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Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,771

A prominent county courthouse, a Depression-era school building, an iconic Modern ice-cream stand, and a Northern Minnesota lakeside overlook are among the diverse sites named to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s 2010 list of the state’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places.

A photographic exhibit featuring the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2010 was created with MHCG funds and displayed at museums, libraries, and other public places statewide throughout the year.

Ramsey
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Chinese American Academic and Professional Association in MN
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,000

To add to the known history of the Chinese experience in Minnesota in the years 1911-2011, the CAAPAM conducted oral history interviews of Chinese Americans to gather information about their memories of immigration and settlement in Minnesota in relation to historical events happening in the homeland after 1970.

The interviewees were chosen to represent diverse periods, backgrounds, lengths of residency and professions.

Washington
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Wabasha Public Library
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,556

In a collaborative effort between the Wabasha Public Library and the Wabasha County Museum the history of the Wabasha area was interpreted in a weekend event focusing on the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux and its impact on the "Half-Breed Tract", a reservation of children of mixed Indian and European ancestry. The 1851 signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux and the resulting settlement and tourism were analyzed through the perspectives of the native Dakota, the Euro-American tourist and the newly arrived settlers from 1851 to 1861.

Wabasha
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1854 Treaty Authority
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,692

To evaluate and survey archaeological resources by the Grand Portage and Bois Forte Tribal Historic Preservation Offices.

St. Louis
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Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,076

779 audiotapes of Senate committee hearings were converted digital format, and a web page was created to access the online versions via the Legislative Web Site.  As a result, complete digital access of committee hearings and floor debates are available for both bodies back to 2004.  Important legislative debate is available to Internet users, regardless of the time of day or their locations.

Ramsey
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Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA)
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,237,000

This funding is for production and acquisiton grants in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 129D.18. The following MPTA stations received funding in FY2010:

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Minnesota Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,720

The Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minnesota Humanities Center hosted a series of listening sessions and posted an online survey to obtain public input on how the Arts and Cultural Heritage funds should be spent. 

Statewide
Recipient
70 Years Project
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$39,000

The Minnesota Historical Society partnered with the 70 Years Project to begin development of a web site that will enable all Minnesotans to again share in the tragedies and triumphs of the 1,345 days of World War II.  The site will feature oral histories from World War II veterans as well as a wartime headline taken from Minnesota newspapers for every day of the war.  The web site will serve as a resource for the general public, as well as for the relatives of the more than 300,000 Minnesotans who fought in the war.

Statewide
Recipient
Northfield Public Library
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,000

With the grant the Northfield Public Library was able to research, write and published a centennial history of the Northfield Carnegie Library entitled "Everlasting Influences:  The Centennial History of the Northfield Carnegie Public Library 1910-2010."

Rice
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Will Steger Foundation
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,000

The Will Steger foundation initiated the documentation of Will Steger's collection of journals, media and images found in a wide variety of formats and locations. A professional archivist was contracted to conduct a basic artifact inventory. The objects were then prioritized for cataloguing and digitization. The collection has been consolidated and the inventory record established. This is phase 1 of 3 for the project; "A Minnesota Hero: Preserving the Will Steger Story".

Hennepin
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Mille Lacs County Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$660

To add 22 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records

Mille Lacs
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Renville County Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,239
To add 157 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records
Renville
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Clearwater County Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$673

Grant was used to purchase 24 microfilm rolls of the local newspapers in Clearwater County and fill in from neighboring counties newspapers.

Clearwater
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White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,232
To add 119 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records.
Ramsey
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Minnesota Genealogical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,994

Minnesota Genealogical Society purchased 147 rolls of microfilm from FamilySearch/GSU. This is their complete collection of county marriage records for Hennepin (1853-1918) and Ramsey (1850-1917).

Dakota
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McLeod County Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,701
To add 63 rolls of microfilmed primary records to broaden public accessibility to primary records.
McLeod
Recipient
Redwood Falls Public Library
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,041

With the grant the Redwood Falls Public Library purchased 122 rolls of microfilm for newspapers published in Redwood County for Belview, Delhi, Lamberton, Lucan and Milroy.

Quote from their final report:

“The very day we added the new microfilm to the genealogy room it was used by an excited patron researching Milroy baseball.  It was a treat to see her delight and to also know that we were meeting her needs as well as the needs of many more to come thanks to the Legacy Grant and its additions to our collection.”

Redwood
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Minnesota State University, Mankato - Library Services
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,691

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant allowed the Library at Minnesota State University, Mankato to acquire 17 new manuscript collections and fill in gaps for 3 additional collections.

The primary mission of the Library at Minnesota State University, Mankato is to support the curriculum of the University, with the secondary mission being to serve as a regional information center for the residents of southern Minnesota.  The Legacy grant made possible the acquisition of Minnesota focused microfilm that will have an enduring value to both the campus and the region.

Blue Earth
Recipient
Kanabec County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$432

With the grant the Kanabec County Historical Society purchased sixteen rolls of microfilm to make current their collection of Kanabec County Times newspaper through 2007 and fill in the missing years of the Grasston Advance for 1920 and 1922.

Kanabec
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Iron Range Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$518

To add 17 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records

St. Louis
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Redwood Falls Public Library
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,540

Redwood Falls Public Library added 140 rolls of microfilms of local newspapers published in Redwood County.

Redwood
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Blue Earth County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,837

Blue Earth County Historical Society added of 126 microfilm reels of the local newspapers: The Free Press, Lake Crystal Tribune, Lake Region Times, Maple River Messenger and The Land magazine.  These additions complete the collection with what is currently available through the Minnesota Historical Society's microfilm lab.

Blue Earth
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Lac qui Parle County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,960

To add 255 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records

Lac qui Parle
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Becker County Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$334
To add 12 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records
Becker
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Freeborn County Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,954
To add 277 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records
Freeborn
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Itasca County Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,303
To add 84 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records in honor of its 60th anniversary
Itasca
Recipient
New Ulm Public Library
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,966

The New Ulm Public Library expanded its microfilm collection to add 258 rolls of microfilmed local newspapers covering most of the 19th and 20th centuries, all of which were absent in their previous collection. This greatly increases free and full access to both researchers and the general public to these primary records.

Brown
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Prairieland Genealogical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,000
To add 275 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to broaden public accessibility to primary records
Lyon
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Dassel Area Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$469

With the grant the Dassel Area Historical Society purchased 17 rolls of microfilm for local newspapers published in Meeker County covering Dassel.

Meeker
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Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,693

Added 28 rolls of microfilm of the Crosby-Ironton Courier newspapers from 1991-2007 to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Crow Wing
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Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,618

126 rolls of microfilmed church records, WPA files, and newspapers were added to the HCSCC collections to broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Clay
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Wilkin County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,789

WCHS purchased 70 rolls of microfilmed newspapers to expand library research resources and broaden public accessibility to primary records.

Wilkin
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Freeborn County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,000

133 microfilmed copies of seven newspapers from the general area were purchased by the Freeborn county Historical society for its research library. The newspapers span the years from 1870 to 2008 and provide a resource for researching family histories, businesses, government agencies, news media and general public infomation.

Freeborn
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St. Cloud State University
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,204

114 rolls of microfilmed newspapers were acquired from the Minnesota Historical Society of seven (7) local St. Cloud newspapers including the St. Cloud State Chronicle. The materials were checked in, cataloged and made available to St. Cloud State library patrons.

Stearns
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Aitkin County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,065

The final thirtyeight (38) rolls of microfilm of Aitkin county newspapers were purchased to complete the collection. The acquisition was noted on the Aitkin Independent Age and on the Aitkin County Historical Society web site.

Aitkin
Recipient
Goodhue County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,325

The Goodhue County Historical Society purchased 61 rolls of microfilm covering recent editions of Cannon Falls, Kenyon and Zumbrota newspapers as well as early editions of the Red Wing newspapers.

Goodhue
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City of Winger
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,900

An Americans With Disabilities Act compliant access ramp was added to the front of the two-room Gosen School/Museum to provide access for all who want to enter. The building, built in 1888, was in operation until 1951. Sometime in the early 1990's it was moved to its present location in the city park. It serves as the museum and education center for the artifacts of the early settlers of Winger and the surrounding area. During the project the original entry door was salvaged, repaired and reinstalled instead of the proposed replica replacement.

Polk
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Fillmore County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$25,940

To broaden public access through an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift in the Fillmore County History Center.

Fillmore
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$215,342

In order to implement its Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) projects, the Minnesota Historical Society hired an ACHF Program Coordinator to oversee the program administration. The Society also made investments to support administration of the grants program and to fund expanded financial management and administrative functions. By carefully managing its costs, the Society has adhered to the legislative mandate that institutions not spend more than 2.5 percent on administrative expenses.

Statewide
Recipient
Talmud Torah of Minneapolis
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,000

To document in 10 interviews the story of Holocaust survivors in Minnesota

Hennepin