Split Rock Lighthouse Earns Prestigious Preservation Award

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Release dated: 
September 25, 2013
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Lee Radzak • Split Rock Lighthouse • 218-226-6372 • lee.radzak@mnhs.org

Split Rock Lighthouse Earns Prestigious Preservation Award

Split Rock Lighthouse has earned a 2013 Award for Historic Preservation by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History (AGLMH).

AGLMH presents this award annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to the preservation of Great Lakes maritime history.

AGLMH award

This year, Lee Radzak, site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse, has earned the award. According to AGLMH, for more than 30 years Radzak has "worked tirelessly to preserve one of the true icons of the region's history, the Split Rock Lighthouse, including managing three major restoration projects while continuing to keep the historic site open to visitors."

Radzak became the historic site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse in 1982. Over the years has has lead the development of an expanded interpretive program, overseen the construction of the Split Rock Lighthouse History Center in 1986, and most recently supervised restoration to the lighthouse and fog signal buildings in 2008 and 2009. He also headed up Centennial programming for the lighthouse's anniversary in 2010. Radzak joined the Minnesota Historical Society in 1976 as an archaeologist working on state park master plans and on the Minnesota Statewide Archaeological Survey.

The award will be presented at the Associations' annual awards dinner on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the conclusion of the 2013 Maritime History Conference on Mackinac Island.

About Split Rock Lighthouse

The Minnesota Historical Society site is located in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on U.S. Hwy. 61, 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of life in this remote and spectacular setting. Tour the lighthouse, fog-signal building and the restored keeper’s dwelling. The visitor center features an award-winning film, exhibits and a museum store. For more information, call 218-226-6372.

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.