42 Minnesota history organizations receive large grants for historic preservation

“History Organizations Across Minnesota Receive $4,987,373 in Legacy Amendment Funding” That headline in a press release a few days ago from the Minnesota Historical Society caught my interest. “

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the newest recipients of 42 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Large Grants ($10,000 and more), totaling $4,987,373 in 23 counties.

Large grants are awarded annually to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and federally recognized tribes to preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the Minnesota Historical Society’s Executive Council on October 27, 2022.

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.”

A few of the grant recipients:

  • Regents of the University of Minnesota (U of M Libraries), Minneapolis, $103,162
    To provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.
  • Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud, $120,342
    To provide better organization of recent museum accessions, allowing for greater public access to the community’s historic resources.
  • Minnesota’s Black Community Project, Minneapolis, $25,000
    To hire qualified consultants to research the history of Minnesota’s 21st century African American community, in preparation for a future documentary film.
  • City of Waconia, Waconia, $60,000
    To hire a qualified conservator to restore a significant monument in the city’s collections. 

Read the full press release with details on the grant funding background and for the full list of 42 recipients here: https://www.mnhs.org/media/news/17644

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