Star Herald Editorial
Support something smart for our community, something that really matters
Anonymous donor match for History Center expires at yearend
Nearly 5 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and archaeological repositories in the United States.
This is an astounding reminder of the importance we place on preserving history in our communities.
But sadly, a third of these historical treasures will be lost over time due to lack of funding.
That’s according to New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry, whose foundation, History Matters, supports historical preservation.
“Preserving our past establishes roots and community pride,” he said. “It teaches, inspires, makes our communities more attractive and encourages travel and tourism.”
If that sounds familiar, it’s because we have the very same philosophy right here in Rock County.
Our Historical Society members and their fearless leader, Betty Mann, understand that things from our past are assets in a community, and saving them is smart.
What sets us apart from many other historical societies, fortunately, is that we have generous souls who have provided funds to support our history-saving efforts.
Betty knows all too well how much hard work and how much money it takes to properly organize and preserve history. That’s why tears come to her eyes when she adds up the money that’s come in to the History Center — a project she calls her “dream come true.”
But even though the doors are open, the History Center isn’t paid for, and funds will be needed for ongoing maintenance and operation of the facility.
“The work is never done,” Betty sighed last week. “Because history goes on, you’re never done.”
We all have an opportunity to join in the final fundraising push for the History Center, and if we do it before the end of the year, our donations will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor.
Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:
The Rock County
312 E. Main St.
Luverne MN 56156.
Checks can be written to The History Center.
Because history matters.
As Betty says, “In order to know who we are and where we're going, we need to know who we were and where we've been.”