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November 2010 - Waseca County Historical Society

November 2010 - Waseca County Historical Society

History Notes is a

History Notes is a publication of the Waseca CountyHistorical Society ©2010Mailing Address: P.O. Box 314, Waseca, MN 56093Street Address: 315 Second Avenue N.E.Phone: 507-835-7700, Fax: 507-835-7811www.historical.waseca.mn.usWCHS 2010 Board of Directors:Jim Tippy: PresidentJim King: Vice-PresidentBoyd Abbe: SecretaryTom Piche: TreasurerRev. Charles EspeHenry LewerJean LundquistNeta OelkeScott RoemhildtJerry RutledgeRod SearleDon WynnemerDon ZwachJim Peterson, County CommissionAl Rose, City CouncilStaff:Joan Mooney Co-Director/Programs & Researchprogram@historical.waseca.mn.usSheila Morris Co-Director/Development & Exhibitsphoto@historical.waseca.mn.usPauline Fenelon Artifacts/Librarycollection@historical.waseca.mn.usVanessa Zimprich Artifacts/Websiteartifact@historical.waseca.mn.usLinda Taylor Researcherresearch@historical.waseca.mn.usWCHS HOURS:Museum, Research Library & Gift ShopClosed Mondays, Open Tuesdays-Fridays, 9-5Event CalendarVisit us: www.historical.waseca.mn.uswww.twitter.com/wasecahistorywww.facebook.com(search: Waseca County Historical Society and “Like Us”)November 10: WCHS Board Meeting, 6 p.m.December 4 & 5: Holiday Exhibit Opening, “Under theChristmas Tree: Very Special Toy Collections,” 11 a.m. to7 p.m.; exhibit continues during regular museum hoursthrough February 15, 2011.December 8: WCHS Board Meeting, 6 p.m.2011February: Annual Ice Harvest at Clear Lake; open to thepublic\ with $2 donation; Clear Lake Park pavilion, 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.February 15: “Under the Christmas Tree” exhibit ends.Ongoing exhibit: “Waseca County Timeline”Spring Luncheon-Lecture SeriesFeaturing a noted author/speaker and a delicious lunch,12 noon-1 p.m. at the museum; reservations necessary,835-7700; WCHS members $11,non-members $16March: Speaker & topic to be announced.Waseca County Historical SocietyMUSEUM & RESEARCH LIBRARYMission Statement:To discover and collect all material which may help to establish orillustrate the history of the County or the State.April 28: Chad Lewis, author of “The Minnesota RoadGuide to Gangster Hot Spots”May: Todd Peterson, author of “Early Black Baseball inMinnesota”To provide for the preservation of all historical material and for theappropriate accessibility to such material.To disseminate historical information and to encourage interestin the past.To maintain genealogical records.2

Preservation Efforts in Waseca CountyNew plans at the Ward house on East Elm . . .The Waseca Heritage Preservation Commission “cut it’s teeth” recently when the new owners of the Percy Ward house applied for apermit to add a second structure to the property. We have all passed by this magnificent home many times. It will be hard to see thelandscape change from the original state. There was a carriage house at one time. It was moved to SW Waseca and converted toapartments.At a recent preservation workshop we learned some things we didn’t know. Additions are put on National Register properties all thetime. Elements from the original structure must be repeated and applied to the new, however mimicking the original too closely isnot permitted. The addition must be different from the original portion of the building.The Waseca Heritage PreservationCommission (HPC) is fortunate to haveworked with Thomas Zahn and BethanyGladhill. The team has provided theHistoric Context Study for the City ofWaseca and is currently working withthe HPC on the Trowbridge Band ShellProject. They also happened to be at ourlast meeting when the new ownerpresented preliminary drawings of theaddition. As a new commission, wehadn’t had an opportunity to work onany property let alone one of our mostrecognizable historic houses in Waseca!With guidance from Zahn and Gladhilland the State Historic PreservationArchitect Natasha Weiner we were ableto work with the new owners to makechanges that comply with NationalRegister standards.Many thanks to HPC Chair and Councilman Les Tlougan and Ranae Schult staff coordinator, for making this possible.Heritage Preservation Commission: Jean Byron, Joan Mooney, Pat Pearson, John Pribble, Robin TerrellTHE R.P. WARD HOUSE ON EAST ELMMORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO3

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