Wykoff and Lanesboro were awarded two of the 38 historical and cultural heritage large grants for 2020 from the Minnesota Historical Society.

The Minnesota Historical Society announced that over $4 million in grants were awarded, and the grants are awarded once each fiscal year, and are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

“Every year we see so many exciting projects to preserve Minnesota history for future generations to experience, learn and enjoy, and this year is no exception," said Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, grants manager for the Minnesota Historical Society.

The City of Lanesboro was awarded $66,320 for restoring Historic Heimbygda Lodge Exterior with the goal to hire qualified professionals to repair the exterior of the 1910 Bethlehem Lutheran Church Hall, now operated by the Sons of Norway as Heimbygda Lodge, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The City of Wykoff was awarded $48,750 for Mitchell Saloon Renovation and Stabilization with the goal to hire qualified professionals to repair the 1876 Mitchell Saloon, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Grant applications were recommended for funding by the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC), a volunteer panel made up of citizens from around the state. The MNHS Executive Council approved the recommendations on December 12, 2019.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.

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