When I first started as our county archivist I found the job to be quite overwhelming due to the fact that the county’s records had not been archived, organized or in any other way preserved in its 143 year history. One can imagine the stacks of boxes, record books and loose papers that were stored not only in the records vault but also at the old highway department attic and the old jail—in the actual jail cells! It seems once we cleaned out one area we would be told of another area full of records.
As I began my journey as our county archivist, I quickly realized that there was a mountain of work to be done just to get the county records in a state that could be handled.
In 2011, our local historical society donated their collection of documents, photos and artifacts that they had collected since the 1980’s to the archives. They had nowhere to store the historic items and since we now had an archive, it was the perfect place. Also in 2011, the historical society donated two large, handmade oak and glass display cases for the Archives Office.