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Luther College Woman's Club March meeting
In 2014, the Decorah Historic Preservation Commission kicked off efforts to place historic downtown Decorah on the National Register of Historic Places. What has this project entailed, and what is its current status?
Mark Z. Muggli, Luther College professor emeritus of English, will talk about these efforts during his presentation, “Architectural Grace: The Decorah Commercial Historic District and the National Register of Historic Places,” at the March meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club. The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther College campus. All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are invited to attend. Shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot is available and leaves at 1:10 p.m. In addition to the program, a short business meeting, refreshments, and special music by Luther faculty or students are on the afternoon’s agenda.
During his talk, Muggli will outline the Decorah Historic Preservation Commission’s work to place Decorah on the National Register. He will also will put the nomination process in a broader context by explaining the National Register itself—touching on the existing Broadway-Phelps Park Historic District—and commenting on the cultural importance of historic architecture.
Muggli retired from Luther College in 2013 after 35 years of service. During that time, he taught English and interdisciplinary courses on a wide range of topics. As the 2011–13 Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities, Muggli developed the “Our Shakespeare” project to re-invigorate broad appreciation for Shakespeare’s art. He has a lifelong interest in architecture and historic preservation, stimulated by restoring a 19th-century Decorah home and by living and teaching abroad.
Luther College, Dahl Union, Peace Dining Room 700 College Drive Decorah, IA 52101