DCHS Exhibit Guide Development & Production

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Dakota County Historical Society
Start Date
September 2010
End Date
January 2011
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS) worked with a graphic designer to develop several templates for exhibit guides.  The exhibit guides are short publications that promote and/or provide additional information about topics featured in DCHS exhibits and programs.  Three different templates were developed, a two-sided 4" x 9" promotional card, a traditional three-fold brochure, and a booklet 5.5" x 8.5" that can be scaled in four-page increments.  Each of these guides is immediately recognizable as a product of DCHS.  

In addition to developing  three templates, guides were written and produced for four exhibits:

Booklet - Vermillion Falls Walking Tour.  At twelve pages this was longer than anticipated but includes a great deal of information, including an extensive bibliography for those interested in more details information.   2,000 copies produced.

Three-fold brochure - Meet George Daniels (formerly The George Daniels Story). 2,000 copies produced.

Promotional card - Three Cultures/China & From the Front/From the Front IV: Vietnam.  Each of these pieces promotes both a series of exhibits (Three Cultures/From the Front) and the current iteration of the exhibit series (China/Vietnam).  In future versions, DCHS will make the information regarding the physical location of each exhibit more prominent. 1,000 copies of each produced.

Project Details
To develop and implement visitor guides for four venues to learn about history in Dakota County
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
Appropriation Language

(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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South St. Paul
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155