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Becker County Museum among winners of Minnesota History Award for traveling exhibit

The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums will be honoring eight history organizations — including Becker County — for their efforts with a Minnesota History Award at the Annual Meeting on June 19.

The meeting will be held at the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato. This is the fifth award year, after a one year hiatus.

Award recipients’ completed projects took place from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2013. Nominations were taken by MALHM for three project categories: public programs, publications, and behind-the-scenes.

“The Alliance is proud to honor this year’s recipients,” stated MALHM Board member and History Awards Coordinator Dustin Heckman. “Each project symbolizes the great work being done by local history organizations across the state. The communities that are served by these organizations should be proud of the work being accomplished a local level to preserve history.”

Award recipients for the 2014 Minnesota History Awards include:

  • Anoka County Historical Society (Anoka) for their publication Keepers of the County: Crime and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Carver County Historical Society (Waconia) for improving preservation and access to the organization’s photo collection.
  • Depot Preservation Alliance (Baudette) for the restoration of the Baudette Depot.
  • Lyon County Historical Society (Marshall) for the move to a permanent location and developing new exhibits that tells the story of Lyon County.
  • Martin County Historical Society (Fairmont) for the renovation of the Pioneer Parsonage.
  • Minnesota’s Historic Northwest (13 county museum consortium including the counties of Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Beltrami, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Norman, Mahnomen, Clearwater, Clay, and Becker) for the traveling exhibit, Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs.
  • Ramsey County Historical Society (St. Paul) for the process of relocating a storage area and completing an artifact inventory.
  • Washington County Historical Society (Stillwater) for their documentary on Justice Rosalie Wahl titled Girl from Birch Creek

The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, organized in 1991, is a statewide organization that seeks to nurture and encourage an appreciation of Minnesota’s local history by providing a structure to foster professionalism and excellent work among local and specialized historical organizations in Minnesota.

The organization is overseen by a 9 member volunteer board of museum professionals from across Minnesota. More information on the organization can be found on their website at