Two community events planned to support Isanti County Historical Society

Kathleen J. McCully, Executive Director
Isanti County Historical Society

Week twelve and the Isanti County Historical Society is ready to begin making plans for the future—a history business for the 21st century. A clean slate we have to envision great possibilities. Do you have any ideas? If so, we would like to hear them. Don’t tell us where to build or how to build. We will figure out the where and how after we figure out what there is about Isanti County history that you want to know? Is it a specific area, a notable person or business, era, education, building, or is it more general—your ideas are wanted. There is a form on our website for you to complete, or call 763-689-4229 and we will mail one to you.

Fall is upon us, and before you know it the snow will be falling. We have perennials to relocate before it freezes, items to put in storage that will await a place in the new facility when it is built, and salvaged papers and artifacts to bring to Oakview to be cataloged and filed. It seems that this work is never done, however, it is getting cleaner and drier as we have moved past that stage. Thankfully, the weather is also cooperating so we can do these last tasks without fighting the elements.

Thanks goes to our Hero for History Bob Hupfer from Cambridge Launderers & Cleaners, who generously cleaned several woolen items that were miraculously removed from the fire untouched. Most of the salvaged textiles were able to be washed, but wool not so much. A military uniform, hats, a coat and a few more items all came back clean and odor-free. Businesses and individual support continues to amaze me and is the strongest indication that history is an important part of this community.

Two fundraisers for ICHS are planned. On Oct. 22, we will be hosting a pancake breakfast at the Cambridge Armed Services Center in conjunction with the Chamber Business Expo. The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. with tickets at the door. On Oct. 23 we are holding a Heritage Jam with four (or more) musical groups—My Cousin Dallas, Old’s Getting New, Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, and Michael Monroe. There will be music from 3 to 6 p.m. at the CIHS Hardy Performing Arts Center, a raffle for $1 a chance with drawings throughout the performances, and homemade jam and apple butter for sale. Our tag is “We are in a Jam, will you help us out?” Get it? Heritage Jam! Cost is $15 per person with 6 and under free. Something for everyone! I hope that you and yours will be able to attend one or the other, or both, to support ICHS.

I guess it doesn’t matter whether you are a farmer, a homeowner, a business owner, or a historical society that was burned down. There are still many things to do before the outdoors is less inhabitable. This never changes, the seasons come and go, the years pass and the history adds up. Our journey continues as we make plans to begin anew to preserve and promote Isanti County History.

Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by mail, at our website, or directly at Cambridge State Bank. For all other inquiries, visit, follow us on Facebook, call us at 763-689-4229, email at [email protected] or drop us a letter at 1700 E. Rum River Drive S., Suite K, Cambridge, MN 55008. We are open by appointment only at this time.