A NEW BEGINNING... A new Heritage Center arises from the ashes in 2013
This is the NEW Heritage Center. With the help of the county STS crew, staff and volunteers moved everything from the Oakview building back to our home base behind the fairgrounds at the end of May 2013. Now comes the task of getting settled!
The Heritage Center, designed by former board member Gunilla Hill, resembles a Swedish Farmstead. It is located on 5 acres in the northwest corner of the Isanti County Fairgrounds. The Center was built specifically to house the Isanti County Historical Society collections and historical records. It also serves as a meeting place for all interested in the history of our country and state. Visit the Heritage Center on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to conduct research or view our displays. The Heritage Center functions as our office and our spacious community room is available to rent for meetings, receptions or family reunions.
Portions of the 1st phase of the building plan (offices, foyer, museum/exhibit area, meeting room/library, restrooms) were ready for occupancy in February 2003. Four years later, the museum/community hall, kitchen and collection storage area were completed. The building burned down in July 2011 when an arsonist set it on fire, and it was rebuilt in thespring of 2013. Additions to the heritage center will be completed in two more phases in the future.
A secure donation can be made on-line to help pay off the Heritage Center mortgage.
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FIRE DESTROYS HERITAGE CENTER ON JULY 8, 2011
The Isanti County Heritage Center was destroyed on July 8, 2011 after being set on fire. Despite the fire department's best effort, the building was completely destroyed. The archival room suffered the greatest damaged and over 70% of the society's archives were lost.
The first Heritage Center was set on fire by an arsonist and completely destroyed on July 8, 2011.