MISSION STATEMENT

Most of this Mission Statement is already stated in the name of this project:

-"BRAINERD": This Walk and this site is dedicated to the city of, and the PEOPLE that built, Brainerd, Minnesota.

-"HISTORY": Educate the public on the history of early Brainerd, and discover its roots.

-"WALK": The theme of this Walk is just that...get out and walk!

The Brainerd History Walk shall:

-bring Brainerd history to our youth.

-bring Brainerd history and memories BACK to our elders.

-acknowledge city fathers and families, the "movers and shakers" that built our town.

-acknowledge early businesses that built Brainerd.

-promote interest in the downtown and Brainerd proper, where it all began.

-provide a safe, educational yet fun, interesting and healthy route to walk.

Some of the GOALS might include:

-Visit as many city parks as possible. This will help promote the city's dozen or more fine parks, and at the same time provide some water stations and bathroom facilities, and benches for resting.

-Proivide scenic overlooks.

-Provide frequent rest stops.

-Define coexisting safe routes for bicycles, so they will not pose a danger to pedestrians as well.

For more information on how this project is progressing, please see the sub-page at the left labeled Walk Planning. If you area avolunteer or would like to help, please see the sub-page labeled Volunteers.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Contact Carl at fertfaust@msn.com

Thanks to Andrew Hook for this overview:

The State of Minnesota 150th anniversary

Celebrating our heritage

Historic and Nature Walks

Benefits.

These documented walks would bring together knowledge of the history of the Brainerd Lake District, of the cultural history, social, and natural history. Different walks would be designed for different types of histories and interests and would draw on the resources and knowledge of local institutions, families and businesses, as well as on outside resources when needed. At least one or two walks could be to focus on the history of the Town of Brainerd, while others could focus on the lakes, the older historical resorts, and others on the natural beauty of the Lake District and the activities of the lakes.

Methodologies

Each walk will be designed with a specific audience in mind and specific interests. Initially, a working group can bring together experience and knowledge from the community to identify possible audiences and walks. The approach should be inclusive, to consider walks for young people, active people, and those who are less active. Each walk will have different stations, with each station planned at an agreed upon distance. For each station, background information will be collected and prepared in printed form. In the case of historical sites, this will include photographs, background history, and anecdotes. For the nature stations, information on the nature of the site, the flora and fauna will be prepared.

The content of the walks may be expanded or adjusted as we obtain more information about people’s interests and our resources. Existing local and national associations should be invited to participate, such as the local chapter of the Sierra Club, or local groups focusing on fishing, hunting or other outdoors activities.

For each walk docents will be identified, who will, together with the working group, review and prepare the walks.

As the material is being prepared, a publicity campaign should be designed and implemented. This should be designed with the specific walks in mind, and should use all appropriate existing channels, schools, colleges, libraries, businesses and others.

Next Steps

To identify a core of people for the working group for the initial walk. There is considerable interest already in an historical walk in Brainerd and this could be the starting point. The group can review what is available and seek to agree on an initial walk. The possibility of several walks should be considered, as it is not likely that there will be large demand initially for a long walk.

Andrew T. Hook

March 11, 2008.