Demolition of Kiewel Brewery in Little Falls, MN. July 1983. Image courtesy Morrison County Historical Society

Online Event: Think Before You Knock

Think Before You Knock: A Conversation on the Importance of Historic Preservation
Tuesday, October 27th, 10 a.m. to noon
Zoom Event
$8 – general admission
Register: https://www.rethos.org/classes

Think Before You Knock – What Structures Are Worth Saving?

Demolition of Kiewel Brewery in Little Falls, MN. July 1983. Image courtesy Morrison County Historical Society
Demolition of Kiewel Brewery in Little Falls, MN. July 1983. Image courtesy Morrison County Historical Society, #1993.56.4.

(LITTLE FALLS, MN – October 2, 2020) Is there a building or structure in your town or neighborhood that everyone thinks is an eyesore? Maybe it’s an abandoned industrial building that is a target for vandalism. Perhaps it’s a metal pole shed that is still in use but has seen better days, or an ordinary house with peeling paint and crumbling front steps.

While these structures seem to be good candidates for a wrecking ball, preservation organizations like Rethos: Places Reimagined and state and local history groups take a more nuanced approach. How do preservation organizations determine what structures are worth the time, effort and money to save?

Join Rethos and the Morrison County Historical Society (MCHS) for Think Before You Knock: A Conversation on the Importance of Historic Preservation. This online event is a reprise of an event created by MCHS that was held a few years ago.

Think Before You Knock will take place on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon and will feature a discussion about various structures in Central Minnesota, some of them selected by historian Bill Morgan during his many architectural investigations over the years. Leading the conversation will be Mary Warner, executive director of MCHS.

This class is sponsored by Rethos: Places Reimagined, and organized by the Morrison County Historical Society, its Central MN Education Coordinator. Rethos is a nonprofit organization that leads and inspires people to connect to valued places in their communities. Whether it’s an old home or storefront on the corner, a community’s old high school or long-retired factory, Rethos works to preserve and protect the bond felt by community members toward these places and the distinct characteristics they display. Rethos’ education program has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Admission for the class is $8.00. Registration for the class is available online through the Rethos website: rethos.org/classes.

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