Renovation of 1861 One Room School House
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;
To preserve the one room school house built in 1861.
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.
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.