The Minnesota Historical Society announced 42 recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants, totaling $372,793 in 26 counties.

Among the recipients was the Staples Historical Society, which received $10,000. The grant will support the historical society’s work to assess the condition of the Northern Pacific Railway Depot and Freighthouse, including hiring a qualified architect to conduct a condition assessment of the depot, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved June 6 by the Minnesota Historical Society Executive Council.

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

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