We Found the Bottles! Collection Inventory II

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
December 2015
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

To gain intellectual and physical control of historic objects held in public trust.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

All artifacts in the four household rooms were inventoried and entered into the PastPerfect database. Though the work took longer than anticipated, the work was, indeed, completed. Much credit for this accurate completion goes to the inventory team. The team was dedicated and thorough, especially about searching out and confirming documentation and accession numbers and object ID numbers. Both members of the team had strong regard for the role museums play in preserving ideas. One member had strong roots in the community and an investment in maintaining the integrity of the artifacts. The other member had a strong attention to detail concerning the integrity of the data. The museum director was in frequent contact with the team so that questions could be dealt with in a timely manner. The PP records were carefully and fully completed.
Other achieved targets follow:
New staff members were trained in use of PastPerfect for research.
New and returning staff members were trained in cataloging newly received artifacts in PP.
New and returning staff members were trained in entering data into PP.
One of our long term goals is to have intellectual control over our collection, indicated by coordinating displays with community events, and outreaching information to the community. That is already happening:
LHPA sponsored a local theater director in a series of popup plays depicting Lanesboro in the 1930s. The database was useful in finding artifacts and information to support that project. LHPA cooperated with Lanesboro Arts to support local student researchers who used the museum archives to complete videos on small town history under a Youth Access grant from The Smithsonian. Screening of these videos included credit for LHPA and an opportunity to explain to the public the value of the museum archives and artifacts in historical research.
LHPA is planning and partnering with several other local groups to sponsor WaterWays, a traveling exhibition from The Smithsonian that will be in Lanesboro in January 2017.
The database is a vital foundation for participating in these opportunities.

Description of Funds
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Source of Additional Funds

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Recipient Board Members
Jenifer Hungerholt, Lester Dunn, Lois Peterson, Eugene Bergstrom, Jim Ostrem, Milt Solberg, Barbara Campbell, Mike Ask, Jeff Kamm
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association
Street Address
P.O. Box 345, 105 Parkway Avenue S
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155