Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps Kicks Off 2018 Field Season

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Release dated: 
May 14, 2018
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3137,
Rhea Harvey, Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps, 218-409-6818,

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps Kicks Off 2018 Field Season

19 new corps members will take on preservation projects across Minnesota from Slayton to Grand Portage

Starting May 15, Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps begins its fifth field season training AmeriCorps crews on historic preservation service projects across Minnesota. 

A Legacy-funded partnership between Northern Bedrock and the Minnesota Historical Society, this program was established in 2011 to meet two converging needs: aging historic structures in need of maintenance and repair, and a growing need to create a pathway for young adults into the preservation field. 

Northern Bedrock utilizes a corps model and partners with trades professionals to provide young adults ages 18-25 with hands-on experience and training in historic preservation. In 2017, Northern Bedrock performed 18,609 hours of work on 26 historic structures around the state. 

In the 2018 six-month field season, Northern Bedrock will have 19 new members, who will train at Halfway Ranger Station Historic District, 10 miles south of Ely, and take on preservation service work around the state. 

Upcoming preservation service projects include:

  • Joyce Estate and Shingobee Lodge in Chippewa National Forest, repair work, Bovey and Walker
  • Soo Line Depot Museum, window restoration, Crosby
  • Duluth Armory, window restoration and paint work, Duluth
  • Superior National Forest, archaeological surveys
  • Grand Portage National Monument, Civilian Conservations Corps bridge repair, Grand Portage
  • St. John’s Cemetery, edging and resetting headstones, Baytown 
  • Oakland Cemetery, headstone restoration, Marine on St. Croix
  • Monfort’s Park, rock wall repair, Marine on St. Croix
  • Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery, headstone cleaning, edging and resetting, Minneapolis
  • White Bear Lake Town Hall, recreating historic shutters, White Bear Lake
  • Westbrook Heritage House Museum, replacing chinking and daubing on log cabin, Westbrook
  • Round Barn, paint work, Slayton
  • Rural Heritage Museum, replacing chinking and daubing on Hill Log House, St. Charles

This program is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

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The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. 

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