What’s it like to live in Morrison County, Minnesota? That’s what we want you (former and current residents) to tell us. Rather than collect your stories through traditional oral histories, we are interested in gathering them via short, focused essays (“mini memoirs”). Our goal is to collect a minimum of 100 essays, which will be posted on this blog and added to the collections of the Morrison County Historical Society.
The title of our project provides a clue as to how to proceed. The brackets sandwiched between “What’s It Like” and “in Morrison County” are to be filled with the topic of your choice.
Examples: “What’s it like [to write a poem] in Morrison County?” — “What’s it like [to pick up mail at the post office] in Morrison County?” — “What’s it like [to be French-Canadian] in Morrison County?”
The topics are only limited by your imagination. (See the Suggested Topics tab at the top of the page for more ideas.) We’re looking for between 200 and 1,000 words on subjects ranging from the mundane to the sublime. We’re more interested in the history than the grammar, so don’t let the mechanics of writing hold you back. (We’ll help with editing, if needed.)
For a complete description of the “What’s It Like” project and submission guidelines, check out the tabs at the top of the page. Send your essays to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to your contributions.
Continue reading to see examples of essays that have been submitted.
Disclaimer: The views expressed within the essays are those of the individual authors and do not reflect the views of the Morrison County Historical Society.