The River Museum of St. Paul

by Richard Johnson | Feb 22, 2013
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Summary:

The Museum would be a collection of separate and distinct exhibits dealing with the history of the Mississippi River in relation to the development of the State. Possible exhibits could include:
-Geologic maps showing the creation of the River valley, together with representation of early animals and human occupants.
-Maps showing the paths of early explorers and their use of the River.
-History of the early Native American Population, up to present date, their origins, culture and its relationship with the River.
-Settlements activities of the early European settlers from the east, along the River and their importance on the settlement of easy River towns.
-An exhibit on Old Frontenac, south of the Red Wing.
-Historical events such as the Sea Wing disaster.
-The progress of the other development along the River.
-The history and function of the Corp of Engineers Lock and Dam System.
-Early logging, primarily from Northern Wisconsin.
-Early commercial fishing industry.
-Use of the River as a highway.
-The story of the maiden Rock.
-The Rivers functions as a major wildfire migration corridor from Canada to the s.S America and the birds that use.
-The function and the value of the wetlands.
-The environmental history of the River and its uses as a “sewer” by the cities along it, now corrected
-The current Bald Eagles and its history on the River.
-The efforts towered bluff top and River Corridor preservation.
-Presentation of fish and wildfire now occupying the River.
-History and development of railroads along the River corridor.
-A exhibit if artists and photographers using the River.
Many of the above exhibits have either a governmental or private organization that may be interested in promoting the exhibit financially, thus reducing the burden.

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Richard

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Johnson

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Glenna Johnson

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The River Museum of St. Paul

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

The Museum would be a collection of separate and distinct exhibits dealing with the history of the Mississippi River in relation to the development of the State. Possible exhibits could include:
-Geologic maps showing the creation of the River valley, together with representation of early animals and human occupants.
-Maps showing the paths of early explorers and their use of the River.
-History of the early Native American Population, up to present date, their origins, culture and its relationship with the River.
-Settlements activities of the early European settlers from the east, along the River and their importance on the settlement of easy River towns.
-An exhibit on Old Frontenac, south of the Red Wing.
-Historical events such as the Sea Wing disaster.
-The progress of the other development along the River.
-The history and function of the Corp of Engineers Lock and Dam System.
-Early logging, primarily from Northern Wisconsin.
-Early commercial fishing industry.
-Use of the River as a highway.
-The story of the maiden Rock.
-The Rivers functions as a major wildfire migration corridor from Canada to the s.S America and the birds that use.
-The function and the value of the wetlands.
-The environmental history of the River and its uses as a “sewer” by the cities along it, now corrected
-The current Bald Eagles and its history on the River.
-The efforts towered bluff top and River Corridor preservation.
-Presentation of fish and wildfire now occupying the River.
-History and development of railroads along the River corridor.
-A exhibit if artists and photographers using the River.
Many of the above exhibits have either a governmental or private organization that may be interested in promoting the exhibit financially, thus reducing the burden.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Museums are a “hot” ticket, particularly if they have one or more “themes”, such as the greatest and most noteworthy River in the country. Another popular theme is the study of the Native American population. There are many fine and successful museums which promote that theme, mostly west out of the Mississippi including these located in Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe, Denver, Albuerque and Phoenix. A noteworthy Western Museum is that in the small town of Cody, WY., just east of the east entrance to Yellowstone. This is a very popular, well done Museum and is very successful at drawing hundreds of thousands a year. It compares with Museums in all of the larger cities and a fine example to follow.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

- The combination of two very successful themes, Native Americans and the River is a very strong component. Museums are, of course open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. They are particularly attractive financially as they bring in mostly “new money” from the outside if the sponsoring community. This stays to circulate within the host community. The extended hours of the door being open also compares very favorable with other community events that may only occupy a weekend or a week, once a year.
- Besides, coming with their parents, school age children will be coming in buses, daily, by the thousands. For a child, a well planned and well run museum will be a very strong magnet, as well as for teachers looking for high grade learning experience

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

A River Museum will furnish the citizens of St. Paul with a major tourist, educational and economic attraction of which they will rightly take enormous pride. A Museum works for a city 52 weeks a year instead of a much smaller time period, with other venues.
If well done, it will be unmatchable!

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