City gets 2 history grants

The city of Stillwater was recently awarded two Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants from the Minnesota Historical Society.

The historical society was given legislative appropriation in 2011 to award $10.5 million in the 2012 and 2013 fiscal year as part of the Legacy Amendment’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund. Fifty-nine new grants have been awarded in 29 counties across the state.

The Stillwater grants go toward two projects: a historic downtown Stillwater podcast and development a local historical district.

The podcast project’s grant total was $4,750. City Planner Mike Pogge said the grant would fund an educational project to create 14 narrated podcasts of various downtown commercial areas. The podcasts are expected to be 12 minutes in length. It may include photos of significant people related to the buildings.

The second grant, meant to develop a historical district, totaled in at $4,600. The grant will go towards hiring a professional to go out to the residential district and inventory the east half of Churchill, Nelson and Slaughter addition of Stillwater.

Pogge said the city may develop potential design guidelines for renovating and building that will be flexible for the district and may apply to other parts of the city in the future.