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Great River Road Network of Interpretive Centers Visit Checklist

State Commissioner visits annually or bi-annually by making an appointment with the I.C. Director or appropriate personnel.

The goal is to develop a stronger relationship between the Interpretive Centers (I.C.) and the MRPC.

During the visit, the commissioner will review the checklist and share new or ongoing information about the MRPC. The talking points should include benefits of being an I.C. (e.g., featured on website, printed maps, social media, itineraries and more.)

  • Interpretive Center Visited Winona County History Center
  • Date of VisitMay 20, 2022
  • Visiting Commissioner's NameChris Miller
  • Name, Title, Email and Telephone Number of I.C. Personnel InterviewedJennifer Weaver, Educator (and MN-MRPC Member)
  • What are your regular hours?Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • What is your admission pricing?$5 adults, $3 students, free for WCHS members and youth under 7
  • How many visitors do you see annually?Thousands
  • Does I.C. have a website?Yes
  • Website URL
  • Do you have a button on your website with the Great River Road logo and link to the website?Yes
  • URL to page where button is located
  • When will you be adding a logo and link?
  • Do you have a Facebook page?Yes
  • Facebook URL
  • Do you carry GRR maps or rack cards for sale, distribution or on display?Yes
  • Do you display a GRR banner or other signage?Yes
  • Are your frontline personnel knowledgable of the GRR? Do they receive any formal training?Yes
  • Do you have photos or video of your I.C. to share for promotional use?Yes
  • What other Interpretive Centers do you communicate with regarding GRR activities?
  • How could the state or national MRPC help your interpretive center?
  • What do you need from us?
  • How have you worked with the MRPC in the past?Marketing
  • How does being affiliated with the Great River Road help your visitation?It is a great opportunity for reaching new and wider audiences.
  • Do many people visit your IC because they are travelling the Great River Road?No
  • Has the status as an All-American Road led to more visitation?No
  • Do people know about this designation and why it matters?No
  • How does your organization currently connect visitors to the Mississippi River and the Great River Road?With tourist info, tours, exhibits, programming
  • Are the descriptions for your listing on the National Great River Road website and, if applicable, on your state’s Great River Road website up to date?Yes
  • Please send updated information as needed, along with a photo (or photos) that you’d like us to use for promotional purposes.Please see submitted IC profile information
  • What are you doing to engage diverse audiences?Updating exhibits, diverse programming and working to build partnerships with underserved populations.
  • Is the contact information on you website up to date?Yes
  • Please send updated information as needed, include a phone number and email contact?Please see submitted IC profile information
  • COVID-19 Impacts
  • How has Covid affected your staff and visitation at your IC over the past two years?Visitation was lower and there were many cancelled programs and events. Staff was not affected.
  • How are you planning to adjust or how have you adjusted in 2022?We did more virtual options for meetings and programs, and highlighted online "exhibits" with social media too.
  • What do you see as the long-term impacts?Virtual options
  • How can MRPC help with regard to the impacts of Covid?

Information on whether people visit the IC because of travelling the GRR, status of AAR designation leading to more visitors, and people’s knowledge of the AAR designation – not available because not currently tracked.

National Office Contact Information


National MRPC Office
PO Box 7395
Madison, WI 53707-7395


Toll Free: 866-763-8310
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