In May, We Preserve.

Let me set this scene for you. I’m currently sitting on my patio, listening to The Current, drinking a Fulton Lonely Blonde, wearing my favorite Vikings sweatshirt. Could I get any more Minnesotan?   It’s kind of insufferable, I know. But damn, spring in this state is the BEST. Have I ever told you guys how I love the month of May. Oh, yeah, I think I have [obligatory link to previous post]. For real though, it is the best month of the year.

Did you know it is PRESERVATION MONTH (… you should because I told you all about it the post I referenced above ^^^^)? The National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicates the month of May to raising awareness of preservation advocacy across the country. This is something very near and dear to my heart and I want YOU to take full advantage of all the wonderful preservation-y things going on this month. Links should direct you to more details on each event, those marked in purple (because, Prince.) – you will definitely see me at (you know, if you wanna say hi or something).


Ready. Set. Go.

Friday May 6th: American Swedish Institute – Cocktails at the Castle

A recurring event series at the American Swedish Institute, Cocktails at the Castle gives the opportunity to explore this awesome mansion-turned-museum and spend some time sipping cocktails on the lawn. Tomorrow’s event will be particularly fun, I believe sparklers will be involved.

American Swedish Institute

Saturday May 7th: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota/Weyerhaeuser Museum – Repairing Old Windows Workshop

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has a series of really great education programs that give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of historic buildings – they occur all year, but I’m highlighting the ones coming up in May here.

Sunday May 9th: [St. Paul] West Side Community Organization – Jane’s Walk – West Side Walk

This is part of a larger, national program in honor Jane Jacobs, who would have turned 100 years young yesterday if she were still with us. Her legacy lives on and this is great opportunity to take a walk through a great neighborhood in her honor.

May 9th – May 15th: Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild: 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer

The Minnesota Brewer’s  Guild dedicates a week in May every year to highlight all of Minnesota’s great craft beer. This year is next week – so get out to your favorite brewery, it is probably located in an adaptive reuse project – because #beersavesplaces.

Tuesday May 10th: Minnesota History Center – History Flirt: Beyond Bollywood

The Minnesota History Center always has some awesome exhibits – this one coming up looks really cool. They’re hosting a happy hour to celebrate the opening!

Wednesday May 11th: Preserve Minneapolis/MNCommunity – Insta-Happy Hour at Community Keg House

MNCommunity and Preserve Minneapolis are teaming up to kick off Preservation Month with a little happy hour action at Community Keg House located in the historic Grain Belt Brewery complex!

Thursday May 12th: Preserve Minneapolis/Minneapolis HPC/AIA Minneapolis – HPC Awards Luncheon

A great opportunity to get away from the office over lunch and honor some great historic projects in Minneapolis!

Saturday May 14th: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota/Carver County Historical Society – Preservation Month Celebration at Peterson Farm

More details on this to follow – “like” the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Facebook page to stay up-to-date.

Saturday May 14th: MNCommunity/UMD – Exploring Glensheen Instameet

MNCommunity has been working hard at connecting the Instagram community with preservation. This month they’re headed to Duluth to check out the historic, and awesome, Glensheen Mansion.

Saturday May 14th: Bent Paddle – Bent Paddle Festiversary 2016

While you’re in Duluth for the Glensheen Instameet, make stop at Bent Paddle and check out their awesome adaptively reused space!

Friday May 14th: MNCommunity/Minneapolis Institute of Arts – State of the Art Instameet

Another cool opportunity from MNCommunity – an opportunity to explore Mia and gain complimentary access to the “State of the Art” exhibit.

Saturday May 14th: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota/Goodhue County Historical Society – Repairing Old Windows Workshop

Another opportunity to learn about how to care for historic buildings, brought to you by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota!

Saturday May 14th: Twin Cities Bungalow Club – 2016 Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour

I really hope I can make it to this one – craftsman bungalows are my favorite residential style.

Sunday May 15th: Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka/Wayzata Historical Society/ Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board – UUCM Church Building Centennial Celebration

This historic church in Wayzata is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year – in MAY! How awesome is that, better go check it out!

Tuesday May 17th: AIA St. Paul/St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission – St. Paul Heritage Preservation Awards

It’s St. Paul’s turn to celebrate historic projects in their city – not a bad way to spend an evening!

Wednesday May 18th:   Preserve Minneapolis – Happy Hour with a Preservationists at 300 Clifton Ave

300 Clifton

Holy crap am I excited for this one. My friend Julie brought this awesome building to my attention and I was so thrilled to connect with the property owners, who have put so much care into restoring this grand mansion! This house has one of the coolest preservation stories I’ve come across, you’re definitely going to want to check it out!

Thursday May 19th: Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Mia Third Thursday: Art of Sustainability

Every third-Thursday of the month the Minneapolis Institute of Arts hosts a little social event, for free, where you can explore the museum and grab yourself a cocktail.

Thursday May 19th: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota – Smartphone Photography Tour of Mill District

This is a really great series that the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is starting – given the popularity of photo-sharing on social media these days, it seems natural that people brush up on their smartphone photography skills while learning about historic buildings!

Friday May 20th – Sunday May 22nd: Art-a-Whirl


Ever been to Art-a-Whirl? It is a truly unique experience, giving you the opportunity to check out artist studios all over NE Minneapolis. Added bonus? Really, really good music. All over the place. Here’s a list of what I have on my calendar:

Art-a-Whirl is great because it is an opportunity to see how historic buildings support communities.  It is just a fact that Northeast Minneapolis has been well served by finding ways to adaptively use existing buildings The result is a dynamic, unique community. You can thank preservation for that.

Saturday May 21st: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota – Historic Irvine Park Walking Tour

This is a wildly popular tour of an awesome historic neighborhood in St. Paul. You’re going to want to check this out.

Thursday May 26th: Preserve Minneapolis/MNCommunity – Inbound Brewery Instameet

More details to follow on this one, too. Inbound BrewCo is a pretty unique space, just opening last month. The building is an otherwise nondescript 1960’s warehouse that has been completely transformed into a trendy brewery. You gotta check it out.

Check back – because I might be adding to this list as things come up – and to that end, if you know of anything that should be on this list, please leave the details in the comments!

In addition to these events, there are some promotions going on that you should know about:

MNCommunity/MakeitMN: Photo Contest Between May 1st – May 15th post a photo on Instgram that you feel exemplifies what makes your community special (ehhhumm, historic buildings, ehhhumm) and use the hashtag #MakeitMN_MNCommunity.

City of Minneapolis: In honor of Preservation Month the City of Minneapolis wants to see your favorite historic buildings in the minni-apple! Post your photos on any of the medias with between  May 1st – May 31st  using the hashtag #MPLSPreservation.

Ok, that’s a lot of stuff to do. How are you going to celebrate Preservation Month? I would LOVE to see you post some photos of your preservation adventures! Hashtag them with #MNPreservationCelebration to show me what you’re up to – also be sure to use the hashstag #ThisPlaceMatters and follow @SavingPlaces on Instagram to stay connected with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as they work to save the places that are most important to us!


Until next time…


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