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Evaluations are under way to try to add this stone beach house in Red Bridge Park to the National Historic Register. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Evaluation underway for beach house

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Evaluation underway for beach house
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The stone beach house in Red Bridge Park is being evaluated for possible nomination to the National Historic Register.

Without a concerted effort, our state's historic and cultural treasures are in danger of being lost to time. The Minnesota Historical Society awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant in the amount of $3,500 to the City of Park Rapids. The grant was approved by the society's awards committee earlier this year and, together with a $5,000 grant from the Blandin Foundation, will support evaluation of the stone beach house in Red Bridge Park.

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Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Minnesota Legislature from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution in November 2008. The grants are awarded to support projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation across the state.

This week, Stephanie Atwood, a consultant with Hess, Roise and Company, Minneapolis, is in Park Rapids to do field work on the stone beach house. When her work is completed she will prepare an overview of preliminary conclusions, including recommendations on the structure's areas of significance and period of significance, and meet with the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office National Register historian to discuss issues related to the nomination.

If a case can be made for the nomination, Hess, Roise and Company will prepare the National Register nomination. If the stone beach house is eligible and listed on the National Register, the status would create opportunities to restore this structure as a community asset.

"It is wonderful to see so many communities and local organizations benefitting from the Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants," said Britta Bloomberg, deputy state historic preservation officer. "Minnesotans should be proud of the unprecedented opportunities these grants provide for organizations to preserve and share our history and cultural heritage. The impact of projects supported by Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants will be felt throughout the state for many years to come."

The society is awarding a total of $6.75 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants to non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribes during the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years for projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation across the state. Grants are available in three tiers: Small or "Fast Track" grants of $7,000 or less, mid-size grants between $7,000 and $50,000, and large grants of more than $50,000. For more information, visit www.mnhs.org/legacygrants.

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