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New BCHS exhibit weaves in our history

BEMIDJI — The Beltrami County Historical Society re-opened its exhibit area after six months of construction Wednesday with a new exhibit that features the county’s extensive past.

The “Trails Through Time” exhibit features a variety of displays that cover Beltrami county history from the time the glaciers receded to the mid-20th century.

According to Nicole Foss, project manager for the exhibit and former director of the historical society, many input meetings with the public, weeks of planning and months of construction have led to a lasting exhibit that will continue for many years.

With more than 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, the exhibit showcases more of the historical society’s collections of objects, manuscripts and images.

“We wanted this exhibit to represent the communities of Beltrami County,” Foss said.

Free to the public, the historical society is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The historical society is located at 130 Minnesota Ave.

Dan Karalus, director of the historical society, said the exhibit will be open during the holiday weekend to educate both locals and visitors about the county’s past.

“The exhibit is really the first of any kind to represent the entire county,” he said. “We received so many ideas from communities and that is evident in the history we showcase here.”