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Feb 12th

Preserving priceless resources

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 roxanne-givens-Announces Recipients of Mid-Size and Large Historical And Cultural Heritage Grants

The Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM), created by businesswoman Roxanne Givens, celebrates the contributions made by African Americans in Minnesota and the Midwest.  According to the MAAM website, MAAM educates and ensures that future generations will have the knowledge, skills and information to compete and succeed for many years to come.  MAAM is dedicated to researching, presenting, acquiring and preserving the history of African Americans in Minnesota.

The Minnesota African American Museum & Cultural Center, which is located at the Amos B. Coe House at 317 3rd Av. S., was recently awarded $155,250 by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS).  On January 30 MHS announced more than $3.8 million for historical and cultural grants to 59 organizations in 39 counties.  The grant announcement followed news of the Minnesota Historical Society’s latest report to the governor and legislature detailing all expenditures for 2012 legacy history projects and programs.

In addition, the Minnesota Historical Society announced four partnerships for history-focused organizations outside of the Society to come together to enhance access to Minnesota history and cultural heritage.  Partnership funds were awarded to: Carleton College and Veblen Farmstead, Hay Barn Stabilization and Preservation, Old Highland Neighborhood Association and Preserve Minneapolis, Homeowner Restoration Workshops, Macalester College, and Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul, Johann Friedrich von Schiller Sculpture: Restoration and Preservation.

“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. 

MAAM partners with local schools to host field trips, educational workshops and performances. The historic building serves as community space in which diverse organizations can promote cross-cultural understanding.
Other Hennepin County recipients included: Heart of the Earth, Inc., American Indian Movement Interpretive Center Collections Development, Friends of the Immigration History Research Center, Houses of Worship, The Mosaic of Religion and Ethnicity in the Twin Cities, MIGIZI Communications, and The Minneapolis American Indian Community.
“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,” said Grabitske.


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