Shelving and Archival Storage Products for Rehousing Collections

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Wabasha County Historical Society
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
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

While the volunteers at WCHS are extremely pleased with the progress which has taken place since the storage and shelving grant has been received, it has been a bit overwhelming to fully understand the total scope of work that this project has brought.

While volunteers are still in the process of culling excess items from overcrowded exhibits and storing them in archival quality containers, our short term goal of re-housing improperly stored collections into archival quality containers is complete. Removal of additional excess items from exhibits will continue during the off-season this winter.

Our intermediate goal of doing a complete inventory is well under way. The additional industrial shelving from Menards has increased that type of shelving storage space at the museum by 33%. WCHS has realized that having this additional storage shelving space as well as the archival quality containers has facilitated an inventory process which has been extremely efficient. The most positive outcome is that all of the items which were previously improperly stored have been now been placed in archival quality containers, inventoried, and cross-referenced.

Completing the inventory has also had some unexpected surprises. For whatever reason, previous volunteers had "tucked" away some small treasures in the most of unlikely places. During the inventory process a volunteer came across an extremely small religious primer or catechesis book. Inside the front cover was the penciled autograph C. P. Ingalls. After cross-referencing the signature, it was discovered that the elementary text most probably belonged to the real patriarchal character from "Little House on the Prairie" fame.

Lastly, the long term goal of ensuring that the collections held at the Wabasha County Historical Society Museum in Reads Landing are now safe and secure has become a reality. There are now hundreds of items, both artifacts and archival, which will be available for research and exhibit for many decades into the future.

Description of Funds
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Source of Additional Funds

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Recipient Board Members
Margaret Peterson- President; David Danckwart-Director; Joe Dick-President Elect; Jean Benson-Treasurer; Sarah Stegen-Secretary; Jim Danckwart-Board; Linda Mann-Board; Andru Peters-Board; Gail Hill-Board; Oscar (Swede) Ostrom-Board.
Project Overview
To improve collections care and management through proper storage.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Wabasha County Historical Society
Street Address
PO Box 255
Lake City
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