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Kral to speak at Becker County museum Tuesday

Another year in review will take place at the Becker County Historical Society and Museum Tuesday during the annual meeting.

The event is open to everyone, not just members. 

“It is always fun to come to the museum for a casual event so that you can roam around and enjoy all it has to offer,” Board President Jonathan Smith said.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the museum hosts a social with hors d’oeuvres. At 7 p.m., retired Detroit Lakes High School teacher Dennis Kral will speak about Minnesota Germans during World War I. He said it’s a topic that has fascinated him for years and he’s done lots of research on the subject.

Following Kral’s presentation, the board will hold a meeting, give a summation of the past year at the museum, recognize outgoing board members and welcome new board members. The board will also recognize a Volunteer of the Year.

Outgoing board members include Smith and Mike Wammer.

“It has been a great experience to be on the board,” Smith said. “There is so much information from our past that is relevant today and being on the board has exposed me to more of that. The work that is done to preserve our history is unbelievable. This work is mainly unseen but so important.”

As for what the board is looking to accomplish in the coming year, Smith listed “working towards improving our collections, both with inventory and what we are collecting, and increasing membership. Also working towards a new facility, whether that be a remodel of the current or a new construct.”

The board has been working the past year with various design options for a new building. The existing museum has seen better days and now has leaks here and there and crumbling bricks on the exterior.

“Preserving the history of our county is very important as we are a very unique county,” Smith said. “The landscape, natural amenities and people of our county are different than most in the state, and for that it is important to remember where we started and how we have progressed and changed.”

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the door.