Minnesota Historical Society Preserves Warner Nature Center’s Archives After Its Closure

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 29, 2020
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Preserves Warner Nature Center’s Archives After Its Closure

In October 2019, the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center in Marine on St. Croix closed its doors to the public after more than 50 years of operation. 

In order to preserve the organization’s history and its impact on Washington County and the surrounding region, the Minnesota Historical Society recently acquired Warner’s archives. Nine boxes—including press clippings, photographs, newsletters, land management documentation and more—tell the story of the nature center’s decades of work promoting environmental education. 

Highlights include: 

  • Photos documenting the nature center’s land and programs, including photo albums created by volunteers 
  • A doll of the center’s mascot, Andy Acorn 
  • A ledger book with meeting minutes of the Nature Study Club, a women’s social and activist club, kept by Rose Warner in the 1940s
  • Maps and trail guides for the 900-acre nature center
  • Documentation of the center’s extensive volunteer and educational programs

"The Minnesota Historical Society has long been collecting materials that document the use and protection of our state's natural resources,” said Kathryn Hujda, MNHS manuscripts curator. “The Warner Nature Center's records build upon our existing collections and provide unique insights into the center’s robust educational programming.” 

About the Minnesota Historical Society
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 publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partner: Explore Minnesota Tourism.

Photo captions: A photograph of a class at Warner Nature Center in the 1970s (right) and a doll of the center's mascot, Andy Acorn (left).