Partner Organizations: Anoka County Historical Society, Dakota County Historical Society, Scott County Historical Society, and Ramsey County Historical Society
Four county historical societies will begin a pilot program in 2015 to provide archaeology and cultural resource management outreach services to local history organizations in the seven-county metro area.The pilot project will address immediate needs of participating organizations, including public programming, data collection, collections care and staff training, while also providing valuable insight into long-term needs of local his
Caponi Art Park contracted with the Dakota County Historical society to survey and assess the general condition of the many materials in their collection documenting the history of the organization and it's founder, Anthony Caponi. As a result the Caponi Art Park organization now knows the size of the collection, the staff are properly trained and professional systems and policies have been implemented that document and present an informative, usable collection.
Dakota County Historical Society was dealing with crowded storage conditions—with existing space at capacity, collections spill over onto the floor and in the aisles—despite efforts to reduce/eliminate inappropriate collections. The project provided improved storage with room for growth. Dakota County Historical Society, Executive Director Chad Roberts interviewed.
To acquire professional services to prepare an interpretive plan for public access to history and cultural heritage along 27 miles of the national Mississippi River Trail and the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area
The Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS) worked with a graphic designer to develop several templates for exhibit guides. The exhibit guides are short publications that promote and/or provide additional information about topics featured in DCHS exhibits and programs. Three different templates were developed, a two-sided 4" x 9" promotional card, a traditional three-fold brochure, and a booklet 5.5" x 8.5" that can be scaled in four-page increments. Each of these guides is immediately recognizable as a product of DCHS.
In the third year of this project, MNHS staff continued to inventory and rehouse archaeological collections from Historic Fort Snelling. As part of MNHS involvement with the University of Minnesota's Heritage Collaborative, student interns spent the 2015 fall semester assisting project staff with inventory and research. Artifact data was shared with University faculty for use in their courses. To date, over 98,000 catalog records have been created, describing more than 180,000 artifacts recovered during archaeological excavations at Historic Fort Snelling.