100th Anniversary of Prohibition

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Granite Falls Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2018
End Date
July 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview

To prepare exhibits and events to mark the centennials of the 1919 National Prohibition Act and the 1922 Capper-Volstead Act.

Project Details

Partners: Granite Falls Historical Society and City of Granite Falls

The City of Granite Falls and Granite Falls Historical Society will partner to prepare exhibits and events to mark the centennial of the 1919 National Prohibition Act:sometimes known as the Volstead Act:and the 1922 Capper-Volstead Act. Granite Falls is home to the Andrew J. Volstead House Museum, managed by the Granite Falls Historical Society and owned by the city.

Volstead was often seen as the public face of Prohibition as he sponsored and championed the issue in the US House of Representatives. The partners plan to use new research to present a more accurate story of Volstead and restore the lost stories of Nellie and Laura Volstead, his wife and daughter.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
MN Laws 2017 Chapter 91, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 4 History Partnerships
Appropriation Language

$2,000,000 each year is for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Available upon request. Contact:grants@mnhs.org

Measurable Outcome(s)

A clear mission statement for the partnership has been established and regular meetings will continue. The relationship between the three main partners has become stronger though this past year and will continue.
Visitor numbers have increased and are being tracked and the museum is open on a regular basis staffed by Experience Works employee, Marsha Johnson with supervision from the board of directors of the Granite Falls Historical Society.
The events celebrating Volstead Day, the new exhibit using local artworks by Tamara Isfeld and the ongoing theater productions have brought many new visitors to the musuem and tells the history in a new and vibrant way.

Source of Additional Funds

Available upon request, grants@mnhs.org

Recipient Board Members
Terri Dinesen,Cathy Anderson, Mary Gillespie, Melanie Gatchell, Doug Bengston, Barb Benson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Granite Falls Historical Society
Street Address
Andrew J. Volstead House Museum, 163 Ninth Avenue
Granite Falls
Zip Code
(320) 894-2692
Administered By
Administered by

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155