State Historic Preservation Office

Conference Schedule

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 Albert Lea American Legion, 142 N Broadway.

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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 14, 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.

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, September 14

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

Location:Albert Lea 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)
  • Marion Ross, Actress
  • Amy Spong, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Minnesota Department of Administration representative
  • Michael Koop, Certified Local Government Coordinator


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

Location: Albert Lea American Legion

Keynote Address

Presenter: Cheri Register

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

Beyond the Classroom: How to Create and Sustain Preservation Education Partnerships

In 2016, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and Morrison County Historical Society hosted a Repairing Old Windows workshop in Little Falls. Designed for people who live in or care for older homes, the class showed how to access the condition of old wood windows and do basic repairs. The class brought together homeowners, MCHS members, and caretakers of the Linden Hill Historical Event Center to share their restoration projects, learn new skills, and promote preservation. Learn how this partnership expanded the network of preservationists in Morrison County and inspired community members to action.

  • Natalie Heneghan, Moderator, Education Coordinator, Preservation Alliance of MN
  • Ann Marie Johnson, Curator, Morrison County Historical Society
  • Pat Sharon, Historic Preservation Committee Chair, Linden Hill Historical Event Center Mary Warner, Executive Director, Morrison County Historical Society

Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (main theater)

State of the Survey

Learn about a fundamental preservation tool: the historic resource survey. The purpose of a resource survey is to identify and evaluate properties that define the story of your community, and to establish an inventory of significant properties that merit preservation. Ideally, cultural and historic resource surveys lead to community planning that retains the historic integrity of significant resources. This session will focus on the application of survey documentation and the long-term benefits of surveys, and provide highlights about the recently-released Historic and Architectural Survey Manual.

  • Ginny Way, National Register Architectural Historian, Minnesota SHPO
  • John Smoley, Ph.D., Community Planning & Economic Development, City of Minneapolis

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

The Conservation Treatment of Fine Art at the Minnesota State Capitol

From gleaming marble and vibrant art to new public spaces, the Minnesota State Capitol's $310 million renovation - the largest preservation effort since it opened in 1905 - is complete. Learn about the history and restoration of the iconic building from Denis Gardner, National Register Historian at the Minnesota SHPO and author of the newly-released book "Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking through Restoration."

Location: Albert Lea City Hall, City Council Chambers

The Vitality of History: Downtown Albert Lea's Story

American Legion, 142 N. Broadway Avenue This session will begin with a brief presentation by city staff about three different revitalization projects in downtown Albert Lea that utilized, among other sources of funding, the City of Albert Lea Broadway Ridge Renewal Grants. Following the presentation, attendees will walk to each business and learn directly from the owners what motivated them to undertake these rehabilitations. NOTE: This session involves some walking.

  • Chad Adams, City Manager, City of Albert Lea
  • Jennifer Nelson, City of Albert Lea
  • Holly Karsjens, Meraki Studio
  • Abby Murray, The Marketing Plant
  • Joe and Mollee Tscholl, Snap Fitness

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

Location: American Legion

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

Federal Historic Preservation Law 101: Section 106 Review Basics

If you work for a governmental agency, consulting firm, heritage preservation commission, or local history organization and are involved in a project that may affect historic properties, or are interested in an overview of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and guidance on how to become involved in this review process on a local level, this session is for you. Presenters will cover the fundamentals of Section 106 reviews establishing the area of potential effects, identifying and evaluating historic properties and assessing effects and explain the roles of federal, state, and local agencies, the State Historic Preservation Office, consulting parties including preservation commissions and local history organizations, the public, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Presentation by Minnesota SHPO staff members: Sarah Beimers, Manager of Government Programs & Compliance, Kelly Gragg-Johnson, Review & Compliance Specialist, and Leslie Coburn, Government Programs & Compliance Technician
Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (main theater)

Fort Snelling Historic District National Historic Landmark Update Project

In late 2015, the Minnesota Historical Society received a grant from the National Park Service to document historic properties associated with underrepresented communities at the Fort Snelling Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. This project will increase the recognition, understanding, and preservation of African-American, Native American, Japanese, and women's history within the Fort Snelling Historic District. Project Director and Minnesota SHPO National Register Archaeologist David Mather and his team of fellows will provide an update on the status of the project.
Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (Green Room in basement)

Yes You Can! Using Rehab Standards to Transform Your Downtown

Learn the ten Secretary of the Interior's Rehab Standards and how incorporating them into your community's transformation strategies will also transform the way you think about your community's history, vitality, and long-term sustainability. Barbara Mitchell Howard, Stonebridge Learning.
Location: Albert Lea City Hall, City Council Chambers

Who You Gonna Call?: Creating a Call List for Your Facility Disaster Plan

Preservation can involve responding to active and pressing matters. But not all historic buildings are lost to the bulldozer, many are lost to natural and human disasters like storms and water. A Disaster Plan is a common document used by museums and history organizations. Come learn about how to create the contact list for a Disaster Response Plan.
Presenters: Nicole Elzenga, Executive Director of the Renville County Historical Society and Lisa Veeda, Curator at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.
Location: Albert Lea City Hall, City Council Chambers

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Hometown Harvest Dinner

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
Location: 100 Block, N. Broadway Ave.

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

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.

  • Jane Bisel, Blue Planet Museum Consulting
  • Traci Downs, owner, Maass & McAndrew Building, Rochester
  • Adam Ferrari, 9.SQUARE Architects
  • Jill Palof, Friends of St. Rose, Inc.

Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (main theater)

Residential Architecture of the 1950s and 1960s

In the decades after World War II, builders constructed an enormous number of new houses in Minnesota. Huge developments-and sometimes even entire suburban communities-appeared across the country, resulting from government planning and programs, shifts in postwar production, and new ideas about family life. From Ranch and Cape Cod houses to architect-designed residences, we will look at the residential types and forms emerging in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as at the broader social influences contributing to the mid-century landscape in cities and towns across the state.
Kristin Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Art, Augsburg University Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (Green Room in basement)

Difficult History and How to Handle It

History can be difficult to deal with. Hear from three organizations that are taking on difficult topics and how they have worked internally and engaged with the public on topics from documenting the history of the marijuana industry to the handling of Dakota history at the site of an historic military fort. Presenters: Adam Arvidson, Strategic Planning Director with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Matt Cassady, Program Development Specialist with the Minnesota Historical Society, and Joe Hoover, President of the 420 Archive.

Location: Albert Lea City Hall, City Council Chambers

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

Location: American Legion

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

Building Codes, the ADA and Historic Buildings

This session will focus on the building code and regulations related to accessibility, and provide an overview of various accessibility laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn how code officials review plans, perform inspections, and how rehabilitation projects and alterations to historic buildings can comply with codes and laws.
Roger Axel, Building Official, City of New Hope
Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (main theater)

Open Meeting Law and What HPCs Can and Cannot Do

Whether you are a member of a public board or commission or simply appear occasionally in front of planning, zoning or other public bodies, a working knowledge of Minnesota's Open Meeting Law can help you avoid problems and stay within the law. In this session you will learn many facets of Minnesota's Open Meeting Law, including: 1) Proper procedures, 2) Required documentation, 3) What constitutes a quorum, 4) The public: their rights and how to deal with them, and 5) Do's and don'ts of communication outside of meetings.
Corrine Heine, City Attorney, City of Minnetonka
Location: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (Green Room in basement)

Navigating Downtown Revitalization

Downtown revitalization can be a challenging and long process depending on a community's local leadership, capacity, and resources. In this session, you will hear from four local Main Street Directors who are navigating the downtown revitalization process in the following Minnesota Main Street communities: Faribault, Red Wing, Shakopee, and Winona. From the challenges of building credibility and support for downtown revitalization to the opportunities of strong partnerships and resources, these community leaders will share their perspective on how cities can strategically leverage its existing assets to revitalize their downtown districts while learning from the challenges and celebrating the big and small successes.

  • Sarina Otaibi, Moderator, MN Main Street Coordinator, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
  • Elliot Johnson, Director of Main Street, Shakopee Chamber and Visitors Bureau
  • Nort Johnson, Community Marketing Director, Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Emily Kurash, Winona Main Street Coordinator, Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Megan Tsui, Executive Director, Red Wing Downtown Main Street

Location: Albert Lea City Hall, City Council Chambers

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bag Lunches

Location: Albert Lea American Legion

12:15 - 4:30 p.m. Tours 2 and 3

Tours will depart at 12:15 and require taking lunch on the bus.
Buses will depart from and return to the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

1:15 - 4:30 p.m. Tour 1

Buses will depart from and return to the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

Tour 1: Albert Lea: Preserving the Past While Shaping the Future

Walk through downtown Albert Lea to see recent rehab projects reviewed by the HPC, drive past distinctive houses of wide-ranging styles encircling Fountain Lake, and tour the Three Oak Vineyard and Winery. Visit the historic Pickerel Lake Church, learn about the Blazing Star Trail, and drive through the city's industrial park, one of the first of its kind in the nation. The tour will conclude at the Freeborn County Historical Museum, which just completed an expansion.

Tour 2: Archaeology and Prairie School Buildings of Mower County

Travel east to Mower County to visit the Grand Meadow Quarry, an incredible precontact archaeology site, one of only two archaeological sites in Minnesota owned by The Archaeological Conservancy, a national nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of archaeological sites. The tour will also stop in the city of Grand Meadow to see the Exchange State Bank, a Prairie School gem designed by Purcell & Elmslie, as well as the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, a small meeting hall built in 1891 by a fraternal organization of Civil War veterans.

Tour 3: Mason City, Iowa

Attendees will hear a presentation on Prairie School architecture and its architects en route to Mason City. The tour will include the Historic Park Inn, the only remaining hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District, a significant Prairie School planned development by Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin, Barry Byrne and others; and Wright's $5,000 fireproof Stockman House.

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