Prospect House is a state and county gem [UPDATED]Published 9:45am Thursday, May 17, 2012 Updated 11:47am Thursday, May 17, 2012
I recently returned to visit Central Minnesota where I grew up. Much to my surprise, I found a gem in my home state. The Prospect House is a new civil war museum and it’s loaded with Dayton Furnishings that are in pristine condition.habits
However, the Dayton pieces are only a fraction of the historical stock featured at the residence. The wealth of knowledge that resides in this historical residence and museum is something one rarely observes; especially in rural Minnesota.
I understand that you may not have time to tour the site but, if you could you would be amazed by the condition and scope of the historical value of this residence and the collection.
The Prospect House offers a plethora of local and state history while the Civil War museum contains numerous pieces of National War History related to the Union. All of the pieces connect the importance of Union service in the American Civil War.
This home has the potential to rival homes on display in Greenfield Village (Dearborn, Michigan) and other historical venues across the country. On a smaller scale, The Prospect House and Civil War Museum strengthens the national awareness of the Union soldier on par with smaller civil war displays located at the Smithsonian.
To maintain and promote the location of this State and National treasure the Prospect House and Civil War Museum needs financial support to cultivate and preserve the residence and the diverse collection.
I am requesting that your staff make necessary contacts, on behalf of the Prospect House and Civil War museum to shore up grants and support that could develop this site.
After living in Minnesota for thirty years and being part of historical communities, I believe that this site can be a top tourism destination in Minnesota.
Undoubtedly, with financial support and historical preservation it could be in the top 100-historical residences (related to the civil war) on the national scene.
Please contact the head docent, Mr. Jay Johnson and have your staff begin to develop this exceptional place for all Minnesotans to enjoy.
Your support for the Prospect House and Civil War Museum could bring the needed help to tackle the enormous amount of work in detailing the collection and could ensure the preservation of this incredible historical marker.
With your help, this can be a Minnesota historical destination that only expands in quality and exposure for many years to come.