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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Minnesota received $11.6 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Minnesota Humanities Center for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • Twin Cities Public Television received $750,000 to produce a ninety-minute documentary, Dolley Madison. The project examined how the first lady used her unelected position to help define the young American republic.
  • Evolving Attitudes toward the Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1970, a radio documentary and companion website produced by Minnesota Public Radio, received an $89,000 grant. The project examined white responses to the civil rights movement in Mississippi.
  • Minneapolis-based Public Radio International received $600,000 to support development of Studio 360’s American Icons. This series of one-hour radio programs, which examines individuals, creative works, and products that have captured the American imagination, uses a website to invite listener participation.
  • Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, a four-hour, four-part television series, filmed in 32 cities in 25 states, was viewed by 6.6 million viewers and supported by a $400,000 production grant to Twin Cities Public Television.
  • Giacomo Constantino Beltrami was an Italian explorer who, in the 1820s, sought the source of the Mississippi and hunted buffalo with the Dakota. Tilly Laskey, a curator at the Science Museum of Minnesota, has received a $50,400 research fellowship to study the little-known Beltrami collection of Native American artifacts stored in Italian museums.
  • The University of Minnesota received a $45,000 public programs grant for “Telling River Stories,” a series of historical interpretive installations along the Mississippi River in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
  • The Minnesota Humanities Center received $301,000 for two teacher workshops on the topic Building America: Minnesota’s Iron Range, U.S. Industrialization, and the Creation of a World Power. About 180 teachers attended these workshops to study Minnesota’s underappreciated northern tier and its role in American culture and history.
  • The Minnesota Humanities Center collaborated with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the National Museum of the American Indian on Why Treaties Matter, a series of community discussions on Native American rights and history.
  • The Minnesota Humanities Center in 2010 sponsored the statewide traveling exhibit Journey Stories, organized by the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit examined the intersection between modes of travel and Americans’ desire to feel free to move.
  • Absent Narratives: District del Sol & Lake Street, a partnership of the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, used video to explore the development of St. Paul’s District del Sol and Minneapolis’s Lake Street as thriving centers of Latino culture in Minnesota.