Our Collection

Rinky Dinks boys baseball team, 1940

 

FAMILY HISTORIES, ALBUMS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND MEMENTOS

SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENT

MILITARY COLLECTION: WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
Special display of Richard Utecht’s experience as a POW in North Vietnam 

BOOKS, REPORTS, SLIDES, FILM, VHS, DVD

PERSONAL LETTERS, POSTCARDS, AND MEMOIRS

BUSINESS RECORDS, LEDGERS, PREMIUM ITEMS, AND PRODUCTS

APPLEFEST MEMORABILIA on the back porch 

APPLE MUSEUM – Created by Frank Van Lin, local apple grower
–history of apple orchards, orchard equipment


FOCUS OF THE COLLECTION

We are grateful for items with a strong connection to the people and history of the La Crescent area. 

CONSERVATION

As much as possible, we follow conservation methods (to store, preserve, and display) recommended by the Minnesota Historical Society.  Therefore, we use acid-free paper and archival boxes, file folders, and photo sleeves.

DOCUMENTATION

We appreciate knowing more about donated items, so we will ask you to fill out a form to list the items and tell us more about them.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs are vital to our collection.  If you are donating photos, be sure to identify the people, year, and place.  Use a soft  6B drawing pencil to write lightly on the back of old photos – no ink!  You can also number each photo and provide a separate list containing each photograph’s description.

 

NEWSPAPERS

We catalog very few whole newspapers because of the chemical instability of that paper.  Also, public libraries provide access to local and state newspapers.

 

DISPLAYS

We have limited display areas, so displays of clothing, for example, are rotated off of displays and back into storage.  Clothing is wrapped in tissue and boxed.