Works In Progress

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
7:00-8:30 p.m. via Zoom

MNSAH invites you to attend Works in Progress on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Our presentations include:

MnSHIP – Minnesota’s Statewide Historic Inventory Portal by Ginny Way

For decades, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has maintained an inventory of thousands of buildings, sites, and structures in Minnesota.  These records, previously only available in hard copy, have been digitized and are now accessible through MnSHIP, a new website allowing the public to easily locate information about properties throughout the state. This presentation will provide a demonstration of MnSHIP and how to access the wealth of information now readily available about historic properties in Minnesota.

Ginny Way is the National Register Historian at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office.

Creating the Multifaith Chapel at MIT, 1938-1955:  From William Welles Bosworth to Eero Saarinen by Dr. Jeanne Halgren Kilde

Interfaith or multifaith chapels are so ubiquitous now—present on college campus and in airports, hospitals, and shopping malls—that their development as a distinct architectural form is often taken for granted.  Yet the emergence of this building or spatial type was not easily achieved, hindered by several religious and architectural preconceptions.  This presentation will focus one influential piece in the process of its development: a transformation in the conceptualization of religious space on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that started with its campus designer and architect William Welles Bosworth in the 1930s and culminated in Eero Saarinen’s innovative Kresge Chapel in 1955.

Dr. Jeanne Halgren Kilde (Director Emerita, Religious Studies Program, University of Minnesota) is a cultural historian of religion in the United States.  Her primary research focus is on religious space and architecture.

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