Lincoln County Historical Society to receive grant

HENDRICKS — The Lincoln County Historical Society announced it’s receiving a $3,000 Legacy grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.

“We expect to receive a check for $3,000 in a couple of weeks,” LCHS board member Wayne Hexem said. “The Minnesota Historical Society has said they would send one (soon).”

Hexem said the Lincoln County Historical Society Board is pleased to get the grant and feels it is a good use of Legacy money.

“We encourage other groups in the area to take the opportunity to apply for these grants,” he said. “(MHS) is helpful with the application.”

 Lincoln County Historical Society applied for the grant funds in order to install light-blocking shades on the windows in the three museum buildings and to hire a qualified professional to install them in order to provide better storage and exhibit conditions for the artifacts, the Minnesota Historical Society said in a recent press release.

“The light-reducing shades were part of the application,” Hexem said. “Subsequently, we’ve been working with a local contractor who has measured the windows. We have picked out the shades and they have been ordered.”

Hexem said that the shades are for the railway depot building because it has many windows.

“The shades will be left half open during museum hours and closed when the museum is closed,” he said.

The Hendricks museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from around May 1 through Labor Day.

 Lincoln County was one of 36 recipients of 37 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small grants (up to $10,000 each), totaling $280,924 in 20 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on Sept. 12.

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.