The grant was to research content, write, design and fabricate 10 interpretive panels at six sites along the MN River Valley to better tell the stories of the MN River Valley, specifically of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. This is Part 1 of an overall interpretation of sites related to the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862.
Preserve Appleton's Heritage Inc. retained the services of historical consultants to complete a National Register Nomination for Gethsemane Episcopal Church. The nomination was complicated by a past remodel. The church is now listed in the National Register.
Having current and accurate data on historic and archaeological sites is important to understanding our past and to preserving Minnesota’s history for future generations. In 2010-2011, the Minnesota Historical Society awarded contracts for these survey projects:
The project included documenting all existing interpretive panels and markers of the U.S. - Dakota War in the MN River Valley and researching potential sites for new interpretive panels or markers. The end result is a written document with an inventory of existing marked U.S. - Dakota War sites in the MN River Valley, research of unmarked sites and an overall strategy of which sites could be marked to better tell the story. The report will provides guidance in telling a more complete story of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862 through interpretive markers.
Archival newspaper storage boxes were purchased to rehouse the Verndale newspaper collection at the Wadena County Historical Society. The newspapers were sorted by oldest dates to newest dates on top. Labels were put on the boxes to identify the contents of each. The newspaper collection is now in better storage conditions than prior to the project.