The museum is working hard to create a state-of-the-art environmentally controlled artifact storage room in the museum’s basement. We have received two Legacy grants from the Minnesota Historical Society to begin the renovation work. Our first projects are to reconfigure our existing HVAC duct work to provide independent temperature and humidity control; and clean, waterproof and seal the basement floor with a durable epoxy coating.
We have applied for three additional grants that will complete the HVAC upgrades, install new dry wall windows to eliminate any daylight from entering the artifact storage room.
In July, we will apply for a large grant to complete the project. The final phase will include state-of-the-art mobile compactible storage shelving and a fire suppression system. We expect all work to be finished late in the winter of 2020. Once completed the entire museum’s collection will be safely stored away and protected for years to come.
Mt. Hope Cemetery
Mt. Hope Cemetery is a work in progress. With advice from Belwin Conservancy staff we implemented a strategy to cut back and combat the regrowth of buckthorn. Our efforts have been very successful. When we started, the entire cemetery was heavily overgrown but now the cemetery has a park-like appearance. Each year we continue to cut back trees and buckthorn in various sections and seed with no-mow fescue grass. We are working to raise $3,000 to hire the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps to do restoration and preservation work on the headstones.