Hewitt Public School: Roof and Window Repair
The grant restored the roof and abated water infiltration at the Hewitt Public School, home to the Hewitt Historical Society. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The school was built of cement from basement to roof line in 1911. In recent years the building's asphalt shingles began to fail which placed the building and the Museum's collection of historical artifacts at risk of water damage. The windows are nearly all original from 1911. However, many of the windows on the west side of the building had missing or broken panes of glass, with some windows being boarded up to stop further deterioration. The school house is one of the community's greatest tourist attractions with attendance to the Museum exceeding the population of Hewitt.
(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.