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Posted on: May 20, 2019

[ARCHIVED] HPC Awards of Merit & Educational Presentations

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Contact: Steve Kohn
Planning Manager
City of Red Wing
651.385.3622                     


Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission 2019 Heritage Preservation Award of Merit and Educational Event


The Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission will hold its annual Heritage Preservation Award of Merit Ceremony and Educational Event at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the historic T. B. Sheldon Memorial Auditorium.  Each year, the Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission presents its Awards of Merit to individuals, institutions, and businesses who have been involved in exceptional local historic preservation projects.  This year, the Heritage Preservation Commission will recognize the City of Red Wing for its recent interior and exterior renovation of the T.B. Sheldon Memorial Auditorium.  Immediately following the Award of Merit presentation, two presentations related to archeology in Red Wing will be conducted.

At approximately 6:45 p.m., Dr. Ronald Schirmer, will present "On the importance of this place: Ancestral Native American sites in Red Wing and their continuing relevance." There is abundant evidence of the importance of the Red Wing region in Native people's lives going back thousands of years. Respecting, preserving, and interpreting the deep history of this place is about more than laws and ordinances, it is about maintaining an ethical and humane approach to history.

Dr. Schirmer is a Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Archeology Division of the Museum of Anthropology, and Co-Director of the Archeology, Geography, and Earth Science (AGES) Laboratory at Minnesota State Mankato. He has been researching the archeology and Native history of the Red Wing area for more than two decades. He works closely with many Native American groups across the Midwest to help build a collaborative approach to identifying and preserving ancestral sites. In addition, he is directing a major effort to build a statewide geospatial reference system collating the archeological holdings of public and private repositories.

After a brief intermission, the program will proceed with Dr. Michelle Terrell sharing discoveries made during archaeological investigations prompted by the Red Wing Bridge Project. Through this presentation, learn about the history of Red Wing: how the city’s landscape has dramatically changed over time; and what the artifacts found tell us about living and working in Red Wing from the late 1800s through the 1950s.

Dr. Terrell has over 25 years of professional experience conducting archaeological and historical studies in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Her completed projects range from the study of a Native American fishing camp near Bemidji to the investigation of the remains of a steam-powered sawmill in Stillwater. Dr. Terrell’s research focuses on the relationship between cultural traditions, the documentary record, and archaeological evidence. She is co-owner of Two Pines Resource Group, a cultural resources management firm that assists both public and private clients with their compliance and permitting needs.

Each presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and will allow for questions and answers afterward.

This is a free public event.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm.

A quorum of City Council members, Heritage Preservation Commission members, and Sheldon Board members may be in attendance at this event.

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