Minnesota's Legacy

Acquisition of Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lyon County Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
December 2014
End Date
December 2015
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.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

The Lyon County Historical Society and the Prairieland Genealogical Society wanted a system that was easy to use for staff, volunteers, and museum visitors. The ST ViewScan III System has achieved the easy to use expectation. It is easy to show people how to operate it, print from it, email from it, and so forth. The most received compliment of the system is the size of the monitor that came with it.

The microfilm system was installed at the end of January, 2015. We had an open house for the Prairieland Genealogical Society in April, 2015. From April, 2015 to December, 2015, we have been keeping track of staff and volunteer hours using the microfilm system and visitors' use of the microfilm system. Our goal for staff and volunteer use was set at 30 hours a month. On average, the use came out to be around 22 hours a month. Our goal for visitors' use of the microfilm reader was 20 hours a month. On average, the use by visitors was only around 5 hours a month.

One of our initiatives of acquiring the microfilm system was for visitors to use the system for their own research. We feel we need to market/advertise by getting the word out more that we have the microfilm reader system in our research center and that it is available for public use. Overall, the microfilm system has been a great asset for the Lyon County Museum for research requests and research for exhibits.

Description of Funds
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Source of Additional Funds

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Recipient Board Members
Officers: Neal Ingebrigtson, President; Andrea Hess, Vice President; Kathy Lozinski, Treasurer; Nicole DeBoer, Secretary

Don Swanjord, Georgia Boerboom, John Lenz, and Jan Hansen
Project Overview
To purchase a microfilm reader/printer to broaden public accessibility to microfilmed records.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lyon County Historical Society
Street Address
301 W. Lyon St.
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