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Grant will help with recovery of artifacts after fire destroys Isanti Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society has given a $7,000 emergency grant to help with recovery of artifacts after fire destroyed the Isanti Historical Society in Cambridge.

The July 8 fire has been ruled an arson. Although many historical documents and collections were lost, a team from the county and state historical societies, along with volunteers, did salvage some materials, including 75 cubic feet of paper research collections. The surviving collection includes maps, oversize photographs, plat books, aerial photographs, quad maps, vital-record index cards and vertical subject files.

State officials said the $7,000 grant is from a State Grants in Aid program administered by the Minnesota Historical Society, and was available in the emergency, even though the Historical Society is closed because of the state shutdown.

The money will be used to help to restore, re-catalog, store and care for surviving archives and artifacts. The majority of salvaged books, documents, photos and artifacts were damaged by water necessary to contain the fire. These items will be freeze dried and stored appropriately so that they can be preserved and accessed by the public.

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