COKATO, MN The August “Gust” Akerlund Photography Studio in Cokato is now a nationally significant National Register of Historic Places site, a distinction only 4 percent of Minnesota’s National Register sites can boast.
This change was approved in January by the National Register, along with other updates to the Akerlund Studio’s original, 1977 National Register of Historic Places form.
The improvements provide current information on the studio’s ownership, and substantial detail on the history of Akerlund and the studio building.
These revisions are attributed to the efforts of former Cokato Museum Director Mike Worcester, and Andrea Pizza of Deco Cultural Services.
Now that national significance has been achieved, the City of Cokato, through the Cokato Museum, is looking into whether the studio is eligible to apply for National Landmark status, a step up in prestige from the National Register.
While National Register sites are historically significant on either a local, state, or national level, National Landmarks are strictly nationally significant sites of high historical caliber.
There are 25 Landmark sites in Minnesota, none of which are located in Wright County.
“Whether or not the studio qualifies for Landmark status, a process that can take three to five years, the historic integrity and importance of this historic treasure remains an important part of our nation’s and community’s photographic history,” Johanna Ellison, director of the Cokato Museum, said.
To find out more about the Akerlund Studio, or to arrange a tour, contact the Cokato Museum at 320-286-2427, or visit the website at www.cokatomuseum.org.
The museum’s hours are Tuesday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.