The Journey Continues

Kathleen J. McCully, Executive Director

Isanti County Historical Society

The weather was beautiful this past weekend so I took the time to finish sorting through some papers I had dried several weeks ago. Mostly they were past board meeting minutes, a few other unexpected photos, and past grant documents. From here I will take them into the office and we will scan the documents, keep the digital files, and toss the paper, which was all burned on 3 edges and makes a horrendous mess. I had soot up to my elbows and over most of my face (don’t know how that got there).

Board and staff were discussing the fact last week that, believe it or not, the fire could have happened at a much worse time. Imagine if it had been winter, or freezing. After the fire and all the water, we would have had one large frozen block of historical society. As bad as the heat and humidity were during July, it could have been worse. Talk about looking on the bright side.

I must remind everyone that we are making history as we continue on this journey. This is not only part of the historical society’s story now, but the story of Isanti County’s past history and present-day response, generosity and action. All are worthy of documentation, cataloging and photographing. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to record it in the present. What is unfortunate, however, are all of the stories and actions we have lost to the fire that were recorded and transcribed from the storytellers who are no longer living. They cannot be rerecorded.

As we explore our options for a new beginning in 2012 we held our first idea gathering meeting. Of course, those attending were our most fervent and faithful members and volunteers. Words such as proactive, relevant repository, his/her story, genealogy, partnerships, living history, and active learning were a few of the ideas. Just to remind you, we are open to all comments and ideas at this point. There is a form on our website to make it convenient to submit ideas, or you can call the office, or just drop a note. Now is the time to put in your two cents, so to speak.

Remember ICHS’ two upcoming fundraisers. First, a Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 22, 8 a.m. to noon at the Cambridge Armed Forces Reserve & Community Center in conjunction with the Business Expo, Adults $7, Under 10 will be $4. The Heritage Jam, Sunday, Oct. 23 is a benefit concert with a four-group line-up at the CIHS Hardy Performing Arts Center, 3 to 6 p.m. “We’re in a Jam, will you help us out” is our call to action that day. Wonderful chefs and cooks will be selling their homemade jams and jellies to benefit ICHS, plus door prizes, raffles and even some comedy—all for $15 a person. So put these dates on your calendars and plan to attend one or both of these events.

If you can’t attend either function and want to support ICHS, donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by mail, at our website, or directly at Cambridge State Bank. For all other inquiries, visit, 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.