Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

1851 on the River Program

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Project Overview

Recipient: Wabasha Public Library

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 program events took place on the Mississippi river between Wabasha and Reads Landing and at the Wabasha County Museum. Paddleboats conducted hourly tours, participants were given biography cards of real people living in the area during the decade, professional history re-enactors told stories about these specific characters and a local history booklet was distributed. All activities served to bring attention to an important piece of local history.

Project Details

To hire a qualifed historian to research and prepare an interpretive program that will enable the public to explore the river history of Wabasha. Amount adjusted to eliminate ineligible overhead expenses.

Fund Availability:

10/31/2010 - 06/01/2011

Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants

Appropriation Language
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.

Funding Amount: $5,556

Amount of Other Funds Leveraged $6,720

Project Manager

Michele McCaughtry

PO Box 268
Wabasha, MN 55981

Subject: History

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Quick Facts

Project Type: Grants

Recipient: Wabasha Public Library

Funding Amount: $5,556

Appropriation Years: 2011

Activity Type: Grants/Contracts

Counties Impacted: Wabasha

MN Senate District: 28

MN House District: 28A

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