Come experience the Historic Warden’s House in a new way (or for the first time)! June 24, 1p-5p, is our first Sunday Social and will feature:

–Treats baked by our interns using recipes of Stillwater residents from 1874.

–Victorian games on the lawn. Hang like the Wolfer’s (pictured above on the front lawn in 1908) and take in the sites and sounds.

–Open house style, peruse the museum for as long as you would like.

–BEST PART! At 2pm, guest presenter Alyssa Auten will share about the history of graffiti that will conclude with a tour of some historic graffiti within the Warden’s House.

This event is free and open to all ages. Donations are always accepted and directly support the mission of the Washington County Historical Society.

Writing on the Wall: A History of Graffiti by Alyssa Auten
2pm in the Warden’s House Museum

We’ve all seen spray painted graffiti on train cars and under bridges. But did you know the act of graffiti has been present for thousands of years, in the form of carvings and writing on surfaces?

Often, one even finds writing on the walls in their own homes and structures – in a basement, on the side of a barn, or behind plaster walls. At this talk, you’ll learn about the psychology of graffiti, the vast history of graffiti, why we should study graffiti and how to preserve important graffiti in your own spaces. You’ll even learn about graffiti located within the Warden’s House and throughout Stillwater/Washington County!

Alyssa Auten is a consultant with a background in historic architecture, design, and non-profit management. Alyssa received her BSAS in Architectural Studies from UW-Milwaukee and an MSc in Historic Building Conservation from the University of Bath in England. She spent the last ten years working in cultural heritage institutions like the Folsom House Historic Site in Taylors Falls and the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter. She has consulted on preservation projects for the City of Lindstrom, the Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative and the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Alyssa and her husband recently moved back to the St. Croix River Valley and she works as the Marketing and Creative Manager for Franconia Sculpture Park.