I’ve added a couple of preservation-related articles to the website recently. One was even added this morning after I read the Morrison County Genealogy Society’s newsletter, which contains an oral history of Vernon Radke, who grew up in the Dewey-Radke house, and an article on house history resources. That reminded me that we’ve done quite a lot of work on how to do house history because we have so many requests for this information.
The article I added this morning is called House History: Some Assembly Required, which was written as a Technical Leaflet for the American Association for State and Local History. It was published in the summer of 2009 as Tech Leaflet #247. The actual leaflet can be ordered from AASLH here (it includes photos and sidebar info), but we’ve published the body text on our website here.
The other article recently added appeared in our last newsletter. It’s called What’s Worth Saving? and discusses the difficulties involved in deciding what to preserve, whether buildings or artifacts.
Both of these articles can be found on the Preservation page of the main section of our website. (Look in the left sidebar or on the banner. Be sure to click on the word Preservation, which will take you to the Preservation page that lists a number of resources, some of which don’t appear in the drop-down menu.) The house history article also appears on the Architecture page on the history section of the website.
You’ll find other preservation-related articles on the Preservation page (yeah, that’s kind of a “duh” statement), but I’ll point out a few concerning building preservation:
House History How To
The National Register of Historic Places
House History Forms
Business History Form
If you have questions about how to preserve something, let us know by calling 320-632-4007 or sending an email to contactstaff (at) morrisoncountyhistory (dot) org.
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One of the most popular boxes of research we have in the Morrison County Historical Society collections contains folders for victims of murder who have a direct relationship to Morrison County. The folders have been compiled by staff over the years, although it is not a box we like to add to. Having gone through the box in order to compile an online index, I can tell you that the cases are heartbreaking. The act of murder brings sharp focus to the people involved, both victims and suspects.
I’ve been working on the online index on and off for months now, having just gotten back to it after a busy summer. When I told our curator Ann Marie that I was going to upload it to the website this morning, she said it seemed appropriate because this is the day after Halloween, which is known as All Souls’ Day or the Day of the Dead.
The Morrison County Murders Index summarizes the files we have in the Murders Box, which date from 1892 through the present, with the exception of the recent murder in October 2011 because the outcome on this case is still pending. I have also included murders that are mentioned by Nathan Richardson in his 1876 and 1880 histories of Morrison County. These date from 1866 to 1878.
There’s a gap between 1878 and 1892 that will take research to fill (a good volunteer job should anyone be interested). There’s also a gap between 1849 (when the first European/American settlement was established in what is now Morrison County) and 1866. Why nothing before 1849? Because 1849 is when Minnesota Territory was formed, which meant there was some form of official criminal process for prosecuting murder suspects in Minnesota.
Without further adieu, here is the Morrison County Murders Index (pdf). It will also be available through the People page on the History section of our website.
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