Intern Meghan Flannery Pumps New Blood Into Heart Bombing 2016 Campaign

We’ve begun planning our 2016 preservation advocacy campaign, Heart Bombing! Maybe you haven’t heard of it? Well, Heart Bombing is a fun, public display of affection for old and historic places across the country. Think of it as an easy way for people of all ages to come together and share in activities and conversations surrounding place and community. Over the past three years, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has initiated the national effort on a local scale, promoting participation across the state of Minnesota. Through Heart Bombing, we’ve entered into relationships with building owners, volunteers, community groups, artists, and advocates to affix Valentines to buildings that matter to local people and to celebrate what we value about where we live. From Chatfield and the Twin Cities, to Stewart and beyond, Heart Bombing has helped people promote historic resources, open up public discussions about the value of old buildings, discuss local planning and development initiatives, and spread the word on the many programs and services offered by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. It’s a grassroots campaign that is volunteer-driven and PAM-supported.

This year we are happy to introduce Preservation Alliance newcomer, Meghan Flannery, as our Heart Bombing intern! She’ll be reaching out to communities and sites that we’ve worked with over the years, as well as reach many new participants. Meghan’s efforts will help us achieve our goals of increased site participation, develop a sponsorship plan to support this important public programming, expand the presence of Preservation Alliance of Minnesota throughout the state, and collect the important stories from each Heart Bombing location to express how people are connecting with places.

Now, a word from Meghan:

for web meg 2 Hello, PAM community! My name is Meghan Flannery and I am excited to join the PAM team as the 2016 Heart Bombing Intern. I am looking forward to helping PAM make next year’s event a success.

I was drawn to PAM and its upcoming Heart Bombing campaign because of its mission to lead and inspire people to connect with historic places in their community and use them to support community growth. Historic buildings add a rich, vibrant character to their communities through the stories they can tell of a community’s history. I admire PAM’s efforts to educate communities across Minnesota about how to preserve and reuse historic places so that their communities’ historic character is maintained. PAM’s upcoming Heart Bombing campaign will connect people with the historic places in their communities and will inspire efforts to seek ways to protect these special places across the state. Through the loving celebration of these unique places, people will realize how important they are to their communities. I am thrilled to be helping the PAM community lovingly celebrate these special and historic places across the state.

How did Meghan arrive in preservation? She may be in the early stages of her career, but has quite a bit of experience already.

I am a proud and new alumna from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, where I earned my B.A. in history with a communication minor. As an undergrad, I worked in the College of St. Benedict Archives. As an Archives Assistant, I had the opportunity to work on an exhibit for the college’s centennial in 2012-2014. I enjoyed being able to celebrate my college’s remarkable history and successes. I have also worked at the Stearns History Museum and drafted posters about the historical and architectural significance of St. Cloud’s historic Fifth Avenue neighborhood near St. Cloud State University. This past summer I worked at the Carver County Historical Society in Waconia where I had the chance to learn about and assist in the early development of their newest and largest collections piece, the Andrew Peterson Farm. So far, I have had many wonderful experiences in museum and preservation work and I anticipate more with PAM.

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Would you like to REGISTER a site in your community for Heart Bombing 2016?

Would you like to VOLUNTEER for Heart Bombing 2016?

Want more information? Contact Erin Dorbin at or Meghan Flannery at

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