33rd Annual Historic Preservation Conference to be Held Sept. 12 and 13 in Lanesboro

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Release dated: 
August 14, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference
Date: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12 and 13, 2013
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Place: Commonweal Theatre, 208 Parkway Ave North, Lanesboro
Cost: $50-$100

Registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

Register online or download a form at www.mnhs.org/preservemn

33rd Annual Historic Preservation Conference to be Held Sept. 12 and 13 in Lanesboro

The 33th Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference is coming to downtown Lanesboro, Minn. on Thursday and Friday Sept. 12 and 13.

Commonweal The two-day conference is designed for people new to historic preservation, local history advocates and preservation professionals. The largest annual gathering of the Minnesota preservation community, this conference features multiple tracks of educational sessions, mobile workshops and tours that address a range of current issues.

From exploring how communication strategies support advocacy, to dealing with building codes in historic buildings, to tackling "white elephants" through community activism, the sessions explore issues and trends relevant to the preservation community.

Each year the state preservation conference is held in a different community. This year the setting is Lanesboro, a model community that emerged from decline to strength. In 1998, the city was recognized as a Great American Main Street by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and in 2013 ArtPlace identified Lanesboro as one of American's top 12 ArtPlaces. Lanesboro's comeback as a thriving rural community can be traced to pairing the town's natural and cultural assets to accessibility. The conference will be held in downtown Lanesboro at the Commonweal and St. Mane theatres.

The conference fee is $50-$100. The conference schedule, lodging options and online registration can be found at www.mnhs.org/preservemn. Registration must be made by Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

About the State Historic Preservation Office

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 provided for a network of historic preservation offices in every state to spearhead state preservation initiatives and help carry out the nation's historic preservation program. Minnesota's SHPO was created by state statute in 1969 to provide statewide leadership. The director of the Minnesota Historical Society serves as State Historic Preservation Officer.

Located in the Society's Historic Preservation, Field Services and Grants Department, the SHPO fulfills its mission to preserve and promote Minnesota history by working to: Identify, evaluate, register and protect Minnesota's historic and archaeological properties, encourage the development of local history organizations and activities, and assist government agencies in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

This summer explore more than 500 museums statewide with the free Minnesota Museums app, brought to you by the Minnesota Association of Museums and the Minnesota Historical Society. Browse Minnesota museums by name, category or location; create an itinerary, check off museums you've visited and upload favorite museum photos; plus the app will also suggest museums based on geographic location. The Minnesota Museums app is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.