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Beltrami County History by the Numbers

Beltrami County Established
Great Northern Depot Built
Population in 1870 per U.S. Census
Paul Bunyan Statue Constructed

Recent Stories


COVID-19 SELF-HISTORY INTERVIEW   This project is inspired by our friends at the Douglas County Historical Society.   Everyone’s experience matters. Your history matters. Help us record your history. With events being as momentous as they are in Minnesota, we’d like to offer a tool in the form of a Self-History Interview to help us begin recording the daily lived experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Right now we have no way of knowing how significant of an event this may be, but we want to ensure we leave behind plenty of written records of the actual Beltrami County experience for […]

BSU: The First Hundred

BSU Centennial The First 100 Years exhibit is in honor of Bemidji State University’s centennial year. Items on display in the exhibit include a World War II diary from former BSU President Charles Sattgast, a replica of BSU’s Alumni Arch, records from BSU’s music department and more.

‘Centennial’ Teacher with a passion for Teaching and Learning

Interview with Lillian Mathews, BSU graduate and Shevlin School teacher by Janet Kelly Moen                                   The life-story of a woman that encompasses an entire century is by necessity one that reaches back not only into another time, but into another continent as well. The changes over this period of time were staggering, and involved new lands, new technologies, in the context of different cultures and languages.  All of these changes were mediated through family life, in a time when families were both extended and large, and deeply imbedded in […]

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