Celebrating 150 Years of Cass Gilbert
(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.
The Cass Gilbert Society website was expanded and upgraded with special emphasis on the buildings and other works of Cass Gilbert. Previously the site featured 40 works. That number has been doubled to 80 works. All are illustrated with historic and/or contemporary photographs. All are linked to published references and/or online resources. A major innovation was the development and incorporation of a searchable database for the featured works. As more featured works are added, they will be incorporated into the searchable database.
The Cass Gilbert Society prepared a portable exhibition consisting of 22 display boards that was installed in the Minnesota State Capitol in honor of the the 150th anniversary of Cass Gilbert's birth. It featured a wide variety of Gilbert's works. The exhibition has been doubled in size, with an additional 20 buildings, displayed in a format that continues the one developed last year. The newly enlarged exhibit was displayed at the Minnesota AlA Convention and Product Expo in the November 2010 and will continue to be available for display in other settings and venues.