National Eagle Center: Interpretive Exhibit Plan for Permanent Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Exhibit

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
National Eagle Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
December 2014
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants.
Appropriation Language

Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. $5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000 the second year are 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.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

Working with a consulting exhibit development firm, the NEC developed learning targets, interpretive themes, and key messages for the Refuge exhibit. These interpretive themes have helped the NEC to develop a clear plan for the Refuge exhibit. The resulting conceptual exhibit plan has helped the NEC to move into other phases of exhibit development, as we had projected.

We expected more preliminary audience engagement to be part of this project than we actually achieved. Some preliminary audience evaluation was done with NEC staff and volunteers. They were asked to comment on what information would be most interesting and valuable in an exhibit about the Refuge. Our initial target was to get formal visitor input prior to the start of this project, however, we did not find an effective way of reaching out to visitors about this future exhibit. Although no formal visitor input was gathered, NEC staff and USFWS gathered informal feedback from visitors. The preliminary input from volunteers informed the topics of interest and key questions people have about the Refuge, which in turn shaped some of the key messages and interpretive themes of the exhibit plan.

NEC staff has taken an active role in the research and planning of this exhibit. This is a key progress indicator on the NEC

Description of Funds
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Source of Additional Funds

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Recipient Board Members
James Reidy,
Carol Scott,
Jon Lineweaver,
Suzanne Blue,
Randy Eggenberger,
Don Jacoby,
Ward Johnson,
Chad Kjorlien,
Dave Kostik,
Ran Miner,
Victoria Moore,
Tim Schlagenhaft,
John Wodele
Project Overview
To hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for the National Eagle Center.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
National Eagle Center
Street Address
50 Pembroke Ave
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Minnesota Historical Society Governing Board: William R. Stoeri, President Missy S. Thompson, Vice President Ruth Huss, Vice President D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer Suzanne Blue Brenda J. Child Robert Bruininks Judith S. Corson D. Stephen Elliott Phyllis Rawls Goff William D. Green David R. Hakensen Ruth S. Huss Martha Kaemmer Dennis L. Lamkin David M. Larson Charles Mahar Dean M. Nelson Elizabeth M. Nordlie Dennis Nguyen Peter R. Reis Hussein Samatar Simon Stevens Susan Kenny Stevens William R. Stoeri Karen Wilson Thissen Missy Staples Thompson Eleanor Winston Ex-Officio: Mark Dayton, Governor Yvonne Prattner Solon Lieutenant Governor Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State Lori Swanson, Attorney General Rebecca Otto, State Auditor