The Little Red Schoolhouse--Restoration and Accessibility

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kandiyohi County Agricultural Society
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
September 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Little Red Schoolhouse has a long history in Kanabec County. Built in 1882 for $350, it served as the first schoolhouse for School District No. 2 before finding a home on the fairgrounds. The Little Red Schoolhouse is home to children's art displays and a variety of activities. Funds will provide a new roof, repair the ceiling, and make the necessary adaptations to make the building handicap accessible. Additionally, period costumes will be purchased and a teacher will be hired for programming.

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: (1) $700,000 each year distributed in equal amounts to each of the state's county fairs to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage;

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

Survey participants.

Measurable Outcome(s)

99% of surveyed participants felt that the program helped them or their child get a better understanding of MN's history.  15% of those surveyed had mobilityissues and that the improvements hdlped them better access the building.  21% had not visited the schoolhouse within the last five years.  The project generated interest and attracted visitors who normally would not have visited the schoolhouse.  The project also reached farther than county boarders.  14% of the survey respondents did not live in Kandiyohi County.

Source of Additional Funds

Kandiyohi County Fair

Recipient Board Members
Tom Gustafson
Darrell Fostervold
Brent Akerson
Cheryl Johnson
Sue Ahrenholz
Dale Anderson
Dennis Baker
Donald Bents
Rollie Boll
Gwen Krebsbach
Chad Lien
Marvin Olson
Marvin Sandvig
Dan Schneider
Bob Schueler
Kule Sietsema
Amanda Lungren
Ron Swenson
Katie Thompson
Mike Witt
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kandiyohi County Fair
Street Address
907 7th St NW
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

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