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What items will become part of our permanent collection?

The following criteria are considered when accepting items to be added to the Isanti County Historical Society collections:

  1. Has significance to Isanti County.
  2. Helps to further understanding of the history of the county.
  3. Includes historical background/provenance.

How do I know if the Historical Society can use the item I wish to donate?

Contact the ICHS Director by using the form on this page or by calling 763 689-4229.

What is the procedure?

When you bring in your donation, we ask that you complete a temporary custody form with your name, address, and a description of the item you wish to donate to ICHS. Your description should include the age, condition and story behind the item whenever possible.

In most cases we prefer that the donation is “unconditional” (that is, the society has the right to use the item as it sees fit). With the temporary custody form the donor transfers the title and right of possession to ICHS. However, in the event you do not want to donate documents or photos, unconditionally, but would like them to be part of our digital online database, we are happy to take these types of items on loan, so that we can scan them into our database.

What happens to my donation?

Once the decision has been made to include the item in the Society’s collections, the item is given a unique number and descriptive information regarding the item is recorded on the Past Perfect software that allows researchers and staff to locate your item easily. The donated item is then placed in its proper location.

Item Donation Form

  • Include any information you have about an item's relevance to Isanti County history.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Note: Monetary donations can be submitted on our Membership page.