BRAINERD HISTORY GROUP

Be looking for a separate website here:

http://lakesarea.brainerddispatch.com/groups/brainerdhistorygroup

6/15/2008:

The next meeting of the BHG is Wed., 6/18/2008 at 5:30 at the Brainerd Public Library. A representative of the Dispatch may join us here to discuss a strategy to get the 6 plaques installed.

6/9/2008:

We should be thinking ahead to our next meeting so we can run it in an efficient and TIMELY manner. We are trying to keep it to an hour, not to say anyone can't "stay to play" after that, but the "meat" should be done within an hour since we are all busy. So please send in your ideas for somewhat of an agenda. Wed., June 18, 5:30 B P Library. Here's a start:

-Somebody take notes so I can put it on the website for those that may have missed it.

-:15m-each report on progress made on their project from the last meeting

-:15m-define the next projects, assign specific duties to members

-:15m-SHORT discussion on research facts found, in need of finding

-:15m-open, think about guest speakers

6/8/2008:

I have talked with many folks about the BHG, and asked if they would be interested in "joining", and have found a few words that turn most of them off, namely Join, Meetings and Member. Most of them already attend several meetings a month, belong to many groups and have little time for more. SO, I am proposing 4 levels of membership to include anyone that is interested in furthering our research and projects. One could start at the first level and go to another if the time commitments are too much, or go back as needed. Here they are:

A) Meetings (attend if you can)

B) Email list (get all Email communications between members via an Email Group list)

C) Website update notifications (get notified by Email each time the website is updated/usually items of most importance, much less frequent than Email communications)

D) Any combination of the above

Personally, over the years I have joined many a group even long before the internet age, such as the Coleman Lamp Collectors or the Beer Can Collectors, and NEVER attended a meeting. It was all done via US Mail and newsletters. The internet is just a more efficient way to join forces. What do you think?

5/15/2008:

With the success and interest in the Brainerd History Walk, there has been much talk about forming a group to further explore Brainerd's history. It could be called the Brainerd History Club, or maybe better yet, Group.

This group, although informal MAY:

-have regular meetings, perhaps monthly

-have a vehicle such as a federal 501(c)(3) to collect funding for projects, which could be operated as a separate arm of the group, or perhaps funneled remotely through an existing such group

-be able to provide insurance for guided tours and other projects involving the public, if needed

This group WILL strive to:

-RESEARCH historical information

-PROMOTE interest in the historical heritage of our city

-PRESERVE the buildings and other historical sites

-EXPLORE the key players, both individuals and families, that built the buildings and the town as a community

-BRING TOGETHER interested parties already working on Brainerd's history

-HELP those that will be shaping Brainerd's future incorporate our past successes and mistakes, and encourage community involvement

-CONTINUE the efforts of the many folks involved in the Brainerd History Walk, in hopes of continuing and expanding them

Here's the same as above but in a news story format:

The Brainerd History Group will be a volunteer group, that will focus on a variety of history issues in Brainerd, including we
hope, the continuation of the History Walk on a reservation basis with 4 other walks planned. Well beyond just researching historical information we will strive to promote interest in our heritage here and help to preserve buildings and historical sites, bringing together folks already having these common interests. We also will study not only the early key players that built our city, but the more recent families that are identified with the major industries such as the grocery, automobile and resorting businesses.

FIRST MEETING:

The newly formed, and named, Brainerd History Group met for the first time at the Brainerd Public Library on Tues., 5/20/2008. We will meet monthly on the third Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 PM, the next being 6/18/2008 at the library.

In attendance were Carl Faust, Andrew Hook, Marta Mersereau, Bill Wrider and Christopher Malcolm.

Three functions of the Group were identified: Fun, Facts and Funding.

We agreed to identify other groups that might like to take the Walk, and also help with the Group's projects. It was decided that oral histories should be taken of members of local families that have been long-time residents and business people of Brainerd. We also would like to explore doing a Power Point presentation of the Walk for those that cannot physically get out, perhaps even providing bus tours. Also, we would like to tap in to the school system to get the kids involved.

Items to act on before our next meeting:

Andrew: Contact Terry at the Dispatch, discuss a website. Article on the Group with Renee? Andrew will be out of state May 22-June 16.

Bill: What was for Bill???

Carl: Cave family, oral history. Follow up to business owners on photo collage/history of building. Get plaque placement and permissions to Don Samuelson. OK to do guide one Walk/week, Thurs. works best, 5:00-6:00.

Christopher: trail markings, contact Betty Alderman. Oral history with the Harting family (Curt Watson).

Marta: Check on insurance for Walks, present to 2 organizations. Also to research: Homecoming Week/decades.

IDEAS, THOUGHTS:

Carl: The Brainerd History Group (BHG) met 5/20 and the 5 of us decided to continue and meet monthly, third Wed's., next June 18. Please join us any time! If your schedule is too busy to join us at meetings, join as an "eMember"...just keep up on our emails and on the website, then chime in any time with things you think will help. BTW, we want to keep the word "join" very loose, no commitments or anything to sign, just having fun with history! We can use only last name initials on the site, ie. Carl F., or even C.F. if one prefers. You can also opt to only be informed by email when the website has been updated. The idea here is to attract as many folks as we can, because there is strength in numbers when it comes to research! So, let's not scare anybody off by thinking they must attend yet another monthly meeting...we are all VERY busy these days. Lets let the power of the internet and other technologies multiply our efforts!

FUTURE PROJECTS:

Here are some items I am in need of information on. Is there someone out there with any facts to contribute, or would you like to help dig up some?

-BRICK YARD LOCATIONS: There were 3.

-CURBING: Quarried granite (there's still some on 7th St. S, from Front to Laurel Sts., E side of street). Where did all of the old curbing go from the Front St. demolition???

I found this on a Google search. The Granite City they refer to MAY be St. Cloud, MN.

Washington Avenue Loft District Street scape
Final Design Concept

Granite Curbing

Location: Used for all curb along Washington Ave. between 14th St. and 18th St. and along 13th St.

Material & Size: Granite; straight segments: 6" wide x 1'-6" high x 8' long.

Manufacture: Recycled granite from city stockpiles, North Carolina Granite Corporation, Cold Spring Granite

Notes: All granite curbs will be salvaged and re-used to match the existing roadway granite curb conditions where possible, all other locations will use new granite curbs.