Southside Park and Yackly Cabin Park Historical Markers
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated 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. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.
The Southside Park and Yackly Park Historical Markers were created and installed to identify and document two historical home sites located within City Parks in the City of New Prague.
Yackly Park site, there had been past efforts made to document the history of the site and the existence of a log cabin with family ties back to New Prague's Founder Anton Philipp. In 2005, irrepairable damage to the remnants of the Yackly Cabin (rot and severe structural problems) led to its documentation by the Scott County Historical Society and demolition.
Since that time there has been no physical evidence of the former Yackly Cabin at Yackly Park. The sign once again made available to the public past images of the former structure and a brief summary of it's history.
Southside Park, and specifically the Sindelar Homestead site, at some unidentified date, a small narrative marker was placed near the former Sindelar Homestead Site to document the existence of the site and commemorate the family that once lived on the Park site. The remnant foundations of the homestead had been overgrown with trees and other scrub vegetation making the site largely unknown to users of the park. City Parks staff cleaned up the site and in 2008 staff documented the site through pictures and was able to solicit a surviving family member for photographs of the homestead site as it once existed. With first hand information and photographs, a photo/narrative sign was drafted and approved by the Park Board for installation in the park available to the public to review and explore the site.