Heritage Preservation

The Heritage Preservation department’s staff, programs, and services help Minnesotans grow their capacity, increase their understanding, and ignite their enthusiasm for keeping the stories of our heritage alive through interpretation, conservation, and preservation.

Heritage Preservation Announcements and Updates

SHPO Transfer Update

Jan. 8, 2018 — The State Historic Preservation Office is moving to a new home at the Minnesota Department of Administration and will have limited operations for five days, from Feb. 26 to March 2, 2018. During this time, the public will not be able to access research files. In addition to the physical move, it will take time to settle into a new administrative system. As a result, project review times may extend up to 45 days for projects submitted to SHPO after Feb. 26 and through March 9. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

SHPO is moving to:

State Historic Preservation Office
50 Sherburne Avenue, Suite 203
St. Paul, MN 55155
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New phone numbers and emails to come.

Local History Services and the Grants Office will remain at MNHS. There may be some impact on grant review, however MNHS is committed to keeping any impact to a minimum. Grant application deadlines for calendar year 2018 will remain the same.

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SHPO Transfer Update

Dec. 15, 2017 — Over the past few months MNHS has been working closely with the Department of Administration (ADM) to address 1) staffing, organization and human resources, 2) finance and budgeting, 3) records management and retention, 4) space planning, 5) legislative, legal, and contract modifications, 6) marketing, communications and notifications, and 7) information technology, related to transferring SHPO. There are still many details that need to be worked out, but we can share some updates:

  • During September, MNHS submitted a memo to ADM proposing to transfer ten permanent staff and one temporary staff to support the core SHPO activities in ADM. There are also three vacant SHPO staff positions.
  • Transferring SHPO staff will be housed in the Department of Administration Building, 50 Sherburne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155.
  • All paper and digital files will be transferring and SHPO’s research files will be accessible to the public in the same manner they are currently. However, we will have a small window when the records may be offline at the end of February. Please check back to this website for an updated schedule.

SHPO Transfer Announcement

June 7, 2017 — In 2017 the Minnesota State Legislature passed a bill that included a provision to move the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to the Minnesota Department of Administration, effective March 1, 2018.

SHPOs were established in 1966 through the National Historic Preservation Act to administer federal programs at the state and local levels and to administer their own state historic preservation programs. In Minnesota, SHPO was created by state statute in 1969 and housed at the Minnesota Historical Society.

The SHPO is one of three units that make up the Heritage Preservation department at MNHS with the other two being Local History Services and the Grants Office.

During the 2017 legislative session, the Governor’s Office and some members of the legislature felt that the function provided by SHPO belonged in the Executive Branch of state government, where it is housed in most other states.

MNHS is working with the Department of Administration to ensure a smooth transfer and to minimize any interruptions in service to the public. As plans for the transfer develop, we will share more information here.

Thank you for your support as we make this change while continuing to preserve Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.

Local History Services

July 25, 2017 — Todd Mahon has been appointed Acting Local History Services Manager. David Grabitske served in this position for several years and recently accepted a new out-of-state opportunity. Todd started at MNHS in 2015 as a Program Specialist for Local History Services and has already jumped into his expanded new role with added responsibilities.