The Cokato Historical Society has received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program.
Cokato Museum Director Mike Worcester says the grant will be used to fund Phase VI of the continued scanning and digitization of glass plate negatives from the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio collection. For this phase, 2,000 of the 5×7 plates will be scanned, with digital copies produced for archiving. Upon completion of this phase, nearly 85% of the over 11,380 plates in the collection will have been scanned and digitized.
Funds distributed through this program are generated by the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Act constitutional amendment passed by the voters of Minnesota in November 2008. This amendment increased the state sales tax by 3/8 of 1%, with the funds separated as follows: Outdoor Heritage; Clean Water; Parks & Trails; and Arts & Cultural Heritage. The State Historical Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society administers the portion of the Arts & Cultural Heritage funds made available to museums and historical agencies.
For more information about the Legacy Amendment funding, visit the web site of the Minnesota Historical Society, www.mnhs.org, and click on the “Historical and Cultural Grants” link.
TheCokatoMuseumis a cooperative effort of the City ofCokatoand the Cokato Historical Society.