The Morrison County Historical Society welcomes donations to its various collections. Those artifacts, photographs or archival documents dealing with some aspect of Morrison County history will be given primary consideration. When contemplating a donation, remember that almost anything can be considered historically important. Everyday objects, such as pens with business advertising or a well-used tool or overalls, make wonderful additions to our collections because of the stories they tell. With the museum’s limited storage, it is advisable to call ahead (320-632-4007) to see if your donation will be accepted.
Historical Society staff are more concerned with the historical value of an item than its monetary value. If you wish to give something that you think has monetary value, you will need to get an appraisal of the item before you decide to donate it. Historical Society staff cannot legally appraise items. The monetary value of your donation (or a portion of it) may be tax deductible, so check with an accountant to see how this affects your filing.
Collections donations become the permanent property of the Morrison County Historical Society and cannot be returned to the donor or donor’s relatives. Staff will never pressure you to make a donation, so if you are considering it, but are unsure, it is better to keep the item and make the decision at a later date.
Donations may be dropped off at the museum during open hours. If you are not able to drop off a donation, you may call the museum at 320-632-4007 to make other arrangements. When a donation is made, you will be asked to fill out and sign a simple form. Please add any historical information you know about your donation to the form as it helps staff to place it in the larger context of Morrison County history.