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The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is pleased to announce that more than 80 organizations in 37 counties throughout the state will receive Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants for projects that will preserve and share our state's rich history and cultural heritage today and for many generations to come.

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In this latest round of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, MHS awarded 56 mid-size and large grants (over $7,000) and 33 small grants (up to $7,000). Please see the two lists of grant recipients below.

"These projects will enhance access to history for all people now and in the future," says David Grabitske, manager of outreach services. "Accessibility means that people will be able to use the power of Minnesota history to transform their communities."

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which supports efforts to preserve Minnesota's land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage. Information about Minnesota Historical and Cultural grant projects can be found at legacy.mnhs.org/.

The remaining Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants deadlines for fiscal year 2013, which began July 1, 2012, are:

Deadlines for Small Grants (up to $7,000):

October 5, 2012

November 9, 2012 (funds permitting)

January 11, 2013 (funds permitting)

The Grants Manual is available at legacy.mnhs.org/grants. Applications are accepted only through the Society's grants portal at grants.mnhs.org.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients

Each Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota's cultural and historical resources. The grants are awarded according to professional standards and criteria.

Mid-size and Large Grants:

Anoka County, Anoka County Historical Society

History of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office Publication, $24,515

To publish the first comprehensive, scholarly history of the Anoka County Sheriff's Department.

Brown County, New Ulm Turnverein

Conservation and Treatment of New Ulm Turner Hall Murals, $23,140

To conserve and stabilize the historic murals in Turner Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown County, Sleepy Eye Area Foundation

Berg Hotel Exterior Renovation, $10,000

To acquire professional services to prepare architectural drawings and specifications to guide the rehabilitation of the Berg Hotel, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Chippewa County, Chippewa County Historical Society

Olof Swensson Farmstead: Barn Roof Replacement, $119,410

To re-roof the barn on the Olof Swensson Farmstead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chisago County, City of Taylors Falls

Taylors Falls Public Library Restoration, $18,011

To re-roof and improve weather-tightness to preserve the Taylors Falls Public Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, marking the city's centennial anniversary in 2013 of operating a library in this facility.

Clay County, City of Barnesville

Barnesville City Hall 2nd Floor Accessibility Improvements, $121,000

To broaden public access to the Barnesville City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and in continuous use since 1899, through the installation of an elevator and other appropriate modifications that satisfy the Americans with Disability Act.

Clay County, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

New Permanent Red River History Exhibit Phase II, $25,000

To design and fabricate visual assets for an exhibit documenting human uses of the Red River of the North.

Clearwater County, Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers, Inc.

J. Neil's/Red Lake Indian Sawmill Steam Cylinder Installation, $11,375

To re-install the historic steam-powered log carrier to the J.Neil's/Red Lake Indian Sawmill, a historically significant industrial artifact in northern Minnesota.

Cook County, Gunflint Trail Historical Society

Chik-Wauk Lodge (Museum and Nature Center) Cultural Landscape Report, $31,124

To acquire professional services that will prepare a cultural landscape report for the Chik-Wauk Lodge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, to guide future historic preservation projects.

Dakota County, Dakota County

Cultural Resources Interpretive Plan for the Mississippi River Trail in Dakota County, $77,500

To acquire professional services to prepare an interpretive plan for public access to history and cultural heritage along 27 miles of the national Mississippi River Trail and the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area

Fillmore County, City of Lanesboro

Lanesboro Stone Dam Rehabilitation, $300,000

To preserve historic features on the 1868 dam, a contributing feature of the Lanesboro Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fillmore County, Lanesboro Arts Center

Scanlan Hall (Lanesboro Art Council Gallery) Storefront Preservation, $91,365

To sensitively rehabilitate Scanlan Hall, a contributing feature of the Lanesboro Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places, with Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant access to the Lanesboro Art Center.

Hennepin County, American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute Archives Cataloging, $71,588

To acquire professional services for improving public accessibility to significant archival materials documenting Swedish immigrant contributions to state history.

Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis

Pillsbury A Mill Tunnel System Condition Study, $250,000

To acquire professional services for an assessment of structural condition for preservation and reuse of the drive tunnel infrastructure of the Pillsbury A Mill, a National Historic Landmark.

Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis

Pioneers and Soldiers Fence Restoration Project: Phase V, $118,688

To complete restoration of the historic steel fence enclosing the Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design Archival Processing Project, $97,941

To acquire professional services for improving public accessibility to significant archival materials documenting the founding and operation of the college over the past 125 years.

Hennepin County, The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory Restroom Project, $60,900

To create restrooms that meet Americans with Disabilities requirements in the Soap Factory, a contributing feature of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, Three Rivers Park District

Schmid Farmstead Ruins Historic Structures Report, $28,900

To acquire professional services to prepare a Historic Structures Report that will guide future preservation projects on the Schmid Farmstead Ruins, determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, University of Minnesota Libraries

Exploring Minnesota's Natural History: Digitization and Online Access, $121,932

To digitize and make accessible botanical, zoological, and geological records documenting the natural history of Minnesota, 1872-1946.

Hennepin County, Walker Art Center

History of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden - A Documentary, $49,500

To produce and distribute a historical documentary film about the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for its 25th anniversary in 2013.

Isanti County, Isanti County Historical Society

Archival Cataloging and Digitization, $24,726

To catalog and digitize archival materials recovered from the July 8, 2011 arson fire, which destroyed most of the Isanti County History Museum.

Itasca County, Northern Itasca Joint Powers Board

Marcell Ranger Station: Historic CCC Log Home Restoration, $123,520

To rehabilitate plumbing, electrical, and weather-tightness, and restore interior finishes on the log residence of the Marcell Ranger Station, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lac qui Parle County, Lac qui Parle County Historical Society

Lac qui Parle County Museum Lighting System Upgrade, $79,700

To provide lighting that meets museum standards in order to reduce deterioration of artifacts.

Lake of the Woods County, City of Baudette

Willie Walleye Sculpture Conservation, $22,900

To acquire professional services to conserve Willie Walleye, a significant cultural heritage landmark sculpture.

Martin County, Martin County Preservation Association

First Church of Christ Scientist (Red Rock Center) Front Stair Replacement, $21,357

To rehabilitate the primary entrance of the First Church of Christ Scientist, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The facility operates as an arts center.

McLeod County, McLeod County Historical Society

Compressible Archival Storage, $51,846

To provide storage that meets museum standards through purchase of compressible shelving for the MCHS artifact collections.

Meeker County, Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc.

Litchfield Opera House Restroom Project, $29,893

To create restrooms that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements in the Litchfield Opera House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Mille Lacs County, City of Onamia

Onamia City Hall: Electrical and Mechanical Upgrade, $14,973

To acquire professional services to implement preservation recommendations that will mitigate original 1936 wiring within the Onamia Municipal Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Olmsted County, City of Rochester

Plummer House HVAC Replacement - Phase 1, $98,140

To install a professionally-designed environmental system to preserve the Henry S. Plummer House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society

Blueprint and Map Rehousing Project, $38,112

To gain intellectual and physical control over a significant historical architectural drawing collection documenting the built environment of Rochester.

Polk County, St. Peter Parish

Church of St. Peter's Interior Preservation Project, $40,000

To stabilize and restore plaster and stenciling in the Church of St. Peter (Catholic), listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, 1006 Summit Avenue Society

Governor's Residence Historic Landscape Report, $35,650

To acquire professional services in preparing a Historic Landscape Report for improvement of public access to the history of the Horace Irvine House/Governor's Residence, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Envision Minnesota

Legacy Letters Educational Curriculum, $2,500

To professionally design web access to historical content of Legacy Letters vignettes.

Ramsey County, First Baptist Church of St. Paul

Restoration of Historic 19th Century Pipe Organ, $34,200

To reverse inappropriate alterations by restoring the historic voice and register of the 1875 pipe organ in First Baptist Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Germanic-American Institute

Gardner House Exterior Preservation, $83,200

To repair and restore the gutter system and cornice assembly of the George W. Gardner House, a contributing feature of the Historic Hill District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Lower Phalen Creek Project

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary Immersive Interpretation Research Project, $40,000

To research and develop a plan for interpreting the history, culture and American Indian astronomical significance of Wakan Tipi/Carver's Cave.

Ramsey County, Macalester College

Exploring the Past at the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area Through Phase I Archaeological Survey, $29,550

To conduct a Phase I archaeological survey of 150 acres in the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, Inver Grove Heights.

Ramsey County, Maplewood Area Historical Society

Milk House Dairy Exhibit, $50,565

To design, fabricate, and install an exhibit on post-World War II small dairy operations.

Ramsey County, MN Administrators of Special Education

History of Educating Children with Disabilities in Minnesota, Pre-1840 to 1960, $46,450

To hire a qualified historian to research and prepare materials that will enable the public to more broadly access the story of people aged 21 and younger with disabilities, pre-1840 to 1960.

Ramsey County, Ramsey County Law Library

Historical Judicial Portrait Preservation, $33,095

To conserve and stabilize ten historic oil painting judicial portraits in the St. Paul City Hall-Ramsey County Courthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

Saint Paul Great River Passage - Interpretive & Exhibit Concept Plan, $25,000

To acquire professional services to prepare an interpretive plan for public access to history and cultural heritage along 17 miles of the Mississippi River.

Ramsey County, Science Museum of Minnesota

Crites Site: Collection Inventory, Geophysical Survey, Testing, and Outreach, $65,000

To facilitate collections inventory, geophysical survey and testing, LiDAR archaeological study and outreach efforts associated with the Crites Oneota and Woodland site in the St. Croix Valley.

Redwood County, Redwood Falls Public Library

Digital Microform Reader/Viewer System Acquisition, $12,513

To enable public access to primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Renville County, Renville County Historical Society

RCHS Collections Inventory, $45,101

To gain physical and intellectual control through a professional inventory of approximately 12,000 objects documenting Renville County history using PastPerfect Museum Software.

Rice County, City of Faribault

Faribault Woolen Mill Company Rehabilitation, $300,000

To preserve the smokestack on the Faribault Woolen Mill, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as a significant cultural heritage landmark that is otherwise obsolete to business operations.

Rice County, Northfield Historical Society

NHS Collections & Archives Room Storage and Access, $79,320

To provide storage that meets museum standards through improving lighting and purchase of compressible shelving for the NHS artifact collections.

Rock County, City of Luverne

Luverne Downtown Historic District National Register Evaluation, $16,600

To acquire professional services that will comprehensively evaluate Luverne's commercial district for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Duluth Playhouse Inc.

NorShor Theatre Rehabilitation, $150,000

To preserve and restore brick and terracotta on the NorShore Theatre, a contributing feature of the Duluth Commercial Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Friends of B'nai Abraham Synagogue

B'nai Abraham Synagogue Lower Level Exit Restoration, $28,760

To mitigate moisture damage to the rear egress of the B'nai Abraham Synagogue, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Steam Locomotive Northern Pacific #2435 Stabilization, $14,780

To stabilize and restore the Northern Pacific steam locomotive #2435, the last surviving Prairie Type locomotive built 1906-1907.

St. Louis County, Minnesota Discovery Center

Implementing the Ojibwe Exhibit, $85,900

To finalize, fabricate and install the Ojibwe exhibit segment in the "People" permanent exhibit.

St. Louis County, Regents of the University of Minnesota

Tweed Museum of Art Works-on-Paper Rehousing Project, $80,981

To preserve and make accessible a significant works-on-paper collection documenting the history of the Duluth region.

St. Louis County, Saint Louis County Historical Society

Eastman Johnson Collection Exhibit/Gallery/Storage Project, $150,000

To fabricate and install an exhibit of Eastman Johnson art work and Ojibwe artifacts in the Duluth Union Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sherburne County, Sherburne County Historical Society

Microfilm Reader Printer Acquisition, $11,890

To enable public access to primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Stearns County, Stearns History Museum and Research Center

HVAC for the Archival Storage Area, $42,385

To implement recommendations from an HVAC evaluation that will ensure better climate control for the preservation of historic resources in a 1,300 square foot archival storage vault.

Wabasha County, City of Wabasha

J.B. Finchy Building (Pembroke Ave Visitor Center) Predevelopment Evaluation, $9,000

To acquire professional services for a study on potential municipal reuse of the J.B. Finchy Building, a contributing feature of the Wabasha Commercial Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fast Track Grants:

Cook County, Schroeder Area Historical Society

Nine Video Oral History Transcriptions, $1125

To transcribe 9 previously recorded oral histories documenting the history of the Schroeder area.

Crow Wing County, Crow Wing County

Portage Lake Trail Phase I Archaeological Survey, $6800

To conduct a reconnaissance archaeological survey of a purported pre-historic portage trail.

Dakota County, Dakota County Historical Society

Presenting the Lost LeDuc Compositions, $6631

To make accessible music composed by William G. LeDuc in the 1840s.

Dakota County, Prairie Creek Community School

Private and Public Charter Elementary Progressive Education in Minnesota: Research for a History of the Prairie Creek Community School 1983-2013, Part 2, $6800

To conduct 15 to 20 interviews on the 30 year history of the Prairie Creek Community School, a forerunner of the Charter School movement.

Grant County, Grant County

Grant County Courthouse Historical and Cultural Landscape Study, $7000

To hire a qualified and experienced historian to prepare a Cultural Landscape Report that will guide future preservation projects on the grounds of the Grant County Courthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hennepin County, The Bakken Museum

HVAC Evaluation of The Bakken Museum's Storage Vaults, $4900

To hire a qualified and experienced HVAC engineer to evaluate the current system for better control of the Bakken Museum environment.

Hennepin County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota

Lake Minnetonka Nautical Archaeology 1 Project, $6999

To research 16 prioritized anomalous radar readings on two previously undocumented maritime wrecks in Lake Minnetonka.

Hennepin County, Pond Dakota Heritage Society

Index, Printing, and e-book for Northern Slave, Black Dakota, $6900

To publish "Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey," a new book by Walt Bachman.

Hennepin County, St. Louis Park Historical Society

General Preservation Assessment Survey, $5364

To hire professional conservators to assess historically significant collections and write a long range preservation plan.

Lyon County, Society for the Study of Local and Regional History

Red Earth, White Road Publication, $2845

To publish "The Joseph LaFramboise Family during the Dakota War of 1862" by Janet Timmerman.

Martin County, Truman Historical Association

Acquire The Truman Tribune Newspapers on Microfilm, $6330

Brief Project Description: To add 70 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Olmsted County, Olmsted County Historical Society

Acquire ScanPro 2000 Microform Scanning System, $7000

To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Olmsted County, Rochester Park and Recreation Dept.

Dakota History Program: Elders, Guardians of our Future, $3800

Brief Project Description: To conduct 4 interviews with Dakota elders on the cultural history of Indian Heights Park in Rochester.

Pope County, Terrace Mill Foundation

Professional Evaluation for Restoration of the Chippewa Falls Schoolhouse, $6500

To hire a qualified historical architect and engineer to prepare an assessment of the foundation of Terrace Mill, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ramsey County, Center for International Education

Robert Bly: News of the Universe (film), $6925

To complete research for a planned documentary on Robert Bly, Minnesota Poet Laureate.

Ramsey County, Chinese American Academic and Professional Association in MN

Gather Resources for Publication of Twenty Years of History and Achievements of CAAPAM, $3000

To gather records of the organization on the occasion of its 20th anniversary meeting.

Ramsey County, Hmong Cultural Center

Hmong American History Center and Library Interpretative Planning Project, $7000

To assemble historic resources preparatory to fabrication and installation of an exhibit on the history of Hmong immigration in Minnesota.

Ramsey County, St. Catherine University - History Department

SCU Voices of Homelessness Oral History Project, $6760

To conduct 20 interviews on the history of homelessness among youth in the Twin Cities in the last decade.

Ramsey County, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom Natural and Cultural History Guide, $7000

To obtain the services of a qualified historian to research and write built environment history content supporting the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom curriculum.

Rice County, Rice County Historical Society

Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner, $7000

To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Rice County, Valley Grove Preservation Society

Historic Structures Report for Valley Grove Historic Site, $7000

To hire a qualified and experienced historian to prepare a Historic Structures Report that will guide future preservation projects.

St. Louis County, Birthing Ways - Doula Connection

History of Birth in Duluth Research Project, $3442

To assemble in a report records and resources from various repositories pertaining to birth and maternity in Duluth prior to World War II.

St. Louis County, Dorothy Molter Foundation and Museum

Disaster Plan Development, $4699

To hire professional conservators to create a plan to respond to and recover from disasters.

St. Louis County, City of Duluth

Planning Process for an Ethnographic Study of the American Indian Heritage of Duluth, $7000

To gather preliminary ethnographic resources preparatory to a larger project to study the ethnographic history of the Duluth area.

St. Louis County, Historic Union Depot Corporation

Revitalization of Duluth Immigration Exhibit, $5700

To revitalize the immigration exhibit in the Duluth Union Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Louis County, Listening Point Foundation

Sig Olson Writing Shack Exhibit, $4325

To fabricate and install an exhibit on the history of Sigurd Olson's work to preserve the gray wolf in northern Minnesota.

St. Louis County, Minnesota Discovery Center

Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer, $7000

To make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

Scott County, City of Jordan

Inventory of Historical Collection, $3189

To begin to gain intellectual and physical control over a significant historical collection documenting the City of Jordan.

Stearns County, St. Cloud State University

Digitization of Oral Histories, $1763

To digitize 33 oral histories documenting the growth of St. Cloud State University, 1900-1990.

Stevens County, Stevens County Historical Society

Men and Women of the Land Exhibit, $7000

To supplement the "Men and Women of the Land" exhibit at the Stevens County History Museum.

Watonwan County, Watonwan County Historical Society

National Register Nomination, 1908 Truss Bridge, Madelia Township, $3000

To prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the 1908 Warren Truss Bridge no. 6527 in Madelia Township.

Wright County, City of Rockford

World War I Educational Website, Phase I, $3579

To prepare for the 2014 centennial of World War I by assembling documentation of Minnesota homefront experiences.

Wright County, Cokato Historical Society

Akerlund Glass Plate Negative Scanning, Phase V, $7000

To create digital user copies of approximately 1,400 5x7 glassplate negatives from the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio Collection.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

The Minnesota Historical Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Minnesota 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 state's history and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: Small or Structured 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.

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