Minnesota's Legacy

History of the Bell Museum + Planetarium (Phase IIA)

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Regents of the University of Minnesota (Bell Museum of Natural History)
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
July 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Available upon request. Contact grants@mnhs.org

Measurable Outcome(s)

The project [Phase IIA] had short, intermediate and long-term goals. The short-term and intermediate goals were successfully achieved. The expected short-term impact stated that 'draft text and illustrations of [10] Museum history stories are compiled and available as building blocks for a future publication'. The progress indicator, "favorable evaluation by external reviewers of readability, historical honesty, and visual intrigue was successfully achieved. The external reviewers both gave very favorable reviews of the project deliverables.

The expected intermediate goal stated that important historical Museum documents are identified for accession into UMN Library archives where they are preserved for posterity and available to all. The progress indicator, historical documents are successfully transferred to the UMN Library archive was successfully achieved. The Bell Museum staff have developed a close working relationship with Dr. Erik Moore, the University of Minnesota Archivist. The project delivered volumes of materials in 38 standard archive boxes, 2 small/medium sized boxes 20 x 16 x 51/2, 1 black box 23 _ x 31 _ x 3, and 2 oversize grey boxes 33 _ x 41 _, x 2 _ to the University of Minnesota Libraries Archive. Final and additional materials will be delivered in Phase IIB of the project.

The project achieved these results because of the quality and dedicated research and writing of the project team members.

The long-term goal will occur in Phase III of the project with the completion of a [book] an illustrated, popular history of the Bell Museum of Natural History
+ Planetarium.

Source of Additional Funds

Available upon request. Contact grants@mnhs.org

Recipient Board Members
Dean E. Johnson (Chair), David J. McMillan, Thomas J. Anderson, Richard B. Beeson, Laura M. Brod, Linda A. Cohen, Thomas W. Devine, Michael D. Hsu, Peggy E. Lucas, Abfdul M. Omari, Darrin M. Rosha, and Patricia S. Simmons
Project Overview

To hire qualified professionals to edit a manuscript on the history of the Bell Museum and Planetarium.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Regents of the University of Minnesota (Bell Museum of Natural History)
Street Address
450 McNamara Alumni Center (SPA), 200 Oak Street Southeast
Zip Code