Flooding photos featured during Heritage Center Open House


Annually, the Casselton Heritage Center hosts a community open house during Summerfest. 

This year, rural Cass County residents may tour the historical stone church from 1 p.m., to 4 p.m., Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m.

 This year, the Casselton Heritage Center board has chosen ‘Area Floods’ as its theme. Photographs capturing the area’s worst floods, dating back as early as 1897, will be on display. 

Becky Kingsley, volunteer archivist, said the idea formed because it is the 25th anniversary of the 1997 flood. 

In addition, the board has been working to gather and display high school year books and photographs that correlate to area school reunions being held throughout rural Cass County this summer. 

In celebration of Summerfest and its host city, the Casselton Heritage Center will also be showing the BEK Communications televised feature on Casselton that was broadcast earlier this year.  

Board members encourage anyone who has never visited the Heritage Center to take advantage of the open house. 

“I think a lot of people have never come to the Heritage Center and we are always adding to our archives. We are open whenever anyone wants to come.”

Kingsley also invites anyone with a ‘flood story’ to stop by to share it, and if possible bring in photos of the event.

In addition, photos from the Cass County archives will be categorized by community and are available for free to anyone with an interest in them. 

Last year, board members delivered archived photos to drop off points in Kindred, Leonard and Arthur where they were made available to community residents.   

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