Living Legends of Cottonwood County - Competitive Award

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Cottonwood County Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2015
End Date
January 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The 11th Grade English and Social Studies students of Windom Area High School (WAHS), the Cottonwood County Historical Society (CCHS), and the American Legion (AL) Post #206 developed a project centered on collecting the experiences of living war Veterans by interviewing, writing, publishing in book format, and promoting the stories of Veterans from CC who have served in the military.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
2015 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$300,000 the first year is for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of MinnesotaThe Minnesota Humanities Center shall operate a competitive grants program to provide grants for programs, including but not limited to: music, film, television, radio, recreation, or the design and use of public spaces that preserves and honors the cultural heritage of Minnesota. Grants made under this paragraph must not be used for travel costs inside or outside of the state.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Students in both English and Social Studies will have to meet the “Proficient” Level for each MN Education Standard listed in the Project Goals. Each of the MN Education Standards will be measured by either the English 11 Teacher, Lisa Letcher, or the Social Studies 11 Teacher, Sheryl Hanefeld. Both English 11 and Social Studies 11 will be using the LLCC Project as their Summative Assessment.What will change is the focus of meeting the selected MN English and Social Studies Standards into the timeline submitted above. The focus in World History will be adjusted to go from the perspective of global awareness to local awareness; both of which are relevant to understanding the world today. Also, the focus will be more on the importance of sustaining history, the importance of understanding the lives of people and what has been sacrificed to help our country maintain its freedoms in relation to the world.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The 11th grade students at Windom Area High School (app. 50 students) interviewed app. 50 veterans from Windom, Westbrook, Jeffers, Mt. Lake, and Storden areas, and wrote their stories for publication. The families of both students and veterans were involved as were school officials, various veteran organizations, county-wide public libraries and the personnel and board at CCHS.The story about the grant and publication and distribution of the book were described in the Cottonwood County Citizen (newspaper) 3-4 times, the Westbrook Sentinel (newspaper) 1 time, and KEYC TV (Mankato TV station) 2 times.Book purchases were made inside and outside of county including by CCHS (225 books to be sold to public) and by a social studies teacher (30 to be used in classroom). Books will also be available for sale at Sons of Norway events and other events.  

Recipient Board Members
Thomas Wickie: President; Damon Weinandt: 1st Vice President; Sharon Diemer: 2nd Vice President; Margaret McDonald: Treasurer; Janelle Kaye: Secretary; Wesley Bakker: 1st Com. District; Doug Jacobson: 2nd Com. District; Marilyn Wahl: 3rd Com. District; Dallas Giese: 4th Com. District; Esther Buller: 5th Com. District; Kevin Stevens: Com. Liaison
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cottonwood County Historical Society
Street Address
812 4th Ave
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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