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Scavenger Hunt Lets you Explore Rochester's Past

May 14, 2019 10:37 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester Public Library has a way for you to explore the Med City and learn a little more about its history.

“This is the first ever architectural scavenger hunt and it’s all about celebrating national preservation month,” said Karen Lemke, head of marketing and community engagement for the library.

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“Just kind of reconnecting with your history and some of those assets that make our community what it is today,” said Mary Gastner, interim executive director of Experience Rochester, MN which is partnering with the library for the event.

The scavenger hunt highlights 12 buildings, each of which holds a special spot in the history of Rochester’s downtown.

“Some of these buildings were built in the 1800’s or the early turn of the century,” Lemke said.

With so much growth happening in the city, especially as the weather warms up, she said it’s a great for anyone.

“You can do with a different – a variety of ages and a variety of abilities, and it’s a nice family or a friend activity to do on a Friday evening, or over the weekend, and it can be done at any time and that’s the beauty,” Lemke said.

“The architectural treasure hunt is a really fun way to kind of be a tourist in your own town, to maybe take a look and maybe walk a little bit slower,” Gastner said.

While some of the buildings will be easily recognizable to people who make their way downtown regularly, Lemke said others have left people scratching their heads.

“The photos show a piece of the buildings, so you’re not going to see the whole thing. Some of the photos show a really obvious piece where you would really easily be able to identify, but there are a couple on here that have really stumped a few people,” she said.

Regardless of difficulty, she said the goal is just to get people outside and learning.

“I think they’re getting a chance to really see the beauty of those buildings and really acknowledge that we have some treasures here downtown,” she said.

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