We are so pleased to receive this competitive grant through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society. The grant is for us to conduct a historic structure report on the Riley Lucus Bartholomew House that was built in 1862, deemed one of the oldest surviving homes in Richfield. It was listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places on November 28th, 1978.
A few years ago, the RHS Board began looking at ways to enhance educational offerings for more school children and found that in order to do so, we needed to prep the Bartholomew House so that it could be preserved but also accessible to our visitors. For small museums like ours fundraising is a big deal, and we needed something big in order to complete this preservation study. Swoops in the leaders on our Board (our heroes really) and the long arduous journey of sweat, blood, tears, rejection, and ultimately triumph begin. The great team of grant managers at the Minnesota Historical Society really helped us see the bigger picture and suggested different options that we did not know about for the preservation of the Bartholomew House. The wait is, in my opinion, the hardest part. When I opened the mail and saw the MNHS logo my heart was racing! It was literally the adult version of Christmas, and how elated I was when it was great news.
We are here to say, “Thank you,” to the thoughtful citizens of Minnesota who, through a vote, enables our continued work of keeping and sharing our history.