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