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Runestone Museum gets grant for security

The Runestone Museum Foundation recently received a $4,000 grant that will be used for the purchase of a security system for the Runestone Museum.

The security system, according to Runestone Museum Manager Julie Blank, will be a replacement system to what the museum currently has.

"We showcase the history of Douglas County through displays and artifacts that reflect the lives and stories of the early settlers," noted Blank. "With the many valuable artifacts in the museum and the expansion of the fort area, it has made the new system a necessity."

Blank explained that the system would provide the museum with expanded coverage not only inside the building, but also for Fort Alexandria's exterior buildings and the grounds.

The governing board of the Minnesota Historical Society on behalf of the Minnesota State Legislature awarded the matching grant.

The Historic Preservation Department of the Minnesota Historical Society administers the grant program, which assists county and local historical organizations that interpret and preserve Minnesota's history.

"Few museums receive grants from the Minnesota Historical Society and we are very excited that they selected the Runestone Museum as a recipient of this $4,000 matching grant," said Blank.

The foundation is proud to serve the public through this grant, and encourages everyone to watch for progress at the museum in the coming months.

Since this grant requires that every dollar be matched by at least one local dollar, the foundation will be accepting gifts from those who wish to help match the grant.

The public is encouraged to call the museum's manager at (320) 763-3160 for more details.

Since 1969, the state of Minnesota has appropriated funds to encourage historical organizations in achieving best practices, and for the preservation, restoration and stabilization of irreplaceable, historically significant buildings that are open to the public.