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Birthday card campaign raises $70,000 for Historical Center; anonymous match makes total $140,000

Bits by Betty
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Betty Mann, Rock County Historical Society president

Dear Rock County readers:
People who know me know that history has been a passion of mine for nearly my entire life. That's why it's been so gratifying to see that I'm not alone in my mission to preserve our Rock County history and to establish a fitting home for local artifacts and information.
The History Center, which will open soon in the former Ford Motors building on East Main Street, will be a dream come true for me and for other local history supporters. It will mean we can showcase important pieces of our past and it will mean all visitors — even those with mobility problems — will be able to easily access the beautiful and informative displays.
The History Center is truly a lifesaver for preserving Rock County's life story. I'm writing today to personally thank each and every precious individual and business for your generous donations to the project. Donations from individuals and businesses total $70,000, with the match from an anonymous donor bringing the total to $140,000.
I am deeply touched by the personal notes of encouragement that accompanied financial donations in the recent birthday card fund drive for the History Center.
I've always said “history matters,” because in order to move our community in a successful direction for the future, we need to understand our past and the major events and decisions that shaped who and what we are today.
Thank you, thank you for sharing this mission with me and our Historical Society team. Your gifts will become part of a lasting legacy in Rock County.
I'm hoping people continue to support the History Center effort. There is still a great deal of work that needs to be done, and donations are still needed. Tax-deductible contributions to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to 123 N. Freeman Ave., Luverne, MN 56156.
Betty Mann, Luverne
Rock County Historical Society President

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