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Keep history alive at Becker Co. Museum

Stuffed bears made from old coats and mittens. Submitted Photo

For the second year, the Becker County Historical Society is showing off the art of making old new again.

Friday, March 22, is the Keeping History Alive fundraiser, where 10 area artists have taken old items and repurposed them into something new. Those pieces will be auctioned off. There will also be a silent auction with “all kinds of different things.”

This year the event will be held in the Becker County Museum.

“It’s good to get people in the door and it’s the best way to promote the place,” Executive Director Amy Degerstrom said.

Rosemaling as shown on this picture frame.

She said that the museum is the “kind of place, like any tourist attraction, you don’t go too much” unless family comes to town or you have a certain reason for being there. But, she said, this is a good way to remind people of the county’s history and thank them for helping preserve it.

During the event, there will be appetizers and dessert courtesy of Little Brown House Catering, and drinks by La Barista. Tickets are $30 per person and include one free drink and food.

Money raised from the event will go to education outreach programming like history in a trunk and classroom programming, Degerstrom said.

Last year’s fundraiser went toward traveling exhibit cases. Three were made and are located throughout the county.

Like the traveling exhibits, Degerstrom hopes this fundraiser will be more mobile than last year’s.

“The biggest change this year is a more mobile event. Auction items will be throughout the museum.”

 Therefore people can not only enjoy the pieces on the auction block, but they can also look through Becker County history on display at the museum.

The fundraiser, she said, “allows us to do programming we wouldn’t normally be able to afford.”

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