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Maritime Museum gets historic grant

Funding was recently awarded for a local effort to preserve the history of the lakes area.

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum and Gardens (MLMM&G) in Alexandria recently received a $49,848 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.

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The grant will be used to develop a plan for MLMM&G’s future interpretation, exhibits, education and fundraising efforts.

Bruce Olson, MMLM&G’s executive director, said, “The Minnesota Historical Society support is an affirmation of what is developing at MLMM&G. They will provide us with expertise in exhibit construction and accents, along with advice and mentorship in all phases of our organization. What a good day for the Maritime Museum and our community.”

A comprehensive interpretive plan will serve as a guiding document for MLMM&G’s Board of Directors for the next three to five years.

The plan is also expected to prioritize efforts and better position the museum for future interpretation, exhibit, education and fundraising efforts.

The museum staff, board and consultants will develop the interpretive plan.

MLMM&G celebrates the area’s lake traditions and legacies, and is committed to their preservation for future generations. The museum features classic boats, grand hotel and resort history, fishing memorabilia and more. MLMM&G opens for the season on May 15.

The state historical society is responsible for administering Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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