Rochester receives grant to study history

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(ABC 6 News) – The city of Rochester has received 95 hundred dollars to dig into some of the city’s history.

The grant comes from the Minnesota Arts and Heritage Cultural fund to do a historic context study.

The city will look specifically at the old state hospital. The site is where the Federal Medical Center is currently. The goal is to designate the site as a local landmark.

“It’s a part of our population through over a hundred year period that there is not a lot of discussions that happens I think that a lot of people don’t know about the hospital’s history and ultimately we want to be able to share that story,” Heritage Preservation & Urban Design Coordinator, Molly Patterson-Lundgren said.

The next step is to find consultants who can do the work.

City officials hope to be able to provide signage and information at the site to teach the public the history of the old state hospital.