YMCHS purchased equipment, supplies and a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com to provide access to family history in Yellow Medicine County. Advertisements have been placed in local newspapers and brochures to inform the public of these new resources.
To improve the organization's ability to secure collections held in the public trust, Minnesota's Machinery Museum replaced the outdated video security system with a digital recording system. the new system has the capacity to record for 30 days with 24/7 coverage. This is a significant improvement that provides better data.
The Upper Sioux Community secured the services of a qualified consultant to assist in completing an application for certification as a Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) for the National Park Service. Public input meetings were conducted as part of the preparation for the application. Having THPO status will support one of the leading Dakota communities' efforts to secure and document their history.
The society purchased 40 double-sided display racks and rack stands for a two-part exhibit. The first part of the exhibit, writing and displaying township histories has been completed. The second part, writing and displaying biographies of early settlers to each township using the 1900 census and plat maps, was only partially completed.