SHPO Intern Marais Bjornberg
SHPO Intern Marais Bjornberg

Have you ever wanted to hire a contractor to work on your historic preservation project, but you had no idea where to find someone with the expertise to do the right thing?  Staff at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) have recognized this dilemma and are working on a directory of historic preservation specialists, to include trades people, architects, archeologists, researchers, historic tax credit specialists, among others.

 

Minnesota Historical Society IT staff are creating an online interface with the directory database so that anyone can search for individuals and firms by name, specialty, or location.  The tentative roll-out date for the online directory is March 2013.  For an idea of what the directory will look like, see the Utah SHPO’s online directory at http://history.utah.gov/apps/contractors.html .

 

This fall, intern Marais Bjornberg has been contacting preservation specialists throughout the state to add to the directory.  Marais has a BA in Architecture, with a Sustainability Studies Minor, from the University of Minnesota.  Part of her time at SHPO has been spent talking with various staff members to help inform her plans to return to school for a Masters in Architecture and/or Historic Preservation.  Thanks to Marais, we’ll be able to debut over 150 contractors in our directory.  Best of luck to Marais in her future endeavors!