Forest History Center Teaches About Timber Industry

By KBJR News 1

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Forest History Center in Grand Rapids tells visitors about the timber industry's beginnings.

"Talking about logging camps, what they were like, how remote they were away from any towns," said Center employee, Becky Ogden-McCauley.

For over 30 years, the Center has been a hub for the history of all things logging in Minnesota.

"The purpose of the Forest History Center is to connect people to the forest, past, present and future," said the Center's site supervisor, Becky Jennings.

Part of the center mission is to inform the nearly 20,000 visitors it sees each year about the importance of the forest environment. They hope that that message will spread by bringing logging history to life.

"To interact with folks who are bringing this history to life is much different than the experience you have as you go passively through a museum," said Jennings.

Center employees say that the lessons are important to teach.

"Even the 21 years I've been here, there has never been the same tour again, repeated," said Ogden-McCauley.

The Forest History Center is part of the Minnesota Historical Society. It's open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, until Labor Day.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.