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July 12, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Fire damages treasure trove of Isanti County history

Article originally appeared on www.startribune.com on July 11, 2011 and was written by Norman Draper.

An arson fire that destroyed the Isanti County Historical Society building in Cambridge on Friday did potentially irreparable damage to a treasure trove — church records, school yearbooks, family histories, wartime scrapbooks, cemetery records, plat maps from the 1800s, military uniforms, even sewing machines.

“This was a place where you could have found what church and school your great-great-grandparents belonged to,” historical society board member Kurt Daudt, who is also a Republican state representative, said Sunday. “You could have found where the family homestead was.”

Kathy McCully, the society’s executive director, estimated that 70 percent of the building’s archives and artifacts collection was destroyed, either by flames or the water used to put them out. [link to full article]

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