Facebook votes to determine historic preservation grants

Twenty-five historic sites in the Twin Cities are competing for $1 million in grants from the Partners in Preservation program.

The top award of $125,000 will go to the project that gets the most votes on Facebook.

Twin Cities Business says the rest of the grant money will be be “disbursed to several of the other sites following their review by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and an advisory committee — which includes Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.”

The historic sites in contention are:

  • American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
  • Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley
  • Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis
  • Chaska Athletic Park, Chaska
  • Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, St. Paul
  • C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall, St. Paul
  • Emerge Career and Technology Center (Old North Branch Library), Minneapolis
  • Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Belle Plaine
  • Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul
  • Fort Snelling Upper Post, Building 67, St. Paul
  • Harriet Tubman Center East (Former Saint Paul’s Monastery), Minneapolis
  • Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis
  • Historic Pilot Knob, Mendota Heights
  • James J. Hill House, St. Paul
  • Landmark Center, St. Paul
  • Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis
  • Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis
  • Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul
  • Minnesota Transportation Museum (Jackson Street Roundhouse), St. Paul
  • Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. Paul
  • Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, Minneapolis
  • The Soap Factory, Minneapolis
  • Washington County Historic Courthouse, Stillwater
  • Waterford Iron Bridge, Waterford Township
  • Wayzata Depot, Wayzata

According to the rules, you can vote once a day until Oct. 12. Hit the “Like” button on the Partners in Preservation Facebook page. You have to give permission to run an app. And as an incentive, there’s a sweepstakes for four roundtrip airline tickets, courtesy of Delta Airlines.

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