Timeline for the Prospect House and Civil War Museum

Late 2003 – Jay Johnson moves into the Prospect House due to the declining health of his mother.

2004 to 2008 – Jay finds many trunks full of Civil War letters and family memorabilia.

August 2008 – Kay Johnson passes away and Jay becomes the owner of the Prospect House.

2008 to 2009 – Jay lays the groundwork for the museum by setting up displays and organizing rooms. Begins offering tours and accepting donations. He begins dialogue with potential board members.

May 2010 – Jay’s vision comes through and the first board meeting of what will become the Prospect House and Civil War Museum is held.

August 2010 – Facebook page is up and running. Articles of Incorporation filed with state and accepted.

December 2010 – By-Laws accepted and signed by Board members.

January 2011 – First official strategic planning meeting held.

February 2011 – Tour of museum is video taped and available for guests. Website goes live. First grant received.

July 2011 – First commemorative event held with canons, Civil War re-enactors, band playing Civil War era songs and a float in a parade.

October 2011 – “On The Road” with Jason Davis of KSTP TV films at the Prospect House.

November 2011 – The segment with Jason Davis airs on KSTP TV for the first time.

December 2011 – Application made to the IRS for 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit status.

February 2012 – Received notification from the IRS that we are now a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit entity.

May 2012 – Received a $7000 grant for nomination to National Register of Historic Places.

July 2012 – Sponsorship of garden tours around the Battle Lake area with proceeds to help fund landscaping projects around the Prospect House.

August 2012 – Large donations allow for re-upholstering the living room furniture, putting historical markers in the yard and the placing of large signs in the street. The living room is opened for tours for the first time.

August-September 2012 – Sponsored a soda booth at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN with over 30 volunteers manning the booth.

October 2012 – First Halloween event held at the Museum.

December 2012 – First Christmas event held at the Museum.

February 2013 - First Valentines Day event held at the Museum. Informed of decision by state to consider nomination to National Register of Historic Places.

March 2013 – State holds nomination meeting and recommends Prospect House for National Register of Historic Places.

May 2013 – First art event held to honor Kay Wilkins Johnson birthday. World War II room honoring four grandsons of Cap Colehour opened up for tours.

June 2013 – National Park Service names the Prospect House to the National Register of Historic Places.