33525 Flanders St. NE
Cambridge, MN 55008
The Heritage Center is open
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It is located in the northwest corner of the Isanti County Fairgrounds, off Highway 95 and Flanders Street in Cambridge.
Click for directions
Monday to Friday, Aug. 13-17:Swedish Language & Culture Camp, Preschool Swedish Language and Culture Camp
Campers ages 5-13 will have lessons in Swedish language & culture through food, crafts, stories, songs, games and folk dance. The camp will run from 9:30-Noon at the West Riverside School in Cambridge. Registration is $55 per student ($45 if parent or grandparent is a current member of ICHS). Pre-School Swedish Language and Culture Camp is offered August 14-16, 9:30-Noon and is open to ages 4 and 5 (must be toilet trained). Registration is $40 per student ($30 if parent or grandparent is a current member of ICHS). Click here for registration form.
Tuesday, July 10: Annual membership update and volunteer recognition meeting
7:00 p.m. at the Minnco Center in Cambridge. We will present our plans for a new building.
Tuesday, June 26: Dakota Conflict of 1862 Program
The Isanti, Chisago, Pine and Kanabec County Historical Societies are together sponsoring a program in observance of the sesquicentennial of the Dakota Conflict of 1862 on June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Rushseba Town Hall. The speaker for the evening is Dean Urdahl. Dean has written about the Conflict and was appointed by Governor Dayton as the co-chair of the Civil War Task Force for Minnesota, in conjunction with the nation's observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War 1861-1865. The Dakota Conflict of 1862 is listed officially as a part of the Civil War.The Rushseba Town Hall located a mile north of the historic Grant House of Rush City on old highway #61. Call 763-689-4229 for questions regarding this event.
_Monday, June 4 to Friday, June 29: Old Time School
Students at Old Time School at West Riverside School will find out what it was like to attend a rural school in 1900. They are asked to wear old-fashioned clothes, bring two
sharpened lead pencils and an old-fashioned lunch (No junk food!) in a basket or pail. Students may bring old books, toys, wooden articles, etc. to show at school. The weeks that school will be in session are: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, and June 25-29. Click here for registration information.
Wednesday, May 23: Bid Maureen Farewell
After seven years with the Isanti County Historical Society, Maureen Hasan is leaving our employ and embarking on her own journey to the big city of St. Paul. Maureen has been the person behind your renewal notices, thank you letters, on the phone arranging volunteer coverage for events, and greeting everyone with her wonderful smile and great attitude. Maureen’s last day with ICHS is May 23, and we would like to invite our members and friends to enjoy refreshments from 1:00-4:00 p.m. We are located at 1700 E. Rum River Dr. S., Suite K, Cambridge, MN.
Sunday, Jan. 8: Epiphany Service
Celebrate the ending of the Christmas Holiday season in the same way as the German immigrants to Minnesota did almost 130 years ago. Two programs will be presented on Epiphany Sunday, January 8, 2012, at the Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford, located at 900 County Rd 5 NW, just 2 1/2 miles west of Isanti. The 2 pm service is in German and the 4 p.m. service in English. Each program will be concluded with the giving of a traditional Christmas program goodie bag to each attendee (just like the one you got after the church program when you were young), and a gala reception featuring traditional German treats: Christstollen (German Christmas cake), several kinds of Lebkuchen (gingerbread style German cookies), Spekulatius (German spice cookies), and hot apple cider and coffee.
Sunday, Oct. 23: Heritage Jam
All-day concert to benefit the Historical Society in wake of the fire that destroyed the Heritage Center on July 8, 2011. Featuring Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Michael Monroe, My Cousin Dallas and New's Getting Old. Click here for more
information. Saturday, Oct. 22: Pancake Breakfast
A pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. during the Cambridge Chamber Business Expo will benefit ICHS. The event will be at the Armed Forces Readiness and Community Center off County Road 70.Monday, Oct. 3: Where do we go from here? Planning meeting
We will work to “hone our focus” within our mission of “Preserving and Promoting Isanti County History”, and our vision, “To Be a Visible Organization and Make History Come Alive.” This is a brainstorming and idea gathering meeting only. What should our history business look like in the 21st century? We welcome your ideas and input. There are two ways in which you can participate. If you want to attend the meeting, please contact Kathy McCully at 763-689-4229 as space is limited. Or click here to post a response in our online forum. We would like to consider all ideas and options that are available to us before decisions on how to rebuild are made.
Sept. 24, 2011: Oktoberfest
August 16-18, 2011: Pre-School Swedish Language and Culture Camp
9-12:30 a.m., open to ages 4 and 5 (must be toilet trained). Registration is $40 per student ($30 if parent or grandparent current member of ICHS).
August 15-19 , 2011: Swedish Language & Culture Camp
from 9:30-Noon. at the West Riverside School. Campers, ages 5-13 (must have completed Kindergarten) will have lessons in Swedish language & culture trough food, crafts, stories, songs, games and folk dance. Taught by instructors Valorie Arrowsmith and Kathy Olson, classes and activities are held in a log cabin (built by Swedish immigrants from Jämtland in 1859) and the West Riverside School (a one-room schoolhouse from 1898). Registration is $55 per student ($45 if parent or grandparent current member of ICHS).
August 1-5: Pioneer School
At the recently restored Spencer Brook School is now taking reservations for their first-ever session. Held from 9:00-1:00 p.m. for grades 1-8, students attend class as if it were 1895. Registration is limited to 20 students and will be taught by Audrey Misiaura. Cost is $50 per student ($40 if parent or grandparent is a member of ICHS).
June 30, 2011: Angie Senger concert
Legendary ladies of country music. 1-3 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Tickets $15.
June 27-July 1, 2011: Old Time School
West Riverside School is now taking reservations for the last two weekly sessions beginning June 27. Held from 9:00-1:00 p.m. for grades 1-8, students attend class as if it were 1900. Cost is $50 per student ($40 if parent or grandparent is a member of ICHS). Contact Karen Lood at 763-689-2830 for availability.
June 16, 2011: “The Story of Music, Stories from Home”
Award winning poet and essayist Gary Holthaus and internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon team up to offer a unique new program called “The Story of Music, Stories from Home” Isanti County Historical Society, Cambridge on June 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Tickets are available at www.ichs.ws or at the Isanti County Historical Society. Pelon plays a variety of ancient and modern instruments ranging from lute, lyre, and concertina, to recorders, gems horn, electric wind controller and pedal board. Holthaus reads from his poems and essays. Both the music and the readings offer unique perceptions of the natural world, and celebrate our sense of place, community, and home. Click here to buy tickets.
May 5, 2011: “Main Street & More…Isanti County” Exhibit Opening and Annual Year in Review, Membership Appreciation & Volunteer Recognition, 5:30 p.m.
The evening will begin with the Year 2010 in Review at 5:00 and will conclude with Volunteer Recognition. A 25-minute video entitled Main Street & More begins at 5:30. A Potluck Supper follows the video. So, bring a dish to share and enjoy us for an evening in a 1950’s themed atmosphere. 1950’s attire is optional, but recommended! “Main Street & More … Isanti County” is a video collection of business perspectives and memories collected from Isanti County residents about the main street businesses of Cambridge, Grandy, Braham, and Isanti. This Video History Project was made possible with a grant administered by the Minnesota Historical Society funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.
April 15, 2011: Honey Dewdrops bluegrass concert, 7:30 p.m.
Hear the bluegrass group that Maverick Magazine has labeled as "timeless." Learn more at www.thehoneydewdrops.com. The show is presented with the Hardy Center and District 911 Community Education. Tickets are $15 for one or $25 for two.
April 10, 2011: One-Stop Gift Shop, 1-4:30 p.m.
Demonstrations will be held throughout the afternoon by vendors Marsha of Premier Design Jewelry, Man Cave, Krista of Pampered Chef, Mindy of Scentsy, and Paula of BeautiControl. Grandy artist Dan Van Gorden will have hand-painted Ukrainian Eggs for sale, and will be demonstrating how they are designed and created.Admission is free to this event partnered with free coffee and ice cream. All participating vendors are donating a percentage of their open party and event sales to the Isanti County Historical Society.
Saturday, March 5, 2011: Taste of Home Cooking School
The Taste of Home Cooking Show returns to Cambridge on Saturday, March 5. Expect the same great expo, gift bags, and cooking demonstration. Buy your tickets before they sell out! Click here to learn more.
Sunday, Jan. 9 2011: Lessons & Carols Service at St. John's
Attend a special Christmas service at St. John's Lutheran Church of Bradford. The first service begins at 2:00 p.m. and is a German/English service with a traditional 1880s German Christmas feel—presented Isanti County style. The second service begins at 4:00 p.m. and is oriented toward the entire family. Readings are presented by the children, and this service is an excellent example of an old-time Christmas service. Both services conclude by singing Silent Night in the glow of candlelight. Hot-spiced apple cider, coffee, Christstollen and German cookies are served. EVERYONE—young and old—will get their very own Christmas goodie bag filled with treats to take home after each program.
Saturday, Dec. 4: Christmas Tea for Dolly & Me
This will be our second year for this event and it will a fun, fun day for girls aged 5 to 105 and their dollies. In addition to the treats and beverages will be door prizes too numerous to mention. We have American Girl dolls and accessories to raffle, with tickets being 4 for $1. There will be a short program about how Kirsten immigrated to Isanti County from Sweden, and everyone will have the opportunity to learn some of the Swedish language as well. Decorate your own gingerbread cookie, and be ready for a great day. $10 per person.
Order tickets on-line or by US Mail.
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010: Lory Monster Motorcycle Ride & Family Fun Fest. The Lory Monster Motorcycle Ride will begin at noon at the Historical Society, taking riders through beautiful Isanti County. The Family Fun Fest will be held at the ICHS Heritage Center from 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Mystery Mountain Boys will share performing toe-tappin’ Blue Grass music, and the World Famous Brass Rail Chicken wagon will be on-site for those wanting to purchase food & beverage.
Join us for Minnco Plinko, a Bake Walk, plus many other fun games for kids and adults alike to round out this fine fall day. Since this is a FUNdraiser, there will be also be a silent auction, raffles for a queen-sized kaleidoscope quilt and a motorcycle themed wall hanging, plus many door prizes. Advance tickets will go on sale August 30, with options for the ride or event only for $10-$20.
Monday, Aug. 16-Friday, Aug. 20, 2010: Swedish Language and Culture Camp, West Riverside Historic Site. This camp is a wonderful experience and intro to Swedish culture and language for ages 4-13. Registration forms available at the Heritage Center.
Tuesday, Aug. 17-Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010: Pre-School Swedish Language and Culture Camp, West Riverside Historic Site, 9-12:30 a.m., open to ages 4 and 5 (must be toilet trained). Registration is $40 per student ($30 if parent or grandparent current member of ICHS).
Wednesday to Sunday, July 21-25, 2010: Root Beer Float Days during the Isanti County Fair. Drop in at the Heritage Center, Log Cabin and Summer Kitchen for root beer floats on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, June 26, 2010: Folk Art Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Center. $20 per student, Grades 1-8. In partnership with the Anoka Ramsey Community College Art Club and instructor Marko Marian, this day is for creative endeavors only. Drinks, snacks and art supplies provided. Bring your own bag lunch. Preregistration required.
Thursday, June 24: Past Perfect Museum Software Training, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for staff and volunteer training by a national rep from Past Perfect Museum Software. Contact ICHS for details and registration fee.
Friday, June 18: Genealogy workshops 1:30-4:30 p.m. at our Heritage Center as part of the Cambridge Swedish Festival.
Monday, June 14, 2010-Friday, July 9: Go back to 1900 for one week during Old Time School sessions at West Riverside Museum School. Pick from the following sessions: June 14-18; June 21-25; June 28-July 2; and July 5-9. The cost is $50 per student; get $10 off with an ICHS membership. Register by calling our office.
Saturday, May 8: Hats off to Mom afternoon tea, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25 per person. Enjoy light refreshments, tea and our signature chocolate fountain. There will be door prizes. Wear your special hat and enjoy a display and presentation about period hats from the collection of Justine Jaworski of Grandy. Come prepared for a fun afternoon.
Sunday, April 11: 2010 Annual Meeting, Member Appreciation and Volunteer Appreciation, 3 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Please join the board and staff to discuss past successes and upcoming challenges for ICHS. This day is to celebrate our members and recognize three volunteers who have put in the most hours during 2009. Coffee and refreshments.
Thursday, April 8, 2010: Author Joan Jarvis Ellison will be speaking about her book and the Faces of Change exhibit, 7 p.m. at the Heritage Center.
Friday, March 19, 2010-Wednesday, April 21: Visit the Faces of Change exhibit at the Isanti County Historical Society Heritage Center. This is a photo and essay exhibit that documents the changes in a small rural Minnesota community which has undergone a large influx of refugees in the last decade, and the changes in the immigrants who came to the community of Pelican Rapids, Minn. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the One Book, One Community Cambridge Wide reading program.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010-Saturday, March 27: Rosemaling class at the Heritage Center, 9 a.m. to noon. This class will accommodate new rosemaling students, as well as past rosemaling students who may want to "brush up" or "add" to their skills. Don't miss this rare opportunity to study under Gladys Shelley and benefit from her experience in Norwegian rosemaling. The class fee is $120, plus materials of $100.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010: Lessons & Carols at St. John's Church of Bradford. Suggested donation is $5 (for upkeep of grounds). Traditional German/English service begins at 2 p.m. Service at 4 p.m. is geared towards families. After each service hot-spiced apple cider, coffee, traditional Christstollen and German cookies will be served. EVERYONE --young and old-- will get their very own Christmas goodie bag filled with treats to take home after the program--just like their great-grandparents did. Historic St. John's (German) Lutheran Church of Bradford is located at 900 Co. Rd. 5 NW, just 2 1/2 miles west of Hwy 65 on Co. Rd. 5 NW.
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009: Christmas tea for girls ages 5-105 and their favorite doll, 2-4 p.m. Cost is $5. Dress in holiday attire and historic costumes, and enjoy tea, cocoa, cider and Christas treats. The afternoon will include crafts, games, music, door prizes and raffles for gifts, doll quilts and clothes--a great way to spend time with dear friends and their favorite dolls. RSVP by calling the office at 763-689-4229. This event is sold out.
Friday, Oct. 30: Family Friendly Halloween Fundraiser at Spectacular Events in Isanti, 5-10 p.m. There will be a pasta bar, a quilt raffle, games for the kids, a best costume contest, a silent auction, a live band, a cake walk, and much more!
Thursday, Oct. 15: SWEDGEN 2009 Research Day, workshops at 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-10:00p.m. The fee for advanced registration is $30, with a discount for ICHS members. Each registered participant is entitled to ½-hour of private research consultation, which must be reserved prior to the session. The SWEDGEN 2009 Research Day will be a great opportunity to get help with your Swedish genealogicalresearch and get past the brick walls and challenges you have encountered doing family research.
Sunday, Sept. 13: Ice Cream Social at Spencer Brook School, 1:00pm to 4:00pm. A short dedication program is planned, culminating in the installation of a time capsule. Everyone is invited to tour the school and to enjoy this event at no charge.In addition, SpencerBrookUnitedMethodistChurch will conduct a concurrent Bake Sale and will have the church open to the public to display historic items.