As a historic town, Henderson played an important role in the early settlement of the Minnesota River. In 1999, the city established a Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC). The Commission completed a survey of historic buildings, laying the groundwork for long-range plans for preservation. It proceeded to give local historic designation to several buildings, including the city powerhouse. Expanding their work beyond the typical Minnesota preservation commission, the HPC created a non-profit, volunteer organization to foster the restoration of the historic commercial buildings along the city’s Main Street. Among the most popular new programs is the annual Henderson Heritage Days. Recognizing this extraordinary achievement, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota presented a Community Effort Award to the Friends of Henderson in 2005.
To protect and enhance these key community assets, we assisted the Heritage Preservation Commission as it worked to establish a downtown historic district with design guidelines.
The American Association for State and Local History will honor the Henderson Heritage Preservation Commission with its leadership award at its national convention in September 2006.