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Red Wing projects chosen for historical grants

Two Red Wing projects were among the recipients of a new batch of Historical and Cultural Heritage grants, the Minnesota Historical Society announced.

The larger of the two grants is $66,000 awarded to the city of Red Wing to hire a historian to complete a historic structure report for the G. A. Carlson Lime Kiln as well as a cultural landscape report for Barn Bluff, according to a news release.

The Red Wing Public Library also will receive a fast-track grant of $9,950 to hire a consultant to write a manuscript detailing the organization’s 120-year history.

Both the G.A. Carlson Lime Kiln and Barn Bluff are part of the Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

The two reports will be used to help guide future preservation projects at the sites, the MNHS said.

The MNHS is responsible for administering the state’s Historical and Cultural Heritage grants, funded through the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

“Whether gathering oral histories, preserving historic buildings or preserving the very language that carries history, these grants are a gift for the future — future Minnesotans will be able to enjoy and benefit from the same history we do,” MNHS outreach manager David Grabitske said in a statement.

The Legislature appropriated $11.2 million to the MNHS for grants in the 2014-2015 biennium. The Red Wing grants are part of a recently announced recipient list of 111 projects totaling more than $4.2 million.

Grants are awarded to “preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources,” according to the MNHS.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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