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A stamp that Made History - And Still Does!

A stamp that Made History - And Still Does!
Roger Preuss (left) and Governor Elmer L. Andersen with scene painted to commemorate National Wildlife Week. Circa 1961 - courtesy Minnesota Historical Society collections.
In 2008, The Minnesota Historical Society was notified that Roger Emil Preuss, renowned wild life painter, born on January 29, 1922 in Waterville, Minnesota had bequeathed his estate to the Society. Among his accolades, in 1947 his depiction of Goldeneye waterfowl on Leech Lake was selected for the first Federal Duck stamp. Roger, 27 at the time, was the youngest to be so honored.

Throughout his career Roger donated much of his original work to various museums including the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

He served as the chair of the National Wildlife Week for Minnesota and was active in many wildlife habitat organizations receiving many honors including being named to the Water, Woods and Wildlife Hall of Fame in 1978.

Along with numerous original works, Roger also bequeathed to the Society assets now placed in the Roger Preuss Fund for the Arts.

Ringneck Pheasants (End of Day)
Oil on Canvas
Minnesota Historical Society Arts Curator, Brian Szott, in describing the collection received by the Society says: "Like many Minnesotans, Roger Preuss loved the natural resources and beauty of this great state. With the addition of 36 original works of art and an endowment, the Historical Society can now better tell the story of Minnesota - its land and its people - to future generations. We are very grateful for his vote of confidence in our ability to further this mission."

Wherever you look, you can see and enjoy the benefits of planned gifts in our community. Many hospitals, schools, parks and nature areas, as well as programs and services provided to the Society's members, are the result of planned gifts. With the guidance of your attorney or CPA, your gift can make a difference this holiday season too, and possibly provide you savings on current and/or estate taxes. And yes, the IRA rollover option continues until December 31, 2009.


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