Writing on the Wall: A History of Graffiti on Sunday June 24 at 2pm


News Release

Gibson Stanton, Historic Site Manager

Washington County Historical Society



Writing on the Wall: A History of Graffiti on Sunday June 24 at 2pm

Washington County, MN – The Washington County Historical Society is pleased to have Alyssa Auten join us for an exciting and free presentation on the history of graffiti at the Historic Warden’s House in Stillwater. 

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. 

The Washington County Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates the history of the county and state of Minnesota.

 Founded in 1934, the Washington County Historical Society is a donor-supported nonprofit organization with more than 750 individual family and business members.  WCHS is supported by individual gifts, membership fees, and foundation grants.  For more information, please visit www.wchsmn.org.


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