Out of the Ashes

Kathleen J. McCully, Executive Director
Isanti County Historical Society

Several years back, Carlson Studios donated a large collection of negatives to the Isanti County Historical Society.

Pictured is one of the negatives, from the large collection of negatives, that were given to the Isanti County Historical Society. ICHS is working on restoring the negatives.

We had one person exclusively creating a digital database of the photo logs for 15 months (part-time). Our next step would be to scan all the negatives in reverse so we could match the photos with the database. This cannot be done now because so many of the negatives were fused and burnt. Of those that were saved, all the ID numbers were on the edge and have been burnt off. This is a huge loss for our history as I am sure there were many “hidden treasures” among these negatives. My goal was to create several books of the most memorable, or a line of greeting cards to support our operating budget. If you can identify these folks, please let us know.

Our marathon continues as we move forward to process all the recovered material. Two fundraisers are also in the works. The first, a pancake breakfast on Oct. 22 at the Cambridge Chamber Business Expo. The second will be a musical performance by several musicians and performing groups—tentatively planned for Oct. 23. Your support is greatly appreciated, and we hope that we can personally thank everyone who attends for their kind words and actions of support since the fire.

Monetary donations 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 protected] or drop us a letter at 33525 Flanders St. NE, Cambridge, MN 55008.