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Preserve Minnesota
The 36th Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

September 7-9, 2016
Hastings, Minnesota

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Hastings City Hall In 2016, we celebrate three landmark events: The 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 100th anniversary of Minnesota Local History Services. The statewide preservation conference is just one of the many ways Minnesota's preservation partners will join the celebration. Both days will be filled with sharing, learning, networking and strengthening preservation efforts in our state. Conference attendees can choose from a variety of traditional preservation sessions as well as a track geared for local history and museum enthusiasts. Topics will include learning about rehabilitating historic bridges into community assets, equipping commissioners and staff to dispel false claims during reviews, navigating historic tax credit projects and much more.

Location

Hastings Art Center -InteriorRegistration and Sessions will be at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 E. 4th St.  View Maps and Additional Information.

Hastings Arts Center is housed in the former Guardian Angels Catholic Church, whose main structure was built in 1888 and features open space, high ceilings and stained glass windows.

Keynote

Photo: Thompson Mayes

Keynote Speaker Thompson Mayes, Vice President and Senior Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Why Old Places Matter
Why do old places matter? What difference do old places make in people's lives? In a series of essays, Tom Mayes explored some of the many reasons that old places matter to people, beginning with Continuity, Memory, Individual Identity, Civic Identity and Beauty. The idea that old places are important to us is often a deeply held belief, but the reasons are not often articulated or expressed. Mayes' exploration provides direction for future efforts by identifying why old places matter, recognizing what we choose to preserve and addressing how to preserve them. Tom Mayes is vice president and senior counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has specialized in both corporate and preservation law since he joined the National Trust in 1986. He is the author of many articles relating to, and has lectured widely on, preservation easements, shipwreck protection, historic house museums and numerous other topics.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Wednesday evening, September 7, 2016, 5 - 8 p.m.
Evening Welcome Reception LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street
Tour the limestone Gothic Revival house built in 1862, whose design was boldly lifted from Andrew Jackson Downing's "Cottage Residences" of 1842. Learn about William LeDuc's pursuits as a merchant, writer, historian, farmer and Civil War veteran. Winners of the 2016 Minnesota Main Street Awards will be announced during the reception.

Thursday evening, September 8, 2016, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Mississippi Riverboat Cruise (additional cost)
All aboard! Take an interpreted cruise on the Anson Northrup. This excursion will provide an unparalleled view of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area (MNRRA), a 72-mile corridor from Ramsey to Hastings.

Friday, September 9, 2016, Tours, 1 - 4:30 p.m. (choose one)

  • Down By the Old Mill Stream: Blending Historic and Eco Tourism
    Visit the picturesque stone ruins of the Ramsey Mill, which operated along the Vermillion River in Hastings from 1857 until 1894, when a fire destroyed mill operations. Stroll through Old Mill Park, created as a tourist camp and city park in 1925, view the Upper Falls and cross the river on the footbridge. The tour will conclude with a stop at the LeDuc Historic Estate.
  • From Saloons to Silk Stockings: Hastings' Commercial and Residential Historic Districts
    Explore the downtown business district of a 19th-century river town and its affluent residential neighborhood that exhibits major architectural styles in vogue in Minnesota between 1850 and 1890. Rehabilitation projects reviewed by the HPC will be highlighted throughout the tour.
  • Manufacturing, Industry and the Prairie School in Hastings This tour will feature a variety of manufacturing, industrial and architectural delights throughout Hastings, including the Smead Company, Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works, Hudson Manufacturing, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fasbender Clinic and the Lundy House—designed by Tom Olson, an apprentice of Wright's.

Thursday, September 8 & Friday, September 9, 2016, Sessions will include (among others):

  • Unveiling a new, comprehensive online training manual for HPCs and staff, produced by Winter & Company
  • A Local History track that will address partnerships, community engagement and better communication
  • How to deal with substitute materials
  • First-ever bike tours!
  • Archaeology and history of the Hastings Bridge

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

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Wednesday, September 7

5:00-8:00 p.m. vening Welcome Reception

Location: LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St.

Tour the limestone Gothic Revival house built in 1862, whose design was boldly lifted from Andrew Jackson Downing's Cottage Residences of 1842. Learn about William LeDuc's pursuits as a merchant, writer, historian, farmer and Civil War veteran. Winners of the 2016 Minnesota Main Street Awards will be announced during the reception.

Thursday, September 17

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

Location: Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th Street East

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

Location: Hastings Arts Center

Honorable Paul Hicks, Mayor of Hastings

Andrea Kajer, Deputy Director, External Relations, Minnesota Historical Society

Michael Koop, CLG Coordinator, Minnesota Historical Society

9:15-10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address

Presenter: "Why Old Places Matter," Tom Mayes, the deputy general counsel at the National Trust for Historic preservation

Location: Hastings Arts Center


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

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

Minnesota HPC Online Training Program

Presenters: Nore' Winter, Winter & Company and Abbi Wittman, City of Stillwater

In order for HPCs to effectively carry out their legislative functions and serve as effective preservation advocates, they must be viewed as credible, trustworthy, and valuable. Unfortunately, many commissioners lack the knowledge and experience to navigate the complex and difficult decisions they've been charged with making. HPC members, both new and old, need consistent, sound, and ongoing training on a variety of topics from preservation basics to more advanced technical issues to perform their duties faithfully and capably. The cities of Stillwater, Eden Prairie and Mankato have partnered with Winter & Company to develop an online training course that will introduce participants to key concepts, common terminology, and core principles of preservation practice. This session will provide an overview of how these online educational materials can be utilized by commissioners and staff.

Location: Hastings Arts Center

Home Town Hospice: Care for Dying Communities

Presenter: Janet Timmerman, Murray County Historical Society

History is the study of change, and as small communities see changing demographics, either losing or gaining populations, or the ethnic makeup of the community changes, a sense of loss and grief often accompanies the change. This presentation shows the ways in which communities change and how local historical societies can offer solace and support during those times of community distress.
Location: Hastings City Hall, Community Room

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

Location: Hastings Arts Center

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

Commercial Main Street Ordinance and Enforcement

Presenters: Tom Bakken, Hastings Building Official; Kim Clausen, Community Development Coordinator City of Faribault; Pat Smith, Excelsior City Planner; Joe Van Thomme, Attorney, Eckberg Lammers, Attorneys at Law; Moderator: Catherine Sandlund, Main Street Design Coordinator & Design Reviewer

Location: Hastings Arts Center

Rewriting the Rural Narrative

Presenters: Benjamin Winchester, Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality

It seems the rural story has already been told. Small towns keep getting smaller. Churches, schools, clinics, businesses, and now post offices, have closed their doors as the lucky few migrate out to the big cities. This deficit framework dominates how we discuss and envision our rural communities. However, the story of rural America since 1970 is rich and diverse, with positive trends occurring under the radar. Learn how these important positive changes have been occurring across the rural landscape that require us to rewrite the narrative of rural community change.
Location: Hastings City Hall, Community Room

Beneath the Hastings Bridge: History and Archaeology

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

Archaeological investigations prompted by the construction of a new bridge over the Mississippi River at Hastings led to the discovery of two significant archaeological sites. Preserved beneath a parking lot and a highway approach, these sites contained evidence for some of the city's earliest businesses (groceries, saloons, and a hotel) as well as the destruction caused by the city's devastating 1899 Christmas Day Fire. The nearly 50,000 artifacts collected provide insight into the lives of the people that worked and lived in Hastings during the late 1800s.
Location: Hastings City Hall, Community Room

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

Location: Hastings Arts Center

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

Rehabilitating Historic Bridges Into Community Assets: Musings of a Historic Bridge Engineer

Presenter: Steve Olson, Ph.D., Olson & Nesvold Engineers

Minnesota has a couple hundred historic bridges. Most of these bridges are owned by local governments. And sadly, most of these bridges are in need of some rehabilitation. This presentation will use three project case studies to tell the story of delivering historic bridge rehabilitation projects in Minnesota. Featured projects include the relocation of the Silverdale Truss Bridge from Koochiching County to the Gateway Trail in Washington County; the rehabilitation of the Phalen Park Arch Bridge in St. Paul; and the rehabilitation of the pedestrian arch bridge between the waterfalls at Minneopa State Park near Mankato. The session will address balancing competing interests, including budget, safety, historic characteristics of the bridge, and environmental review.
Location: Hastings Arts Center

From Cooperation to Collaboration: Building Partner Relationships

Presenter: Jennifer Tonko, Minnesota Humanities Center and Todd Mahon, Minnesota Historical Society

Water/Ways is a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian's Museums on Main Street program. This session will cover the creation of a collaborative partnership that includes state agencies, and statewide and local nonprofits. Hear from some of the partners involved in how the relationships were created and the intentional planning to keep the collaboration active and vital after the exhibit finishes its statewide tour.
Location: Hastings City Hall, Community Room

Evaluating Substitute Materials

Presenter: Sharon Ferrarro, City of Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation state that new replacements for deteriorated historic architectural features must "match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities, and where possible, materials." On the surface that seems both reasonable and straightforward. However, we all know that the reality of evaluating substitute materials is much more complex. This session will explore the many factors and circumstances that can influence where and when substitute materials may (or may not) be appropriate.
Location: Hastings City Hall, City Council Room

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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

Friday, September 9

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

Location: Hastings Arts Center

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

Storefronts on Historic Buildings

Presenter: Karen Brandt, National Park Service

The storefront is the most important architectural feature of many historic commercial buildings. It also plays a crucial role in a store's advertising and merchandising strategy to draw customers and increase business. Not surprisingly, then, the storefront has become the feature most commonly altered in a historic commercial building. In the process, these alterations may have completely changed or destroyed a building's distinguishing architectural features that make up its historic character. This presentation is intended to assist preservation commissioners, staff, owners, and architects in answering such questions about how to evaluate and preserve the character of historic storefronts.
Location: Hastings Arts Center

Partners in Time: Collaborating With Local Organizations at State Historic Sites

Presenter: Ben Leonard, Manager of Community Outreach & Partnerships, Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society operates 12 of its 26 publicly accessible historic sites through partnerships with local entities. Come hear the best practices, honest realities and idealistic goals of the contract sites program.
Location: Hastings City Hall, Community Room

What's New With Main Street: Talking About the Main Street Refresh

Presenters: Sarina Otaibi, Minnesota Statewide Main Street Coordinator and Catherine Sandlund, Minnesota Statewide Main Street Design Coordinator

Location: Hastings City Hall, City Council Room

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

Location: Hastings Arts Center

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

Historic Windows: Facts and Resources

Presenter: Sharon Ferrarro, City of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Learn the basics of window operation, the fundamentals of rehabilitating a classic wooden double hung sash (and other historic window types) and how to evaluate windows to determine if and when replacement may be appropriate. The session will also discuss resources available for homeowners to make their own repairs or choose a qualified contractor.
Location: Hastings Arts Center

A Path for Common Efforts: Successful Partnership Grants

Presenters: John Fulton, Grants Associate, Minnesota Historical Society; Melinda Hutchinson, Grants Specialist, Minnesota Historical Society; and Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, Grants Manager, Minnesota Historical Society

This session will focus on the Heritage Partnership Program. This is a Legacy grant fund for two or more eligible applicants to create and develop partnerships between them. We will look at the boundaries, needs and possibilities when applying to this program and look at some examples of successful partnership grants. We will talk about ideas for what may work in this program and how to take on the challenges of true partnerships. The Heritage Partnership Program has an upcoming deadline in January 2017.
Location: Hastings City Hall, Community Room

The Downtown Red Wing Retail Challenge: How One Winner Turned into Four New Retail Businesses

Presenter: Anthony Nemcek, Downtown Red Wing Board Member

Location: Hastings City Hall, City Council Room

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

Location: Dining Room

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

Buses will pick up and drop off at the Hastings Arts Center

Down By the Old Mill Stream: Blending Historic and Eco Tourism

Visit the picturesque stone ruins of the Ramsey Mill, which operated along the Vermillion River in Hastings from 1857 until 1894, when a fire destroyed mill operations. Stroll through Old Mill Park, created as a tourist camp and City park in 1925, view the Upper Falls, and cross the river on the Foot Bridge. The tour will conclude with a stop at the LeDuc Historic Estate. .

From Saloons to Silk Stockings: Hastings' Commercial and Residential Historic Districts

Explore the downtown business district of a 19th-century river town and its affluent residential neighborhood that exhibits major architectural styles in vogue in Minnesota between 1850 and 1890. Rehab projects reviewed by the HPC will be highlighted throughout the tour.

Manufacturing, Industry and the Prairie School in Hastings

This tour will feature a variety of manufacturing, industrial, and architectural delights throughout Hastings, including the Smead Company, Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works, Hudson Manufacturing, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fasbender Clinic, and the Lundy House, designed by Tom Olson, an apprentice of Wright's.

Download a printable PDF Registration Form.

Register Online