At the heart of Saint Paul’s African American history is the Rondo neighborhood. Before the construction of I-94, the Rondo community was home to 85 percent of Saint Paul’s African American population. (more…)
Steve Boyd-Smith, Creative Director at 106 Group, is the recipient of the NAI Heartland Region’s 2018 Master Interpretive Manager Award. Steve’s decades of interpretive experience have enriched 106 Group’s work around the country. In this interview with Michael Swearingen, Communication Associate at 106 Group,... read more →
In honor of World Heritage Day, Communication Associate Michael Swearingen sat down with two of our employees to talk about their favorite heritage sites and 106 Group project work. (more…)
It was great to see, socialize with, and learn from fellow consultants, elected officials, and agency representatives at the Minnesota Transportation Conference in Mankato. I was impressed with the great work people are doing—the community engagement sessions... read more →
Written by Jennifer Bring, 106 Group Cultural Resources Director and MNAEP Vice President What I love most about my job are the interesting projects I work on, the amazing people I work with (both clients and colleagues), and the remarkable collaboration between the two that makes every project work. Collaboration... read more →
Featured in the most recent issue of "Legacy Magazine", a publication of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). Our very own Chris Evans reflects on the state of interpretation in museums. With interviews from industry leaders, Evans discusses the common practice of leaving exhibits intentionally void of interpretation, where interpretation... read more →
This past week our team led a workshop-style session at NAI’s National Conference in Corpus Christi, TX. We often work with content experts to develop exhibits. And it can be a challenge to peel away layers of complex details to get to the meaningful stuff: how to help visitors find, do, or understand... read more →
The Interpret Europe: Mechelen 2016 conference recently explored how heritage interpretation can help evolving communities approach issues such as human rights, peace, and active citizenship. Anne Ketz' paper, "Interpretive Planning Methods and Processes as an Effective Mechanism for Community Building," was presented at the conference. Through her work with historically disenfranchised groups in the United... read more →
106 Group senior designer Chris Evans joined a team of panelists to present "Stronger Together: How Digital Media Adds Layers to Guided Interpretation" at the National Association for Interpretation’s 2015 Annual Workshop in Virginia Beach. This packed session generated a lively discussion among interpreters about the rising use of digital media. Our post-conference living... read more →
How can we develop community workshops that get beyond the buzzwords and create truly meaningful collaboration with diverse audiences? Our senior exhibit developer, Maggie Schmidt, calls for building capacity—skills, knowledge, and authority—with all participants involved. Her article, "Beyond Tokenism: Working Toward Respectful Community Partnerships", appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of NAI's Legacy... read more →
Greetings from Anne, After our big move to Bandana Square, we have another announcement to share! In addition to leading the 106 Group as CEO and Services Director, I’ve been elected to serve as vice president to the International Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP) for... read more →
Many people have the same questions about choosing interpretive media. Which media is best for my story? What resources do I need? How do I get started? Let’s ask a few key questions, consider some details, and point you in the right direction to select media for your outdoor site.... read more →
In the United States, transportation development projects must navigate a complex legal framework for engaging and consulting with the public, agencies, and Native American tribes. Through their over 35 years of combined experience completing complex transportation planning and development projects, 106 Group and Zan Associates have found that the benefits... read more →
In a rapidly changing world where local communities are becoming more diverse, and needing to be more holistic in their thinking, public engagement can get people talking, learning from each other, and working together to identify problems and create solutions. Community planners often struggle to effectively reach out and engage... read more →
We have been participating in the Great River Gathering for many years. Over this time, 106 Group has been a proud participant in dozens of successful redevelopment projects in St. Paul. From the construction of the new Wabasha Bridge to the redevelopments of Harriet Island and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.... read more →
What does it mean to call a place a site of conscience? While the word conscience has associations with fairness and justice, the stories surrounding these sites most often describe situations where there was an overwhelming lack of both these things. Regine Kennedy’s presentation explores the challenges of interpreting sites... read more →
Regine Kennedy and Chris Evans presented "Listen Up! Providing Accessible Interpretation with Audio" at the National Association for Interpretation 2012 National Workshop. Download the brochure, presentation, and paper.
Anne Ketz & Nathan Moe gave a presentation on "Leveraging Cultural Heritage for Community Identity and Economic Development" for the Regional APA Conference in September 2012.
Greg Mathis gave a presentation to the Minnesota SHPO Seminar on the 106 Group's documentation of one of the earliest sewers built in Minnesota and the first on the east side of the Mississippi River.