Minnesota's Legacy

Freeman Doud Cabin and Sunnyside School Restorations and Exhibits

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Beltrami County Agricultural Association
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
November 2011
End Date
August 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2011 Laws of MN, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 10
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to county agricultural societies to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs. The grants shall be in addition to the aid distributed to county agricultural societies under Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02. The commissioner shall award grants as follows: (1) $700,000 each year distributed in equal amounts to each of the state's county fairs to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1.  To enhance the preservation of the Doud cabin and Sunnyside School through needed restoration work.  Assess the preservation work while it is being carried out and upon completion to ensure that necessary repairs are done.2.  To promote the history of Beltrami County through reenactment of the original activities in these buildings. Count the number of visitors and have them sign the guest book as a point of comparison to past years.3.  To increase knowledge about traditional skills through costumed demonstrators and allowing visitors to watch and interact with the log smiths as they work. 

Source of Additional Funds

Beltrami County Historical Society Sunnyside School Committee County Development Grant

Recipient Board Members
Paul Hokuf
Vern Holzhueter
Kelly Fossand
Sue wells
Beryl Wernberg
Bob Smith
Rose Erickson
Project Overview

To restore the Freeman Doud Cabin and Sunnyside School, located on the Beltrami County fairgrounds. During the fair, visitors will be able to able to observe the log cabin restoration and chinking process. Display boards will depict the history of the cabin, show where it was built on Lake Bemidji, and acquaint people with the importance of preserving this history.

The Sunnyside School will have its roof repaired prior to the fair. It is furnished with its original desks, books, and maps, and during the fair a teacher will be on the steps of the school to ring the bell and invite students to come in for a lesson or story.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Beltrami County Agricultural Society
Street Address
PO Box 1057
Zip Code