Timeline Through Ely-Winton History
(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 purpose of the project is to create a fresh introduction to the museum. The five panels that previously lined the wall outside the museum doorway were put in place nearly thirty years ago in the1980s. These panels have faded over the years and were in need of replacement. In addtion there was a desire to expand the time line back to the Paleolithic peoples who first inhabited the region in about 10,000 years ago.
Interpretation is meant for a point in time as newer generations arise viewing history through their own lens. Thus it is vital to occasionally revise interpretation. In this case, revision happened after 30 years. Should this investment last as long, the public will have spent 26 cents for each day to make this happen. This gallery serves college students primarily, the project will expose many years of students to the story of Ely, which hopefully will encourage them to apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities to maintaining Ely’s allure and livability long into the future.