Abigail Thebault–Spieker ’16, Bemidji, and Tori McDougald ’15, Nashua, are working to create an inventory of Minnesota River Valley historical sites that will be incorporated into an interactive online database and website for the Minnesota Valley History Learning Center, the University of Minnesota reports. The database will encompass sites along the Minnesota River, allowing users to search by both location and site to find more information. The Minnesota River Valley stretches from Big Stone Lake to the metro area—Thebault-Spieker and McDougald will work with sites throughout this area. Thebault-Spieker and McDougald are utilizing a variety of tools and research methods to create a comprehensive inventory from information that was originally scattered throughout the internet. The goal is to allow the general public to be able to easily access this information and encourage people to visit historical sites throughout the state. The two hope to finish the project in early September, when the Minnesota Valley History and Learning Center plans to unveil the newly compiled site for the Historical Learning Center’s symposium in Morton. They are working closely with Ted Susse from the Minnesota Valley History Learning Center, and Kelly Asche, Center for Small Towns (CST) community program specialist. “I think the best part about this project is that it’s going to make it much easier for people to find out what some of these historical sites and societies are about,” says McDougald.

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