Note: This essay project of the Morrison County Historical Society ran from 2011-2014. If you’d like to submit an essay, contact staff at 320-632-4007. Let staff know that you saw this project on the website.
Your Stories Are Needed
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.
What’s It Like Resource Pages
The following resources were created in order to provide guidance to contributors for the What’s It Like project:
What’s It Like Essays
Visit the following links to read essays that were submitted as part of the What’s It Like project.
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.
What’s It Like Banner Image
The photos in the banner at the top are from the collections of the Morrison County Historical Society.
From left to right, they are identified as follows:
John Van & Webster McDonald, pitcher & catcher of the Little Falls semi-pro baseball team, 1928
Twins – Mary & Grace Buckman
Ojibwe men on Broadway in Little Falls, MN, 1880
Laura Jane Moyer
Gladys Brown and her father, L.D. Brown, 1894-95
Ethel Lamb & Rella Johnson