Partner Organizations: Anoka County Historical Society, Dakota County Historical Society, Scott County Historical Society, and Ramsey County Historical Society
Four county historical societies will begin a pilot program in 2015 to provide archaeology and cultural resource management outreach services to local history organizations in the seven-county metro area.The pilot project will address immediate needs of participating organizations, including public programming, data collection, collections care and staff training, while also providing valuable insight into long-term needs of local his
Building on past efforts to catalog collections, the Three Rivers Park District continued the assessment and inventory of collections at The Landing in Shakopee. Inventories of 1, 015 artifacts from six (6) individual structures: the Wilkie House; the Graffenstadt House; the Kahl House; the Harms House; the Bank, and the Boesel "Red" Barn were conducted. All artifact information was recorded by PastPerfect software.
The Islamic Center of Winona (71 West 3rd Street) is part of the Third Street Commercial Historic District in the city of Winona and contains ninety-one buildings (65 contributing, 26 non-contributing)and one vacant lot (noncontributing). According to the 1917 Sanborn map of Winona, this building was originally a bank.
The restoration of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration restored the building to a condition that is suitable for occupancy and prevented the building from becoming unsafe thus requiring it to be demolished. The largest portion of the restoration involved repairs to the foundation. The Episocopal Church of the Transfiguration, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and located in a city park.
The Pope County Historical Society hired experienced an HVAC engineer, to conduct an evaluation of their mechanical system. This included three site visits to document current conditions through interviews, photos and temperature/humidity dataloggers placed throughout the museum. With this information, they prepared a written analysis including recommendations to improve the HVAC system toward current museum standards.
The final edit, of a manuscript describing the work of women of the Eastern bands of the Dakota Nation, was prepared by the author/project director for submission to the Minnesota Historical Society Press for publication.
The story of how contact and conflict with Europeans and European Americans, war and forced relocation changed how these women retained the knowledge and traditions of their grandmothers is tied to the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862 and carries forward to today.