Lake County Historical Society embarks on marker project
By: Tammy Francois, Lake County News Chronicle
“History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.”
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Since 1925 the Lake County Historical Society’s mission has been to preserve the history of Lake County, Minnesota through the preservation, study and interpretation of artifacts, documents, photographs and historic sites and to tell the story of our past and present culture, according to its website.
To that end, the LCHS recently announced that it plans to embark upon its Historic Marker Project. The effort is part of a larger plan to develop a historical tour of Lake County. The markers will combine information and photographs from long ago, with modern technology, in the form of QR, or quick response codes for use by visitors with smart phones. The code consists of an arrangement of colored modules in a square grid on a white background. The code is “read” and translated by the phone, which will connect the user to the internet and the LCHS’s website.
“(The codes will link visitors) to our website where they can get more information,” said Chelle Fritz of the LCHS.
The first historical markers are to be placed near Agate Bay — one by a set of rails near where a bustling commercial fishing village once stood. The rails extend from a bank along the shore and into the lake. The second marker will be near the site of the old coal facility that once stood by the Waterfront Trail.
To pay for the project, the LCHS is seeking sponsors at $100 each. The cost of each marker is approximately $130. They say they have tried to keep the cost of the markers low, making them affordable in the event that they need to be replaced in the future. The dates for the installation of the markers will be determined, pending final approval by the County and warmer weather, said Fritz.
“We believe this project will help better connect visitors and residents of the community to the story and history of Lake County,” said last week’s LCHS press release.
Also on the docket for the LCHS is the organization of its archives, a project that will eventually lead to a computer data base, said Fritz. More pressing, however, with the tourist season just around the corner, is the search for volunteers to meet the North Shore Scenic Railroad trains as they come into Two Harbors from Duluth.
People with knowledge of local history and places of interest are needed to greet visitors and make them feel welcome, pass out brochures and answer questions.
“It’s just a couple hours per week, mostly on weekends,” said Fritz. For more information, call the Lake County Historical Society Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at 218-834-4898. Those interested in sponsoring the Historic Marker Project may call Mel Sando at that number or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org