Isanti County Historical Society Heritage Center re-opens two years after arson fire

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Two years ago, a fire may have destroyed the physical building of the Isanti County Historical Society Heritage Center, but it didn’t destroy its spirit.

The Historical Society’s Heritage Center has reopened in its same location after an arson fire destroyed the building and most of its contents July 8, 2011.

“I think everyone is still in a little shock about what happened two years ago and thinking about what we lost,” said Executive Director Kathy McCully. “We had a charred building, went through a demolition and salvaged what we could. We had a lot of meetings about what people wanted from us and we reassessed our mission. Our main focus is now going to be a resource center for genealogy and family history. We want our focus to be on pictures and stories and information on Isanti County. When we walked back into this building, it felt like we were coming home again.”

The community is invited to an open house for the new Heritage Center from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 21. A short membership meeting will be held from 3-3:30 p.m. See more in Editor Rachel Kytonen’s Isanti County News story.


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