Acquire Microfilm Scanner & Computer

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Beltrami County Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
December 2015
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants.
Appropriation Language

Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. $5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

Our aim for this project was to improve access to our research resources and give staff and volunteers better tools to complete research for visitors, exhibits, and programs. The installation of the new ST ViewScan III microfilm scanner achieved these goals for us. We now offer access to our microfilmed newspapers using the scanner. Visitors, staff, and volunteers can now save newspaper records electronically and print them on our printers and copiers with better clarity. As an example, within a week of receiving the new microfilm scanner, we fulfilled a research request with the new scanner and were able to e-mail a clear and readable PDF copy of an obituary to the researcher because of this project. Moreover, the project allows us to start indexing newspapers to make more local history more readily available to the public.

Description of Funds
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Source of Additional Funds

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Recipient Board Members
Sharon Geisen, Steve Caron, Linda L. Lemmer, Andy Mack, Sue Bruns, Jim Aakhus
Project Overview
To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to broaden public accessibility to microfilmed records.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Beltrami County Historical Society
Street Address
130 Minnesota Avenue SW
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Minnesota Historical Society Governing Board: William R. Stoeri, President Missy S. Thompson, Vice President Ruth Huss, Vice President D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer Suzanne Blue Brenda J. Child Robert Bruininks Judith S. Corson D. Stephen Elliott Phyllis Rawls Goff William D. Green David R. Hakensen Ruth S. Huss Martha Kaemmer Dennis L. Lamkin David M. Larson Charles Mahar Dean M. Nelson Elizabeth M. Nordlie Dennis Nguyen Peter R. Reis Hussein Samatar Simon Stevens Susan Kenny Stevens William R. Stoeri Karen Wilson Thissen Missy Staples Thompson Eleanor Winston Ex-Officio: Mark Dayton, Governor Yvonne Prattner Solon Lieutenant Governor Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State Lori Swanson, Attorney General Rebecca Otto, State Auditor