The Yellow Medicine County Historical Society has received great news over the past month.

The Yellow Medicine County Historical Society has received great news over the past month.  We have received two grants from the Minnesota Historical Society's Legacy Program.  
The first grant is for $2,200 to update our security here at the museum.  We will hire a security company to install a more up to date security and monitoring system in an around the museum.  The second grant is for $23,500 and will be used to digitally archive Yellow Medicine Counties Death Records from 1870 to 1910.  This project will compliment the birth records project we completed last year.  
I will be working with two interns from Southwest State University to complete the death records grant in 2014.  
The first stage will involve archiving the death index book which tells death date and name of the person who died.  I hope to start this stage in Mid-January.  The second stage will involve archiving the four death information books which give more detailed information about the person who died including parents names, where the person died, how they died, who the mortician was and much more.  I hope to start this stage by March 1.  
The final stage involves editing the data that I enter.  The students from Southwest State University will complete this stage starting May 1.  They will go through all the data I entered checking for accuracy and will correct information as needed.  The final stage will include any needed editing of the data and submission of the data to Yellow Medicine County and the State Historical Society.  We hope to be completed with the project by the end of December 2014.  
 Also in 2014 we hope to start a genealogy club here at the museum.  I will be the president of this club and will teach people how to do genealogy projects, what sources to use, and how to put together a final family history book.  I hope to start meeting in April 2014.  
Anyone interested in joining the club call me at 320-564-4479.  
I am also looking for people who are willing to donate copies of their high school year books for the following high schools: Canby (all years), Clarkfield (all years), Hanley Falls (all years), Echo (all years), Wood Lake (Before 1956, 1957, 1958, 1966, 1970, and 1973).  
Does anyone know if Porter had a high school?  
I am also looking for athletic uniforms, letter jackets, buttons, trophies, and any other memorabilia from these schools.  I hope to put a school display together here at the museum and need these items from the above schools.  Anyone willing to donate these items please call me at the aforementioned number.  From the Yellow Medicine County Historical Society we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Look forward to serving you in 2014.