Oberholtzer Foundation Wins Grant

The Ernest Oberholtzer Foundation recently received a Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society for restoration work at the late wilderness advocate’s Mallard Island residence.

The International Falls Journal has the full story HERE.

The $48,822 grant, one of 59 made by the Minnesota Historical Society, will support the restoration of Oberholtzer’s drum room fireplace and chimney. The grants’ funding came from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, appropriated to the Minnesota Historical Society for its Statewide Historical and Cultural Grants program.

The Oberholtzer Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of Oberholtzer’s “North Woods legacy, as a source of inspiration, renewal, and connection to the natural world.” The foundation makes the Mallard Island site available for workshops, retreats, and other activities.

Oberholtzer, one of the founding members of the Wilderness Society, was an important advocate for the preservation of the Quetico-Superior region including what became the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park.

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