Develop lifelong workforce skills by connecting young people to the earth, cultures, and traditions through historic preservation work and outdoor service.

Vision and Expected Outcomes

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps will affect the lives of young adults of Minnesota, as well as repair and maintain historic structures, buildings and sites throughout Minnesota.  Workforce development skills, hands-on training, exposure to history and historic structures will have a lifetime impact on the young adults who participate. 

Expected outcomes are as follows:

  • Historic structures will be preserved, repaired and maintained.
  • All our preservation work will comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • The backlog of needed maintenance and repair of historic structures and buildings will be reduced.
  • Hundreds of young Minnesotans will gain an appreciation and a sense of stewardship for their state’s cultural and historic heritage.
  • Long-lasting relationships between Corpsmembers and local historic preservation societies will be developed.
  • Hands-on skills training, including basic carpentry and masonry, and softer skills such as teamwork and leadership – all leading toward career development – will be provided to hundreds of young adults.

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps combines two powerful experiences; exploring history through hands-on preservation and the unique transformation that happens to young people who work together toward a common goal. The potential is here to build a program that will serve the state for years by preserving, sharing and connecting young adults to historic places in a life transforming way.  Service projects have their own special magic of blending places and people together and, over time, changing both.

Preserving these historic places will be something that the Corpsmembers will carry with them for a lifetime. They will share it with their kids and grandkids, taking field trips to the sites they worked at and telling stories like “in the summer of 2015, we worked hard all day in the heat, slept on the ground, cooked our food on a camp stove… and oh by the way… we made a difference! We built that wall, fixed that building, and learned what life was like back in the day!  The best part is that I made some friends for a lifetime and really gained a valuable appreciation of what it takes to keep the past from disappearing–a lot of hard work!”

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps reflects “stewardship” in that it preserves historic structures and sites whose presence is essential to explaining Minnesota’s history.  It shows “innovation” in that this is the first and only conservation corps effort in Minnesota, and one of few in the country, devoted strictly to historic preservation, and engagement with those people and entities devoted to preservation.  It reflects a strategic priority of the Minnesota Historical Society in how it will develop “meaningful relationships with adults as lifelong learners….”

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps assisting the Minnesota Historical Society in the fulfillment of their Mission:

 Using the Power of History to Transform Lives

Preserving – Sharing – Connecting

For more information, see Northern Bedrock’s Business Plan

Building a Pathway to the Preservation Trades

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps' mission is to develop lifelong workforce skills by connecting young people to the earth, cultures, and traditions through historic preservation work and outdoor service.