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A gift for the generations: Minnesota Historical Society announces grant recipients

A Gift for the Generations: The Minnesota Historical Society Announces grant recipients

More than 100 grants awarded in 47 counties made possible by the Legacy Amendment

The Minnesota Historical Society, the organization responsible for administering Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, announced the newest recipients of 111 grants.

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, the Minnesota Historical Society reported.

“What we do today builds our legacy for tomorrow,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society, in a news release. “Whether gathering oral histories, preserving historic buildings or preserving the very language that carries history, these grants are a gift for the future — future Minnesotans will be able to enjoy and benefit from the same history we do.”

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 land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: fast track grants of $10,000 or less, mid-size grants between $10,001 and $50,000, and large grants of more than $50,001. The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11.2 million for the 2014-2015 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants.

Grants to area counties include:

■ Mille Lacs County, Princeton, Mille Lacs County Historical Society, $245,685 to replace the roof on the Great Northern Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and currently used as a museum documenting Mille Lacs County history.

■ Morrison County, Little Falls, Minnesota Military Museum, $40,061 for inventory of collections and automation of collection data in order to complete the inventory of the only statewide collection documenting Minnesota military history under the direction of a qualified museum objects curator.

■ Aitkin County, Aitkin, Aitkin County Historical Society, $7,000

for Aitkin County school research to take research materials and develop them into a manuscript on the history of Aitkin County schools. ■ Crow Wing County, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, $9,800 to hire a qualified archaeologist to conduct a phase two archaeological survey of the Milford Mine town site.

■ Morrison County, Royalton, city of Royalton, $4,695 to purchase a microfilm reader/printer to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

■ Wadena County, Wadena, Wadena County Historical Society, $4,400, to hire a qualified and experienced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning engineer to evaluate the building’s mechanical systems for better control of the Wadena County Historical Society museum environment.

For a complete list of statewide projects, go online to or look at the Legacy website:

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