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Fridley Historical Society Gets $5K State Grant for Oral Histories

The Minnesota Legacy Fund project involves 15 interviews about the city's postwar development.

The Minnesota Historical Society announced a $5,114 grant to the Fridley Historical Society Tuesday for an oral history project about the city's postwar development.

The project is one of 49 across the state—and the only one in Anoka County—to win funding in the latest round of Legacy Amendment funding awards. (The Anoka County Historical Society did not seek funding in this round, according to Executive Director Todd Mahon.)

Here is the Fridley Historical Society's brief description of the planned project:

The Fridley Historical Society is applying for a grant that will enable us to hire an interviewer to conduct 15 oral histories in order to explore the post World War II suburban development of Fridley, and then have the histories transcribed. Our intention is to cover the years 1945-1970, by which time Fridley was largely developed.

Other Fridley-based organizations that have received Legacy Amendment funding include the (for a photo and oral-history project on Muslims in Minnesota) and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society (for several projects).

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