Historical society seeking nominations

Published 10:05 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Steele County Historical Society is seeking nominations for its 2018 Preservation Awards, according to a press release. Each year, two Steele County buildings or properties are recognized for their outstanding preservation and /or restoration efforts.

For a property to be considered, it should accurately reflect the architecture of the time it was built, be as close in its original detail as possible and be in above average condition.

Historical significance of the property and provenance are also desirable when choosing a nominee. Nominations may include homes, businesses, farmsteads or other rural properties.

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“Preservation of historic structures is important to local history. There are many wonderful preservation projects and the SCHS looks forward to recognizing preservation efforts throughout Steele County,” said SCHS Executive Director James Lundgren.

All nominations must be received at the SCHS office by April 30. Awards will be announced in May during National Preservation Month. To nominate a property, submit a letter explaining why you have chosen that property, some background information, the property’s historic significance, a photograph and a contact to call.

Nominated properties will be visited by a selection committee. For more information, contact Lundgren at 451-1420. To submit a nomination, email james.lundgren@steelehistorymuseum.org or mail it to SCHS, 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN 55060.