Minnesota's Legacy

Alexander Ramsey House Revitalization

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$112,952
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
Status
Completed
Counties Affected
Statewide
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (c), Programs
Appropriation Language

(c) Programs. $3,000,000 in 2010 and $4,750,000 in 2011 are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$112,952
Project Overview

The Alexander Ramsey House is an 11,000-square-foot mansion that was home to Minnesota's first territorial governor. The mansion contains approximately 14,000 original furnishings and has one of the most intact collections of Victorian-era artifacts in the Midwest.

Despite these assets and a sound public educational program, the site has experienced a steady decline in attendance. Arts and Cultural Heritage funding is supporting a project to understand the reasons for this decline.

The master plan that results from this study will create a new operational model to make the site relevant to 21st-century audiences. This plan will be used to revitalize the Alexander Ramsey House and will be shared with other historic houses across the state and nation.

Project Details
The Alexander Ramsey House is an 11,000-square-foot mansion that was home to Minnesota's first territorial governor. The mansion contains approximately 14,000 original furnishings and has one of the most intact collections of Victorian-era artifacts in the Midwest. Despite these assets and a sound public educational program, the site has experienced a steady decline in attendance. ACHF funding is supporting a project to understand the reasons for this decline. The master plan that results from this study will create a new operational model to make the site relevant to 21st-century audiences. This plan will be used to revitalize the Alexander Ramsey House and will be shared with other historic houses across the state and nation.
Project Manager
Salutation
Ms.
First Name
Rachel
Last Name
Abbott
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd West
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55102
Phone
651-296-8719