Backward Glances Book

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Stephen
Start Date
December 2010
End Date
June 2011
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
Appropriation Language

(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated 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. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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Project Overview

The book, "Backward Glances" by Lawrence Sunsdahl (1982), about the history of Stephen, Minnesota was updated and republished. It is a collection of articles printed in newspapers and periodicals over a twenty-two year period (1989-2010) about the area and its residents. The author, a lifelong resident of Stephen, had compiled information gathered from newspapers, microfilm and personal contacts.

A book committee facilitated the updating project by locating old articles and photographs, editing the copy and satisfying copyright issues. The updated books were marketed in newspaper articles and by letters to local school alumni. Some books have been donated to area schools, libraries and museums. The remainder are for sale through the Old Home Town Museum.

Project Details
To republish and update "Backward Glances" (1982), the definitive history of the Stephen area by Lawrence Sunsdahl
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Old Home Town Museum, PO Box 593
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