The Jeffrey G. Allman Fund For Historic Preservation
The Historical Society, and particularly the State Historic Preservation Office, has been crucial to the success of numerous projects entered into by Jeff and his clients. Staff members in the office have been tireless and patient in their advocacy as well as thoughtful in mediation of the tradeoffs between new and old. Along with their dedication to delicately balancing modern codes with the character of the original sites, these efforts convinced Jeff to make provisions for MNHS in his estate.
Growing up he always enjoyed time in his family's basement shop, taking salvage items apart to see how they worked or seeking ways to get more life out of items too good to throw away. Little did he know that he was honing skills that would become his life's work! Jeff's passions carried him through earning his Eagle Scout, the Scouts' God and Country Award, a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Jeff says "It takes hard work to save and restore old buildings and sites of historic importance for our economic, cultural, environmental, and educational benefit. Our communities, our neighbors and future generations will be better off for the effort we all put in today. Collecting, preserving and sharing Minnesota's history provides a visceral link to our past where we can learn about the people and cultures, traditions and events from which our society grew."
We are grateful to Jeff Allman for the legacy gift he created and hope that sharing his story will inspire you to find your personal place in history too.