Beltrami County Historical Society receives Legacy Grant to republish book

The Beltrami County Historical Society recently received a Minnesota Cultural & Heritage Grant in support of revising and republishing “A Brief History of Beltrami County.”

The original book, written by Charles Vandersluis  and published in 1963, traced the early events of the area, including settlements, treaties, logging, the building of railroads, farming, the formation of villages and towns, schools and churches, local citizens, and everyday life in the county.

The updated work includes 60 years of new information and much more extensive material on local Native American history, as well as photographs and maps, in an accessible format conducive to both research as well as general interest.

BCHS intends to use the grant funding to help cover the cost of editing, layout & design, and printing for the book.

“We believe this new publication will be quite interesting to county residents and community members,” says Sue Bruns, President of the BCHS Board.

“We also hope it will become a significant source of information for schools and libraries in northern Minnesota, as well as historians and researchers interested in this region.  We’re very grateful to the Minnesota Historical Society for their support.  And we want to thank Beverley Vandersluis French for her consent to publish this updated county history, and Leo Soukup for his untiring efforts in researching and writing it.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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