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MN Historical Society book to feature old homes

The Minnesota Historical Society Press received a $250,000 grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville, Wis., to fund a book about significant historic homes in the state of Minnesota.

The book will feature 20 significant and grand historic homes in Minnesota, representing the five regions in the state -- northwest, northeast, southwest, southeast and metro area -- as well as a wide range of architectural styles.

The book features will include excellent writing backed by thorough research, high-end custom photography, historic photographs, and detailed architectural illustrations. The text will include architectural descriptions, historical context, stories of the homeowner and the community in which the house was built, and information on the style, design, architect, and builder of each house.

Through the financial support of the Jeffris Family Foundation, the Minnesota Historical Society Press will work with award-winning author Larry Millett.

Millett is an architectural historian and the author of Lost Twin Cities, Twin Cities Then and Now, AIA Guide to the Twin Cities, and Once There Were Castles. He has also written six mystery novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, all but one of them set in Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul.

The Jeffris Family Foundation also awarded a matching grant of $25,000 to the Minnesota Historical Society to fund 50 percent of the estimated costs of engaging a consultant to prepare a historic structure report of the Oliver Kelley farmhouse at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Elk River.

The matching 50 percent of this project was funded with an award from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Oliver H. Kelley Farm is one of 31 historic sites and museums operated by the MN Historical Society.