Renovation of 1861 One Room School House

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Blue Earth County Agricultural Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
December 2011
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
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: (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
$7,368
Direct expenses
$7,368
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To preserve the one room school house built in 1861.

Measurable Outcome(s)

All structural repairs were made.The fair received comments from the schoolhouse visitors about memories of teaching in one room schools, students who attened one room schools, and stories from families who lived near schools where teachers received room and board during the school year. All comments were assembled in a journal that will be displayed each year at the fair.The fair also received comments on the reenactment programs held by the Blue Earth County Historical Society.

Recipient Board Members
Jerry Kramer
Karen Malchow
Liz Madsen
Travis Stenberg
Sheryl Dobie
Nicole Doyen
Chad Davis
Jerry O'Meara
Ron Bergemann
LeAnn Schwarz
Mathew Little
Jay Kietzer
Kelly Marks
April Embacher
Project Overview

To preserve the 1861 school house by reinforcing the foundation, repairing the roof to preserve the artifacts inside the school, and restoring the interior walls and ceilings. During the fair, the Blue Earth County Historical Society will dress in period costumes to entertain and educate fairgoers, and allow visitors to interact with school desks, maps, slate chalkboards, and school books from the era the school was in operation.

Project Manager
First Name
Karen
Last Name
Malchow
Organization Name
Blue Earth County Agricultural Society
Phone
507-674-3043
Email
info@blueearthcountyfair.org