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Preserve Minnesota
The 37th Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

September 13-15, 2017
Alberta Lea, Minnesota

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City of Albert Lea Isn't it time to make preservation matter-or matter more-in your community? Attend the two-day Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in historic Albert Lea, Minnesota. Both days will be filled with sharing, learning, networking and strengthening preservation efforts in our state. Choose from a variety of traditional preservation sessions as well as a track geared for local history and museum enthusiasts. Learn about recent efforts by downtown Albert Lea business owners to revitalize their downtown, returning Cass Gilbert's masterpiece State Capitol to its original grandeur, how underutilized historic buildings became new cultural assets, the fundamentals of historic resource surveys, how to use the rehabilitation standards to transform your downtown and much more.

Location

Marion Ross Performing Arts CenterRegistration and Sessions will be at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, 147 N. Broadway Ave.

Keynote

Photo: Cheri Register

Keynote Speaker Cheri Register,

Stories in the Absence: Recovering History Where It Has Left Little Trace
Cheri Register will base her talk on her mission as writer and researcher of telling lost or vaguely remembered stories about life in Freeborn County, her home county, that once were front and center. These have been contentious stories, in both past and present. The events were themselves disruptive and contested, and trying to tell the story elicits mixed responses, depending on the reader's current or ancestral stake in the matter. Cheri will refer specifically to the absences: the empty field at Blazing Star Landing where the packinghouse stood until it burned in 2001 and was then torn down, and the drained farmland around Hollandale and Moscow that was once a huge wetland. Cheri Register's most recent book, which won a Minnesota Book Award, is The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape, a history of the drainage of an 18,000-acre wetland in Freeborn County. Her memoir of the 1959 meatpacking strike in Albert Lea, Packinghouse Daughter, won a Minnesota Book Award and an American Book Award and has been widely used in the classroom. She taught creative nonfiction writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis for twenty years and has served as a mentor and manuscript adviser for many other writers. Register graduated from Albert Lea High School and has a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Wednesday evening, September 13, 2017, 5 - 8 p.m.
Evening Welcome Reception Intellicents, 100 N Broadway Avenue
Tour the recently rehabilitated historic Southern Minnesota Gas and Electric Company Building, including the 1960s vintage kitchen that was used as a set for a local television show. Winners of the 2017 Minnesota Main Street Awards will be announced during the reception.

New in 2017! Poster Share
Create and bring a poster illustrating a special project or place from your community. Use any medium you like on a 20" x 30" poster board. Bring it for display in a public place in downtown Albert Lea during the conference.

Thursday evening, September 17, 2017, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Hometown Harvest Dinner 100 Block, N Broadway Ave.
Enjoy complimentary dinner under the stars on Broadway, hosted by and provided to conference participants by Experience Albert Lea. Then wander and shop in downtown Albert Lea.

Friday, September 15, 2017, Tours, 1 - 4:30 p.m. (choose one)

  • Albert Lea: Preserving the Past While Shaping the Future
  • Archaeology and Prairie School Buildings of Mower County
  • Mason City, Iowa

Thursday, September 14, & Friday, September 15, 2017, Sessions will include (among others):

  • The Vitality of History: Downtown Albert Lea's Story
  • Back to Life: How Three Abandoned/Underutilized Buildings Became New Cultural Assets
  • Yes You Can! Using Rehab Standards to Transform Your Downtown
  • The Conservation Treatment of Fine Art at the Minnesota State Capitol
  • Fundamentals of Historic Resource Surveys

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


FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Wednesday, September 13

5:00-8:00 p.m. Opening Reception

Location: Intellicents, 100 N. Broadway Ave.

Tour the recently rehabilitated historic Southern Minnesota Gas and Electric Company Building, including the 1960s vintage kitchen that was used as a set for a local television show. Winners of the 2017 Minnesota Main Street Awards will be announced during the reception.

Thursday, September 14

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

Location: American Legion, 142 N. Broadway Avenue

9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Session

Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

Honorable Vern Rasmussen, Jr., Mayor of Albert Lea

Representative Peggy Bennett, District 27A (invited)

Senator Dan Sparks, District 27 (invited)

Amy Spong, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Minnesota Historical Society

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Spotlight on Albert Lea: Preservation in "The Land Between the Lakes"

Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center


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

Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

Keynote Address

Presenter: Cheri Register

Stories in the Absence: Recovering History Where It Has Left Little Trace Cheri Register will base her talk on her mission as writer and researcher of telling lost or vaguely remembered stories about life in Freeborn County, her home county, that once were front and center. These have been contentious stories, in both past and present. The events were themselves disruptive and contested, and trying to tell the story elicits mixed responses, depending on the reader's current or ancestral stake in the matter. Cheri will refer specifically to the absences: the empty field at Blazing Star Landing where the packinghouse stood until it burned in 2001 and was then torn down, and the drained farmland around Hollandale and Moscow that was once a huge wetland.

Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

Location: Downtown Albert Lea

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

"The Vitality of History: Downtown Albert Lea's Story"

Panel discussion about downtown revitalization efforts that highlight use of the Broadway Ridge grants, featuring property owners.

Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (main theater)

"Back to Life: How Three Abandoned/Underutilized Buildings Became New Cultural Assets"

These buildings are landmarks with rich connections to community heritage and considerable architectural value. How they were rehabilitated and adaptively reused as new cultural assets reflects each community's commitment to preservation and heritage tourism. Possible examples: Canby Theater, Canby; Reads Landing School, Wabasha Co.; Shubert Theater, Mpls; Odeon Theater, Belview; Palace Theater, Luverne.
Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (Green Room in basement)

"The Conservation Treatment of Fine Art at the Minnesota State Capitol"

Presenter: Michelle Terrell, Ph.D., Two Pines Resource Group

As part of the restoration of the State Capitol, all of the fine art in the building was evaluated and, as needed, treated to restore and preserve it for future generations. This project took more than three years to complete. This session will begin with Denis Gardner providing some background and context for the art - what it is and how it got there - followed by a description of the conservation process and results.
Location: American Legion, 142 N. Broadway Avenue

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

Location: American Legion

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

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Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (main theater)

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Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (Green Room in basement)

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Location: American Legion, 142 N. Broadway Avenue

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Mississippi Riverboat Cruise (boarding begins at 5:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 15

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Location: American Legion, 142 N. Broadway Avenue

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

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Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (main theater)

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Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (Green Room in basement)

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Location: American Legion, 142 N. Broadway Avenue

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

Location: American Legion

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

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Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (main theater)

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Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (Green Room in basement)

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Location: American Legion, 142 N. Broadway Avenue

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

Location: Dining Room

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

Tours (buses will depart from and return to the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center)

Description TBD.

Albert Lea Preserving the Past While Shaping the Future Tour

Description TBD.

Archaeology and the Prairie School in Mower County Tour

Grand Meadow Quarry site (National Register of Historic Places-listed chert quarry, incredible precontact archaeology); it is one of only two archaeological sites in MN owned by The Archaeological Conservancy, a national non-profit dedicated to the preservation of archaeological sites. Exchange State Bank, Grand Meadow (1910, NRHP, Purcell & Elmslie). Grand Army of the Republic Hall (1891, NRHP), Sue Doocy of the Mower County Historical Society could be the guide.

Mason City, Iowa Tour

Description TBD.

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Online registration will be available soon!