We’re excited to announce our first open house on May 19th, 2018 from 10 AM- 5 PM. We will be having a spring colors photography shoot at Arcola Mills. The event’s focus is bringing together and showcasing the work of local photographers with Pictures of Stillwater and Tamarack Gallery and Picture Framing. The photography shoot will be from 10am-2pm.
From 3pm -5pm , we will be having a poetry meet and greet. Take in readings from poets with the local chapter of League of Minnesota Poets. Visitors can network, connect, and hear readings from poets all while being immersed in the ambiance and setting of Arcola Mills.
Spring is a beautiful and exciting time at Arcola Mills. We look forward to seeing you there!
Fitzie Heimdahl (l), Project Manager and Steven Blondo (r) of Blondo Consulting conducting an onsite study at Arcola Mills.
Arcola Mills was recently awarded a Minnesota Historical Heritage Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to document and record the history of the Van Meier era at Arcola and the artist colony that was active between the mid 1920s – 1979.
The project is currently seeking contact with individuals, particularly from the Valley area, who may have information or documents from the 1920s through 1990 regarding then owners of the property Katherine and Dr. Henry Van Meier of Stillwater and about the structures and their uses in that period.
In a presentation to the Board of Directors, Steven Blondo, principle of Blondo Consulting and Project Director, gave an update on the project to study the potential historic and architectural status of a set of buildings on the Arcola Mills property. Its 1847 Greek Revival mansion and mill site have been designated as historically notable by being placed on the National Register of Historically Significant Places. The study is intended to review and document the history and importance of the remaining structures on the 55 acre site.Individuals with information should contact Arcola Mills, or Steven Blondo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants are made possible through the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. The Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota’s land, water, and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.
For more information, contact:
Name: Steven Blondo
Title: Project Director, Blondo Consulting
Email address: email@example.com
Photo: Cathy Rochel
On Saturday, May 21, 18 volunteers from the Washington County Attorney’s office worked at Arcola as part of Spring into Service Day. Spring into Service is a county wide project of Community Thread which provides volunteers for important work that needs to be done for non-profit organizations.
Volunteers cleared brush and debris from the driveway, parking lots and trails; cleared flower beds and white pine planting areas. They replaced protective fencing and installed new trail markers – all in preparation for the opening of the house and grounds for the 2016 season.
We are grateful to the volunteers for thier hard work! Arcola Mills welcomes volunteers for a variety of projects. If you are interested in assisting us as a volunteer, please leave a message at (651) 439-1652.
The Monday Morning Birders group spent June 6 at Arcola for one of their birding treks. The group saw or heard an amazing variety of birds, including:
Great blue heron Turkey vulture Cooper’s hawk Red-shouldered hawk with 2 nestlings
Red-tailed hawk Rock dove Chimney swift Ruby-throated hummingbird
Downy woodpecker Hairy woodpecker Northern flicker Red-bellied woodpecker
Pleated woodpecker Blue jay Eastern phoebe Great crested flycatcher
Warbling vireo Red-eyed vireo American crow Yellow-throated Vireo
House wren Eastern bluebird Tree swallow Black-capped chickadee
American robin Gray catbird Chipping sparrow White-breasted nuthatch
American redstart Song sparrow Northern cardinal Blue-winged warbler
Field sparrow Baltimore oriole Indigo bunting Brown-headed cowbird
Northern cardinal House wren Red-winged blackbird
Common yellowthroat Northen waterthrush
Clay-colored sparrow Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged blackbird American goldfinch