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.
The New Ulm Public Library expanded its microfilm collection to add 258 rolls of microfilmed local newspapers covering most of the 19th and 20th centuries, all of which were absent in their previous collection. This greatly increases free and full access to both researchers and the general public to these primary records.
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.
Three radio theatre scripts were produced using the synthesized oral histories of Douglas County's elder residents. The oral histories had been gathered earlier as part of the Minnesota Historical Society's oral history project to preserve the stories of Minnnesota's Greatest Generation. The topics for the scripts were: the Great Depression, World War II and the post-war economic Boom. Each script was vetted by knowledgeable content experts and the information presented is historically accurate.
Three original mid-20th-century works of art by Flavia Gag were restored and properly exhibited.
Flavia Gag (1907-1978) was the sister of Wanda Gag, the well-known children’s literature author (Millions of Cats) and artist.
Flavia's books and her paintings were eclipsed by her more famous sister, Wanda, but Flavia developed her own style and medium,
which was unlike either her father (Anton Gag) or her sister.
A sturdy display case was built to house historic artifacts from the Hesper shipwreck. An interpretive sign was designed, constructed and hung on the wall above the display case telling the history of the ship and stories of the artifacts. Space for the display has been provided in the lobby of the Silver Bay Marina. Through this project, artifacts in private collections have been brought back into public view.
To enhance and extend the life of the 15 structures which currently make up the Jackson County Historical Fair Village by replacing damaged windows, leaking roof, and rotting siding. Structural improvements on buildings will allow fair visitors additional access to new displays and artifacts that were not displayed previously, due to fear of damage by wind, rain, and rodents.
Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment raises revenue for Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Libraries are beneficiaries of a portion of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding.