We are honored to host the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps at the museum this week.
Northern Bedrock is a direct descendant of the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps that provides young adult participants with job training, education experience, and leadership skills through historic preservation work. Applying the conservation corps experience with historic preservation is a unique and innovative program making Minnesota a leader in creative new strategies for historic preservation.
What does that mean for us? It means that 2 of our historic buildings will get some needed TLC.
Our “First Courthouse” log cabin from 1866 is our highest priority. The first county meeting was held in this building in September 1866. It has been moved several times from its original location, and as far as we can tell, has undergone several repairs / restorations over the years. Several of the logs are rotting and the more modern caulking has done more harm than good.
The storm of August 1, 2001 brought down many trees, and we have had large ash logs set aside for this project, waiting for a day when we could find a team and someone with log cabin expertise to help us out.
That day has arrived.
The other project is the “Torguson Cabin” that also needs some care. The logs need to be re-chinked and the windows need to be re-framed.
The team got right to work.
At the end of day one we headed out to the Halvorson Farm where Mark and Ted cut the large ash logs into beams.
To see more pictures and some video of the saw mill, visit our facebook page.
It will be great fun to see the work done on our cabins this week. Stay tuned – we will keep you posted!