Historic Sites Revitalization

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$271,524
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
Status
Ongoing
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, Programs.
Appropriation Language

Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $4,800,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$271,524
Direct expenses
$271,524
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.40
Project Overview

This project encompasses phase two of the Alexander Ramsey House Revitalization project and expands the scope of work to other historic sites in need of redevelopment.

In particular, focused planning for the future of programs at Historic Fort Snelling will get underway and the Ramsey planning process will be shared with other historic sites in Minnesota.

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.

Historic Fort Snelling is the state's first National Historic Landmark and played a central role in the development of the state and nation. The challenge is to create rich visitor experiences to match the diverse stories found at the site--including the U.S.--Dakota War of 1862, the presence of enslaved African-Americans in the 19th century and the role the site played in World War II.

Despite these assets and a sound public educational program, these and other sites have experienced a steady decline in attendance. In phase one of the project, Arts and Cultural Heritage funding was used to determine the reasons for this decline. Phase two will implement what was learned, including making the sites more interactive and accessible to visitors.

Project Details
During phase two of this project, the redevelopment of the Alexander Ramsey House will be completed and the plan used to revitalize the historic home will be shared with other historic sites in Minnesota and across the country. 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. In phase one of the project, Arts and Cultural Heritage funding was used to understand the reasons for this decline. Phase two will implement what was learned, including making the site more interactive and accessible to visitors.
Project Manager
First Name
Rachel
Last Name
Abbott
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55102
Phone
651-296-8719