Minnesota's Legacy

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Recipient
Funding is awarded to projects selected by the evaluation committee. This is a competitive process.
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$662,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$663,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$787,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$788,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
Fund Source

The  goals of the program are to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural conservation practices, identify underlying processes that affect water quality, and develop technologies to target critical areas of the landscape. Funded projects provide current and accurate scientific data on the environmental impacts of agricultural practices and help to develop or revise agricultural practices that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining farm profitability.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$65,612
Partners: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU), University of Minnesota (U of M), Minneapolis Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools Through this program, partners are extending the reach of National History Day in Minnesota. MNHS professional staff members coordinate school services with an emphasis on support for students from diverse backgrounds. Higher education partnerships help build college readiness skills for middle and high school students and strengthen the mentoring skills of Minnesota college students.
Ramsey
Hennepin
Clay
Stearns
Recipient
Migizi Communications
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$37,625

The short term goal of this project is to develop a K-3rd grade Ojibwe language CORE curriculum and a K-3rd Dakota language CORE curriculum designed for use in an immersion setting. Additionally, twenty five Ojibwe and Dakota Elders Speakers will be engaged in the development of the curriculum

Hennepin
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$51,788
MNHS exhibitions are supported by diverse programming that complements the content of the exhibitions. These additional programs augment and promote the rich stories of Minnesota's history. In FY16, programs included lectures, musical performances, hands-on family activities, and other events. In particular, three exhibitions
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$62,465
In the third year of this project, MNHS staff continued to inventory and rehouse archaeological collections from Historic Fort Snelling. As part of MNHS involvement with the University of Minnesota's Heritage Collaborative, student interns spent the 2015 fall semester assisting project staff with inventory and research. Artifact data was shared with University faculty for use in their courses. To date, over 98,000 catalog records have been created, describing more than 180,000 artifacts recovered during archaeological excavations at Historic Fort Snelling.
Hennepin
Dakota
Ramsey
Recipient
Science Museum of Minnesota
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

Overall Project Outcome and Results

Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carver
Chippewa
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$70,716
The Minnesota Historical Society introduced the Legacy Research Fellowship program in FY13 to add to the body of knowledge and interpretation of Minnesota's history (pre- and post-statehood). The first seven fellows completed their work in FY15. The second class of four fellows was named in December 2014 and will work on their projects in the Gale Family Library in 2015.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$49,307
MNHS and regional public libraries across Minnesota are combining resources to educate, entertain, and build community among library patrons in the state. Libraries and MNHS are bringing a range of programs and events to local libraries that document and preserve community stories for future generations, educate people of all ages about the history of Minnesota and its people, and make high quality history programming accessible to all Minnesotans. More than 60 programs were presented in dozens of communities around the state, including:
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$98,022
The Minnesota Historical Society is deeply engaged in cultivating meaningful relationships with adult audiences as lifelong learners, members, donors, volunteers, and supporters. In FY16, MNHS continued to build the organization's capacity for using skilled volunteers through staff trainings, creating new programs, and a thorough evaluation of programs targeted at adult audiences. New initiatives: Fifty-eight new skilled volunteer positions were added, contributing 4,700 volunteer hours.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,503
The Minnesota Main Street program is a proven, comprehensive strategy that helps communities create new jobs and businesses while revitalizing buildings and preserving their historic downtowns. MNHS's Heritage Preservation department works with the partners listed above to implement Minnesota Main Street, which provides the tools, training, information, and networking that communities need to revitalize their business districts. There are currently seven Minnesota Main Street designated communities: Faribault, New Ulm, Owatonna, Red Wing, Shakopee, Willmar, and Winona.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,050
The MNHS Indian Advisory Committee (IAC) is made up of tribally appointed representatives of the 11 Minnesota tribes, as well as representatives of key groups, such as educators. IAC advises on planning, developing, and evaluating MNHS activities and initiatives including exhibitions, publications, public programs, and curatorial policy as they relate to the research, collection, preservation, and interpretation of Minnesota and American Indian history in Minnesota.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$428,427
MNopedia (www.mnopedia.org) is a free, reliable, award-winning online encyclopedia of Minnesota, created and managed by the Minnesota Historical Society. MNopedia authors, many of whom are volunteer specialists, create rich entry packages, including text, multimedia and bibliographic resources that tell the stories of their communities and our state. New articles are published weekly. This unique resource, written and designed for use by general audiences as well as teachers and students, provides easy access to the shared history of all Minnesotans.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$181,590
MNopedia is an award-winning online encyclopedia of Minnesota created by MNHS, designed for use by a general audience, teachers, and students. In 2015, the MNopedia library grew to include essays on Hmong, African American, and Jewish history, and articles on topics as diverse as Minnesota in World War I, immigration to the Iron Range, Dayton's department store, and the Grange in Minnesota. A new feature, This Day in Minnesota History, a Minnesota book of days, was added.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,878
MNHS continues to build a culture of evaluation. An evaluation manager leads institutional evaluation capacity building, as well as provides technical assistance and support to staff who evaluate ACHF projects and programs. An evaluation associate in the Education and Lifelong Learning Division facilitates evaluation efforts specifically in K-12 education and public programs. Three interns and numerous volunteers continue to support evaluation work.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$916,170
The Minnesota Historical Society continues to raise awareness of its Legacy projects and programs through a comprehensive communications strategy. The strategy is aimed at ensuring that Minnesotans are informed of MNHS programs and therefore have the information necessary to visit our historic sites and museums, engage in our website, use our many services, and learn about the history of our state.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$489,663
MNHS staff created communication strategies and promotional materials for Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) history projects, programs, and grants, including media kits for grant recipients. 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
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$40,362
MNHS continued the Legacy Research Fellowships program in FY15 with a productive second year of adding to the body of knowledge and interpretation of Minnesota's pre- and post-statehood history. Four scholars were selected as research fellows. Three scholars received $5,000 awards and one received a $1,000 award. The Legacy Research Fellows used the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center to research their topics, which included:
Statewide
Recipient
American Indian Family Center
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,000

The language and cultural needs of the American Indian community in the Twin Cities urban area are high. Additionally, the urban area has Dakota and Ojibwe tribal members, as well as, other tribal members.

Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$45,078
MNHS and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation are increasing awareness and knowledge of Minnesota history by providing quality programming for visitors to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. In 2015, the partners added new visual and written content for the Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour brochure. Audio and visual content was available with the smartphone tour component, and staff presented audio/visual content via social media throughout the fair. Some 40,000 brochures were distributed throughout the fairgrounds during the run of the fair.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
The Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites focuses on tangible aspects of Minnesota's cultural heritage including historic places, archaeological sites, places with spiritual and traditional importance, and cultural landscapes. The survey focuses on the identification and evaluation of these places in order to improve their management and enhance their interpretation.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$290,200
The Legislature created the Statewide Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites to provide opportunities to expand our understanding of historic and archaeological sites statewide. Projects are defined by an oversight board and are conducted through competitive-bid contracts.
Statewide
Recipient
Science Museum of Minnesota-St. Croix Watershed Research Station
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Fund Source

This project will apply the Sunrise River watershed computer model generated under previous projects to selected scenarios of land-cover and land-management changes. The watershed model calibrated to conditions in the late 1990s will form the initial baseline against which all other model runs will be contrasted. Scenarios to be run will include changes in future land cover, agricultural practices, urban practices, and natural resource management.

Washington
Isanti
Chisago
Anoka
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,779
MNHS continues to strive for environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the fifth year of its sustainability program. Staff and visitors are engaged with sustainability through the project's "More for the Mission" campaign. Recent energy-efficiency projects within our facilities have allowed us to achieve the five-year goal of 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$168,009
MNHS continues to strive for environmental, economic and social sustainability in its sustainability program. To pinpoint opportunities for ongoing progress, the sustainability program will harmonize a broader range of institutional needs and objectives. The program will establish integrated, continuous, electronic reporting that unites environmental, social and economic risk analysis. This reporting will be used to further reduce our environmental impact and improve the sustainability of our operations as a whole.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,437
The Together in Time project meets the needs of a diverse, aging population by empowering them as lifelong learners, encouraging them to tell stories, and by supporting their caregivers in carrying out their essential roles. Core elements of the program include leading programs in multiple locations for those with memory loss and their caregivers and working on tools such as a mobile app to show objects from MNHS's collections in order to spark conversations.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,288
This mobile tour offers intriguing stories and reflections about historic sites along the Minnesota River Valley, the people who lived there and the lasting impact of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The tour can be accessed by calling 888-601-3010 from any location. A travel guide that includes a map of the mobile tour can be downloaded at www.usdakotawar.org/mobiletour. In FYs14 and 15, improvements were made to the media-rich smartphone version, tour wayfinding was enhanced and additional promotion occurred..
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$296,250
MNHS continues to focus on broadening access to many of its Legacy-funded programs through the Internet. This funding supports the web development professionals who plan, build, and implement digital components that are part of many Legacy-funded history projects and helps pay for Web hosting to make these projects accessible to people in Minnesota and beyond. MNHS also uses the web to report on its use of Legacy funds at legacy.mnhs.org and for the public to apply for Legacy grant funds at legacy.mnhs.org/grants.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$82,578
MNHS partners with diverse organizations to create in-depth, meaningful learning experiences for young people that help them develop career and life skills. One example is the Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Program.
Hennepin
Ramsey