Minnesota's Legacy

3M and Maplewood: Magically Adhered Exhibit Production

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Maplewood Area Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
November 2016
End Date
November 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Available upon request. Contact grants@mnhs.org

Measurable Outcome(s)

Results to the below outcomes were measured through surveys of visitors, conversations, and informal guest book comments. The outcomes were all successful due in part to the professionalism of the exhibition and the time and thought that went in to all programs. Outcomes included:
1) Residents of Maplewood understand the connection between Maplewood's land characteristics and 3M's choice to site their campus there. Visitors showed intellectual connections to the content they learned about through the 3M and Maplewood exhibit by the quality and type of questions they asked in other areas of the farm. This outcome was successful.
2) Residents of Maplewood can describe the impact of 3M's presence on the growth of their city. Visitors who attended the Bruentrup Heritage Farm asked follow-up questions that reflected a deeper understanding of how the arrival of 3M in Maplewood both shaped and reflected broader suburban and corporate trends. This outcome was successful.
3) Residents of Maplewood and other Minnesotans begin to better understand the mutually beneficial, but largely separate relationship between 3M and Maplewood. Public discussions about incorporation and the rise of the corporate campus reflected knowledge about the consequences of the suburbanization era. This outcome was successful, and continues to grow through social media and informal conversations.
4) Residents of Maplewood begin to value local history more. Membership to the MAHS increased, attendance at MAHS events increased, positive letters to the editor and political advocacy for history increased. This outcome was partially successful. Membership and attendance increased, as did press coverage. The outcome continues to have impact long-term.

Source of Additional Funds

Available upon request. Contact grants@mnhs.org

Recipient Board Members
Robert Jensen, Bill Bruentrup, Jessie Watson, Raydelle Bruentrup, Mike Ericson, Mickey Michlitsch, Steven Carlson, Robert Cardinal, Richard Currie, Mary O'Malley
Project Overview

To hire qualified consultants to develop and install an exhibit on the history of 3M in Maplewood.

Project Manager
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Organization Name
Maplewood Area Historical Society
Street Address
2170 E County Road D
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