Giving children a sense of where they came from, the struggles and successes of those who came before, binds them to the community in which they live.


To that end, having a museum where school children can go and learn about their culture allows them the opportunity to deeply understand those citizens who established the small townships and cities of central Minnesota. With this museum, the area school children would be able to do cross-age activities. Having the opportunity to partner Senior Citizens with students to discuss their oral history and witness those objects discussed in the conversation would be beneficial. Minnesota history is an essential part of the sixth grade curriculum. Seeing, learning, and understanding those that came before will empower children to carry these traditions and culture with them as they make their own history for generations that follow.


Request for Proposal

The Clarissa Community Museum, Inc. is a 401 (C)(3) organization which was formed to celebrate the history of Clarissa. The stories and displays are dedicated to the past, present, and future residents and the organization strives for the betterment and growth of the city and community. The museum is located at 402 Main Street West in Clarissa. The Museum is a 40‘x 40‘addition to the Clarissa Senior Center with a 10‘x 30 storage area. Attached is a drawing of the museum area.

It presently has incandescent lights which can be harmful to light sensitive objects and does not provide adequate lighting for visitors to discover, explore and learn about our history. An improved lighting system could improve and protect the collection’s textiles, photos and paper from fading and other damage from overexposure to light and enhance the visitors experience viewing the collections.

We are looking for a qualified museum lighting designer to evaluate our display lighting areas and give professional advice and recommendations on improving our museum lighting.

We are asking for a proposal from you to accomplish our lighting needs. You are welcome to visit our museum or you can call for more details. Our (Gary and Rita Stracek) number is 320-594-2960 and can be reached most any time or email us at:

It can be mailed to: Gary Stracek. 38657 County 21. Browerville, MN 56438

We request that the proposal be given to us by Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in order that we may apply for a Legacy Grant.


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Building progress: The outside structure is completed.  The infloor heating system has been installed. The cement floor will be poured this week.




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