Historic Downtown Audio-Visual Tour
Purpose of this project is to promote heritage tourism and public education of the City’s downtown area by creating an audio-visual tour of the downtown area’s historic charm and heritage value. The tour is presented in video format on YouTube and in audio format on Blip.tv and linked to the City’s website and will be linked to other tourist related websites such as information centers, chambers, hotels/motels/B&B’s, etc.. The product has dual use as an on-site walking tour or as a virtual tour viewable at home. The tour encompasses the City origins and history, photos, paintings, and commentary on individual buildings that are designed as Local Heritage Preservations Sites.
(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.