Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Selects Bemidji’s Historic Carnegie Library as First Site Worth Saving!

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Contact: Erin Hanafin Berg
Field Services Coordinator
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
O: 651.293.9047 x3 / C: 651.353.1394
ehberg@mnpreservation.org

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Selects
Bemidji’s Historic Carnegie Library as First Site Worth Saving!

(ST. PAUL, MN—May 23, 2013) — The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is pleased to announce that it has designated the Bemidji Carnegie Library as its first Site Worth Saving. Sites Worth Saving is a new program that replaces PAM’s former annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places List. In the months ahead, PAM will partner with Bemidji’s “Save the Carnegie Library” committee to work towards a preservation solution for this historic landmark, which was built in 1910 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The all-volunteer “Save the Carnegie Library” committee was formed in 2012, after the Bemidji City Council voted to demolish the historic building. With guidance and information from PAM, concerned local citizens were able to convey the potential for grants and private fundraising support for preservation, earning a stay of demolition from the Council. The Save the Carnegie committee envisions rehabilitation of the building as a public facility, with space for conferences and special events, capitalizing on its unique site in Library Park overlooking Lake Bemidji. The committee launched a fundraising drive in August 2012 and has so far raised almost $500,000 towards a $1.6 million goal. A renovation proposal for the building has been developed by Michael J. Burns Architects of Moorhead, whose recent projects include the adaptive reuse of the historic Thief River Falls Carnegie Library.

More information about the Save the Carnegie Library effort can be found at www.savethecarnegie.org and on Facebook at Bemidji Carnegie Fundraising. More information about PAM’s Sites Worth Saving program can be found at http://ow.ly/lkhQ6

About the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is a statewide, private, nonprofit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1981 by Minnesota citizens concerned about the future of the state’s architectural and cultural landmarks. PAM has grown into a network representing thousands of voices across the state. Beyond our membership, we collaborate and partner with other organizations and agencies from the national to the local level.

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