MN Valley History Learning Center 2012


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Carl Colwell Speaks at the Tatanka Bluffs Corridor March 16, 2012.

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MN Valley History Learning Center 2012

  1. 1. Update for Tatanka Bluffs March, 2012
  2. 2. MissionThe Minnesota Valley History Learning Center teaches the cultural and natural heritage of the Minnesota River Valley and inspires people of all generations to understand, preserve, and learn from our shared history. 2
  3. 3. Part of a Larger VisionSustainable, regional destination to learn, research, recreate, and preserve:• Tatanka Bluffs ( – Provides overarching vision and structure to development initiatives. – Provide a more complete regional economy based upon the unique attributes of the area.• Green Corridor: – Vehicle to connect area between Upper Sioux and Ft Ridgely with public land. – Develop the area between the two casinos in manner that promotes the area and respects our past.• Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority (MVRRA): – 5 Counties make up the MVRAA and own the 94 mile track between Norwood and Hanley Falls. TC & W Railway operates the line and owns tracking rights to the Hopkins station to link to the light passenger rail in the Twin Cities. – Upgrade the current rail line to support vintage passenger rail from the Twin Cities. – About 33% of the upgrade is already financed. Work completed to Winthrop.• Minnesota Valley History Learning Center ( – Place major cultural and natural events into context. – Immerse visitors into historical context to create an effective learning and entertainment experience. – Mix education with recreation to enhance both experiences. 3
  4. 4. Economic Engine• Educate – Significant history – Significant science – Meet Minnesota Department of Education Standards and Requirements• Entertain – Outdoor Recreation – Indoor Recreation – Tie to existing recreation opportunities• Compliment and support existing economic engines – Agriculture – Mining and Manufacturing 4
  5. 5. Board of DirectorsPresident and Executive Director: Board Member: Carl Colwell Dr Pauline Nickel West Point, 1981 Executive Director, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), US Army U of M Southwest Research and Outreach Center, LambertonVice President: Teresa Peterson Board Member: Executive Director, Ken Speake Dakota Wicohan Newscaster Emeritus KARE 11 TVSecretary: Dan Reek Board Member: CEO, Dr Susan Weller Rural Energy Connections, LLC Executive Director, U of M, Bell Museum of NaturalTreasurer: History Ted Suss Superintendent, Wabasso Public Schools 5
  6. 6. Form Natural History Minnesota Valley History Learning CenterCultural Education History 6
  7. 7. Revenue Streams1. Learning Center A. K-12 Program Concept to B. Other Education Programs Cash Flow• Tourist Destination with Just A. Educational Exhibits 1) 2) Bell Museum Outdoor Programs and Exhibits Cultural and Historical Programs and Exhibits these two B. Recreation Programs Streams 1) Indoor and Outdoor Activities 2) Training and Qualification Programs 3) Rail/Trail Hubs3. Research Center A. Genealogical Resource Center B. Natural and Cultural Historic Sites and Resource Material• Corporate University Host• Other A. Summer Camps B. Elder Hostels C. Special Events (Farm Fest, alumni events, etc) D. Room Rental (weddings, training sessions, etc) 7
  8. 8. Major Themes (In order of historical occurrence)• Gneiss (~3.6 billion years old)• Glacial River Warren• Biological Diversity/Natural History Initial• Native American Culture Focus – Before Contact – After Contact• US - Dakota War of 1862• Immigration and Settlement• Pioneer life• Production Agriculture• Railroads Some of Minnesota’s most significant• Cultural Diversity natural and cultural historic events 8
  9. 9. Morton, MinnesotaLot Size: 16(+) Acres SNA = 14.72 Acres 9
  10. 10. Outdoor Educational Sites• River Warren Sites • Pioneer Sites – Cedar Mountain – Walnut Grove – Morton Monuments – Sod House Overlook – Ox Cart trails• Dakota Sites – Gold mine – Dakota Wicohan – Museums – Interpretive Center • Agriculture Sites – Lower Sioux Reservation – SWROC – Upper Sioux Reservation – Gilfillan – Others – Olivia• Gneiss Sites • US-Dakota War Sites – MVHLC Scientific Natural – Wood Lake Area (SNA) – Birch Coulee – Cedar Mountain SNA – Redwood Ferry – Montevideo – Fort Ridgely – Camp Pope – Camp Release – Others 10
  11. 11. Outdoor Recreation Sites• Gneiss Quarry Swimming/Ropes Challenge Course• ATV/ORV Courses• Team Challenge Course• Team and Individual Orienteering• Geocaching• Canoeing• Hike and Bike Trails• Horse Trails• Indoor and Outdoor Archery• Shooting• Winter activities 11
  12. 12. Production Potential Outdoor Agriculture Birch Coulee Olivia Battlefield Educational &Ox Cart Recreational Sites Potential MVHLC Trails Outdoor Rec AreasSacred Heart Monuments MVHLC Banks of the Ancient Morton River Warren Gneiss Scientific Quarry Natural Area Battle of Redwood Ferry Interpretive Center Trading Post Lower Sioux Community 12
  13. 13. Scientific Potential Outdoor Natural Area Educational & Recreational Sites MVHLC Sears Birthplace Ramsey Park Lower Sioux Dakota Community Sites Bishop Whipple MissionWalnutGrove U of M(25 mi) Research and Cedar Outreach Mountain Center (20 mi) Vision Gilfillan Farm Quest Site Sod House (20 mi) 13
  14. 14. Latest Developments• Non-Profit Established• Initial Campus Secured – Morton EDA Financing the Purchase of the Buildings and Initial Campus – Morton Area Community Foundation Agrees to Open a Project Fund to Support Building Renovations• Curriculum Being Developed – U of M (SWROC) Supervising and Writing – Parker D. Sanders Foundation – U of M contributions• Professional Marketing Materials Created – Video and Printed Materials – Website and Facebook We Need Your Support 14
  15. 15. Contact UsMinnesota Valley History Learning Center PO Box 266 280 North Centennial Drive Morton, MN 56270 507-626-4279 15