MNHS Announces New Partnership on Moorhead’s Comstock House

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Release dated: 
February 17, 2016
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

MNHS Announces New Partnership on Moorhead’s Comstock House

On Feb. 1, the Minnesota Historical Society entered into a new partnership with the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) to operate Comstock House in Moorhead. This year the historic site will be open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. and September and October, Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Next year Saturday hours will be expanded to include February, March and April. (NOTE: hours updated Feb. 24, 2016).

Under this new partnership, MNHS will continue to preserve and maintain Comstock House and its collections while HCSCC will staff, interpret and program the site, with Matt Eidem serving as site manager. “We're really excited to have the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County as a management partner,” says Ben Leonard, manager of community outreach and partnerships at MNHS. “They have a proven track record of excellent community engagement and interpreting local history.”

Dr. Maureen Kelly Jonason, executive director of HCSCC, says, “We’re delighted to provide our community with new programming, regular hours for touring and a ‘living laboratory’ for public history and history majors at all three of the major colleges.”

After a 2015 season closure for repairs and renovation, MNHS is excited to reopen Comstock House in May. The project included significant exterior and structural repairs, window preservation, new paint, lead remediation and more to maintain this historic site for future visitors.

ABOUT COMSTOCK HOUSE

Built by Solomon G. Comstock in 1883, the Victorian home blends Queen Anne and Eastlake architectural designs. It was home to Comstock, a U.S. representative and banker who helped to build James J. Hill’s railroad, and his family. The house is owned by the state of Minnesota, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, and managed by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

MNHS is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS 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, MNHS 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.