by Kathleen J. McCully, Exec. Dir.
Here is a photo of the building as of one week ago. The building is very similar, yet very different. Having worked in the old building for 9 years, we have to opportunity to now rebuild it to be more efficient. It always helps to know what worked and what didn't when you set down to plan a new space.
I will be doing a walk-through next week, so I will post another video of the interior and give you a look at the skeleton before it is rocked! I can only tell you that the future does look brighter now that we are this far.
Staff and volunteers that have been on this journey from day one are looking foward to the "old space with the new face" very much. But we can't do it all without you. If you can possibly donate any amount toward our goal of a mortgage-free rebuild, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance, and watch for updates.
Week 36 falls on March 16. If this were truly a race, we would just be crossing the starting line. It would be accurate to say that each week is like one stride in a marathon. Over the past two weeks we have whittled away at the 61 freeze-dried boxes and have replaced all of the manilla folders and hanging folders, relabeled them with the appropriate titles and ID numbers, and have brushed the fire residue from each page. While doing this we have enjoyed finding articles, photos and ads from years past. At least this part of the job makes the dirty work more enjoyable. I have included one that had us all fooled and giggling, the board included.
After looking through two or three boxes that contained family histories, it became evident that we have two courses of action. 1.) Find a new replacement, if that is at all possible, or 2.) Trim the burnt perimeter off of each page and keep the original. Depending on the dates of these family histories, I would guess that it will be a combination of both. Following is a list of these family histories. If you have a copy, or know of someone that may, please contact the office. You would not necessarily have to donate your copy, but if you would allow us to scan a clean copy we would then not have to trim the burned version. The less dirty work the better, I say.
1. My Father’s House (Raether, Luebke & Krueger Family History)
2. The Life & Times of Viola Lindell Reichel (as told to Gail Szumylo)
3. Britta Kajsa (by Junette Erickson Person)
4. Mama Remembers, Vols. 1 & 2, Memoirs of Lydia Pearson Anderson
5. Sweden to Wyanett & Karmel by Morris R. Peterson (500 printed, we had issue 78)
6. Falk/West (Roy) by Carol Falk Olson
8. Pearson Tribe
9. Ditt eget Släkt (Byss-Bolin, Stoneberg) Family
There will be more items in a couple of weeks. We will have processed the last of the 61 boxes and will be looking for more replacements. Thank you in advance for helping us find replacements. In the meantime, if you want to support ICHS, donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by mail, at our website, or directly at Cambridge State Bank. For all other inquiries, visit www.ichs.ws, follow us on Facebook, call us at 763-689-4229, email at email@example.com or drop us a letter at 1700 E. Rum River Drive S., Suite K, Cambridge, MN 55008. We are open by appointment only at this time.
Kathleen J. McCully, Executive Director
Isanti County Historical Society
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