Minnesota's Legacy

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2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,568,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,520,960

Per Minnesota Law, 1st Special Session, 2015, Chapter 2, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 6 (e). $1,600,000 each year is appropriated for a grant to the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations for production and acquisition grants in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.19. Ampers website: www.ampers.org KAXE, 91.7 FM - Grand Rapids KBEM, 88.5 FM - Minneapolis KBXE, 90.5 FM - Bagley/Bemidji KBFT, 89.9 FM - Nett Lake KFAI, 90.3 FM/106.7 FM - Minneapolis/St.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,568,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,552,960

Minnesota Public Radio is the state's largest cultural organization, providing 96 percent of the population with free access to some of the best broadcast cultural programming in the world.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,626,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,626,000

This funding is for grants to the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA) for production and acquisition grants accordance to Minnesota Statutes. MPTA Member stations are:KSMQ Public Television, AustinKAWE Lakeland Public Television, Brainered/BemidjiKTCA Twin Cities Public Television, Saint PaulKWCM Pioneer Public Television, AppletonKFME Prairie Public Television, Moorhead/CrookstonWDSE Public Television, Duluth

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$588,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$588,000

This funding will improve the Science Museum's collection of artifacts representing Minnesota's cultural heritage and create new forms of statewide cultural heritage educational opportunities for audiences of all ages.

Recipient
Minnesota State Band
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,800
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,800

The Minnesota State Band is the Official Band of the State of Minnesota and has been in existence for 118 years (since 1898). The band is the only remaining State Band in the United States. This grant funds two out-state band tours and enables the Band to partner with school and/or community music groups to promote music and the arts around the state of Minnesota.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,000

The project "Minnesota's Youth Outdoors" expands on place-based educational opportunities for under-served youth throughout Minnesota. This project engages an additional 6,000 underserved Minnesota youth. Wilderness Inquiry partners with public, charter, and private schools to participate in experiential learning throughout greater Minnesota.

Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,000
MNHS Press will publish a book showcasing MNHS' extensive collections of bandolier bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes. The book will include a tour of Minnesota's seven Ojibwe reservations, showing bags associated with each area, and profiles of master beadworkers who provide personal insights into the work.
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Recipient
Arrowhead Library System
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$190,723
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$184,244

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 $2.2 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Arrowhead Library System (ALS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in northeastern Minnesota.

Carlton
Cook
Itasca
Koochiching
Lake
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,000
This partnership is designed to develop the capacity of history professionals across the state to serve local communities. This year high-quality best practices were shared around the state through the distribution of an improved periodic publication, a conference in Willmar (with almost a 20 percent increase in participation), new pilot affinity group meetings and informal learning opportunities.
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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$90,000
MNHS is developing an online database to identify the burial sites of Minnesota's Civil War veterans. When complete, this database will be available to the general public and serve as an aid to descendants, authors, educators and researchers.
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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,255
In FY16, MNHS began to create a website for teachers to access educational materials and content related to the Civil War. Research was completed and Civil War-related materials were gathered for the website, including 120 primary sources with background information, Minnesota History magazine articles, videos and programs. Teacher testing will inform design and content modifications in advance of a spring 2017 launch.
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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,000
As the Minnesota State Capitol reopens after several years of restoration work, MNHS plans to offer new programs exploring the Civil War at the Capitol. During this project, an introductory video will be created for school programs and public theme tours that provide background information about Minnesota's involvement in the Civil War and how that influenced the placement of artifacts, art and memorials in the Capitol.
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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,797
MNHS continues actively preserving and making accessible newspapers published in the state. In FY16, MNHS concentrated efforts on the backlog of hardcopy newspapers, piloting an approach to microfilming and digitizing issues in mass quantity to reduce the physical storage burden and increase access for researchers and local historical societies. MNHS also began testing in-house digitization of current newspapers, securing equipment and developing processes and staff expertise to support this activity. Online access continues to be offered through the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,250
Minnesota History magazine will commission four articles on topics that contribute to MNHS' diversity and inclusiveness strategic priority. Topics will illuminate the historical experiences of people and communities who are currently underrepresented in the pages of Minnesota History. Efforts will be made to find diverse authors for the articles, which could include writers of color or writers from disabled, LGBTQ, religious minority or other underrepresented communities.
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Recipient
East Central Regional Library
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$95,061
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$91,859

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 $2.2 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. East Central Regional Library (ECRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in east central Minnesota.

Aitkin
Chisago
Isanti
Kanabec
Mille Lacs
Pine
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$106,754
This exhibit about the iconic Minneapolis club, First Avenue, will explore the 1980s when the club was at its peak as a trailblazing venue that put Minnesota music on the map. For four decades, the First Avenue has been a launching pad for local talent like Prince, The Replacements and Husker Du and a place national touring acts loved to play. It booked African American rock, soul and hip-hop artists unable to get gigs at other downtown venues, and it fostered a growing punk, hardcore and indie rock scene.
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Recipient
Great River Regional Library
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$183,129
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$177,552

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 $2.2 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in central Minnesota.

Benton
Morrison
Sherburne
Stearns
Todd
Wright
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$491,300
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a national traveling exhibit produced by the Pro Football Hall of Fame of Canton, Ohio. On display just as the new U.S. Bank Stadium opened, the exhibit featured a "Hometown Tribute" to the Minnesota Vikings with additional items from the MNHS collections related to Minnesota's football history.
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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000
Through a competitive process, the Heritage Partnership Program awards grants to historical organizations statewide to support programs that will build the capacity of partnering organizations to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural resources. The program supports the creation and development of sustainable, history-based partnerships throughout the state.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$184,004
To coincide with the centennial of the United States entry into World War I, MNHS is developing a series of public programs, school programs, publications and online resources to increase awareness and understanding of the World War I era and its enduring legacy for Minnesota. Outreach to veterans communities and the active military is underway. An intensive series of public programs for lifelong learners was held in fall 2016.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$388,458
The Historic Recognition Grant program is designed to preserve, recognize and promote the historic legacy of Minnesota, with a focus on commemoration of Minnesota's role in the U.S. Civil War. MNHS, through a onetime competitive process, awarded nine grants to eight history-minded organizations in eight counties. The Historic Recognition Grants Program grants are based on project priorities delineated by the Governor's Civil War Commemoration Task Force.
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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$186,617
The award-winning History Live! program served more than 8,400 students in FY16, bringing the total number of students served since the program's launch to more than 37,000. In FY17, the Interactive Video Conferencing studio was updated to incorporate new technologies, reduce costs and meet customer needs. History Live! is working in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council to launch a new lesson that integrates student use of handheld technology with the interactive program.
Statewide
Recipient
Kitchigami Regional Library
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$91,281

Minnesota’s 12 regional public library systems, which encompass 350 public libraries in all areas of the state, 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 public library system receives a formula-driven allocation from the annual $2.2 million Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant.Kitchigami Regional Library (KRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in north central Minnesota.

Beltrami
Cass
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Wadena

Daily language segments that are designed to teach and preserve the Ojibwe language. Segments will be directed towards beginning and intermediate levels and will focus on vocabulary and sentence formation. These segments will introduce, reinforce and maintain a pathway to revitalization, preserving and historically archiving the language as spoken on the White Earth Reservation

Recipient
Lake Agassiz Regional Library
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$94,088
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$91,216

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 $2.2 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is a consolidated regional public library system in northwestern Minnesota.

Becker
Clay
Clearwater
Mahnomen
Norman
Polk
Wilkin
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$70,000
As a strategic document, the Legacy Strategic Agenda (LSA) has four goals that build on achievements realized during the first five years of Legacy funding. Over the next four years, the LSA strategic priorities in education, grants, partnerships and unfamiliar stories will be acted on, measured and sustained at the community level. A dedicated LSA Collaborative representing a cross-section of the history community meets quarterly around the state to guide the work of LSA Priority Action Teams and to share successes.
Morrison
Otter Tail
Goodhue
Hennepin
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,747
MNHS continues its collaboration with Macalester College and the Somali community. Working closely with the Somali Museum of Minnesota, interviewer Ibrahim Hirsi began conducting eight final interviews for a Somali oral history project. Plans for FY17 include the completion of the project, which now consists of 57 interviews with Somali immigrants in Minnesota.
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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$291,000
The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is a statewide, multi-institutional collaboration that supports discovery, education and personal enrichment through digitization of and access to the rich historical resources of the state's public and academic libraries, archives, museums and historical societies, while also preserving these resources for future generations. MDL partnered with: * 180+ organizations through Minnesota Reflections, a premier searchable, online collection of primary source materials of more than 51,000 photos, maps, journals, letters, works of art and more. * In association w
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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$214,328
MNopedia is an award-winning online encyclopedia of Minnesota created by MNHS, designed for use by a general audience, teachers and students. In 2016, MNopedia added many new essays covering everything from the history of Northwest Airlines to American Indian boarding schools. MNopedia also surpassed 500 articles and 1.5 million page views on its website this year. Since the project launched in 2011, the website has had 408,123 unique visitors.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,687
Legacy funds support 2.5 full-time multimedia positions, along with materials and services to produce video, audio and other multimedia content for education, interpretive and exhibit programs across MNHS. This content is also used to inform the public about these MNHS programs.
Statewide
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,250
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$53,500

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 $2.2 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Northwest Regional Library System (NRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in upper northwest Minnesota.

Kittson
Marshall
Pennington
Red Lake
Roseau
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$81,141
The Oral History office worked with the Department of Inclusion and Community Engagement on an oral history project related to the History Center's 2015 exhibit Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. Interviewer Mica Anders-Turner completed 10 interviews to complement the exhibit. Plans for FY17 include seven interviews focused on African American cabin- and resort-owners at Lake Adney (Crow Wing County), and working with the nonprofit Oromo Community of Minnesota to document the stories of Oromo immigrants, an Ethiopian ethnic group.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,195
MNHS Press will publish a book on the 120-year history of the Minnesota State Capitol and its role as the heart of civic life in the state, a place for celebrations, demonstrations, arguments and accomplishments. The book will include stories of its construction and restoration, fine art and furnishings, laborers and craftspeople, and politics and lifestyles within our "house of democracy."
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$195,000
Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic expression and social justice. The 2016-2017 season marks Penumbra's 40th anniversary, and MNHS is developing an exhibit on the theater's rich history and legacy, in partnership with Penumbra and the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections.
Statewide
Recipient
Pioneerland Library System
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$117,126
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$113,127

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 $2.2 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Pioneerland Library System (PLS) is a consolidated regional public library system in west central Minnesota.

Big Stone
Chippewa
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
McLeod
Meeker
Renville
Swift
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Plum Creek Library System
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,969
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$97,912

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 $2.2 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.

Cottonwood
Jackson
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Nobles
Pipestone
Redwood
Rock
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$522,296
MNHS staff created communication strategies and promotional materials for Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund history projects, program, and grants, including media kits for grant recipients and the creation of the annual report. Increasing public awareness of ACHF investments will ensure that students, teachers and the general public will use and benefit from them.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
In FY17, MNHS will launch a new records search to make it easier for library patrons to access birth, death, veterans grave and state census records. The new search tool launched in beta in December 2016, and user feedback is being collected. Site enhancements will be made in the second half of the fiscal year.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$48,435
MNHS awarded seven research fellowships for the third year of the Legacy Research Fellowships program in FY16. Four scholars received $5,000 awards and three received $1,000 awards. The fellows used resources from the Gale Family Library to explore a wide range of Minnesota history topics including: * A review of Minnesota's development and Indian lands * Visual arts in Minnesota * Forts in Minnesota after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 * Minnesota reflections on World War I The fourth class of scholars was selected in November 2016 and begin work in January 2017.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$151,601
MNHS cares for more than 100,000 cubic feet of hard-copy government records and manuscript collections dating from the territorial period to the present. To access the vast majority of these holdings, researchers must currently visit the History Center or make other special arrangements. In FY16, MNHS began piloting small projects to develop and test workflow and to identify and plan equipment and space needs. In FY17, MNHS will add staff to begin responding to patron requests for manuscript and state archives digitization in advance of a full rollout of the scan-on-demand process next year.
Statewide