(Spring 1999-Fall 2006)
Jan Louwagie and the Society for the Study of Local and Regional
History (SSLRH) received a Minnesota Humanities "We the
People " grant for the expansion of the Rivers of History
presentation given at the SSLRH annual meeting in October 2004.
This grant allowed for two more presentations by John Anfinson
and Anthony Amato at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis on
Feb. 3, 2005 and at the Montevideo Community Center in Montevideo
on March 24, 2005.
The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded CRRS a $70,000 grant to
continue the Rural and Regional Fellowships for the 2004-2007
Geoff Cunfer and Christine Olson received a Learning that Lasts
Grant from the Center for Teaching and Learning, 2003-2004,
for promoting and assessing engaged learning at Southwest Minnesota
State University. This grant will promote engaged learning through
the integration of GIS technology into instruction of courses
in different disciplines.
Geoff Cunfer received a grant from the National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development, 2003-2007, for a four year
project entitled "Demography and Environment in Grassland
Settlement." This is a collaborative project housed at
the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor that will trace thousands
of individual farm families and farmsteads through 70 years
of evolving land use and family structures in 25 counties of
Jan Louwagie, NEH Challenge Grant for Local History, 2003 proposal
for the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History
Joseph Amato, Schwan's Foods Incorporated Grant
2002-2004. This grant from local Schwan's Foods Incorporated helped
to create a class for new citizens to the Marshall area to acquaint
them with the region's history, demography, geography, and cultural
and ethnic background. Titled "Introducing Southwest Minnesota"
the class is open to SSU students, the general public, but especially
encouraged for new employees of Schwan's Foods and other businesses
Joseph Amato, Rural and Regional Journalism Grant,
Bremer Foundation, 2000-2004. To promote high quality journalism
in southwestern Minnesota through weekly articles by a top quality
journalist and a free regional wire service.
Joseph Amato, Rural and Regional Fellows Grant,
Bremer Foundation, 1999-2004. To support graduate student research
on southwestern Minnesota and the northern prairie. To date there
have been 11 Fellows in the project from as far away as Austria
and the Netherlands and as close as Pipestone.
Geoff Cunfer and Doug Spieles, "Using GIS Technology
to Foster Collaborative Active Learning," Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities Center for Teaching and Learning and
the Bush Foundation, 2000-2001. To provide GIS training to SSU
faculty and staff and to engage students in spatially-based field
and lab research.
Jan Louwagie, Minnesota Humanities Commission Network
Grant, 1997-ongoing. To support operation of the Society for the
Study of Local and Regional History.
Jan Louwagie, Bremer Foundation Conference and Essay
Series Grant, 1997-2001. To support dissemination of knowledge
about southwestern Minnesota through conferences and publications.
Elizabeth Spieles, Minnesota Humanities Commission,
"Draining the Great Oasis: A Book Conference on the Environmental
History of a Single County or A Colloquium on Writing Environmental
History," 2001. To support a conference on the SSU campus
highlighting Draining the Great Oasis.
Elizabeth Spieles, Department of Natural Resources,
"Draining the Great Oasis: Lessons in Sustainability,"
2001-2002. To create a regional tour that will bring authors of
Draining the Great Oasis to schools and community groups
around southwestern Minnesota.