Minnesota's Heritage: Back to the Sources, Phase I
(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 grant assisted in creating the initial issue of a scholarly journal, Minnesota's Heritage.
The overall goal of the journal is to provide to a broad spectrum of interested persons (including students and scholars) core information on the development of the state of Minnesota, with emphasis on the broad Minnesota River valley, based on objective, thorough research and analysis of a wide variety of resources and points of view. Each issue will include illustrations, maps, citations for the sources, biographies, and even tourist information about the areas covered. While the early issues will focus on the Dakota Conflict of 1862, its prelude and aftermath, the potential for extending that focus exists beyond that watershed event. This phase is intended to lay the foundation for the publication to become self-supporting by 2012 though the development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan.