The Morrison County Historical Society (MCHS) has launched a new project called “What’s It Like [...] in Morrison County, Minnesota?” The goal of the project is to collect a minimum of 100 mini memoirs from current and former Morrison County residents, using the question, “What’s It Like [...] in Morrison County?” as the jumping off point.
In order to focus the essays, writers are to insert a topic of their choice into the brackets. Writers can pick topics on identity issues, careers, hobbies, and life tasks. For example, an essay could be written on what it’s like to be Jewish in Morrison County, or what it’s like to can pickles in Morrison County, or what it’s like to be a plumber in Morrison County.
MCHS is looking for essays of between 200 and 1,000 words. Essays will be posted on the “What’s It Like [...] in Morrison County, Minnesota?” blog at http://morrisoncountyhistory.org/whatsitlike/ and will be kept on file at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum.
The “What’s It Like” website contains a full project description, including Writer’s Guidelines. As the purpose of the project is to collect history, writers should not let the mechanics of writing hold them back. MCHS staff will assist in editing submitted essays, if needed.
MCHS would like to hear from writers of all ages. Local teachers are encouraged to have their students participate in the project. (Essays written by minors will not have full names attached to them when posted online. Adult writers can choose to remain anonymous or use their initials.)
For more information, contact us at 320-632-4007 or see the “What’s It Like” website.