MEETING RECAPS

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MEETING NOTES, Brd. Public Library, Tues., 4/1/2008:

-Check on legality of reproducing post cards and photos, regarding copyrights.

-Develop first map of the Downtown Loop (do not rely on the Chamber map).

-Make bright blue markers perhaps in the shape of the water tower, for inside/outside use, visible from a distance, perhaps from a vehicle.

-Check on the legality of using the water tower image as a logo, regarding trademarks.

-Have volunteers walk the Walk when it is sent out to look for any problems, make suggestions (pedestrian crossing markings, traffic hazards, trespassing, etc.) Did we miss a great historic site?

-For the Sesquicentennial week celebration, plan group tours narrated by volunteers.

-Investigate brochure options, need an artist for the logo, pick a few photos, keep it short on wording.

-More detailed historical facts could be in the window or in the store on the premises of each business.

-Carl still needs a good working map from which to work, one that will copy and scan (light grey does not pick up). It must have street names.

-Carl will contact the Alpharetta GA group for ideas on their map and brochure. If you haven't seen their website yet, you really must! It is what we are planning to a TEE!!! Link is above.

-Carl Faust

Meeting for Launching Historic Walk for Brainerd

Sesquicentennial Celebration.

April 1, 2008.

The meeting was held in the Brainerd Library and was well attended, see the list below. Carl Faust reviewed the first stops for the historic walk in downtown Brainerd. There was discussion about the various stops, and some changes were suggested and agreed upon. There was considerable discussion about the pamphlet or flier that is to accompany the walk, to provide documentation, but also to publicize the walk. Mary Lou noted that most people would be more comfortable with a simple account of the each of the stations, rather than a longer story. After some discussion, it was agreed to start with a shorter version and consider adding on at a later date, either on the flier or the website or in another form.

There was considerable discussion about having a map for the historic walk. Some maps have been made, but none is tailor made for the walk being considered. Some map would be helpful to orient people, particularly people from out of town, but it would be good and practical to keep the map simple, perhaps drawn using some computer software. Consideration was given to numbering the stations or stops. Carl asked what would happen if we started with a set of numbers and then another site owner wanted to be added. It was agreed that the important thing now is to get a good start, and to leave it open to add and modify to the walk later. Larry suggested that we mark the dates of the different sites, perhaps by the first, second and third fifty years of the State. One possibility would be to have platinum, gold, silver markers at each of the sites or locations.

Carl noted that around 80 percent of the sites were still standing and that markers, information could be placed in the windows. Preparation of weatherproof markers will be needed. Marta suggested that some of the markers could be made in the shop department of the High School. There was general agreement that the water tower could be a good marker/icon and some question was raised about whether it could be used for this purpose.

Andrew made the point that May 11th to 18th, the official celebration dates is only about a month away and if we are to have something professional ready, we must plan carefully, and make decisions now or soon. We can modify and change at a later date, if this is what is needed. It would be good to have a proposal for a flyer in the next week or ten days so that we could discuss it with counterparts, such as at the Crossing, who might be able to help in the design.

Carl, Stella and Michael discussed the preparation of the flyer. Carl can prepare the “content” what we would like to see in the flyer, and then Stella and Michael would look at the production and see what is possible.

There will be some costs, even if these are small, and we will have determine how to cover these. Emily has agreed that several members may work with her to introduce the idea to business people in the area to obtain their moral, in-kind and possibly financial support for the historic walk. In addition, Andrew has been in tough with Kathi Nagorski at the Brainerd Dispatch and she is willing to do a preliminary notice, to attract support, in the paper, as well as a more detailed notice once we have agreed on the details. In addition, Gus will be able to introduce the idea through the TV channels and will be in touch with the group on this matter in the near future.

Next Steps.

1 Carl to prepare the content, put together, for the flyer.

2 Stella and Michael to work with the content to determine how it can be prepared in a flyer. CLC students may be involved prior to bringing in a professional. We should also be in touch with Mary Lou, to see if help can be obtained from artists at the Crossing. The preparation will include a map, even if it is stylized, very simple

3 A notice in the Brainerd Dispatch announcing the historic walk, the general location and the request for volunteers, ideas and support. Probably the second week of April

4 A dummy version of the flyer, with some other ideas on promotional materials should be ready for the group to review for next meeting probably around Arpil 15th.

5 We may consider some additional outreach activities within the community, the schools system, boy and girl scouts, Senior Center, etc. One or two meetings to review and discuss could help generate interest.

6 Next meeting, to be determined, but probably April 15th or so, when we have draft materials and are ready to go fully public.

7 Contact list will be circulated. Due to the limited time, everyone should feel free to ask for help, comments, etc. and to use the email in between meetings.

-Andrew Hook

 

Contact List for Historic Walk: The Sesquicentennial (email me for list)

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MEETING NOTES, Brd. Public Library, Tues., 4/15/2008:

-It was agreed that the brochure needed to have larger font to make the print more legible. To facilitate this we will take out about a third of the stops, something that was necessary anyway, since we wanted to remove most sites that are no longer existing. Also, some important buildings will be added in, such as the Elks Building (Coco Moon/Northwind Grille) and the Parker Building (E.L. Menk) and the Brainerd Lumber Company office (Sawmill Inn). It is better to include a non-existing old building where now resides a different building, since at least we'll have a place to hang a marker in the window, and hopefuylly photos and history inside the business.

-It was agreed that the descriptions of some of the sites needed to be more "interesting", that is, less technical historically and more story-like, adding little snippets of interest to more people. An example was to elaborate more on the Werner Hempstead house, which has such a colorful history. Another would be to add the story of the Baby Face Nelson robbery of the First National Bank in 1933.

-Some sites not directly ON the walk can be pointed out, such as the Carneige Library.

UPDATED 4/1/2008:

(Newest info. at the bottom.)

Since our first meeting on Tuesday, 3/18/2008, I have received many good ideas from those that attended:

Emily sent an article on a town in ND that was doing a similar project, population of town...100!

This was in the Downtown Idea Exchange: Historic Tour proves key source of customers

How does a small town bring in enough foot traffic to support downtown businesses? Medora, ND (pop. 100), does it with the award-winning Footsteps Into Medora's Past program, which introduces visitors to Medora's heritage through a free walking tour of the downtown area. The tour features short vignettes presented by "time Traveler" actors in period costume, a children's tour of an historic home, and a professional theater production, "Recollection of Murder and Mayhem in Medora," which tells of a famous 1885 murder trial. Approximately 1,600 people a year take the tour.

The tour is supported through grants from the North Dakota Humanities Council and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, annual funding from the Medora Heritage Commission, and Medora businesses, which contribute between $1,200-$1,500 annually.

-Emily Roragen

Mark has sent links to several good maps from which to build a tour, but I need a program to allow me to modify it. I have honed in on part of one and tried to copy it, but the streets are light grey ands do not scan. So, I can get it on a piece of paper for me to scribble on, but sure need some help from a graphics artist to get it digitized! He also suggested a timeline so that we can successfully have something in place by Minnesota's 150th.

Time Line Thoughts:

-April 1st (or was it March 31st) - Meet Again and finalize 1st walking tour route and listed sites

-By April 18th – develop basic walking tour brochure

-April 21st - Attend City Council meeting to publicize walking short and long term walking tour plan goals and plans and distribute brochures

-Week of May 5th - Use Brainerd Dispatch for an article to publicize and print the walking tour and have a brief historical description and picture of each site on the tour. Someone should contact the Dispatch soon to discuss how this can be done

-May 12th Sesquicentennial Week

Other notes:

There still might be time to get on a local access station program for promotion.

-I do not know what we decided to do specially for Sesquicentennial Week.

Carl also did a Google search and discovered that this is hardly the first time this has been done, and one town in Georgia did almost exactly what we discussed for their own 150th of their city! Check it out here"

http://www.alpharetta.ga.us/index.php?m=articles&id=483

Also read Andrew's overview on the main BHW page.

IDEAS:

-CARL: I would like to draft a letter to be hand-delivered to business owners so we can explain it verbally if possible. This would describe the benefits of the Walk to the economy of the area, and what it could mean to them over time. It will also serve to entice some volunteers and services from these folks. I'll bet we would get a lot of good ideas too!

-Email from Carl to Volunteers, 3/28/2008:

Greetings,

Carl Faust here, and again riding the wings of Andrew's email list, some of you whom I may not know.

Since Andrew and I hoofed the Downtown Loop Friday morning, and meeting with the Mayor, I stopped by to see Emily at the Chamber in search of some knowledge. She was busy at the C & I Show, but did email me back, so to save me re-typing my response I'll use good ol' copy/paste. I don't really type, but use the H & P method (Hunt and Peck).

"Thanks, Emily!

I went in looking to find out if there is a copyright or trademark on the Landmark Water Tower as a logo, whether the city's or whomever. I see it's used on the City's website and trucks, on firemen's and police arm patches, and lots of other places. The mayor had some nifty stone paperweights made up in Mexico! I've always though they'd make a dandy table lamp. Since Paul Bunyan has left Dodge and Bemidji seems to still squabble over its possession, I think our biggest claim to fame is the Tower. Boy are you lucky working there!!! There were only 2 built, here and Pipestone, MN. It was unique in that it was made in one continuous pouring of concrete, a first in the day back then. I'd like to use this logo as the icon as Andrew calls it, as a marker for the Sites.

Also, I inquired about a trail system as if I was J. Public Tourist coming to a new community looking to find out where our trails are, and come to find out sure enough the "map has been drawn", on the Chamber's "Brainerd Lakes Area Map". This map shows in a green dotted line an entire network of trails connecting most parks, in Brainerd as well as Baxter. Talking to Wayne Mooney at Parks & Rec. he explains that this is actually a "concept plan" and not all trails listed are in place yet, but planned. I will use this map however to plan the routes so that if possible they will correspond to the planned routes. We could not determine for sure just who developed this plan, but will try to find out. It's clear though that the Parks Dept. has a good lead on this! Wayne will try to make the Tues. meeting.

Going in directions N,E,S,W, the trails go to the Paper Mill, State Hospital, Red Roof Inn area, and White Sand Lake! I wonder how much green paint is? ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ "

After that I stopped at the Dispatch in search of some names of the folks who may have worked on the 1971 Centennial monuments or were on the committee, or some old files on where the original monuments were placed. Somewhere in the paper must have been listed their whereabouts. They suggested talking to Bob Turcotte who writes the This Was Brainerd column, saying he is the resident Walking Talking History Book. He was not in but will contact me. I will invite him to our Tues. meeting.

I also contacted Ann Nelson who did the Timeline and Blocks, Building and Parks on my website...waiting on a reply. I invited her to the Tues. meeting.

Mark led me to Jackie Froemming who collects post cards of Gregory Park. I too am a Brainerd PC collector, of several hundred my wife claims, so talking to her it turns out she is not only the North Side Neighborhood Assn. president but lives in a house just 2 away from my old childhood home on Fifth St. North, the former Kinder house. When we played hide and seek I used to hide in her basement window well...oh, boy, another story for the website. I never did get found there. Of course I was only 4' tall. Jackie will attend the Tues. meeting.

I will post the above and future communications on the Site in case a newcomer jumps in and wants to get up to speed.

'Bye, now!

-Carl

Meeting for Launching Historic Walk for Brainerd

Sesquicentennial Celebration.

April 1, 2008

The meeting was held in the Brainerd Library and was well attended, see the list below. Carl Faust reviewed the first stops for the historic walk in downtown Brainerd. There was discussion about the various stops, and some changes were suggested and agreed upon. There was considerable discussion about the pamphlet or flier that is to accompany the walk, to provide documentation, but also to publicize the walk. Mary Lou noted that most people would be more comfortable with a simple account of the each of the stations, rather than a longer story. After some discussion, it was agreed to start with a shorter version and consider adding on at a later date, either on the flier or the website or in another form.

There was considerable discussion about having a map for the historic walk. Some maps have been made, but none is tailor made for the walk being considered. Some map would be helpful to orient people, particularly people from out of town, but it would be good and practical to keep the map simple, perhaps drawn using some computer software. Consideration was given to numbering the stations or stops. Carl asked what would happen if we started with a set of numbers and then another site owner wanted to be added. It was agreed that the important thing now is to get a good start, and to leave it open to add and modify to the walk later. Larry suggested that we mark the dates of the different sites, perhaps by the first, second and third fifty years of the State. One possibility would be to have platinum, gold, silver markers at each of the sites or locations.

Carl noted that around 80 percent of the sites were still standing and that markers, information could be placed in the windows. Preparation of weatherproof markers will be needed. Marta suggested that some of the markers could be made in the shop department of the High School. There was general agreement that the water tower could be a good marker/icon and some question was raised about whether it could be used for this purpose.

Andrew made the point that May 11th to 18th, the official celebration dates is only about a month away and if we are to have something professional ready, we must plan carefully, and make decisions now or soon. We can modify and change at a later date, if this is what is needed. It would be good to have a proposal for a flyer in the next week or ten days so that we could discuss it with counterparts, such as at the Crossing, who might be able to help in the design.

Carl, Stella and Michael discussed the preparation of the flyer. Carl can prepare the “content” what we would like to see in the flyer, and then Stella and Michael would look at the production and see what is possible.

There will be some costs, even if these are small, and we will have determine how to cover these. Emily has agreed that several members may work with her to introduce the idea to business people in the area to obtain their moral, in-kind and possibly financial support for the historic walk. In addition, Andrew has been in tough with Kathi Nagorski at the Brainerd Dispatch and she is willing to do a preliminary notice, to attract support, in the paper, as well as a more detailed notice once we have agreed on the details. In addition, Gus will be able to introduce the idea through the TV channels and will be in touch with the group on this matter in the near future.

Next Steps.

1 Carl to prepare the content, put together, for the flyer.

2 Stella and Michael to work with the content to determine how it can be prepared in a flyer. CLC students may be involved prior to bringing in a professional. We should also be in touch with Mary Lou, to see if help can be obtained from artists at the Crossing. The preparation will include a map, even if it is stylized, very simple.

3 A notice in the Brainerd Dispatch announcing the historic walk, the general location and the request for volunteers, ideas and support. Probably the second week of April

4 A dummy version of the flyer, with some other ideas on promotional materials should be ready for the group to review for next meeting probably around Arpil 15th.

5 We may consider some additional outreach activities within the community, the schools system, boy and girl scouts, Senior Center, etc. One or two meetings to review and discuss could help generate interest.

6 Next meeting, to be determined, but probably April 15th or so, when we have draft materials and are ready to go fully public.

7 Contact list will be circulated. Due to the limited time, everyone should feel free to ask for help, comments, etc. and to use the email in between meetings.

-Andrew Hook

Contact List for Historic Walk: The Sesquicentennial (email me for list)

fertfaust@msn.com

MEETING NOTES, BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY, THURS., 5/1/2008:

The Brainerd History Walk has taken several quantum leaps since the last meeting. Here are some of the highlights:

-The Brainerd Dispatch had a great article on the FRONT PAGE of the newspaper, Wed., 4/30/2008. Renee did a dandy job of combining our mission and upcoming event info.!

-Kevin at Lakes Printing has morphed the Brochure in to a larger format, easy to read piece.

-Kevin has also taken the Icon, such as it was, and combined elements of an old photo of the water tower and the verbaige necessary to promote our message. This Icon can serve multiple functions, such as of course the Window Banner, a logo for flyers, business cards, the Brochure and further newspaper articles. We now have one common easily recognizable icon to identify the project.

-FYI, before the meeting I had removed the 6 sites on the Walk north of Washington St., due to safety concerns crossing that busy highway. These sites will more correctly be included in the future North Loop.

-There will be a separate flyer, call it a "Talker" that the Tour Guides will carry on that week that gives much more information on the Top Ten sites. These sites are the ones we thought that had the most interesting stories to tell, and they will be highlighted in bold print on the Brochure. Please look at the page here by that name and see if you can find any info. on these sites. There are at least 2 I have NOTHING on.

-Friday the 2nd I will be distributing a 2 page flyer to the businesses on the Walk as an introductory letter. This will tell of the project, include links to this site and provide info. on where folks can sign up for the Walk. The library will be the location for this sign up. Thank you Marta!

-Andrew and I will attending the Kiwanis meeting at noon on Monday at the red Roof Inn.

-We will also be at the city Council meeting on the agernda on Monday at 7:30.

-Andrew will try to be on the local access TV channel's Splash program on Thurs. at 2:30, thank you Gus!.

-I will try to find a free redirector to lead one to this site via a shorter URL/web address, such as BrainerdHistoryWalk dot com. This one of course would have to be purchased, but there are some freebies out there that are ad-sponsored.

-I will determine the mileage of the Walk to be stated on the Brochure.

-Carl