National Grant Means Bright Future for Split Rock Lighthouse

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Release dated: 
April 28, 2016
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Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148,
Lee Radzak, Split Rock Lighthouse, 218-226-6372,

National Grant Means Bright Future for Split Rock Lighthouse

$68,000 grant will help make the lighthouse more accessible while preserving its historic character for years to come.

With more than 150,000 visitors a year, Split Rock Lighthouse is in need of a plan for future growth that doesn’t compromise the historic integrity of the site.
This week Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan, announced a $68,000 Maritime Heritage Program grant that will allow for the creation of a cultural landscape report (CLR) to address this preservation issue. The Minnesota Historical Society, which operates the lighthouse, will match the grant.
Constructed between 1909 and 1910, Split Rock light station is exceptional among Great Lakes light stations for being designed as a single, cohesive complex which remains largely intact today. Because of its national significance to the development of American commerce and transportation on the Great Lakes, Split Rock light station earned National Historic Landmark status in 2011.
Over the years, the Coast Guard, the MN Department of Natural Resources, and later the Minnesota Historical Society, have made moderate improvements to accommodate ever larger crowds including new sidewalks, signs and barriers and the construction of a visitor center.
Moving forward, the CLR will provide a long-term management strategy for the historic site as well as guide immediate plans for ADA accessibility upgrades.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, provides Maritime Heritage grants to preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.
About Split Rock Lighthouse
The Minnesota Historical Society site is located in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on U.S. Hwy. 61, 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of life in this remote and spectacular setting. Tour the lighthouse, fog-signal building and the restored keeper’s dwelling. The visitor center features an award-winning film, exhibits and a museum store. For more information, call 218-226-6372.
The MNHS calendar of events is posted online at The website also has information about all of the MNHS programs, museums and historic sites.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.
The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.