Minnesota's Legacy

Plum Creek Library System Legacy Grant SFY 2018 - SFY 2019

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$112,904
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$112,904
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Plum Creek Library System
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2021
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Fund Administration
Grants/Contracts
Preservation
Research
Counties Affected
Cottonwood
Jackson
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Nobles
Pipestone
Redwood
Rock
Cottonwood
Jackson
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Nobles
Pipestone
Redwood
Rock
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2017 Minnesota Special Session Laws, Chapter 91 - HF.No 707, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds must be allocated using the formulas in Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to be distributed to all qualifying systems in an amount proportionate to the number of qualifying system entities in each system. For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying system entity" means a public library, a regional library system, a regional library system headquarters, a county, or an outreach service program. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. These funds must be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2019, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2021.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$112,904
Other Funds Leveraged
$24,568
Direct expenses
$137,473
Administration costs
$20,301
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.5
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of activities, programs, and/or events: 159 
Total participation/attendance: 5,227
Total number of partnerships: 438 

Description of Funds
A STEP BACK IN TIME BUS TRIP
The Jackson County Library System sponsored a one day charter bus trip to Owatonna, Minnesota where they toured the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum, Louis Sullivan designed National Farmer's Bank and the Village of Yesteryear. The library chartered two buses that made stops in the communities of Jackson, Heron Lake and Lakefield to pick up participants from the communities where the three branches of the library lived.

Working through the Owatonna Chamber of Commerce, the tour provided participants a chance to learn about the orphanage and the children who lived there. Many had never heard of the State school and were eager to learn about the local history. Visiting the school as well as the historic National Farmer's Bank and Village of Yesteryear gave the visitors a glimpse into the past in a living history setting. The bus trip is yet one way that the Jackson County Library is seeking to find interesting destinations to provide its patrons, all within the local area.

Seventy people participated in the bus trip, which included people from the Jackson, Heron Lake and Lakefield communities. The Friends of the Library donated bottled water and snacks while local media helped to promote the event through a donation of advertisement.

MINNESOTA'S WILD AND WOOLY PROHIBITION DAY
The Meinders Community Library in Pipestone used their ACHF funding to provide a program that served as one element in a series of programs centered on the Prohibition era. Historian and living history expert Arn Kind brought to life the history of the era.

Library Director Jody Wacker noted that many participants were surprised at the excessive use of alcohol at the turn of the century and what kind of role prohibition and temperance played in the history of lawmaking. "This awareness brought about discussions of the unintended consequences of trying to do the 'right' thing," she said. "Over the course of several weeks, as we continued to host events related to Arn Kind's presentation, community conversations occurred about the tough choices we face in protecting our own interests and families versus following the letter of the law."

The library staff devised an escape room, funded by a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, which was made available to attendees following Arn Kind's presentation. Several participants of the program noted that they remembered the answers to the escape room puzzles from listening to Arn Kind's presentation, and were excited about the connections they had made and the information learned along the way.

The library incorporated this ACHF program as part of a series of programs introducing the broader picture of alcohol use and paired with the community's Coalition on Underage Drinking. The collective programming was so successful that the library had businesses ask about putting on a Roaring 20s mini-escape room for their employees.

Additionally a youngster in the audience was so enthralled with learning about the era that he wrote his competitive speech for the season on prohibition and the choices that people faced. He did extensive research on the subject to make his creative piece as accurate as possible.

As a whole, Arn Kind's program kicked off an avalanche of community conversation around the prohibition era and into the issues we face today. One comment heard, "This program has definitely changed the way I think about some of our current policies. It takes some of the right and wrong, black and white out of the issues and makes them more nuanced and therefor more important to understand." Another comment was, "This issue feels timely. We are currently facing so many tough choices in our legislature that can easily be translated into the 1920s framework. What a cautionary tale that we must heed if we don't want to sway too far either way."

Partnerships for this collaborative program included the Friends of the Library who provided root beer floats, the local media who promoted the program, the Neighborhood Assist Grant that paid for the escape room supplies, Pipestone Area Coalition that worked with students on the history of prohibition, the Pipestone Country that provided space for the escape room, and the school's social studies classes that discussed the topic in classrooms.

LITTLE MINNESOTA IN WORLD WAR II
In the spring of the year, sixteen libraries hosted Jill and Deane Johnson, author of the book, Little Minnesota in World War II. The presentations centered on the book that they wrote honoring 140 of the men from Minnesota's smallest towns who gave their lives for their country during World War II.

Many of the attendees appreciated the opportunity to visit with the authors and to learn about the places and towns that they had researched for their book. At every location the authors talked about servicemen with local connections and that interested many who were at the programs. Most notably, those who attended this program learned about the devastating and lasting affect that the war left on so many of the smallest towns in Minnesota, where one loss of life reverberated loudly.

The in depth research that the presenters performed to write their book was impressive. Not only did they write about each of the featured service me but they included photographs and interviews with surviving family members and that brought their stories to life. There was not an audience member who was left untouched by hearing about these men.

"I am intrigued by the value of our farm boys as enlisted soldiers," one audience member mentioned. A young attendee spoke at length about the information that Jill and Deane Johnson provided as to how to research military records on the internet. All participants appreciated the added element of the accompanying slide show presentation.

In all, 319 people attended the programs that were held in libraries, community centers and city halls. There were numerous partner in-kind contributions that included advertising, refreshments and use of facilities and the program drew in a variety of entities within each community.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2017 Minnesota Special Session Laws, Chapter 91-HF.No 707, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds must be allocated using the formulas in Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to be distributed to all qualifying systems in an amount proportionate to the number of qualifying system entities in each system. For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying system entity" means a public library, a regional library system, a regional library system headquarters, a county, or an outreach service program. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. These funds must be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2019, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2021.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$112,904
Other Funds Leveraged
$3,100
Direct expenses
$31,646
Administration costs
$1,209
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.5 FTE
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects:
Total number of programs and/or events (if different than total number of projects): 70
Total attendance/participation: 2056
Total number of partnerships: 276

Description of Funds
THE WOMEN OF SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA AND THE GREAT WAR - Anita Talsma Gaul
We were pleased to be able to present this unique historical program at the Nobles County Library. Dr. Anita Talsma Gaul, Professor of American History at the Southwest Minnesota University in Marshall, Minnesota, presented a lively and colorful presentation that explored how the women of the Southwest Minnesota region contributed to the war effort during World War I.

Gaul, garbed in authentic period costume, presented information about how women took on roles with the Red Cross, U.S. food Administration's food conservation campaign and nursing facilities as well as other nontraditional gender roles traditionally held by men such as working as field hands, railroad depot agents or in Minnesota's all-­female Home Guard unit. The presenter's energy and zest for history was contagious to all who attended the program.

The library partnered with the Nobles County Historical Society for their program and found it to be both educational and entertaining to attendees of all ages. The cost for the entire program was $173.08 which included the speaker's travel. It is programs such as this that are right in our own territory that mean so much to the library and all who attend them. The library reported that attendees were extremely engaged in the program and offered numerous questions following the presentation. They also showed a keen interest in the subject of World War I and Southwest Minnesota history.
Project Overview

Minnesota's twelve regional library systems, which encompass more than 350 public libraries in all areas of the state, can benefit from a portion of the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Through State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, each regional library system is eligible to receive a formula-driven allocation from the annual $2.5 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in southwestern Minnesota. PCLS has twenty-five member public libraries located in nine counties: Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock. With Arts and Cultural Heritage funds, PCLS and its member libraries present an array of arts, cultural, literary, and Minnesota history programs in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, historical societies, and community organizations. Projects contribute to the cultural vitality of the region and build a lasting legacy.

Project Manager
First Name
Jim
Last Name
Trojanowski
Organization Name
Plum Creek Library System
Street Address
290 S. Lake Street, P.O. Box 697
City
Worthington
State
MN
Zip Code
56187-0697
Phone
(507) 376-5803
Email
jtrojanowski@plumcreeklibrary.net