by Sarah Squires
The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) announced the most recent recipients of over $1 million in funding from three grant programs that collectively preserve, conserve and enhance access to Minnesota’s cultural heritage.
The largest award was a State Capital Project Grant-in-Aid in the amount of $385,000 to the city of Red Wing to preserve the exterior of the Sheldon Auditorium. The Capital Grant-in-Aid program supports historic preservation projects of publicly owned buildings.
Three Legacy-funded Heritage Partnership Awards totaling $155,463 were also awarded at the Oct. 16 Grants Review Committee meeting. The Heritage Partnership Program supports the creation and development of sustainable, history-based partnerships throughout the state.
Finally, 64 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants totaling $522,763 in 31 countries were awarded. Also funded by the Legacy Amendment, small grants of up to $10,000 each provide a valuable opportunity for Minnesota’s nonprofit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and cultural heritage.
All grants are competitive and are awarded according to program guidelines and criteria and professional standards.
Local grants awarded include:
Winona County, Winona County Historical Society, $70,100; partner organizations: Winona County Historical Society, Theatre du Mississippi.
A reinterpretation of the historic Willard Bunnell House: To create a new interpretive program for the Historic Willard Bunnell House and foster a relationship between two area nonprofit organizations.
Fillmore County, Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association, $10,000; “Where is Grandpa’s ‘Jolly Aces’ Recording?” Collection inventory: To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.
Houston County, city of Hokah, $10,000; Hokah Municipal Building (City Hall) conditions assessment: To hire a qualified architect to conduct a conditions assessment of the Hokah Municipal Building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Wabasha County, city of Plainview, $2,290; Pioneer Peace Corps marker: To design, produce and install a historical marker on the First Peace Corps in the city of Plainview.
Wabasha County, city of Plainview, $7,105; Civil War 150 historical markers: To design, produce and install historical markers in the city of Plainview to commemorate the Civil War.
Wabasha County, National Eagle Center, $9,950; National Eagle Center, interpretive exhibit plan for permanent Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge exhibit: To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for the National Eagle Center.
Wabasha County, Wabasha County Historical Society, $8,993; shelving and archival storage products for rehousing collections: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.
Winona County, Polish Cultural Institute, $2,960; re-house and support identified at-risk collections items: To improve collections care and management through proper storage.