A Message from Our President

Dear Members and Friends of the Society,

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First of all, we are grateful for the support of all our members! If you are not already a member, please join us. Your support helps us present New Brighton area history, and to preserve it for future generations. The cost is small. You’ll find details later in this newsletter and you’ll feel so good doing it! If you are already a member, you know what I mean.

Winter is when the Society’s Board is generally on hiatus, yet we’ve been quite busy. Among the highlights, Board member Wayne Searles has been organizing our Annual Meeting in April. You can also read about that in this newsletter. I’ve helped with the flyers for the Annual Meeting the past two years and I’m assisting Wayne with that right now. 

We also completed our Minnesota Legacy Fund grant for general assessment and long term planning for the Society and the depot museum. The Midwest Art Conservation Center joined us in completing the project, and with our final report now accepted, our responsibilities for the grant itself are fulfilled but that’s only the start. The long-term plan identified many needs for preserving New Brighton area history for coming generations that we’re currently pursuing. 

Disaster recovery (DR) is increasingly important in all businesses and non-profits are following suit, and we are working on our own disaster plan. We are also beginning to monitor the environmental conditions of the museums to current professional standards, which will assist us in applying for a future grant for an updated HVAC system and other conservation enhancements.

Another way we are benefitting the community is with internships. I am a historic preservation professional and have done archaeological projects in the state since 1987. Last year I met an anthropology student at the University of Minnesota named China Beverly. China completed a paper for her degree on the archaeology of the Mounds View Township in which New Brighton is situated. I had the pleasure of guiding China with this, and she’s decided to come on board as a volunteer intern with NBAHS. She has written a small introduction for you below.

Have a wonderful spring! We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting if you can attend, and at the depot museum this summer.

David Peterson

President, NBAHS

Greetings all! My name is China Beverly and I am extremely happy to begin working on projects for the New Brighton Historical Society! I have a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Minnesota. A fun fact about me is that I love to be outdoors and being one with nature. Being an intern at the museum is something I have been looking forward to since I discovered this opportunity. I just recently graduated from the U of M and I have not been more excited to do field work within the Anthropology Department! You can catch me at the museum sometime this summer. If not physically in the museum I will more than likely be writing up reports. I have written my first report for the museum on the Mounds View Township and I am excited to share it with everyone. I was given the project of doing research on the township’s background and any archaeological evidence of Native tribes living previously on the land we now call New Brighton. I started this project at the beginning of January and took trips to the State Historic Preservation Office to gather all my evidence of archeological significance of New Brighton. I look forward to working with everyone, writing more reports such as this one and doing more projects around the museum! If you see me, do not hesitate to say Hi! 

New Brighton Area Historical Society : http://newbrightonhistory.com