For some time we have been talking about having some central place to house The Brainerd History Walk, sort of a headquarters and place to store our literature and supplies. .Just a few businesses would be perfect locations for a "home" for this walk, and I think we'll find one, if not a business but something like the Chamber office or Community Action or the library.
We're also leaning more toward a few "homes", each with a theme, call it a Mini Museum, or Theme Home if you will. For instance, the Sawmill Inn is obvious as the lumbering logging business theme, and Al already has an impressive collection of old enlarged photos gracing the walls. The Northwind Grill already has many photos of the premier buildings, as does the Last Turn. Choppers in NE already has a great collection of paper mill-related photos. Below is a list of themes that might be featured, each having it's home and photo histories. The business would "specialize" in that theme. If we put this out to the businesses we might get some to come forward to volunteer their research time, and space in their building; just a small framed photo collage would do! This would be kind of like "getting the museum out of the museum", and in to the community.
In time, these themes and their locations could be listed in a brochure, so when someone interested in history looks through it they can go right to the place that might interest them the most. I have included some ideas in parentheses that might be a good fit linking the building/business to the theme. Some are obvious, hospital history in the only hospital we have in town, etc. Some will require some thought, such as banking which might be better in an existing bank rather than an unrelated business housed in a former bank. I'm sure there are many more and better ones. Thoughts?
Items in RED are done.
-banking: (Bremer Bank on 7th, or First Bank/predecessor of the First National Bank)
-blacksmith: (First Bank, the Fred Drexler 1971 monument is here)
-brick industry: (any classic brick building)
-buildings/street scenes: (Elks building/Northwind Grille, Coco Moon)
-churches: (First Lutheran on 8th)
-farming: (Little Farm Market is gone!)
-fire halls: Fred, the fire Chief has agreed to give us some wall space at the present fire hall in the commons area for the Fire Halls Theme Home.
-fishing: (are there any bait shops in town?)
-grocers :(no grocers left in town, but the Turcotte Bros. were at the Shep's location for decades, or how about the former Schaeffer's Model Market on Maple, the present Office Shop, BECKY!)
-hospitals: (St. Joseph's)
-hotels: (are there any hotels in town?)
-houses: (The Fine Line, formerly Werner Hemstead home)
-lumbering & logging: Al at the Sawmill Inn has agreed to be the Theme Home for the Lumbering & Logging Theme Home.
-parks: Parks & Rec. in Lum Park has agreed to seerve as the Parks Theme Home (11/24/2008)
-paper & pulp mills: Chopper's in NE has agreed to be the Paper & Pulp Mills Theme Home, and already has a nice collection of old photos.
-railroading: Dave at The Clock Tower building in NP Center has agreed to be the Railroad Theme Home.
-restaurants: Randy has agreed to be the Restaurants Theme Home, at the Northwind Grille.
-schools: (St. Francis, CLC, Washington District Office)
-taverns: (the Last Turn Saloon, or Shep's On Sixth)
-theaters: (whatever business is now on the Sleeper Opera House location, 8th St., candy store?)
-Water Tower, Concrete: (the Chamber of Commerce office)