2017 Minnesota Main Street Awards

Every year, Minnesota Main Street recognizes projects in our Main Street and Network Communities that have exemplified excellent work in the Four-Point Approach. A couple of weeks ago at the Preserve Minnesota Conference in Albert Lea, three designated Main Street communities received 2017 Minnesota Main Street Awards! Congratulations to Downtown Main Street Red Wing for … Continued

Minnesota Main Street

Minnesota Main Street A thriving downtown has a powerful impact on a community—its people, its finances and its growth. That’s why the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is proud to oversee the Minnesota Main Street program. The Main Street program helps towns and small cities maximize both their people and built assets for economic vitality. Joining the … Continued

Upper Mississippi Main Street Conference

2018 Upper Mississippi Main Street Conference October 23-25, 2018 . Winona, MN The 2018 Upper Mississippi Main Street Conference will take place Tuesday, October 23, through Thursday, October 25 in downtown Winona, MN. Organized by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Main Street program, Wisconsin Main Street, Main Street Iowa, and Winona Main Street, the conference will bring together leaders in … Continued

Artists on Main Street

Artists on Main Street Artists on Main Street Communities in the News Artists on Main Street Partners Artists on Main Street Stories The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and with support from the Bush Foundation, is excited to launch Artists on Main Street this year. As members of … Continued

Start A Community Main Street Program

How to Get Started Our Minnesota Main Street Communities (Faribault, New Ulm, Owatonna, Red Wing, Shakopee, Willmar and Winona) have broad community support, paid staff, and meet nationally defined standards. Main Street communities receive several benefits thanks to their annual membership, including some complimentary training admissions, and funding for on-site technical assistance. How can you … Continued

Preservation Stories

Meet Melanie   An interview with Melanie Sunnarborg, MainStreet Owatonna and Marketing Director at the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. MainStreet Owatonna is one of seven Designated Main Street programs in Minnesota working to revitalize their downtown. Why should people visit Owatonna? People should visit Owatonna because our charm will draw you in. … Continued


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Current Classes From hands-on workshops to behind-the-scenes tours, from state-approved continuing ed to specialized courses, PAM delivers unique and unparalleled preservation-based education. Discover all of our education offerings below. Homeowner Classes & Community Tours OHC Classes Main Street Workshops Homeowner Classes & Community Tours REHAB LAB GRAB BAG: WINDOWS AND DOORS We are going to … Continued

Our Services

PAM’s services drive our mission to inspire and motivate people to connect to historic places. We do this by creating preservation-based progress in area neighborhoods, cities and towns. When you become a member of PAM, you support our services and the use and reuse of local historic assets. What services do we offer? Preservation Support … Continued

Anthony Huonder

  In the 1990s, when the major industrial employers had abandoned Northeast Minneapolis, squatters and partyers filled the old brick buildings they left behind. It was a time when Northeast was known for vacant buildings and abandoned streets, rather than breweries and artists. Under the surface, though, there was a vibrant cultural pulse, according to Anthony … Continued