33525 Flanders St. NE
Cambridge, MN 55008
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Our Heritage Center, located in the northwest corner of the Isanti County Fairgrounds, off Highway 95 and Flanders Street in Cambridge, was set on fire by an arsonist on July 8, 2011 and burned to the ground.
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COLLECTIONS LOST IN FIRE
Over 70% of the historical society's archives were lost in a devastating fire on Friday, July 8, 2011.
We are still sorting through items and working to salvage things. It will take us some time to complete this process.
Our collection and resource library includes...
What's being done by the Accessions Committee?
The Accessions Committee includes Willis Dahlman, Jim Johnson, Sue Sweep, and Ruth Anderson. It meets the first Tuesday of each month. Three monthly meetings were canceled due to either no imminent business or the necessary absence of members.
The committee discusses whether or not to accept artifact donations. They also worked on policy decisions that have to do with items for which the committee is responsible. The workers include four committee members plus Elaine Coleman and Pat Olson. They meet usually 2 to 3 full days a month to do the “nitty-gritty” part of accessioning. Some, but not all, of the projects for the year included:
1. Finished the village of Braham City Hall records and maps -27 boxes in all
2. Storage area - the metal shelving to the right as you enter was arranged so Kathy now has the north side for materials, and Accessions has the south side for Carlson photos and newspapers.
3. Made a listing of the type of materials ICHS would desire from a business that wishes to give us an historical sketch of their company.
4. The Isanti-Chisago County Star donated many photos from past newspaper printings. After taking 3 weeks and 28+ boxes to rearrange photos, it is ready to begin the accessioning. 5. Vacuumed, dusted, and recorded each book which had been removed from the Spencer Brook school.
6. Discussed with Kathy our problems and frustrations concerning the storage space.
7. “Oral History” has been a subject at practically every meeting. No decisions or plans were made.
8. Copies of the photo records were updated and put on the computer.
9. The ongoing project into 2010 is the Paper File. This has included refining the categories, cleaning up messy files, placing misfiled articles in the proper file, and copies of all newspaper articles that would be kept. Two more file drawers need to be cleaned.
Forty-two people gave 47 separate donations in 2009.
Anderson, Rosella Mae
B raham Lutheran
Carlson, Julie/Sroka, Selma
Isanti- Chisago County Star
Kruger, Doris (Allen)
Magnuson, Dr. Ray
Olson, Bennett R.
Oslund, H. Arlene
Peterson, Kathleen June
Powell, Ralph G.
Sax, Mary Ellen
Shelley, Erv & Gladys
Star 95 Full Service
Submitted by Ruth Anderson, Accessions Volunteer