Historic Structures Report for Olmstead County Fairgrounds' CCC Structures

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Olmstead County Fair Board
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
April 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

To create a Historic Structures Report (HSR), a specialized study that provides documentary information about a historic property's significance, history of use, and current condition. It will be an early step in preservation planning, that considers goals for a structure's use, significant features, and outlines a recommended course of treatment and scope of work for repair and restoration. The proposed HSR will document the history and significance of structures on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds that were erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, when the site served as a CCC camp and regional headquarters.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Pat Coleman: Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sue Ellingsen: Former middle school band director at Blue Earth Area Public School. 2006 Blue Earth Area Teacher of the Year.
Jamey Flannery: Project Manager at Flannery Construction. Has full range of general contracting experience, from new construction to remodeling to improving historical structures.
Dan Grunhovd: Former president of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.
Ron Oleheiser: District 8 Representative of the Minnesota State Fair.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2011 Laws of Minnesota, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivison 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: (2) $700,000 each year for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-County Fairs. The commissioner shall award grants for the development or enhancement of county fair facilities or other projects or programs that provide access to the arts, arts education, or agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage programs, including but not limited to agricultural education centers, arts buildings, and performance stages. 

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Preservation/restoration efforts based on the HSR's recommendations is undertaken.Exhibit, signage, tour or reenactment is created based on HSR findings.

Recipient Board Members
Terry Leary
Rick Wussow
Terri DeKok
Maxine Fieck
Bob Franke
Lonnie Hebl
Richard Pagel
Judy Plan
Larry Predmore
Sue Pries
Fred Regal
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Olmstead County Fair Board
Street Address
1403 3rd Ave. SE
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

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