Historic Old Highland Project

Historic Old Highland is an evolving project which will be added to as we document history and collect stories about the people who have lived or worked here both past and present.  We encourage each and every resident to post stories, additional photographs and historical information to Placeography.org.

To access the Historic Old Highland Project on Placeography, click on the following url or copy and paste it into your internet browser:

If you are interested in discovering more about your property, links at the bottom of this page will help guide you through the home research and Placeography posting processes. The first link, Housing Workshop Survey, is the power point which was used at our Old Highland Workshop on how to research your house. We suggest that you use this power point in conjunction with the three linked articles: “Research your House History,” “Drafting a House History,” and “Researching Home History.” Each document will give thorough direction for researching the history of your house.

When you have read the articles and are ready to begin your investigation, consult “Resources for Historic Research.” This document details each library or resource location, its address, website, hours of operation, fees, etc.

Finally, post your research to Placeography! “Placeography is a wiki (free encyclopedia that anyone can edit) where you can share the history of and stories about a house, building, farmstead, public land, neighborhood or any place to which you have a personal connection.”

The document at the bottom of this page, “Welcome to Placeography” is a basic Placeography user guide created for our Old Highland residents.  This guide will teach you how to create, update and/or expand information on Placeography.  For advance users, additional how to steps include adding personal input to “Resident’s Thoughts” and linking outside websites to Old Highland’s Placeography page.

The ultimate goal of the Historic Old Highland Project is to use the social history and architectural documentation to update and expand the existing self-guided Walking Tour Guide of significant properties in the Old Highland neighborhood. The new updated Walking Tour Guide will be a great promotional tool for Old Highland.  It will be used by the community to 1) increase public awareness of the historic and architectural quality of the homes in Old Highland; 2) encourage and support neighborhood interest and efforts in maintaining, enhancing and restoring the architectural integrity of individual homes and streetscapes, and 3) promote and market the neighborhood to potential new home owners (or renters) who value and appreciate great housing and the strong sense of community among people who live here.

Please contact Angie Nelson at angienelson@comcast.net or 612-522-3817 if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this project.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Links to Historic Old Highland Project Resources: