These boxes were used in the early 1900s by various organizations to vote on prospective politicians or members. Each voter would either cast a black or white ball. If anyone cast a black ball the prospect would be “blackballed” from the election or organization, hence the phrase that is now so widely used.

The Hubbard County Historical Museum is located at 301 Court Ave. in Park Rapids. It is open May 1 through Sept. 30. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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