Signs, Phase II: To design, produce and install interpretive signs for the Riley-Jacques Farmstead.

City of Elk River, $7,250
Jackson Street Water Tower Architectural Drawings: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the Jackson Street Water Tower, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Hokah, $5,750
Hokah City Hall/Auditorium Accessibility Assessment: To hire qualified consultants to conduct an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) assessment at the Hokah City Hall/Auditorium, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Northfield – Northfield Hospital and Clinics, $10,000
Writing the Second Half of the History of the Northfield City Hospital: To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of the Northfield City Hospital.

City of Winona, $10,000
Winona Public Library Historic Structure Report: To hire a qualified consultant to develop a Historic Structure Report that will help preserve the Winona Public Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Inc., Duluth, $3,300
Phase II Development of Content for Duluth African American History Project: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of African Americans in Duluth.

Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, $10,000
Plans and Specifications for Two Phases of DAI Lincoln Park Building Preservation: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for the Lincoln Center for Arts Education Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Friends of St. Rose Inc., Kenyon, $8,270
HVAC System Installation: To hire qualified technicians to upgrade the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system at St. Rose of Lima, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, $8,805
Redesigning HCSCC Lighting: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Independent School District #659, Northfield, $9,015
Design and Publication of a History of the Northfield Public Schools: To hire qualified professionals to publish a book on the history of Northfield Public Schools.

Itasca County Historical Society, Grand Rapids, $9,950
Picture “Grace” Oral Histories: To document in 15 oral history interviews the history and impact of the Minnesota State Photograph, “Grace,” to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association, Lanesboro, $9,400
Tying it all Together, Collections Archives Inventory: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Maritime Heritage Minnesota, St. Paul, $9,208
Purpose-Built Watercraft Analysis & 3D Scanning Project: To conduct primary source research on the history of small watercraft in Minnesota.

Maritime Heritage Minnesota, St. Paul, $9,998
USS Essex Log Book Editing Project: To edit the USS Essex logbooks in order to make them more publicly accessible.

McLeod County Historical Society, Hutchinson, $9,993
AASLH StEPs Assessment Program: To provide McLeod County Historical Society with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, $7,750
Guitar Shop: Transcribing Knut Koupee’s Oral History: To transcribe 30 hours of oral history interviews about the history of the Knut Koupee music store.

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, $6,400
Hill Annex Paleontology Project Inventory: To provide better organization and analysis of archaeological collections, allowing for greater public access to historic resources.

Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum, Bloomington, $9,999
Seeking Refuge in a New Land: A Pop-Up History of Refugees in Minnesota (1967-2017): To hire a qualified consultant to research the history of refugees in Minnesota, in preparation for a future exhibit.

Minnesota Transportation Museum, St. Paul, $10,000
Pullman Porters and Union Depot Red Caps Exhibit Plan: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan from research completed on the Pullman porters and Union Depot Red Caps.

Montevideo Public Library, Montevideo, $10,000
New Microfilm Machine: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

New Brighton Area Historical Society, New Brighton, $5,000
Security Assessment of the New Brighton History Center: To hire a qualified consultant to perform an assessment of New Brighton Area Historical Society’s security needs.

Nobles County Historical Society, Worthington, $5,401
Large Format Archival Storage Unit: To provide better organization of archival materials, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, $9,600
Configuring and Editing Final Draft of Northfield Arts Guild History: To hire qualified professionals to edit a manuscript on the history of the Northfield Art Guild.

Pine County Historical Society, Askov, $9,377
Planning for Redesign of Museum Lighting: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Polish Cultural Institute, Winona, $8,669
Collections Storage: Rehouse Library Books, Artwork & New Acquisitions: To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.

Polish Cultural Institute, Winona, $9,999
Visitor Experience Assessment with Exhibit Interpretive Planning Options: To hire a qualified consultant to conduct and develop a visitor experience assessment and plan.

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Institute on Community Integration), Minneapolis, $9,953
Research Special Education Teachers: How the Field Evolved in Minnesota: To hire a qualified historian to research the history of special education teachers in Minnesota.

Renville County Historical Society, Morton, $9,879
Acquire a Microfilm Reader: To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Roseau County Historical Society, Roseau, $8,524
Exhibit & Gallery Lighting Evaluation and Redesign: To hire a qualified museum lighting professional to develop a museum lighting plan.

Sacred Heart Area Historical Society, Sacred Heart, $10,000
Construction Documents for Hotel Sacred Heart, Phase I: To hire a qualified consultant to develop architectural drawings for reuse of Hotel Sacred Heart, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, $9,969
Examining Space at the Burnside School Site, an Oneota Village in Red Wing: To provide better organization and analysis of archaeological collections, allowing for greater public access to historic resources.

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, $9,192
Microfilm Two-Year Backlog of Local Newspapers: To microfilm issues of Scott County-area newspapers, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

St. Olaf Heritage Association, Rochester, $2,495
Zion Cemetery Historical Marker: To design, produce and install a historical marker for Zion Cemetery in Olmsted County.

Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena, $9,380
Women’s Voices in Rural Politics in Wadena County, an Oral History Project: To document in 20 oral history interviews the history of women in rural Wadena County politics.

Winona County Historical Society, Winona, $10,000
Conservation of Original Material from a Scrapbook: To hire a qualified conservator to restore a significant object in the museum’s collections.

For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit legacy.mnhs.org/grants. Applications are accepted only through the MNHS grants portal.

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