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  May 4, 2022

Heritage Preservation Grants

Spotlighted Project: First Congregational Church Gothic Windows Restoration
The First Congregational Church is a historic church building in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN, built in 1886. It is constructed of red sandstone in Gothic-Romanesque style, featuring round-arched windows. After more than 100 years the windows needed restoration to bring them back to their former glory. The condition of the windows was first assessed in 2005 as part of an extensive conditions assessment. This grant-funded the restoration and reinstallation of five upper-level Gothic Revival Art Glass windows on the east wall of the Sanctuary. The windows' quality is an important feature of significant enduring value.
Recipient: First Congregational Church of Minnesota - United Church of Christ
Funded amount: $63,157
Project details

Large Grant Deadline
Pre-applications for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants large grant round (requests over $10,000) will be due Friday, May 20, 2022. This is a required part of the large grant application process. Contact the Grants Office with questions.

TOMORROW: May Grants Open House
May 5
- Online: The Grants Office will hold a virtual Grants Office Open House using Google Meet from 2 to 3:30 pm in order to provide support to our community in this time of social distancing. We encourage people to RSVP to Gillian by email with a short summary of what you want to talk about and she will try to ensure that someone helpful will be available.
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From the Blog

This week's blog post is from Cokato Historical Society. Have a blog? Let us know!

Photo showing run down brick house like structure with a small stoop at the top of stairs.  Built out structure attached to lower level in front.

Butter Bandits Escape by a Thin "Margarine"
What thief doesn’t get twitchy fingers when they come across golden bars...of butter that is. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, gangs of butter thieves robbed Minnesota and Iowa creameries and stole their transport vehicles. Creameries that provided butter for companies, such as Land O’ Lakes, had the leverage of the companies offering large rewards for catching the thieves. The Cokato Enterprise reported in a January 19, 1928, article that “Land O’ Lakes Creameries, Inc has been instrumental in securing the conviction of three different gangs of butter thieves, all of whom are now serving time in the Stillwater penitentiary.” Read more »

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From the Tube

This week's video is from American Swedish Institute. Have a video channel or podcast? Let us know!

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ASI Stonework Restoration 2022
ASI has begun a major project to restore the Turnblad Mansion and Carriage House. One of the first projects is restoring portions of the iconic stonework to their original state. Learn how Northern Stone Carving's work honors the original stone carver’s craftmanship and ensures the building remains an asset for the community for generations to come.
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Do History Here

May Day Parade Marchers: Working people of Minneapolis marched through downtown Minneapolis to Parade Stadium on May Day. Banner in middle of parade saying: FOR A UNITED LABOR MOVEMENT

Image used by permission from the Hennepin County Library.

Be sure to check with each organization for COVID-19 updates and safety measures for in-person events.

Exhibit: New Exhibit Commemorates 50th Anniversary of First Desegregation Effort by Mpls School District
Now Open
- Minneapolis: Hennepin History Museum - The exhibit, "Separate Not Equal: The Hale-Field Pairing," pays tribute to the parents and educators who fought for desegregation and discusses the legal precedents and landmark rulings that led up to the 1971 pairing. It examines both community support and opposition and discusses the racial boundaries in South Minneapolis. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, May 14, from 10 am to 2 pm. Learn more »

Event: Fabric of Winona Murals Unveiling
May 5
- Winona: Winona County History Center - Murals for the History Center will be celebrated in the parking lot just off the Fourth Street side of the building. Each of the three panels focuses on celebrating cultures and traditions and similarities and differences among community members. For more information call 507-454-2723.

Presentation: Reimagining Olson Memorial Highway
May 5
- Minneapolis: 6 to 7:30 pm. Hennepin History Museum - Olson Memorial Highway has a uniquely devastating history, as the construction of the highway was at the expense of a thriving Black cultural corridor along 6th Avenue N that was home to dozens of shops, businesses, and music venues. Researchers will share the history and then discuss what returning the land to the community and restoring the corridor might look like. Cost: Pay as you can. Learn more »

Workshop: Self-Made - An Art Workshop  
May 7
- Minneapolis: 11 am to 2 pm. Hennepin History Museum - Place and boundaries define how we move through life. Throughout Minneapolis, there are boundaries, both visible and invisible. But how do they affect our daily lives and understanding of ourselves? We’re asking teens and young adults to join local artist Zamara Cuyún, for an art workshop centering on self-identity. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Presentation: Bringing historical outfits to life - Textile Conservation and Costuming
May 10
- Stillwater: 7 to 8:30 pm. Washington County Heritage Center - Learn about what a textile conservator does, how to mount a costume, mannequin types, accessories, and all the little touches that help bring a costume to life in an exhibit. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Presentation: The Archaeology of Brewing
May 12
- Golden Valley: 7 pm. Golden Valley Historical Society - Hear about the hidden and largely forgotten history and remains of three breweries researched and brought to light by a team of archaeologists. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Presentation: History of Lookout Point and Highcroft
May 12
- Wayzata: 7 pm. Wayzata Historical Society - Learn about the early history of Lookout Point, a peninsula on Lake Minnetonka often associated with the Ferndale neighborhood. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Virtual Genealogy: Genealogy 101
May 12
- Online: Dakota County Historical Society - Attendees will learn about some of the skills and records used in basic genealogy. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Book Club: Opioid Reckoning: Love, Loss, and Redemption in the Rehab State
May 14
- Online: 11:30 am (CT). Wadena County Historical Society - The book "Opioid Reckoning: Love, Loss, and Redemption in the Rehab State" by Amy Sullivan, a history professor at Macalester College, is the featured book for this month's BookEnds Online Edition. Learn more »

Tour--Bringing History Back Together: Stillwater Historic House Tour
May 22
- Stillwater: 12 to 5 pm. The houses on tour show the transformation of Stillwater from a rough and tumble lumber town to a gentler river city. The differences show the beauty of each era. Cost: $25. Learn more »

Continuing Education

Exterior of the Hermantown History Center. Murals of firetrucks - one modern, one from the 1950s painted on two garage doors.

Highlighted Museum: Hermantown History Center, operated by the Hermantown Historical Society, Hermantown, MN.

#MayDay 2022 Tools for ER Planning
May 5
- Online: 12 to 1:30 pm (CT). Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will highlight tools that small and mid-sized institutions can use to create disaster plans for their organizations. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Photographs in the Archive: Digitizing Your Photographic Collection
May 10
- Online: 12 pm (CT). Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts - Learn methods and processes for digitization of unique photographic materials that ensure accessible digital content while also keeping in mind proper handling and care of the original materials. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Caring for Object Collections
May 10
– Online: Northeast Document Conservation Center - This webinar will discuss common vulnerabilities of objects and proper handling and storage conditions. Cost: $95. Learn more »

Board Training Series: Board Governance with an Equity Lens
May 11
- Online: 3:30 to 5 pm (CT). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Take away tools and strategies to help increase the “diversity” of your board, ensure equity values are infused in the board’s culture, and reflect on our individual responsibilities in creating an inclusive and equitable space. Cost: $45 members/$65 nonmembers. Learn more »


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Fund Your Mission

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
May 17
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - The mission of this Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. Learn more »

Creative Support for Organizations
May 27 & September 9
- (Deadlines): Minnesota State Arts Board - This grant program provides support to help organizations deliver arts programming and meaningfully engage their communities in a time of transition. While Creative Support grants are designed to be flexible and allow for adaptability in response to unexpected changes during the grant period, applicants will be asked to align their activities with one of three program outcomes that address the intent of the Legacy Amendment and the Arts Board's goals. Applicants may request between $5,000 - $30,000. Learn more »

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants
June 7
- (Optional draft for review) | July 9 - (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as rare books, manuscript and archival materials, born-digital records, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture. Awards also support the creation of reference works, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities. Learn more »

TPS Regional Grant Program
The Teaching with Primary Sources Regional program promotes the widespread, sustained and effective use of primary sources from the Library of Congress in K-12 classrooms by increasing access to the TPS program. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Learn more »

Say goodbye to DUNS and hello to UEI
As of April 4, the federal government has stopped using the DUNS Number to uniquely identify entities. Now, organizations applying for federal funds (including those applying for grants from organizations that conduct business with the federal government), must use the new Unique Entity Identifier created in


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Denis Gardner at the Minnesota State Capitol. Photo by Bill Klotz, courtesy Minnesota Lawyer.

In Memorium
Our former colleague, Denis Gardner, the National Register Historian at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, died this March unexpectedly at age 56. 

In 2011, Denis joined us at the Minnesota Historical Society and was our colleague here until 2018 when MNSHPO was transferred to the Office of Administration at the State. Despite the separation, we remained in close contact with MNSHPO staff and Denis both professionally and personally.

Denis was the author of Minnesota Treasures: Stories Behind the State's Historic Places (Minnesota Historical Society Press), which received a Minnesota Book Award and an Award of Merit and Distinction from the American Association of State and Local History. He was also the author of Wood, Concrete, Stone, and Steel: Minnesota's Historic Bridges (University of Minnesota Press), which received MNSAH's David Gebhard Award, Honorable Mention. His most recent book was Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking Through Restoration (Minnesota Historical Society Press).

Please enjoy a small three-minute video Denis did back on August 28, 2012, on the Saint Paul Municipal Grain Terminal. Watch video »

Head shot of Mike Worcester

Morrison County Historical Society Hires New Executive Director

Morrison County Historical Society, Little Falls, MN, announced the hiring of its new executive director: Mike Worcester. Previously Worcester worked at the Cokato Museum & Akerlund Photo Studio in Cokato, MN. He has a B.A. in History from Moorhead State University and an M.A. in Public History from St. Cloud State University. A native of Walker, MN, Mike has lived in Morrison County since 2018. Welcome! 

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What's New in the Archives

Come fly with Republic Airlines or ride with us on Jefferson Bus Lines!

The Minnesota Historical Society holds the Jefferson Transportation Company records and the Republic Airlines records. The media digitization team recently completed the digitization of the audio, video, and film materials within the collection.
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Featured Book

Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling by Hampton Smith.

Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award in Minnesota Nonfiction.

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Featured Article

The Rise of Organized Labor in Minnesota.

Volume 68, Issue 8, 2022


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Maria Sanford (1836–1920)

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