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Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway is Awarded Grant for Interpretation Project

by Dawn Hegland on March 8th, 2011

Members of the Byway Alliance install an interpretive panel near Gilfillan Farm in Fall 2009.

The Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway (Byway) is working on adding interpretation along the Minnesota River. The Byway placed 16 interpretive panels in 2009 and plans to place an additional ten panels in 2011.

In June 2010, the Minnesota Historical Society awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant in the amount of $37,565 to the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway. Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Minnesota Legislature from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created with the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution in November 2008. The grants are awarded to support projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation across the state.

The new sites were chosen for their importance during the US – Dakota War of 1862. The project includes the research, writing, design and fabrication of ten interpretive panels placed at six different locations. Themes being researched include Camp Release, the removal of Dakota people shortly after the War, and War sites around New Ulm.

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