Activities that recognize and highlight historic preservation accomplishments in Red Wing are under way during May, which is celebrated nationally as Preservation Month.
For the past two years, the pandemic has forced cancellation of a local celebration. This year the Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission is sponsoring three traditional events plus a new activity, a social media challenge.
The celebration will culminate May 26 with a free, public presentation on Barn Bluff/He Mni Can.
- Architectural Scavenger Hunt. A visual activity for sixth-graders, the scavenger hunt challenges young people – and their families – to explore downtown Red Wing as they search for architectural features on historic buildings.
Sheets with images of those features have been distributed to the 186 sixth-grade students at Burnside, Sunnyside and Twin Bluff schools, plus six students at St. John’s Lutheran School. They are encouraged to learn about Red Wing’s history and its impressive architecture, and hopefully to form an appreciation of the historic resources.
Prizes, which will be drawn at random from the correct entries, include gift certificates to Carlson’s Sport Center, Red Wing Confectionary and Hanisch Bakery.
- Social Media Challenge. Adults also have an opportunity to win prizes by taking photographs of local historic buildings or landscapes and posting them on Facebook or Instagram. The challenge is underway until May 23.
Photos must be posted with the hashtag @historicredwing so they can be viewed by the public. Members of the HPC and partner organizations are not eligible; participants must be 18 or older. Photographs may be shared as part of the activity.
Two winners will be chosen at random from among entries – one each on Instagram and Facebook. Each will receive $50 in Chamber Bucks to spend at local businesses. Winners will be announced at the May 26 event, and they will be notified by Direct Message. Prizes will be mailed.
- Awards of Merit. Four properties – a business, two residences and a public project - will be recognized at the May 26 event. The four will not be named until that night. Awards are given for reconstruction, restoration, adaptive reuse and other contributions to Red Wing’s historic resources.
- Educational presentation. Two Pines Resource Group, which was hired by the city to complete an update to the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for Barn Bluff/He Mni Can, will be featured at a free, public event on May 26 at the Goodhue County History Center.
The company is a women-owned small business that provides cultural resource management services to public and private sector clients in the Upper Midwest.
Michelle Terrell and Eva Terrell have worked on multiple projects in Red Wing. They have in-depth knowledge of the community and the bluff property.
The project is funded in part by a Certified Local Government Grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. The city received $11,000 in federal funding, representing 68 percent of the total project cost.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour; refreshments will be served. The awards presentation will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by the bluff program.
The Heritage Preservation Commission is a seven-member body that makes recommendations to the City Council on matters including buildings, lands, archeological sites and areas or districts designated for preservation. Public education also is part of the group’s mission.
Written by Heritage Preservation Commission member Ruth Nerhaugen