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.
WRITING ON THE WALL: A HISTORY OF GRAFFITI
The act of graffiti has been present for thousands of years, in the form of carving and writing on surfaces. Often, one finds writing on the walls in their own homes and structures. Join us at Waldmann, one of St. Paul’s oldest commercial buildings, to enjoy a beverage and learn about the psychology, history, and preservation of graffiti. Registration includes a beer or soda ticket!
REHAB LAB: PLASTER REPAIR
Get acquainted with the materials, tools, and techniques for repairing vintage walls. Hosted at a 1915 home in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, this workshop allows for hands-on learning and lots of instructor interaction. You’ll go home with two mud knives, a mud pan, and new DIY skills.
ROTTED WOOD REPAIR
Got rot? In this class, wood window wizard Paul Schmidt will teach how to tell the difference between rotted and discolored wood and how to fix each issue. He’ll demonstrate both major and minor repair techniques (filling or replacing wood). You will learn what tools and materials you need to tackle your wood rot and discoloration.
SIGNS OF SPRING: GLIMPSES OF TWIN CITIES BALLPARKS
With baseball season just around the corner, we’ll look back at two ambitious projects for Twin Cities sports: the Athletic Parks of the 1880s. They were simple structures, by today’s standards, but architects Gilbert & Taylor (St. Paul Athletic Park) and the Orff Brothers (Minneapolis Athletic Park) were involved in the projects. Using the oldest known photographs of Twin Cities ballparks, we will explore these two spaces.
WHAT’S THAT WOOD? IDENTIFYING WOODS IN THE HOME
Develop a discerning eye for wood varieties and learn about common woods in Minnesota homes based on period, house style, and purpose. This is a rich introduction for any homeowner, Realtor, or decorative finishes fanatic interested in learning how to tell maple from oak – or just wanting to impress friends at their next dinner party!
SKYWAYS OF MINNEAPOLIS MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
Registration coming soon!
April 28th, 9:00am-12:00pm
IRVINE PARK MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
Registration coming soon!
May 3rd, time TBD
ARCHITECTURE OF THE 1920s
Why were so many Minnesota homes built in the 1920s? We’ll dig into that question and examine the variety of architecture created here during the “roaring twenties.” You will learn about common and popular house styles, who was building them, the neighborhoods they formed and what distinctive elements made these dwellings desirable.
RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE OF THE 1950s & 60s – 3 CE CREDITS
The fascinating story behind 1950s and 60s homes, neighborhoods, and suburbs will be explored in this class, which will leave you with a new appreciation for Minnesota’s mid-century properties. This class is worth 3 CE credits to licensed Minnesota Realtors® but is open to all.
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Minnesota Main Street Basic Training Workshop
Are you looking for ideas and strategies to help revitalize your downtown? Are you involved in your local Main Street Program or Downtown Revitalization group? If so, register for Minnesota Main Street’s Basic Training today!
June 7-8, 2018
Mankato City Hall, Mankato
More information and registration coming soon.
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Upper Mississippi Main Street Conference
This year, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Minnesota Main Street program will be hosting the Upper Mississippi Main Street Conference on October 23 – 25, 2018, in Winona, MN, with Main Street Iowa, Main Street Wisconsin, and the Winona Main Street program. More information and a call for session proposals coming soon. We hope you will be able to join us!
October 23-25, 2018