Greetings from the
Bloomington Historical Society!
The Bloomington Historical Society was incorporated as a Minnesota non-profit organization on July 22, 1964. The purpose of the Society is to discover, preserve and disseminate historical knowledge and information or materials which establish or illustrate the history of the City of Bloomington, the County of Hennepin and the State of Minnesota.
The Bloomington Historical Society has, since 1964, operated a History Museum in the historic 1892 Town Hall located at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. It is the mission of the Society to collect and preserve the many artifacts, photographic images, memorabilia and life stories of the several ancient cultures and hundreds of generations that have inhabited the Bloomington area in the Minnesota River Valley over thousands of years of history, from the retreat of the glaciers to the settlements of the 1800s-1900s when this Minnesota River bluff top oak-savannah prairie was transformed into a community of 86,000 residents.
We will ensure the continuing preservation and interpretation of our historic legacy through:
• Management of our significant collections.
• Interpretation of history through education, offering tours, workshops, research opportunities and exhibits at the History Center and throughout the community.
• Partnerships of the City of Bloomington, educational institutions, community organizations, state, county and local historical societies, and the citizens of Bloomington.
A primary focus of our Society is providing service-oriented learning opportunities for high school and college students. During the 2006 school year, over 120 History, Archaeology and Public Relations students from Normandale College assisted the Society with archiving of our significant Norling photo collection. Our 'Schools to the Museum and Museum to the Schools' programs have interpreted history to thousands of elementary school children for over forty years.
The Bloomington Historical Society needs your help.
The Society is partnering with the City of Bloomington to undertake a major restoration of the Town Hall, for which the Bloomington Historical Society has committed to raise $140,000 towards the exterior renovation, which is now completed. The Society is looking for Heritage Partners who can help support this preservation effort through contributions that will return the Town Hall back to its 1892 appearance and a new life as the place where Bloomington's continuing story of history can be told.
Contributors at a level of $1,000 or more will be recognized as Benefactors listed on a Heritage Partner Plaque. Contributors at the $600 level will be recognized as Donors; the $500 level as Patrons; the $300 level as Sponsors; and the $100 level as Friends. We are also offering an opportunity to purchase an engraved History brick for the proposed Old Town Hall History Plaza to be located adjacent to the restored Town Hall. All donations are welcomed and will be recognized. Please consider the following sponsorship form and join us in the restoration of Bloomington's historic center of government from 1892-1964 and the place where community history has been preserved since 1964. Please feel free to call (952)881-4327 for additional information.
~~~ON BEHALF OF THE BLOOMINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, BHS President~~~
|~PRESERVING THE PAST~WHILE CAPTURING THE PRESENT~ YET, ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE~
YES, I AM COMMITTED TO PRESERVATION AND WANT TO SUPPORT THE RESTORATION OF THE BLOOMINGTON OLD TOWN HALL, ONE OF THE THE FEW REMAINING TOWN HALLS IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA AND A UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE TOWNSHIP PERIOD. THROUGH MY SUPPORT I AM HELPING TO ENSURE THE PRESERVATION OF A CONTINUING HISTORIC CONNECTION BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY'S PAST WITH ITS PRESENT FOR THE ENRICHMENT OF FUTURE GENERATIONS.
NAME ____________________________________________ PHONE _______________________
ADDRESS _______________________________ CITY _____________ STATE _____ ZIP _____
MY LEVEL OF CONTRIBUTION IS:
BENEFACTOR - $1,000 or more Level _______ CORPORATE DONOR ~ $600 Level __________
PATRON - $500 Level _______ CORPORATE SPONSOR ~ $300 Level __________
FRIEND - $100 Level _______ OTHER AMOUNT - ________________________
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: BLOOMINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Return to: Bloomington Historical Society, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431
Thank you for your generous support to help us restore the Old Town Hall for future generations!