ST. PAUL – State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, announced a group representing the Litchfield Opera House has earned a grant of $115,000 for continued restoration of that building.
The opera house is on the National Register of Historic Places and the grant will be used for conducting external masonry preservation and rebuilding a missing entrance column. The proposal was considered by the Cultural Outdoors Committee on which Urdahl serves.
“I commend the effort of the Greater Litchfield Opera House Association for its presentation and congratulate those instrumental in earning this grant during a competitive selection process,” Urdahl said. “I am a long-time supporter of this restoration project and am pleased to see work continue on this historic local site.”
The grant was provided through Legacy Act appropriations from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This pot of money was generated by the Constitutional Amendment statewide voters approved in the 2008 general election.
The Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants office received 126 applications requesting $14.5 million, yet only $3.1 million is available for mid-size and large grants like Litchfield’s. A total of 56 grants were issued in that category, only five of which received more funding than the opera house.
Additional information regarding grants may be found at www.mnhs.org/legacy.
Dean Urdahl represents District 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes most of Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl’s fourth term in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.