Zombie Attack!

Mary Warner, Morrison County Historical Society & Mike Worcester, Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio, presenting Zombie Attack at the AASLH Conference in St. Paul, September 19, 2014. Ann Marie Johnson, our partner in crime, took the photo.

Mary Warner, Morrison County Historical Society & Mike Worcester, Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio, presenting Zombie Attack at the AASLH Conference in St. Paul, September 19, 2014. Ann Marie Johnson, our partner in crime, took the photo.

During the annual conference of the American Association for State & Local History last week, staff from the Morrison County Historical Society and Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio presented a session called “Zombie Attack!” It was meant to help museum professionals have fun while working on disaster planning. Judging by how much people were interacting by the end of the session, we think we were successful in our mission.

We promised to post the “Zombie Attack!” materials on our website when we returned. A number of conference attendees requested them. Because there are several documents associated with the session, we created a page on “Zombie Attack!” in our Museum Life section.

 

Collections Carousel – Z. N. Barnes Cats

Z. N. Barnes, Photographer. Circa 1902.

Z. N. Barnes loved cats, or at least he loved taking pictures of them. One family cat in particular, a beautiful tabby , was photographed numerous times in various states of repose – sleeping, snoozing, staring; in boxes, on chairs, in doll beds, on rugs and on people. Affectionate creatures, cats make wonderful photographic material, as Z. N.’s pictures show.

Z. (Zueingles) N. (Norris) Barnes was born in Wisconsin in July of 1859 to (William) Wallace and Olive (Nettleson) Barnes. In 1884, Z. N. married Mary Jemimah Brown (1867-1930) of Wisconsin. Z. N. and Mary had one daughter, Mildred Wanda Barnes. In 1895, the family moved to Little Falls, Minnesota, where Z. N. worked as a salesman for the Pine Tree Lumber Company. Twelve years later he formed the Morrison County Lumber Company with two other Pine Tree Lumber Company employees. In 1920, he resigned as manager for the company and opened his own fuel business, selling wood and coal to local residents. In 1928, he sold the business to Lampert Bros. Lumber Company of Little Falls.

In his spare time, Z N. was an amateur photographer who took professional quality photographs. Among his favorite subject matters were his family, the local landscape and wildlife. Albums of photographs taken by Z. N. in the collections of the Morrison County Historical Society include photos of cows, deer, horses, goats, dogs, sheep, ducks, elk, fish and butterflies as well as that wonderful family cat.

For more information on Z. N. and his photographs see Collections Carousel – Z. N. Barnes, Travelling Photographer and Morrison County Influentials.

Z. N. Barnes, Photographer. Circa 1902.

Z. N. Barnes, Photographer. Circa 1902.

Mildred Wanda Barnes and Cat. Circa 1902. Z. N. Barnes, Photographer.

This Old Haunt: Ghost Towns of Morrison County

Wes Sod drawing with PhotoShop enhancements.

Wes Sod drawing with PhotoShop enhancements.

Elk City, Olean, Topeka, Vawter. Named places from the mists of Morrison County’s past, all gone.

The Morrison County Historical Society will revive the memory of its ghost towns, paper towns, and postal drops at its annual dinner and history program on Sunday, September 14, 2014. The program, “This Old Haunt: Ghost Towns of Morrison County,” will be held at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls, MN. Social time starts at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

Jan Warner, Executive Director of the Historical Society, will present an introduction on how towns developed in Morrison County. Guest speaker, Rhonda Fochs, author of “Lost Towns of Minnesota,” will discuss the county’s various ghost towns.

This event is open to the public. The cost is $17 per person. Reservations are required by September 5. To make a reservation, call 320-632-4007. Those with special dietary needs are encouraged to share this information when making reservations so accommodations can be made with the Falls Ballroom.

Please join us for this ghostly event.

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