As Minnesota’s state Zoo, we are committed to ensuring that our programs are accessible to all our citizens – regardless of age, geographic location, disability or background. “Zoo Unlimited” is our community outreach and access initiative that unites a wide range of programs and policies designed to ensure every Minnesotan has unlimited opportunities to form stronger connections with the natural world. Legacy funds help us implement this program bridge barriers that keep people from connecting with all the Zoo has to offer.
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
To broaden public access to the Barnesville City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places in continuous use since 1899, through the installation of an elevator and other appropriate modifications that satisfy the Americans with Disability Act
To hire a qualified architect to prepare a conditions assessment and planning documents for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, proposed to be used as a community center, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The HCSCC contracted with the Midwest Art Conservation Center to conduct a general preservation assessment survey of the HCSCC's collections and exhibit space. The report includes long range plans for improving and preserving objects and conditions.
Partners: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU), University of Minnesota (U of M), Minneapolis Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools
Through this program, partners are extending the reach of National History Day in Minnesota. MNHS professional staff members coordinate school services with an emphasis on support for students from diverse backgrounds. Higher education partnerships help build college readiness skills for middle and high school students and strengthen the mentoring skills of Minnesota college students.
To hire an architect to write a Historic Structure Report to guide future restoration of the 1915 Federal Courthouse and Post Office, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, now the Rourke Art Museum.
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.
Legacy funds allow the Minnesota Zoo to extend the season of the Wells Fargo Family Farm beyond its historical May to September season to include full programming and exhibits from April through November.