“The Carnegie is one of the only buildings still standing in which we spent our school years!”

    Many alumni of the Class of 1968 who returned to Crookston for their 50th Class Reunion made the above statement during the Carnegie’s Ox Cart Days Open House.  

    In appreciation, the class donated $500 to the Carnegie Class Donation Competition and won it easily.  

    This competition is a fundraiser for the Carnegie restoration projects.  Their class year “1968” will be added to the perpetual trophy on display at the Carnegie.   

    This donation will go towards the 2018/19 focus project of installing a wheelchair lift to accommodate Carnegie supporters and visitors who cannot use the stairs.   

    “We are excited about this project and are deeply appreciative of this and all the generous donations given during the Carnegie Open House,” said Phyllis Hagen, Carnegie Committee co-chair and member of the Polk County Historical Society Board of Directors.

    This year’s Carnegie celebration honored the memory of Carnegie dear friend and inspiration, Kristina Gray.  In her honor, an outdoor tea was held Saturday on the patio south of the Carnegie.    

     A tip to this year’s “Hats Off” theme, ” A Retrospective Display of Hats from 1890-1990” was featured. Hats from the Polk County Historical Society’s collection were on display.    Also, two large bulletin boards  illustrated the accomplishments and improvements to the building in the last four years and the future projects of the PCHS/Carnegie Committee.

    In November the PCHS/Carnegie Committee plans to honor our veterans with a program at the Carnegie.  The program will  include live music, military uniforms and headgear from the PCHS museum, WWII posters, and lots more!   

    “Thank you, again, for all the generous donations,” Hagen said.