The Little Red Schoolhouse--Restoration and Accessibility
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;
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.
Kandiyohi County Fair
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.