Historical Society breaks ground for new building

The Isanti County Historical Society board and its members held a ground breaking ceremony Thursday, Sept. 27, as the first step in rebuilding the ICHS Heritage Center.

The Isanti County Historical Society was totally destroyed by an arson fire on July 8, 2011.

Gathering for the Sept. 27 groundbreaking for the rebuilding of the Isanti County Historical Soceity Heritage Center are Cambridge firefighter Todd Tomczik, Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer, Cambridge Fire Chief Sean Okerlund, Joel Grams from Home Sweet Home Designs, Isanti County Historical Society Executive Director Kathy McCully, ICHS construction manager Curt Haugen, Bill Carlson, Kriste Ericsson, Ervin Skaar, ICHS Board President Kay Rodrigue and Isanti County Commissioner Mike Warring. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

The Heritage Center is being rebuilt on the footprint of the former building with an additional 500 square feet of archival storage. Curt Haugen, Clark Joslin, Erv Skaar, Mike Warring, Kathy McCully and Willis Dahlman (building committee) redesigned the interior to include an office and resource center, director’s office, conference room, banquet room, commercial kitchen and outside covered patio space. The Historical Society is planning on opening in spring 2013. Watch the progress at www.ichs.ws.

How can you help? Time, talent, material and monetary donations are greatly appreciated. You can help them to rebuild and restore the Heritage Center with little or no mortgage.

Pavers to Preserve History is one way you can leave your mark in stone while helping them to rebuild. Pavers are a wonderful way to remember loved ones with dedications for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or in memoriam. Businesses may use their logos to advertise and are a great way to support the ICHS.

The engraved pavers will be used in the landscaping and patio area. Be the next ICHS member or supporter to order an ICHS Paver to Preserve History. Forms are available on the website and at their temporary office at 1700 E. Rum River Drive S., Suite K, Cambridge.

Upcoming fundraising events include bagging groceries at Cub Foods on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. West Riverside school and Swedish Camp students along with ICHS members and family will help you get your groceries ready for Thanksgiving. Then watch the Snowflake Parade at 6 p.m. on Main Street in Cambridge.

Tentative plans include the popular Taste of Home Cooking School & Expo on April 27. Sign up at the website to be included on their enewsletter to receive up-to-date information on all ICHS activities and fundraising.

To become a member, volunteer, or make a donation visit www.ichs.ws, call 763-689-4229, or email ichs@ izoom.net

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