Hofmann Apiaries Construction Drawings, Scope of Work, and Specifications

Final Drawing - South Elevation

The Waseca County Historical Society (WCHS) received grant funds to hire an architect to create a set of construction drawings, a SHPO Scope of Work and specifications for exterior repairs to Hofmann Apiaries Honey House and Wax Shed.

WCHS is partnering with Hofmann Apiaries to preserve the site and story of the apiary for interpretive and educational programming. The apiary will be offering regional beekeepers a place for hives and extracting services. The apiary was listed on the National Register in January 2016. WCHS and the Hofmann’s are developing interpretive programs for educational, agricultural, horticultural and tourism opportunities. Exterior work on the two main structures-the honey house and the wax shed are a priority.

The science of bees is a critical subject for everyone. Colony Collapse Disorder is of great concern to beekeepers and the agricultural industry worldwide. The list of crops that won’t grow without honey bees is long and can be found on the National Resources Defense Council website. The Department of Agricultural has allocated $20 million over the next five years for research. Hofmann Apiaries is in position to educate, provide forage and be made available for research and observation of native pollinators as well as honey bees. WCHS is working hard to provide a quality experience for local and regional beekeepers, students and teachers, cultural heritage tourists, researchers and everyone in between.

Recipient: Waseca County Historical Society
Funding Amount: $9,249

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.