Hydroelectric Dam Display

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rapidan Heritage Society
Start Date
July 2010
End Date
February 2011
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Blue Earth
Project Overview

An interpretive exhibit was created with table displays using historically factual text and illustrative photographs and a short play was developed to tell the story of how the dam was built and its affect on the local people and economy. The exhibit counters negative impressions about the dam and provides little known information to the public. Research included files, papers and photographs from the BECHS, a local appeal in newspapers and on radio for personal accounts, Blue Earth county information and information from companies involved in the reconstruction of the dam in the 1980's. The exhibit and play were first presented at the Rapidan Dam Centennial event on August 14, 2010.

The displays are now on exhibit at the Rapidan Depot and are available for use at other events and venues.




Project Details
To research and produce a small traveling exhibit about the construction of the hydroelectric Rapidan Dam in 1910.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
Appropriation Language

(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.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Project Manager
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Street Address
55186 190 Street
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155