Local history center receives $10,000 grant to update its tech systems

The Beltrami County Historical Society received a nearly $10,000 Cultural and Heritage grant to update its collection management system.

According to a release, the money will be used to help BCHS convert outdated software to CollectiveAccess, a web-based software supported by the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums.

“The new system will greatly assist BCHS in accomplishing one of our key objectives: to expand public knowledge of the History Center and our extensive collection through a cloud-based tool” says Emily Thabes, BCHS Executive Director.

“Plus, we extend our partnerships and best practices by joining the Minnesota History Alliance and their public site, MNCollections.org.”

Specifically, the money will help pay for the training of staff and volunteers as well as state-of-the-art new workstations for data input and management.

“CollectiveAccess will give our BCHS collections systems a terrific upgrade in user-friendliness and accessibility,” says Chelsea Oldham, BCHS volunteer archivist.

“It will be a foundation for projects to expand and improve our collections development, acquisitions, and archive management. This is something we’ve been working towards for a great while, and it’s exciting to see it becoming a reality.”

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