Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps began its fifth field season on May 15, training AmeriCorps crews on historic preservation service projects across Minnesota.
A Legacy-funded partnership between Northern Bedrock and the Minnesota Historical Society, this program was established in 2011 to meet two converging needs: aging historic structures in need of maintenance and repair, and a growing need to create a pathway for young adults into the preservation field.
Northern Bedrock utilizes a corps model and partners with trades professionals to provide young adults ages 18-25 with hands-on experience and training in historic preservation. In 2017, Northern Bedrock performed 18,609 hours of work on 26 historic structures around the state.
In the 2018 six-month field season, Northern Bedrock will have 19 new members who will train at Halfway Ranger Station Historic District, 10 miles south of Ely, and take on preservation service work around the state.
An upcoming local preservation service project includes replacing chinking and daubing on Hill Log House, Rural Heritage Museum, in St. Charles.
This program is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.
About Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.