MN African American Museum Exhibit

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota African American Museum & Cultural Center
Start Date
October 2010
End Date
June 2011
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The MAAMCC created a pilot project that teaches students about the lives and times of noteworthy African American Minnesotans and their contributions to Minnesota and the Nation. The traveling exhibit, called Trunk-It (a museum without walls), presents an actor/docent with a trunk of history props, activities to perform and a story to tell of a Minnesota African American pioneer to elementary age students. Eight pioneers have been identified through research and have been chosen to be portrayed in a Trunk-It exhibit. Currently, two trunks have been completed: Emily O. Goodrich-Grey and Frederick McKinney "Casey" Jones. All eight trunks will become part of a permanent exhibition. The project's ultimate goal, to communicate historical concepts and persoanl inspiration to children, has been very well met.

Project Details
To hire a qualified historian to research and draft a traveling exhibit on African Americans in Minnesota
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
Appropriation Language

(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.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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Street Address
1700 3rd Ave. S
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155