New Becker County history book set for 2021 release

Museum looking for photos, oral histories to include in 150-year retrospective

This 1892 image from the Becker County Museum's files shows Detroit Lakes — or the village of Detroit, as it was then known — as it appeared from atop the Hotel Minnesota, looking westward.

This 1892 image from the Becker County Museum's files shows Detroit Lakes — or the village of Detroit, as it was then known — as it appeared from atop the Hotel Minnesota, looking westward.

Though it doesn't have a title, or an official release date for it as of yet, the Becker County Museum has already begun searching for photos, as well as both oral and written stories from area residents, to include in a new 150th anniversary book on the history of Becker County.

"The county board has commissioned us to write a book that 'bridges the gap' between the original Becker County pioneer history book, which was written by Alvin H. Wilcox and published in 1907, with the present day," says Becky Mitchell, the museum's executive director.

As part of that project, she added, they will also be updating Wilcox's original book, "A Pioneer History of Becker County," to include more historic photos and correct any inaccurate or incomplete details that were included in the narrative.

"It will be a two-volume set," she said.

The updated Wilcox book, or first volume, will be published sometime in 2020, with the new history book, compiled and written by museum staff, to be released in 2021, which will coincide with the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the official organization of Becker County.

In order to "flesh out" the narrative of the new history book, the museum's staff is looking for a little help from the public. 

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