The Historical Society just doled out $291K to help save history

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A collection of World War II oral history interviews are now headed for a computer, keeping them saved and accessible to the public.

The Pine County Historical Society might soon be able to store its works and collections in an appropriate place.

And the Gumm and Milne families, parents of the Grand Rapids-born Judy Garland, will be the subject of some primary source research for the Judy Garland Children's Museum.

Those are three of the 37 projects that were awarded thousands of dollars by the Minnesota Historical Society this week to help keep the state's history intact and available to current and future generations.

Where did the money come from?

It comes in the form of grants – up to $10,000 for each project, and this round totaling $291,642.

That Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program is funded through the Legacy Amendment – in 2008, voters were asked to weigh in on a sales and use tax increase (three-eighths of 1 percent), with all of the money going to preserve and enhance Minnesota's waters, arts and culture, history, and parks.

It passed with nearly 56 percent of the statewide vote.

The money that's collected is split up between different programs – you can track how much was brought in and who it went to here, on the Legacy Amendment website.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund gets 19.75 percent of that money, which totaled $29 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, the Historical Society says.

Some of that goes to the Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, which are awarded four times a year to help nonprofits, educational groups, and governmental and tribal groups "preserve and share Minnesota history," according to the Historical Society.

More projects

You can see a full list of the projects here, but a few others include:

– The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum will get $5,375 to help combat mold and pests in its storage and exhibit areas.

– The Minnesota Military Museum in Little Falls now has $7,293 to get a lighting professional in, to fix develop a lighting plan.

– The history of Carleton College's chapel and chaplaincy will be put into a manuscript with a $10,000 award.

– Rolls of newspaper microfilm, 123 in all, will be added to the Goodhue County Historical Society in Red Wing to broaden public access, a $10,000 project.

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