Check Out Minnesota’s National Preservation Month Events!

Each May, cities across Minnesota create events, tours and displays to highlight their local historic properties for National Preservation Month. With this year’s theme focusing on “Discovering America’s Hidden Gems,” Minnesota is poised to stand with the rest of the nation in celebrating the buildings and districts that turn towns into communities and houses into homes.

Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.

Here in Minnesota, Preservation Month 2012 will be observed by citizens and cities across the state. Please see the list below for preservation activities in your community.

April

Historic Downtown Faribault – Get Your Spring On
Saturday, April 28 @ All day
Downtown Faribault, MN

You can win $100 for just shopping in historic downtown Faribault on Saturday, April 28th!  The Faribault Main Street businesses are joining forces and will have a day full of events.   This year there will be over 30 businesses participating so come shop in historic downtown Faribault and get in on sales, specials, product samplings, and demonstrations.  Get Your Spring On is a great opportunity to get the whole family out for shopping, activities, and a chance to win a great prize. What a great way to enjoy a beautiful spring day in Downtown Faribault.  Keep checking our website (www.faribaultmainstreet.org) for updates on activities that will be offered in conjunction with Get Your Spring On! They will also be posted on the Main Street Faribault Facebook page.

Week of May 1 through 5

Lost Duluth and Zenith City Online Launch Celebration
Tuesday, May 1 @ 7 PM – 9 PM
Norway Hall, 21 Lake Ave. N., Downtown Duluth

Zenith City Online will launch in coordination with Zenith City Press’ first book: Lost Duluth. The book features over 400 photos of vanished homes, buildings and neighborhoods, from the blue-collar working homes to the mansions of Duluth’s industrial barons. The evening’s events will include a reception, author presentation and music. Refreshments will be served.

Presentation of Centennial House Awards
Tuesday, May 1 @ 7 PM
Wayzata City Hall Community Room
600 Rice Street East, Wayzata

Two homes will be presented with the “Centennial House Award.” Come hear the history behind each house. Award winners receive a framed certificate and birthday cake

Week of May 6 through 12

2012 Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour
Saturday, May 12 @ 10 AM – 5 PM
Tour starts at 1875 W. Juliet Ave., St. Paul

Event is free for Bungalow Club members, $5 for non-members

Join us on Saturday, May 12, for the Twin Cities Bungalow Club’s annual celebration of vintage houses. The tour is a great way to get ideas for your own home, chat with like-minded homeowners, and cruise bungalow neighborhoods.

There are five beautiful homes on the tour this year—three in Minneapolis and two in St. Paul. Pick up a tour map with the homes’ addresses and descriptions any time after 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the first house located at 1875 West Juliet Avenue, St. Paul.  No reservations are necessary.

Week of May 13 through 19

31st Annual Duluth Preservation Alliance Awards Ceremony
Monday, May 14 @ 6:30 PM
Greysolon Ballroom, West Wing Lounge
231 East Superior Street, Duluth

The Duluth Preservation Alliance is holding its 31th annual Awards Ceremony and Centennial Homes Recognition. After the event and and reception, a tour will take place of the beautifully restored Greysolon Ballroom, English Room and other areas of the complex. If time permits we may walk up to the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East 2nd Street, to view the restoration efforts of this most lovely space.

This is a free event with a cash bar, and is open to all interested parties.

4th Annual Rochester Heritage Preservation Awards
Tuesday, May 15 @ 9:30 AM
Plummer House of the Arts
1091 Plummer Lane SW, Rochester

Rochester’s Heritage Preservation Committee will be honoring citizens’ efforts to preserve Rochester’s unique history during National Historical Preservation Month in May of 2012. Nominations for awards recognizing projects, individuals and organizations that celebrate and enhance Rochester’s heritage and historic architecture will be accepted in the following six categories: historic preservation, adaptive reuse, community education and advocacy, individual achievement, stewardship, and infill projects.

This is a free event. For more information, contact Steve Williams at 507-280-6888 or steve@blueplanet-consulting.com

22nd Annual Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Awards
Tuesday, May 15 @ 6:00 PM
Lower Level of St. Paul City Call
25 W. 4th Street, St. Paul

The Heritage Preservation Commission of the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Chapter of the American Institute of Architects are co-sponsoring the twenty-second annual Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Awards to recognize projects, individuals and organizations that enhance and celebrate Saint Paul’s cultural resources.  The 2012 awards will be presented at an evening event as part of a month-long celebration during National Preservation Month in May.  The public is encouraged and welcomed to attend the ceremony. Social hour begins at 6:00 PM and the ceremony starts at 7:00 PM.  Please RSVP to Mary Larkin at 612.338.6763 x218 or larkin@aia-mn.org by May 14th. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Main Street to Eighth Street: The Wit and Wisdom of Sinclair Lewis
Tuesday, May 15, 22, 29 @ 1 PM – 2 PM
St. Cloud Public Library
1300 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud

Looking to brush up on your knowledge of Sinclair Lewis’s work before Main Street to Eighth Street weekend?

Bring your lunch to the library and be entertained by the wit and wisdom of Sinclair Lewis.  Selected writings will be read aloud for your enjoyment and pleasure.  Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Sandy Toland for more information at 320-650-2533 or sandyt@grrl.lib.mn.us

Best Preserved House Certificate Presentation
Tuesday, May 15 @ 7 PM
Wayzata City Hall Community Room
600 Rice Street East, Wayzata

Wayzata’s mayor will present the award for the “Best Preserved House.”  The mayor will also present a bronze plaque to Mary Ellen Gee for preserving her house with a “Preservation Easement.”

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards
Thursday, May 17 @ 11:30am
International Market Square, Rm 185

This event will recognize projects, individuals, and organizations that celebrate and enhance the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis. To reserve your spot at the luncheon click here.

Historic Hubbard House Tours
Thursday, May 17 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Tours every 30 minutes)
Historic R.D. Hubbard House
606 S. Broad Street, Mankato
(Tour will be free; groups will be limited in size; first come, first serve)

Over the past two years, the Mankato Heritage Preservation Commission has completed a Historic Context Study and local designation surveys, all in an effort to recognize Mankato properties for their historical significance.  The Historic R.D. Hubbard House (along with the Blue Earth County Courthouse) has been designated as a 2012 Mankato Heritage Preservation Landmark.

The Hubbard House is significant on its own for its distinctive French Second Empire style and its architectural integrity.  However, the fact that it was built for business magnate Renssalear D. Hubbard, one of the most important early citizens of Mankato, makes it especially significant.

Construction History Society of America – Twin Cities PechaKucha Event
Thursday, May 17 @ 7 PM – 9 PM
Nolte Hall, Room 140, University of Minnesota
315 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis

Please join the Construction History Society of America and construction history enthusiasts for an evening of PechaKucha presentations. Light refreshments (and entertainment) will be provided. Space is limited so please reserve early. There are a few remaining openings for PechaKucha presentations. Please contact Peter Hilger (aphilger@umn.edu) if you are interested in presenting. More information on PechaKucha can be found at http://www.pecha-kucha.org/

Please RSVP to aphilger@umn.edu with “CHSA Event Reservation” in the subject line. For more on the Construction History Society of America, http://www.constructionhistorysociety.org/

Ride Share to 2012 (Anti)Wrecking Ball
Friday, May 18

Meet in Kasson Late Afternoon, Depart for Minneapolis
The Event Starts at 7:00 PM in Minneapolis
Call 507-634-7435 for Details
Event is FREE, Donations for Gas are Appreciated
The Ride-Share is Hosted by the Kasson Alliance for Restoration

Wilderfest
Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20
Spring Valley, Minnesota

Celebrate Spring Valley’s history by biking (or running) some serious distances. Wilderfest is a series of bicycle and foot races, including the Almanzo 100 (miles), the Royal 162 (miles) and the Wilder Foot Races (which range from 30 kilometers to 100 kilometers.) The weekend also features shopping at the Eliza Jane Market. Named after Minnesota’s famous frontierswoman (and her husband, Almanzo Wilder), Wilderfest will make you appreciate the comforts of 21st century living.

Historic Mantorville Tours
Saturday, May 19 @ 12 PM – 4 PM
Mantorville Historic District, Mantorville

Join the Mantorville Restoration Association and the Mantorville Welcome Center for a guided walking tour of Mantorville’s Historic District. Event is free and includes house tours and an ice cream social.

Week of May 20 through 26

Historic Blue Earth County Courthouse Tours
Thursday, May 24 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Tours every 30 minutes)
Blue Earth County Courthouse
204 S. 5th Street, Mankato
(Tour will be free; groups will be limited in size; first come, first serve)
Refreshments will be served

The elaborate use of stonework and variety of external design features made the building distinctive from the outset, as did the large courthouse square. These proved to be expensive amenities, however, as construction ran almost $50,000 over its $75,000 original budget. Nevertheless, the new courthouse was remarked upon as one of the “finest in the state,” and it remains an outstanding example of Minnesota’s late 19th century courthouses. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Walking Tour to Historic Sites in Old Town Wayzata
Saturday, May 26 @ 11 AM
Tour starts at the Wayzata Depot
402 E. Lake Street, Wayzata

Members of the Heritage Board will be at significant sites eligible for preservation to tell the story. Sponsored by Wayzata Historical Society and Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board.

Week of May 27

6th Annual Memorial Day Cemetery Tour
Monday, May 28 @ 1 PM – 4 PM
Lakewood Cemetery (Lake City, MN)
On Lakewood Avenue, a mile north of Highway 61

The Lake City Historical Society will hold its 6th annual Memorial Day Cemetery Tour from 1-4 pm at Lakewood Cemetery on May 28th. Costumed reenactors will recreate the lives of historic Lake City figures including George and Mary Patton. 61 Admission is free.

144th Memorial Day Observance & 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812
Monday, May 28 @ 9 AM – 3 PM
Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery
2925 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

9:00 a.m.—Dedication of military marker for Walter P. Carpenter. War of 1812 Veteran
10:00 a.m.—Traditional Memorial Day Observance
1:00—“History of Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery” (seated talk followed by optional tour)

All events are free, and everyone is welcome.

Minnesota Main Street Program Workshop
Thursday, May 31 @ 9 AM – 4 PM
Verizon Wireless Center
1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato

Minnesota Main Street is an economic development program empowering communities that seek to capitalize on the unique assets and character of our historic downtowns. Recognizing that quick-fix solutions do not work, the National Trust’s Main Street Four Point Approach® advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the redevelopment of Main Street districts based on their traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, a unique physical environment and a sense of community.

Emily Northey, Minnesota Main Street Program Coordinator, will share information about the program and how it inspires local communities to directly engage in the revitalization of their historic city centers through a structured volunteer-driven program.  Their work results in a strengthened job and business base, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in private investment to purchase, construct, and rehabilitate historic commercial district property.

9 – 10:30 a.m. What is the Minnesota Main Street Program?
10:30 a.m. Walking Tour of Mankato’s City Center
11:30 a.m. Lunch at Pub500 (participants are their own)
1 – 2:30 p.m. How to become a Minnesota Main Street Community

June

Red Wing Downtown Main Street’s Photo Contest
Deadline of June 30

Okay, shooters, get ready to show us your best! Red Wing Downtown Main Street is holding a photo contest to increase awareness of the historic, picturesque downtown area. The top prize is $400; second place will win $200 dollars. A $100 prize will be given to the winner in the young photographer category. Fifteen winning images will be printed in a commemorative DTMS calendar. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be used by the Downtown Main Street Design Committee. The Design Committee works to preserve local heritage and improve the physical environment of the downtown district.

In addition to the top prizes, submissions chosen for the calendar will receive payment for their work. As such, all submissions will become property of Red Wing Downtown Main Street, and they will be featured on the Downtown Main Street website. The judging panel will consist of a mix of photography professionals and amateurs. Photo submissions will be accepted through June 30th, 2012 to allow for a variety of seasonal shots.

Submit your photos in the highest resolution possible, to our public Picasa album via email, at downtownredwing.photocontest@picasaweb.com. Include name, age (if entering as a youth photographer) and contact information. Entries will be on display here. Photos must be recently taken, although it is not required that they are taken during the period of the contest. Photos must feature some or all of the downtown district (see map). Photos from all seasons are encouraged as they may be chosen for the calendar. (Click here to find out about The Holiday Stroll, a great picture-taking event!)

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