State Historic Preservation Office

Conference Schedule

Preserve Minnesota
The 35rd Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Thursday & Friday, September 17-18, 2015
Franciscan Sisters Campus, Little Falls, Minnesota

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Hurrle Hall Isnít it time to make preservation matter or matter moreóin your community? Attend the two-day 35th Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in historic Little Falls, Minnesota. Learn about grassroots advocacy, how to deal with vacant storefronts and blighted properties, incentive programs for redevelopment and rehabilitation and much more. Both days will be filled with sharing, learning, networking and strengthening preservation efforts in our state. This year attendees will be able to choose from a variety of traditional preservation sessions as well as a track geared for local history and museum enthusiasts.

Location

Conference headquarters will be the Franciscan Sisters campus on the south end of downtown Little Falls. Sixteen women formed the religious community of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls in 1891 and began their ministry of caring for the sick, the aged and orphaned children. The sisters farmed, gardened, taught, nursed and prayed. St. Francis Convent (1891) contained a chapel, hospital, orphanage and school, and St. Ottoís Orphanage (1893) was constructed to house over 100 orphans from around St. Cloud. A hospital was added in 1915 and girls school in 1930, from which 2,000 girls, day students and boarders graduated during its 50-year history.  View Maps

keynote

Photo: Susan West Montgomery

Our keynote speaker will be Susan West Montgomery, who will address the topic of Grassroots Advocacy for Preservationists. Susan West Montgomery is Vice President for Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is responsible for the Trustís publications, its National Preservation Conference, information services, training modules and grant programs. Before joining the Trust in 2009, Susan served as president of Preservation Action in Washington, D.C. from 1997 to 2004, where she coordinated Preservation Actionís national grassroots lobbying network and monitored legislative actions affecting preservation. She worked on a contract basis as circuit rider and outreach coordinator for the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions providing training, technical assistance, and assessments for Marylandís 47 historic district commissions. She is the author of A Blueprint for Lobbying, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Events

This year there will be two evening events. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 5-8 p.m., there is a welcome reception at the Great River Arts Association, 122 1st Street SE, in downtown Little Falls. Plan to shop and marvel at a car show in the downtown historic district, and take advantage of special activities and exclusive offers for conference attendees.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, from 5-8 p.m., a social gathering will be held at the Linden Hill Historical Event Center, 608 Highland Ave., hosted by the Friends of Linden Hill.

Conference attendees will be able to choose from one of three tours on Friday afternoon, Sept. 18:

  1. The Little Falls Historic Resources tour will highlight the commercial historic district, the Morrison County Courthouse, the Little Falls Carnegie Library, the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Crowderís Gas Station, and various residential buildings.
  2. The Camp Ripley tour will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the history and development of Camp Ripley, including the WPA Main gate and Wall, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Valhalla, the Norwegian-style log lodge built in 1934 as a Governorís retreat.
  3. The Industry, Aviation & Recreation tour will highlight the Little Falls Dam, Mill Park, the Weyerhaeuser Museum/Morrison County Historical Society, the Lindbergh Visitor Center, the Charles A. Lindbergh Boyhood Home, and the Lindbergh State Park/Little Elk Methodist Episcopal Mission.

This schedule is still a work in progress. Please check back as this schedule will be updated frequently as more information is known.


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Thursday, September 17

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Location: Francis Center lobby & Dining Room

8:45-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Session

Location: Chapel

Honorable Greg Zylka, Mayor of Little Falls

Barbara Mitchell Howard, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, MN Historical Society

Doug Gasek, Executive Director, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

Representative  (invited)

Senator  (invited)

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address

Presenter: Susan West Montgomery, Vice President for Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

2016 will be a seminal year in the life of historic preservation. The National Historic Preservation Act turns 50, offering us an opportunity for reflection and a chance to consider what we might want our own contribution to the history of preservation to say about who we are and what we valued. Susan West Montgomery, Vice President for Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will consider the impulses and advocacy efforts that brought the Act to life and discuss the role we might play in its evolution.

Location: St. Francis Hall


10:15-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Government Records Basics

Presenters: Charles Rodgers, Government Records Specialist and Anjanette Schussler, Government Records Assistant, Minnesota Historical Society

This session will include a brief review of the state records laws, the definition of government records, local government records retention schedules, basic records management issues, and the role of the State Archives and State Historical Records Advisory Board.
Location: St. Francis Hall

Vacant Storefronts and Blighted Properties, Part 1

Presenters:  Joe Lawniczak, Downtown Design Specialist and Errin Welty, Downtown Development Account Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Finding new uses for older buildings is challenging in good times and bad. This session will lay out the top reasons for building vacancies and why some historic commercial districts see retail vacancies. Learn about some of the simple and inexpensive approaches for dealing with problem real estate such as quick façade improvements and marketing efforts. Strategies will be provided to combat each, along with case studies and resources.
Location: Center 242

Building Rehabilitation for Main Street

Presenters: Audrey Tepper, Historical Architect, National Park Service and Natascha Wiener, Historical Architect, Minnesota Historical Society
Location: Center 244

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

Location: Dining Room

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

Practical Advice About Managing, Accessing and Using Digital Records

Presenter: Sarah Barsness, Digital Collections Assistant, Minnesota Historical Society

This session will discuss management issues and tools for handling digital records. Topics will include born-digital versus digitized records, item-level versus at-scale access, file formats and format conversion, backups and disaster recovery, and tools for storing and access digital content. 
Location: St. Francis Hall

Vacant Storefronts and Blighted Properties, Part 2

Presenters:  Joe Lawniczak, Downtown Design Specialist and Errin Welty, Downtown Development Account Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

So, your downtown has empty storefronts and blighted properties. What next? Following up on Part 1 of a two-part session, this session will examine what you can do to remedy this situation, from the perspective of a Main Street manager, Heritage Preservation Commission member, city manager, and local attorney. 
Location: Center 242

Appropriate Plaster Repair Techniques

Presenter:  Mark Chavez, Historical Architect, Midwest Regional Office, National Park Service

This session will present a brief history of plaster and the use of plasters in buildings dating back to cave dwellers. The different types of plaster mixes and substrates will be discussed, followed by the various types of substrates (lath). Lastly, various types of repair methods will be presented – from simple crack repair, to wholesale removal and re-plastering techniques, to the in situ repair of decorated plaster surfaces which remain in place while the attachment “keys” are reintroduced. 
Location: Center 244

Downtown Little Falls Building Rehab Loan & Grant Program Walking Tour

Presenter: Richard Carlson, Little Falls City Administrator (retired)

During the past 25 years, the City of Little Falls has managed a building rehabilitation loan and grant program that has promoted the preservation of dozens of buildings within the central business district. This walking tour will focus on the downtown properties and financial tools that have been utilized to reinvigorate Little Falls’ core and its historic buildings. Note: Tour limited to 20; also offered again at 3:30 p.m.

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

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

Basics of Housing, Preserving, Conserving and Providing Access to Government Records

Panel: Charles Rodgers, Government Records Specialist and Anjanette Schussler, Government Records Assistant, Minnesota Historical Society

This session will review the fundamentals of protecting and using records in all formats. Topics will include appraisal of government records, arrangement and description, housing and storage guidelines, and providing reference service. 
Location: St. Francis Hall

Downtown Little Falls Building Rehab Loan & Grant Program Walking Tour

Presenters: Richard Carlson, Little Falls City Administrator (retired)

During the past 25 years, the City of Little Falls has managed a building rehabilitation loan and grant program that has promoted the preservation of dozens of buildings within the central business district. This walking tour will focus on the downtown properties and financial tools that have been utilized to reinvigorate Little Falls’ core and its historic buildings. Note: Tour limited to 20; also offered earlier at 1:30 p.m.

Preservation At 50: A Conversation About the Future

Presenter: Barbara Mitchell Howard, Minnesota Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer; Susan West Montgomery, National Trust for Historic Preservation

In 2016, the National Historic Preservation Act will turn 50. As we reflect on our accomplishments since 1966, we must acknowledge that the Preservation Act came about largely through advocacy. All across the country preservationists and their allies are taking time out from the work of saving places to consider what we might want our movement to look like in the next 50 years. Join Susan West Montgomery of the National Trust for† Historic Preservation for a facilitated conversation about where we are and where we go from here. She will share findings from similar convenings and invite audience members to add their insights and ideas to the national conversation.
Location: Center 242

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Reception at Linden Hill Historical Event Center 608 Highland Avenue
Hosted by Friends of Linden Hill

Friday, September 18

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Location: Center 242

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

How to Hire the Right Contractor/Consultant for a Project  

Presenter: Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, Grants Manager, Minnesota Historical Society

Is your organization planning to replace the roof on a building listed in the National Register? Or maybe you want to catalog a collection of over 500 items? Whatever the project, finding the right personnel can save time and money. Learn valuable tips and tools on how to find and hire the right contractor/consultant with the appropriate training, skills, and knowledge for a project. Grants Office staff will share information on how to prepare bid documents, how to solicit bids, and grant requirements such as procurement and prevailing wage. 
Location: St. Francis Hall

Out of the Boxes and on to the Internet

Presenter: Ron Schirmer and Andrew Brown, MinnesotaState University, Mankato

A major effort is being made to create a clearinghouse of archeological data for the state. The database will be web-accessible, and will emphasize location mapping, object images, and all associated data that agencies, institutions, and individuals at varying levels of expertise and responsibility can access to assist them in understanding Minnesota's long precontact past. Since many different audiences will have access to, and hopefully use, this system, we are reaching out to potential users to both explain how it works and to elicit feedback on the design and capabilities.
Location: Center 242

Code Challenges and Creative Solutions in Meeting the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards

Presenters: Audrey Tepper, Historical Architect, National Park Service; Natascha Wiener, Historical Architect, Minnesota Historical Society

Rehabilitating and reusing historic buildings can help municipalities, building owners, and developers meet important objectives ranging from preserving local character to promoting community revitalization. But what about the challenges in bringing older buildings up to code Ė how can these projects work and still meet modern requirements for safety and accessibility as well as adhere to the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards? In this session youíll learn about:

  • commonly used building codes in the U.S. and how they apply to historic buildings
  • questions to ask in order to avoid settling for the first (and often least sensitive) solution
  • the types of projects and buildings that fall under the codes
  • how to work with code officials to gain added flexibility
  • alternative methods for meeting code requirements related to fire safety
  • options available to preserve historic features while meeting code requirements

Location: Center 244

Archaeology of Morrison County

Presenters: David Mather,  National Register Archaeologist, Minnesota Historical Society; Rob Mann, St. Cloud State University, Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Jim Cummings; Naturalist, Kathio State Park

Archaeological sites present difference challenges than buildings for historic preservation. Guided by archaeologists who have been working in the area, visit sites around Little Falls to learn about the different stages of archaeological research, as well as strategies for site protection and public education
Location: Meet in lobby

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

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

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

Saint John’s Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space

Presenter: Victoria Young, Professor and Chair, Art History Department, University of St. Thomas

In the 1950s the brethren at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint John the Baptist in Collegeville, Minnesota—the largest Benedictine abbey in the world—decided to expand their campus, including building a new church. From a who’s who of architectural stars—such as Walter Gropius, Richard Neutra, Pietro Belluschi, Barry Byrne, and Eero Saarinen—the Benedictines chose a former member of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer. In collaboration with the monks, this untested religious designer produced a work of modern sculptural concrete architecture that reenvisioned what a church could be and set a worldwide standard for midcentury religious design. This presentation will document the dialogue of the design process, as Breuer instructed the monks about architecture and they in turn guided him and his associates in the construction of a sacred space in the crucial years of liturgical reform. 
Location: TBD

Differing Perspectives, Common Goals: Successful Preservation Projects with Multiple Funding Sources

Presenters: Anne Makepeace, Grand Hotel, New Ulm; Craig Milkert, PE, LEED AP, Collaborative Design Group

This session will focus on projects with multiple funding sources which bring different perspectives to preservation projects. Case studies will be presented which feature projects that have been awarded Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) grants in conjunction with other funding sources, including Capital grants and State and Federal Investment Tax Credits. The challenges of working on projects where there are conflicting interests and priorities within the stakeholder group will be examined. Recent projects will be presented that exemplify how the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards were maintained within the context of various funding sources. 
Location: TBD

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

Location: Dining Room

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

Buses depart from the parking lot at the front of the St. Francis Retreat Center.

Historic Resources of Little Falls

The Little Falls Historic Resources tour will highlight the commercial historic district, the Morrison County Courthouse, the Little Falls Carnegie Library, the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Crowder’s Gas Station, and various residential buildings.

TOUR LEADER: Mary Warner

Camp Ripley

The Camp Ripley tour will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the history and development of Camp Ripley, including the WPA Main gate and Wall, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Valhalla, the Norwegian-style log lodge built in 1934 as a Governor’s retreat.

TOUR LEADERS: Wayne Liljegren and Kristina VonBerge

Industry, Aviation and Recreation

The Industry, Aviation & Recreation tour will highlight the Little Falls Dam, Mill Park, the Weyerhaeuser Museum/Morrison County Historical Society, the Lindbergh Visitor Center, the Charles A. Lindbergh Boyhood Home, and the Lindbergh State Park/Little Elk Methodist Episcopal Mission.

TOUR LEADERS: Jan Warner and Camille Warzecha