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Minnesota Statewide Historic Preservation Plan

Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2021-2031

Who we are and what we do

The Minnesota State historic Preservation Office (SHPO) administers several programs to help identify important historic and cultural resources and to create a climate to aid their preservation and restoration. SHPOs were established in each state by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. They administer the national preservation program directed by the National Park Service and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as well as state preservation initiatives. State Historic Preservation Offices act as focal points for preservation planning.

Preservation plans

A plan is a roadmap to help us see where we’ve been and where we want to go. It is an assessment of where we are, a statement about how we’d like things to be, and the next steps to get us from here to there. Usually, a plan has a specific duration—10 years for example—so that the plan’s objectives can be accomplished within a manageable time frame and the results evaluated at the end.

A historic preservation plan focuses on historic places within a specific local geographic area. During the planning process, the public and others who have an interest or influence in determining the fate of historic places in the community voice their ideas, concerns, and opinions. This feedback is used to create a vision and goals to direct specific preservation work in the community.

What is the Minnesota Statewide Historic Preservation Plan?

The Statewide Historic Preservation Plan outlines a statement of intent for historic resources throughout the state. The statewide plan reflects the issues, concerns, and aspirations of a wide range of preservation partners and helps guide effective decision-making on both local and state levels. An effective plan works as an agreement between the public, government agencies, non-profits, preservation professionals, and others about what we value and how we will treat our historic places in the future. A successful plan will be easy to access and use, will be adopted and implemented by local communities, state agencies, and other partners, and will be a clear reflection of the all partners' vision for preservation in the State of Minnesota.

Who writes the plan and how will the plan be used?

While SHPO will engage with the public and write, plan and implement many of its recommendations— the plan will contain objectives that other groups will carry out. The statewide plan is a strategic plan for the entire state, not a department work plan. It will engage the public and then reflect the views of citizens and stakeholders. The SHPO will construct the plan so that a variety of organizations, individuals, agencies, and governments can adopt and implement actions to further statewide goals and objectives. The state plan as approved by the National Park Service will be widely distributed and readily available to the public.

The State Plan will contain a variety of useful information for the residents of Minnesota including a statewide summary assessment of historic and cultural resources, a vision for Minnesota historic preservation, and preservation goals and objectives.

The Statewide Plan as a reflection of the views of the public

Engagement with various community groups and stakeholders during the planning process allows SHPO to better address current and future preservation needs throughout the state. Because of the wide reach of the plan, the voices of community members from different areas are vital to ensure that all individuals, regions, and groups can voice their concerns and aspirations for the future of preservation in the state. Ultimately, openness and willingness to communicate in the planning process for the statewide historic preservation plan helps Minnesotans understand and trust that SHPO is here to aid them.

SHPO will work with partners to gather and analyze information about social, economic, political, legal, and environmental trends that affect historic resources and influence preservation practice. Encourage broad public participation to identify and solve issues facing cultural resources in the State of Minnesota. With the goal to empower local communities, organizations, and individuals to participate in the plan. Asking questions that encourage diverse viewpoints, which will be used to create a long-term vision for the future and short-term preservation goals and objectives for the State of Minnesota.

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