Partners in Preservation Open House Weekend: October 8-9, 2011

Open House Weekend 2011

A public open house at all 25 sites will be held on October 8-9, 2011, for the community to tour and learn more about each of the historic places selected to participate in Partners in Preservation, a community-based program that will bring $1 million in preservation grants from American Express to historic places in the Twin Cities. Information on the site locations, activities during the open house weekend and further details are listed below. All Open House Weekend events are open to the public.

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Participating Sites

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis

Saturday, October 8 from 10a.m. – 3p.m.
Sunday, October 9 from 12p.m. – 8p.m.

Visit the historic Turnblad Mansion for an outdoor festival featuring the melodic jazz of the Travis Anderson Trio (Sunday only); the warmth of an autumn fire pit, organic Swedish-style hotdogs, fun children’s activities; and tours of select spaces in the Turnblad Mansion and the Nelson Cultural Center.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road, Fridley

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 from 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Visit a tavern in territorial Minnesota and a 21st century community art center. Take a history and nature tour of the house and grounds, observe or join plein air painters in the park, enjoy poetry – both writing and recitation, draw or paint a costumed model, and participate in native and pioneer crafts. There will be live animal drawing session for kids, art exhibitions, music and free cider and cookies. A beautiful landscape painting will be given away each day.

Basilica of Saint Mary
88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis

Sunday, October 9 from 1p.m. – 3 p.m.

A Historic Landmark – A Vibrant Community: In an effort to showcase the Basilica and its collection of art and artifacts, there will be an archival exhibit of material from the archives and art collection; wonderful musicians will provide music; docents will be on hand to explain the history and details of the building as well as give behind-the-scenes tour of some of the non-public sacred spaces. Descriptions of restoration work to be done and Immaculate Confection ice cream (Sebastian Joe’s created this flavor in celebration of the Basilica Centennial Year) will be available as people leave the building.

Chaska Athletic Park
725 West First Street, Chaska

Sunday, October 9th from 12p.m. 3p.m.

Chaska Youth Baseball Association Fall Tournament, tours of the historic stadium, and food and drink will be available.

Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill
105 West University Avenue, Saint Paul
(Directly across the street from the State Capitol)

Sunday, October 9 from 9:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Worship will begin at 9:30a.m. followed by served food at 11:00am. As a multi-cultural church, there will be African, Asian, and American food along with root beer floats! There will also be live music, games for the kids, and tours of this historic, 100-year-old building.

C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall
383 Michigan Street at West 7th Street, Saint Paul

Sunday, October 9 from 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

‘Pilsner, Plays and Preservation,’ an introduction to the Historic CSPS Hall and Theater (founded in 1879), will feature six changing backdrops and scenic sets/tableaus, folkloric music, kroj (costumes) and dance. Complimentary pilsner-style beer and kolache (pastries), and an archival pictorial display dating from 1868 of some of the hall’s organizations will also be available.

Emerge Career and Technology Center (Old North Branch Library)
1834 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 from 10a.m. – 3p.m.

The Library will be open for tours with an oral historian and costumed interpreter to engage visitors. There will also be a slide show about the building and the renovation and reuse plans, antique cars or streetcar on display, and live jazz with light refreshments.

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
201 North Walnut Street, Belle Plaine

Saturday, October 8 from 8a.m. – 4p.m.

Belle Plaine’s Harvest Festival is taking place on October 8th with many events throughout the community, including a half marathon, craft fair and farmers market. Tours of the Church will be held throughout the day, where visitors can observe a portrayal of the workmanship that occurred during the late 1800’s. An ecumenical service and a pie and ice cream social will take place in the afternoon, with a pie eating contest concluding the weekend activities.

Fitzgerald Theater
10 Exchange Street East, Saint Paul

Sunday, October 9 from 12p.m. – 4p.m.

Community activities showcasing all the Fitzgerald has to offer will be held, including a performance of The Guy’s All Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Gary Rainer and Peter Ostroushko; sound effects demos by Tom Keith, sound effects master for A Prairie Home Companion; photo opportunities from the set of A Prairie Home Companion – the real set that is used for the radio show and was used to film the Robert Altman movie; and complimentary sodas, raffles for tickets and prizes, scavenger hunts and other fun activities.

Fort Snelling Upper Post, Building 67
6401 Taylor Avenue, Hennepin County

Saturday, October 8

Tours of the Fort Snelling Upper Post, Building 67 will be available featuring photo displays. Staff will be on-hand to discuss the history of the Fort and the progress of the preservation efforts.

Harriet Tubman Center East (Former St. Paul’s Monastery)
1725 Monastery Way, Maplewood

Sunday, October 9 from 11:30am – 3:30pm

Activities will include site tours, an architectural scavenger hunt, delicious treats, information booths, brief program featuring community leaders, and a big screen TV where Vikings fans can watch the game!

Hennepin Center for the Arts
528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Saturday, October 8 from 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Open studio workshops and presentations by arts and culture tenant organizations in the Hennepin Center for the Arts will be on display. Interactive arts activities in the main lobby that will highlight the onion dome project, the history of the Hennepin Center building and the importance of bringing back the onion dome to serve as a prominent symbol of the building as a community arts center.

Historic Pilot Knob
2100 Pilot Knob Road, Mendota Heights

Sunday, October 9 from 2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

The Open House will feature guided tours of the site by volunteers from Pilot Knob Preservation association and staff from Great River Greening. Visitors can also learn about the history of the process by which Pilot Knob was preserved as open space.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

Saturday, October 8 from 9:30a.m. – 4:00p.m. and
Sunday, October 9 from 12:30p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Free admission to four rooms of the 1891 Gilded Age mansion, including the Reception Hall, Music Room, Drawing Room, and Art Gallery, where organists will perform period music on the pipe organ will be available. Full tours of the Hill House available at regular rates each day.

Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul

Sunday, October 9 from 12p.m. – 5p.m. building open for touring
1p.m. – 3p.m. “Nooks and Crannies” tour with special access to hidden places

Visit Landmark Center and explore its unique spaces and learn its stories. Steal a glance at areas usually closed to the public, including the legendary North Tower with great views of the city. Bring a camera and wear comfortable shoes.

Mill Ruins Park
103 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis

Saturday, October 8 from 9a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Stroll along the Stone Arch Bridge, observe the power of the St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River and learn more about the story of the historic mill ruins that are now part of the Minneapolis’ dynamic and growing riverfront development area.

Minnehaha Park
4801 South Minnehaha, Minneapolis

Saturday, October 8, 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Visitors can learn more about the rich history of Minnehaha Park, pick up maps and historical information about the area, and vote for the site while enjoying spectacular views of the highest waterfall on the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Falls.

Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
1755 Dan Patch Avenue, Saint Paul
(Located on Carnes Avenue, across the street from the DNR building)

Saturday, October 8 from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Take a walk on the historic 1937 Grandstand Ramp and get an up-close look at its unique features. Background literature and historic photos of the ramp will also be available.

Minnesota Transportation Museum (Jackson Street Roundhouse)
193 Pennsylvania Avenue East, Saint Paul

Saturday, October 8 from 10a.m. – 4p.m.

Visitors can take a historic caboose and/or classic bus ride, walk through and explore renovated passenger cars in the museum, as well as join guided tours by docents through the museum and engine/passenger car restoration area with special attention being paid to the areas of the building that the grant would benefit.

Pilgrim Baptist Church
732 West Central Avenue, Saint Paul

Sunday, October 9 from 1p.m. 4p.m.

“Passport Through Pilgrim’s History”: Visitors can take a self-guided tour of Pilgrim’s architectural landscape and meet important people throughout Pilgrim’s history and listen in as members record their favorite memories of Pilgrim. Afterward, they can join an “old-fashioned” reception and time of fellowship. Computers will also be available to sign up or sign onto Facebook.

Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery
2925 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis

Saturday, October 8 from 1:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Sunday, October 9 from 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Saturday, October 8: Gates open at 1:00p.m. with Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles performing at 2:00p.m. and Jeremy Messersmith taking the stage at 4:00p.m. Jeremy Messersmith and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles will perform a benefit concert at Minneapolis’ Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and participate in a smartphone history hunt, which will reveal highlights of the cemetery’s rich legacy and its prominent place in local history. A kid-friendly version of the hunt will also be available. Hola Arepa and Chef Shack food trucks will sell food during the event.
Tickets/Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Tickets are not required for children 12 years and under, however donations are accepted. Tickets can be purchased at Electric Fetus, Hymie’s Vintage Records, Treehouse Records, and online
Sunday, October 9: Smartphone history hunt, which will reveal highlights of the cemetery’s rich legacy and its prominent place in local history. A kid-friendly version of the hunt will also be available.

The Soap Factory
514 Second Street SE, Minneapolis

Saturday, October 8 from 10a.m. – 5p.m. and
Sunday, October 9 from 12p.m. – 5p.m.

Saturday, October 8: Tours of The Soap Factory historic building, the Three Artists exhibition, and dumpling and flag-making workshops from 1p.m. – 3p.m.
Sunday, October 9: Fraidy Cat tours of the famed Haunted Basement (space limited, first come, first served). A physically challenging environment, but guaranteed no scares, content not suitable for children under 14.

Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street, Stillwater

Saturday, October 8 from 9:00a.m. – 12p.m.

Explore the Courthouse like never before on the “Nooks and Crannies” tour presented on this day only! Courthouse staff will take visitors to areas of the building that are typically not open to the public including the Sheriff’s residence, former County offices (located in the basement), the old jail, and the spectacular dome overlooking the St. Croix River and the fabulous fall colors. Once-in-a-lifetime tour that is not to be missed.

Waterford Iron Bridge
Canada Avenue at Cannon River
(Located 1/8 mile off of Dakota County 47, north of Northfield, junction of State Highway 3 and County Road 47)

Sunday, October 9 from 1p.m. – 4p.m.

Play bridge (cards) on the bridge from 1:30p.m. – 3p.m.! Bike out from Northfield, or walk the Carleton Arboretum trails to enjoy the scenic Cannon River from the bridge. Visitors are encouraged to bring a fishing pole to enjoy the beauty and serenity. Refreshments will be provided.

Wayzata Depot
402 Lake Street East, Wayzata

Saturday, October 8 from 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Visitors can stop by to experience the history of the railroad in Wayzata and Lake Minnetonka. The local chapter of the Minnesota Garden Railway Society will be operating the model railway station on the Depot grounds. In addition, visitors can tour the Depot to see railroad artifacts and learn about the history of Wayzata.

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