Civil War Programs at the Minnesota State Capitol

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4 (b) (6) Historic Recognition Grants Program
Appropriation Language

$275,000 the first year and $275,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants for projects carried out by nonprofit organizations or public entities that preserve, recognize, and promote the historic legacy of Minnesota, with a focus on commemoration of Minnesota's role in the American Civil War. The Minnesota Historical Society shall work collaboratively with the Governor's Civil War Commemorative Task Force to determine project priorities. Funds may be used for projects administered or delivered by the Minnesota Historical Society in cooperation with the task force.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

People will leave with a better understanding of Minnesota's involvement in the Civil War and why the Capitol evolved into the premier place in the state to remember what that generation of men and women did for the state and nation. The video will provide background info. and provide a platform for asking questions or conversation during a guided tour or school program experience in the Capitol. The printed material in the form of the booklets can not only be used during the visit but be referred to at a later date, passed on to another interested person, or have as keepsake.

Project Overview
As the Minnesota State Capitol reopens after several years of restoration work, MNHS plans to offer new programs exploring the Civil War at the Capitol. During this project, an introductory video will be created for school programs and public theme tours that provide background information about Minnesota's involvement in the Civil War and how that influenced the placement of artifacts, art and memorials in the Capitol. In particular, the video will focus on the Governor's Reception Room Civil War paintings, battle flags, statues and memorial plaques in the rotunda. MNHS will also create a comprehensive booklet for the general public on the 48 Civil War battle flags displayed in the rotunda and an overview of recent conservation work. A self-guided booklet will also be created to feature all the Civil War artifacts, art and memorials displayed in the Capitol.
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Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
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