State Historic Preservation Office

Conference Schedule

Preserve Minnesota
The 32st Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Thursday & Friday, September 12-14, 2012
Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Fergus Falls TheaterCome to the Fergus Falls Center for the Arts for the 32st Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference. Join historians, architects, planners, public officials, property owners, preservation commission members and citizen advocates from all across the state in Fergus Falls for this annual two-day event. You'll come away inspired and equipped to help you make preservation succeed in your own community.

Sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the City of Fergus Falls.

Post Card: Fergus Falls, MNThe falls from which the city gets part of its name were discovered by Joe Whitford (a Scottish trapper) in 1856 and were promptly named in honor of his employer, James Fergus. It is not known whether James Fergus ever visited the city. The city was incorporated in the late 1870s and is situated along the dividing line between the former great deciduous forest of the Northwest Territories to the East, and the great plains to the West.

Wednesday, September 12

5:00-7:00 p.m. Evening Welcome Reception

Location: River Inn, 133 S. Mill Street, Fergus Falls
Hosted by the Lake Region Arts Council

Thursday, September 13

7:45-8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Location: Kaddatz Galleries, 111 W. Lincoln Avenue, Fergus Falls

9-10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Session-

Location: A Center for the Arts, 124 W. Lincoln Avenue, Fergus Falls

Honorable Hal Leland, Mayor of Fergus Falls
Senator Gretchen Hoffman, District 10 (invited)
Representative Mark Murdock, District 10B (invited)
Representative Larry "Bud" Nornes, District 10A (invited)
Barbara Mitchell Howard, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, MN Historical Society
D. Stephen Elliott, Director, Minnesota Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Officer

9:15-10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: "The Perfect Match: Sustainability and Preservation"

Presenter: Barbara Campagna, BAC/Architecture + Planning
Location: Center for the Arts

10-10:30 a.m. Break - Kaddatz galleries

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Financing Preservation Projects

Finding the funds for your preservation projects is one of the biggest challenges that preservationists face. Staff from the Minnesota SHPO will explain the variety of grant and tax credit programs that are available and help you learn how to get money for your projects.

Presenter: Catherine Sandlund
Location: A Center for the Arts

Building Arts Communities in Historic Buildings

Artspace Projects, Inc., the nation's leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts, has transformed numerous historic buildings into self-sustaining artist live/work projects. Senior staff will discuss why historic buildings, like the former Kaddatz Hotel, are often strong candidates for adaptive use, what Artspace looks for in a historic building, and how its projects are financed and managed.

Presenters: Kelley Lindquist, President, Artspace; Greg Handberg, Vice President, Properties at Artspace
Location: Kaddatz Galleries

Mobile Workshop: Appropriate Rehabilitation Techniques, Part 1

This workshop will involve taking a 5-minute bus ride to the vacant Northern Pacific Depot, which will serve as a "laboratory" for learning about building assessments and how to preserve original windows, in two simultaneous presentations. Participants will choose one of the two presentations on site. This mobile workshop will be repeated at 1:30-3:00 p.m.

What is a building assessment? How is it different than a Historic Structure Report? What does a preservation consultant look for when assessing a building? When and why does a building need an assessment? How can you use one to help get Legacy funding? Join Philip Waugh from the Collaborative Design Group as he explains how a professional preservation consultant examines a building to assess its physical condition, prioritizes its maintenance needs, and makes a plan to preserve and restore its historic fabric. This is a non-functioning Depot. There are no restrooms available.

Presenters: Phil Waugh, Collaborative Design Group

Why not just replace those old windows? They are so leaky and the new ones have a 10 year warranty! What if there was a way to get a beautiful historic window that would last another 100 years, look wonderful, operate easily and was cheaper and more energy efficient than a replacement window? This demonstration workshop will show you just that. With simple tools and readily available materials, historic wooden windows can be made better than new with proper repair and weatherstripping.

Presenters: Paul Schmidt, Restoration Window Systems; Linda Pate, Preservation Specialist, SHPO
Location: Northern Pacific Depot
(Session repeated at 1:30-3:00 p.m.)

12:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

Location: The Federated Church, 224 N. Union Ave.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Considering Main Street: An Introduction to Downtown Revitalization

Main Street need new life? In this introductory session you'll learn about how the National Trust's Main Street Four Point Approach to downtown revitalization works in Minnesota. How do local communities improve or manage their historic downtown? Is starting a Main Street Program right for your community? Main Street Programs are volunteer based and do work in the four points of Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotion and Organization.

Presenters: Emily Northey, Minnesota Main Street Program Coordinator; Representative from Designated Main Street Program
Location: A Center for the Arts

Introduction to Archaeology: How to Tell a Potsherd from a Primary Flake

This session will help preservationists, planners, managers and others become acquainted with the artifacts, research methods and goals of Minnesota archaeology. It is an introduction to 12,000 years of human history, with examples of stone tools, pottery and rock art, as well as ecofacts such as animal bones and seeds. It will explain how and why archaeology is practiced in Minnesota, and highlight its role in your community.

Presenter: David Mather, National Register Archaeologist, SHPO
Location: Kaddatz Galleries, Main Floor

Preservation Marketing 101

How can you best communicate your preservation issues, goals and successes to your community without spending a lot of money? What role does the media play and how can you best engage them? What are the best practices for using social media and guerrilla marketing? What communications principles should you follow when a crisis arises? Learn from real-life examples when you meet with the Minnesota Historical Society's PR team for a one-hour overview and 1/2 hour of discussion. Bring your questions and ideas!

Presenters: Amy Danielson, Jessica Kohen, Megan Lawson and Julianna Olsen
Location: Kaddatz Galleries, downstairs

Mobile Workshop: Appropriate Rehabilitation Techniques

See description from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. session
Location: Northern Pacific Depot, this is a non-functioning Depot. There are no restrooms available.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break kaddatz galleries

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Main Street-Let's Do It!

This session is for you if you know what a Main Street Program is and think that maybe it's a good fit for your community. In this interactive session we'll discuss how community leaders (hint, that's you) get their community educated and excited about Main Street Programs. We'll review the application process and share stories from current Main Street communities about how Main Street has benefitted them. Attendees will receive copies of the Considering Main Street handbook.

Presenters: Panelists from various Main Street communities will discuss what makes a successful Main Street program
Location: A Center for the Arts

Archaeology of the John Orth & Germania Breweries

A paved parking lot and the lawns of a city park hide from sight the remains of two of Minneapolis' foremost breweries. In 1890, the John Orth and Germania breweries merged with two other breweries to form the Minneapolis Brewing Company (aka Grain Belt). This presentation will provide an overview of the history of these breweries and how documentary and archaeological research led to the identification and evaluation of these sites. It will also discuss how these significant discoveries are being integrated into development plans.

Presenter: Michelle Terrell, Two Pines Resource Group
Location: Kaddatz Galleries, main floor

Creative/Guerilla Marketing for Historic Preservation

How do you promote preservation in your community with little or no budget? In the 1980s and 1990s, residents of St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood were faced with one of the highest vacant housing and crime rates in the city, as well as bulldozers ready for demolition. Armed with a small grant and plenty of creativity, residents developed a plan to market their historic neighborhood and change collective opinions so that today Dayton's Bluff is considered one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods.

Presenter: Susan Omoto, Former Community Organizer, Dayton's Bluff/District 4 Community Council; Joe Hoover, SHPO, Moderator
Location: Kaddatz Galleries, downstairs


Downtown Fergus Falls Mystery Tour: Take a walking tour of downtown Fergus Falls and learn about the infamous Schact murder, hangings at the courthouse, creepy Harold Featherstone, and more. $5 fee not included in registration.

Shopping and Entertainment: Special activities and exclusive offers in downtown for conference attendees, planned by the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Friday, September 14

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Location: A Center for the Arts

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Greenest Building Screening and Panel Discussion

View "The Greenest Building," an hour-long documentary and participate in a panel discussion afterwards. The film presents a compelling overview of the important role building reuse plays in creating sustainable communities. It explores the myth that a "green building" is a new building and demonstrates how renovation and adaptive reuse of existing structures fully achieves the sustainability movement's "triple bottom line" - economic, social, and ecological balance.

Presenters: Jane Turville, Eugene, Oregon film producer; Barbara Campagna, , BAC/Architecture + Planning
Location: A Center for the Arts

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Archaeology by Water: Glendalough State Park
(limited to 18 participants; also offered on Friday afternoon - register in person at conference)

Take a canoe excursion around Annie Battle Lake and learn about the landscape, vegetation, and why Glendalough State Park has the most archaeological sites known in any Minnesota state park. Ten-person canoes are steered by experienced guides-no skill or experience necessary.

Presenter: Jim Cummings, MN Department of Natural Resources; David Mather, MN SHPO
Location: Glendalough State Park

10:00-10:30 a.m. Break kaddatz galleries

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Wood, Concrete, Stone, and Steel: History and Preservation of Minnesota's Historic Bridges

Presenters will discuss various aspects of Minnesota's historic bridge program. You will hear from a local author about the state's legacy of historic bridges and from one of MnDOT's cultural resources staff about approaches being used today at the federal, state, and local-level to support historic bridge preservation. You'll also hear from a group of citizen advocates about their experiences to save a historic bridge.

Presenters: Denis Gardner, National Register Historian, SHPO; Heather Goodson, Mead & Hunt; Lisa Lindberg, Amboy, MN; Kristen Zschomler, MnDOT; Members of the Dodd Ford Bridge Preservation Society
Location: A Center for the Arts


Preservation Sampler: Recent CLG-Funded Grant Projects

Each year, an average of 10 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) undertake projects funded in part through the CLG grant program. This session will highlight four recent efforts: a web development project, an innovative public education initiative, a set of walking tour brochures, and an ongoing survey effort.

Location: Kaddatz Galleries, main floor


Challenges of Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehab

The Secretary's Standards serve as the basis for most local preservation ordinances, and provide a benchmark for property owners seeking federal rehabilitation tax credits. But how much interpretation is allowed in applying the Standards?

Presenters: Natascha Wiener, SHPO historic architect; a member of a Heritage Preservation Commission
Location: Kaddatz Galleries, downstairs

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

Location: The Federated Church, 224 N. Union Ave.

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Tours

Tours on Friday afternoon will take in a wide range of historic sites from Fergus Falls and vicinity. Buses will pick up at The Federated Church.

Fergus Falls Finest

Explore Fergus Falls' many landmark properties on foot and by bus. This tour will take in a range of significant buildings that illustrate the important themes of milling, manufacturing, institutions, and water power. Properties include the Fergus Falls City Hall, Park Region Luther College, the River Inn, the Federal Building and Post Office, the Charles Wright House, the Barnard Mortuary, the Fergus Falls State Hospital, and the Charles Clement House.

Otter Tail Power Company Hydroelectric Plants

The Otter Tail Power Company was organized in 1907 and by 1925 the company had constructed five hydroelectric plants in and around Fergus Falls, all of which have been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. All five facilities were designed by Vernon Wright, an architect trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was Otter Tail Power's cofounder and first president. This tour will be led by Sue Granger of Gemini Research, whose firm recently completed a historic context evaluation of Otter Tail Power's hydroelectric plants.

Historic Properties of Otter Tail County

You'll be pleasantly surprised on this tour by the beauty and history of Otter Tail County.

The first stop is Fort Juelson, an earthen fortress built in 1876 in Tordenskjold Township and still visible today. A current Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant is investigating the fort as an above-ground archaeology site. Stop two is the Phelps Mill Historic District, a crossroads agricultural service center comprised of a water-powered flour mill (1889), store (1891), and Italianate miller's house (1902). District No. 182 (Barnhard) School in Sverdrup Township is a Moderne-style split-stone school built in 1939-40 by WPA workers. It was rehabbed in the 1990s into an artist's studio, gallery, and home. The final stop will be the Fergus Falls State Hospital, Minnesota's only state institution retaining a complete Kirkbride-plan hospital design.

Archaeology by Water: Glendalough State Park

(limited to 18 participants - register in person at conference)

Take a canoe excursion around Annie Battle Lake and learn about the landscape, vegetation, and why Glendalough State Park has the most archaeological sites known in any Minnesota state park. Ten-person canoes are steered by experienced guides-no skill or experience necessary.

Guides: Jim Cummings, MN Department of Natural Resources; David Mather, MN SHPO