All painting and tiling have been done by volunteers. Paint was donated by theNorthland Foundation in the Beautify America program by Valspar. The Countyauthorized Sentence to Serve Crews to do much work on the sheetrock andinsulation. They also authorized foam insulation on the lower level, a moreexpensive but superior alternative.What was not included in the grant was the “future display area”. A grant hasbeen received from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation that will complete thisroom. The room will be used May 9
by the Minnesota Historical Society for anarea workshop.
The artifacts of the Historical Society will be cared more adequately.Organization will no longer be the problem, nor will it be necessary to storeitems in a multitude of places—none of them archival. Retrieval of items forresearch and display purposes has been simplified, and made possible. Thespace is sufficiently large that it will serve for many years. Since the addition hasbecome public knowledge many new items have been given to the museum.Handicapped individuals will now have access to the Museum, participate inactivities and will be able to do research. The office has been set up to allowhandicapped individuals to do much of their own research.The heating system is “off peak” electric. The building will be much lessexpensive to heat than the Museum itself. Most of the lights in the building arestate of the art for a “green” building. It is also well insulated.The design of the building was approved by the Minnesota Historical Society asthe Museum is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Our carpenter workedto match many of the features of the Light House Keeper’s house, beyond whathad been required by the Preservation Office. One example is the hand cutshingles on the east side.The building was built by a “committee”. It has come in very close to budget.We are indebt to many individuals who gave considerable time and expertise.
The project was proposed in year one, began in year two, and completed in yearthree. The Historical Society board, already older in year one, became much less