Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Alexander Ramsey House Revitalization

  • Project Overview
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Project Overview

The Alexander Ramsey House is an 11,000-square-foot mansion that was home to Minnesota's first territorial governor. The mansion contains approximately 14,000 original furnishings and has one of the most intact collections of Victorian-era artifacts in the Midwest.

Despite these assets and a sound public educational program, the site has experienced a steady decline in attendance. Arts and Cultural Heritage funding is supporting a project to understand the reasons for this decline.

The master plan that results from this study will create a new operational model to make the site relevant to 21st-century audiences. This plan will be used to revitalize the Alexander Ramsey House and will be shared with other historic houses across the state and nation.

Project Details

The master plan that results from this project will create a new operational model to make the site relevant to 21st-century audiences. This plan will be used to revitalize the Alexander Ramsey House and will be shared with other historic houses across the state and nation.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (c), Programs

Appropriation Language
(c) Programs. $3,000,000 in 2010 and $4,750,000 in 2011 are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Funding Amount: $112,952

Project Manager

Rachel Abbott
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd West
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-296-8719
rachel.abbott@mnhs.org

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Quick Facts

Project Type: Statewide Programs

Parent Project: Statewide Historic Programs

Funding Amount: $112,952

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: Completed

Appropriation Years: 2011

Counties Impacted: Statewide

MN Senate District: All Districts

MN House District: All Districts

This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.