The Minnesota Historical Society recently announced 59 recipients of mid-size and large Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants for fiscal year 2012. Mid-size grants are awarded in amounts between $7,001 and $50,000, and large grants for $50,001 or more.
The Isanti County Historical Society received $22,865 for Microform Reader/Printer and Newspaper Microfilm. The Isanti County Historical Society building and a majority of its contents inside the building were destroyed by arson in July 2011.
The grant announcements follow news of the Minnesota Historical Society’s latest report to the governor and legislature detailing all expenditures for 2012 Legacy history projects and programs. The report is now available at mnhs.org/legacy or as a PDF at mnhs.org/2012legacyreport.
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment by the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage.
“This latest group of awards really begins to reach out across disciplines and funding lines to collaborate with arts, library and other groups as the legislature had encouraged. The Historic Resources Advisory Committee that reviews grant proposals keeps such encouragements in mind,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. “In this round of recipients, awards address a great many ways that history makes life in Minnesota so rich, deep and vibrant, from the preservation of historic spaces for arts and low-income housing, to preserving modern experiences that will become history, and fostering films with solid historical content.”