In a collaborative effort between the Wabasha Public Library and the Wabasha County Museum the history of the Wabasha area was interpreted in a weekend event focusing on the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux and its impact on the "Half-Breed Tract", a reservation of children of mixed Indian and European ancestry. The 1851 signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux and the resulting settlement and tourism were analyzed through the perspectives of the native Dakota, the Euro-American tourist and the newly arrived settlers from 1851 to 1861.
A general Conservation Assessment of and Long Range Plan for the preservation of the library's local history collections was prepared by Wabasha Public Library. The Library contracted with the Midwest Art Conservation Center to complete the project. The Plan will be used to set preservation policies, to identify storage and environmental needs, to make recommendations for disaster preparedness and to develop policy and procedures for the collections
The Historical society hired a qualified professional conservator to conduct a general conservation assessment of its collections and provide a long range plan for preservation. The final report summarizes the condition of the collections environment at the Reads Landing School site. Recommendations include a collection review and inventory to be conducted. A comprehensive list of resources and suppliers was also included in the final report.
A reuse study on the Hurd House/Anderson Hotel, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was completed by John Lauber and Associates with a final draft sent to the City of Wabasha on 1/24/2011. The City of Wabasha Historic Preservation Commission and Port Authority along with City Administrator and Planner were directly involved with the development of the project.
To acquire professional services for a study on potential municipal reuse of the J.B. Finchy Building, a contributing feature of the Wabasha Commercial Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places
To create an interpretive plan that meets National Association for Interpretation standards and that will enable better public usage of a complex of relocated structures documenting Mower County history.
A research phase was completed on background information related to creating a new exhibit on Mower County during World War II. To perform the research, their curator's hours were increased to determine exhibit themes, create a tentative floor plan for the exhibit, and determine cost estimates for an implementation project.
Their curator was able to identify themes relating to Mower County's contributions to World War II.
The purpose of the grant was to collect prepatory information and purchase necessary equipment to carry out a microfilming project, to preserve and make accessible records of individual townships within Mower County from the earliest date possible through 2008. To complete this work, the Project Director met with members of the Minnesota Historical Society staff and a microfilming agent to learn about the microfilming and record preparation process. Three meetings were scheduled to go through the process of preparing records for microfilming. The first meeting was with Steve Cunat in t
A detailed Historic Structures Report was prepared that will guide future restoration of the Reads Landing School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building houses the Wabasha County Historical Society Museum. Three consultants with historic heritage, design and architectural expertise were hired to work with the WCHS Board to analyze the condition of the building and propose solutions for both building rehabilitation and programming.. The final report contains multiple recommendations for functional use of space, site planning and accessibility.
To contract with qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the restoration and preservation of the Reads Landing School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and used as the Wabasha County History Museum.