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.
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History of ICHS
As the story goes, Isanti County Historical Society was born one evening around the kitchen table in Braham. Did the vision those five women have that night in November 1964 encompass how it has grown today?
At over 200 members, the Isanti County Historical Society now occupies a building of its own, a far step up from its first small museum housed in the old Braham Covenant Church building. That museum was small and dank. There was no heat in the wintertime, and in the spring the basement would flood, remembers Isanti County Historical Society’s first curator Marilyn McGriff. Its displays were open to the public only occasionally, typically on a Friday afternoon when a volunteer was available to staff it. The focal point was a 1970 parlor with a grand piano and settee.
Mostly, the building was a collection point and McGriff spent one-half day a week at the pay rate of $7 per hour organizing and registering the society’s various artifacts. “I would find dead bats and squirrels sometimes,” she recalled. “It was so creepy in there.”