Lake Of The Woods County Historical Society Museum, Baudette, MN

Lake Of The Woods County Historical Society Museum, Baudette, MN



(coin clacks) (upbeat music) – Lake of the Wood
County Historical Society was formed in 1965
and then the museum was built and finished in 1980 and then we expanded
in 1989 and then just two years ago we
built on an events center. Lake of the Wood county
was formed in 1923. Before that we were
Beltrami County. There is about 7800 square miles in the county and there's
about 4000 people. We have Zipple Bay State Park, the Northwest Angle,
there's Garden Island, it's a state park up there. There's also Norris
Camp out to the west which is a CCC camp. We have exhibits spanning from archeology to the fire of 1910, domestic life, school
life, pretty much all different facets of life. October 7th I
believe, a train spark caused the fire and it just grew really rapidly because
it's really dry here. It started from the
west and then moved to the east and it
engulfed a good chunk of the county, all of
Baudette and Spooner, west to like Pitt and Graceton. 42 people died, 27
are in a mass grave. It killed your
livestock and any chance of logging so the
logging industry changed over to
agriculture because you can't log oak trees. Everything was gone
in just two hours and then they were
able to rebuild and things were kept
going the next year. We have a bar, originally
it was from Rainy River and then it moved
over to Spooner so after the fire,
and it was there until I think the 80s. People will come in and remember going over to East
Side Bar, or Camp One. The Nickelodeon
was always a hit. It's like a player
piano, so you put a nickel in and it plays
eight different instruments. We have a printing
press, it still works. We have a guy who
used to work on it and he can clean
it and reset all of the type and run it. We have a lot of
archives and photographs. We have well over a thousand
photographs and postcards. We try to do a
program once a month, summer school kids
come during the summer and then we have second and
fifth graders come each year. We're starting a new
program where we do coffee and conversation
every other week in the winter and then
the opposite weeks I go over to the senior center and I bring things over to
get those memories on tape. Lake of the Woods
County, it's sort of up in the middle of
nowhere, like I tell people that I live up in
the Canadian border and they think oh, Brainerd. No, no, like literally
on the border. So you have that interaction
between the two countries. I think it has a
really unique history. There's CCC history,
there's fishing, there's the train,
there's the fire of 1910. I'd like to get more
interactive things. I'd like to do
something that's more recent history to
everybody, so kind of put a 1950s or 60s kitchen. Try to use some of
the oral histories into the exhibits and
just more tactile things. I'd like to get more
younger kids in. The older generation
is great but like the younger generation
is what's gonna keep sustaining the museum. The museum relies
heavily on volunteers. We have looking back
column in the newspaper so it says 10 years
back, 20 years back, 30 years back and so a volunteer will just pick a year
and then they'll write five events that happened
that week in that year. We have other people who
just come in and clean. Other people who type inventory,
textiles, file things. If you come in, I will find
you something to do (laughs). (upbeat music) – [Narrator] Funded
by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage
Fund with money from the vote of the
people of Minnesota on November 4th, 2008 and by the members
of Prairie Public.