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Digital access to county history and preservation of museum gain grant dollars


The Minnesota Historical Society announced 12 organizations in 11 counties will preserve and share our state’s history with support from Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, funded by the Legacy Amendment.


Among the projects is digital access to Crow Wing County historical resources at the Crow Wing County Historical Society in Brainerd and restoration of the Soo Line Depot Museum windows in Crosby.

The Crow Wing County Historical Society is getting a grant of $7,000 for its project. The Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network will receive $4,250. With this announcement, the Minnesota Historical Society reported funds set aside for fiscal year 2012, which ends June 30, are now all granted.

The Society also announced Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants deadlines for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, 2012:

Deadlines for Small Grants, which are up to $7,000 are June 15,

Aug. 17, Oct. 5, and then Nov. 9 and Jan. 11, funds permitting. Deadlines for mid- and large size grants, which are $7,001 and higher have mandatory pre-applications on June 1 with final applications on July 27.

The Grants Manual is available at Applications are accepted only through the Society’s grants portal at

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

The Minnesota Historical Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for nonprofit 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 For more information about other Legacy-funded history projects, please visit

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