November 18, 2015
State Historical Society Awards $198,000 in Cultural Heritage Grants
BISMARCK – The State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) has awarded more than $198,000 in Cultural Heritage Grants for the coming year to 20 eligible organizations and homeowners throughout the state. Under the guidelines for the Cultural Heritage Grants, a maximum of $20,000 is available per grant, with a dollar-for-dollar match requirement. That match may be either in cash or in-kind services. Funding for this round of grants was approved by the 2015 Legislative Assembly.
“These grants provide a rare funding source for our county and local museums and other organizations to develop visibility, usability, and viability in their communities,” said Claudia Berg, director of the SHSND. “As educational organizations, keepers of local history, and heritage tourism partners, these grants have become important sparkplugs that energize these groups to preserve, document, and present North Dakota’s heritage on the landscape where history happened. North Dakota legislative support is very much appreciated as we continue to support these statewide efforts.”
The following are those organizations awarded grants, a brief description of their project, and the amounts they received:
- The Barnes County Historical Society located in Vally City received an award of $1,100 to assist in repairs to the Ladbury Church.
- Bismarck Parks and Recreation located in Bismarck received an award of $19,404 to complete the General Sibley Park and Campground Interpretive Trail.
- The Fullerton Community Betterment Association received an award of $4,350 to replace to the roof on the historic Carroll House.
- The Casselton Heritage Center received an award of $20,000 for the reroofing of the historic St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
- The Eddy County Museum and Historical Society received an award of $3,000 to continue documenting and cataloging the musuem’s collection.
- The Ellendale Historical Society reveived an award of $1,600 for the the documentation and development of an exhibit at the Coleman Museum.
- The Fargo Air Museum received an award of $5,000 to begin cataloging and documenting artifacts in their collection.
- The Fargo Parks District received an award of $2,000 to support the 2016 German Folk Festival.
- The Gorge Art Council received an award of $10,000 for exterior improvements to the historic Wahala Theater.
- The Greater Grand Forks Community Theater received an award of $19,718 for the continuing tuck pointing of the historic Fire Hall Theater.
- The James Memorial Arts Center located in Williston receved an award of $1,250 for the tuck pointing of an area on the southeast corner of the historic building.
- The McLeod Historic Preservation Society received an award of $10,790 for repairs to the historic McLeod Presbyterian Church.
- The Museum Training Network of North Dakota received an award of $15,000 to provide Connecting to Collections 3 & 4: Professional Development and Technical Services throughout the state.
- The Pembina County Historic Society recevied an award of $6,000 for improvements to the Transportation Building exhibit.
- Save Coghlan’s Castle located in Rolla received an award of $8,000 to create and install intrpretive pannels for the historic Coghlan Castle.
- The Stark County Historical Society received an award of $20,000 for the development and installation of the Machinery Building exhibit.
- Touchstones, Inc. received an award of $20,000 for the continuing rehabilitation of the historic Stone Bank located in Bottineau.
- The Valley City Parks and Recreation recevied an award of $15,000 for the rehabilitation of the City Park Concession Stand.
- The Wells County Historical Society received an award of $3,500 for the documenting of one-room school houses in the counties of Sargent, Ransom, Dickey, LaMoure, Barnes, Griggs, Nelson, Benson, Pierce, and McHenry.
- The Zeeland Centennial Committee received an award of $12,500 to install a new roof on the historic Zeeland City Hall.
The next round of Cultural Heritage Grants will be in February 2016.
Amy Munson, 701.328.3573
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