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Minnesota on the Map

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A group of Minnesota maps is coming to visit Detroit Lakes in August.

"Minnesota on the Map," is one of the traveling exhibits from the Minnesota Historical Society's "Exhibits To Go" program. It's one of four traveling exhibits coming to the Becker County History Museum and will be there from Aug. 11 to Sept. 30.

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The traveling exhibits are created by the state for small to medium museums or other nonprofit or government institutions like schools or churches. These places apply for the exhibits to visit.

Part of the application process requires that the museum uphold a local exhibit that will accompany the traveling exhibit. The first traveling exhibit to come to the Becker County Museum was "Minnesota Homefront," from March 24 to May 13. The local portion of that exhibit is still out, and will remain until "Minnesota on the Map" starts, said Amy Degerstrom, executive director of the Becker County Historical Society and Museum.

The local exhibit to accompany "Minnesota on the Map" will be about mapping and surveying in Becker County, specifically focusing on local stories, she said.

"Minnesota on the Map" is a panel exhibit, Degerstrom said, which consists of "free standing panels with information and pictures."

There's also an interactive component to every traveling exhibit, she added. With "Minnesota on the Map," the interactive part is atlases and a giant jigsaw puzzle. There will also be a video station.

"It's a multi-faceted display," Degerstrom said.

With this exhibit being around in August, the museum is targeting a few of its regular events toward maps.

Kids Days, which are every Thursday in August, will be focused on maps, and the August Brown Bag Lunch event -- which are the second Tuesday of every month -- is titled "Surveying in Becker County" to correspond with the mapping exhibit.

The Becker County part of the exhibit will go up in August, and will probably stay up after the traveling exhibit is gone, until the next one comes, Degerstrom said.

The traveling exhibits are funded by Legacy through Explore Minnesota.

"We're really excited," Degerstrom said, and very grateful to the Legacy funding.

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