Exhibit: Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News: Early Healthcare
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.
To produce a new exhibit on early county healthcare, the Beltrami County Historical Society (BCHS) drew from primary records in local and state repositories and used the funds for the research and development phase of the exhibit. The exhibit follows the path of early healthcare in Beltrami County including traditional healing, the history of North Country Hospital and Lake Julia Sanatorium to dentistry.
According to Wanda Hoyum, Executive Director of the Beltrami County Historical Society, "Not only did this grant allow us to move into the actual implementation of the exhibit, but all the research conducted through BCHS and MHS archives, interviews, newspaper articles and ads will be added to BCHS archives and research library for present-day researchers and for the "inquiring minds: that need to know the importance of the history of healthcare in Beltrami County and the role it played in shaping this community well into the future for the next generation of researchers."