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History alive at Hubbard County Historical Museum

Mark Bridge entertains the crowd Tuesday afternoon at a Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 2
Hubbard County Historical Society members presented a program for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning series Tuesday. From left, are Gene Henderson, Connie Henderson, Rod Nordberg, Alice Holz and Mark Bridge. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 2

The Hubbard County Historical Society is inviting the community to be a part of history with new events in 2012.

Members of the society presented a program about upcoming events and plans for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning Tuesday. The history museum is also in need of funding and volunteers to accomplish some upcoming projects.

Connie Henderson, director of the Hubbard County Historical Museum, told a story about a young boy named Jimmy, 8, who she met last summer at the museum. He was interested in reading and history, which seemed unique compared to other children who are interested in computers and video games.

"I saw hope for history and museums in that boy," she said.

She has many plans for the museum to thrive and would like the community to be involved.

Volunteers are integral to the museum and she is looking for people to help give tours, green people, organize exhibits or scan photographs. Many other opportunities are available as well.

Henderson is an expert in old photographs. She wrote "Forgotten Old Photos," a blog that received the Blog of Note Award in November of 2010. The Blog of Note award is given to just 200 blogs a year worldwide. "Forgotten Old Photos" reunites marked and unmarked photographs with relatives so they are no longer forgotten.

Rod Nordberg, vice president of the Hubbard County Historical Society, said the historical museum used to be housed in a small log building and eventually moved into the old courthouse.

In its current location, the museum shares space with Nemeth Art Center. Several resources are available for people to use for research, including an inventory of history books, Park Rapids High School yearbooks, cemetery listings, obituaries and more.

Mark Bridge, a member of the historical society, sang and played guitar for Tuesday's audience as well. He was promoting upcoming events for the historical society.

An upcoming fundraiser will be held for the museum as well. A Chuck Wagon Dinner is from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Nordberg encouraged people to talk with Hubbard County commissioners about the importance of the museum and ask them to support it financially.

Other upcoming events for the museum this spring and summer include a talk by Dave Anderson about World War II battlefields in Europe May 21 and special music with Bill Dahl and Mark Bridge June 25.

Henderson has also started an Area Voices blog to promote the museum and upcoming events. Go to for more information.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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