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This profile was last updated on 7/9/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Executive Director

Local Address:  Detroit Lakes , North Dakota , United States
Becker County Historical Society

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees Member
    Becker County Historical Society
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"It's one of largest parades in ..., 9 July 2015 [cached]
"It's one of largest parades in Minnesota and every year it's a hit," Becker County Historical Society Executive Director Amy Degerstrom said.
Becker County Museum & Research Library - Board of Trustees, 15 Sept 2013 [cached]
Amy Degerstrom - Executive Director
"Everything from Bach to banjo music," ..., 30 May 2015 [cached]
"Everything from Bach to banjo music," BCHS Executive Director Amy Degerstrom said.
Degerstrom said it's certainly an interactive program.
"One hundred and fifty years is a big deal," Degerstrom said of the anniversary. "Music was a big aspect of war - entertainment."
During the men's down time, waiting for orders, they would pass their time writing letters, keeping journals, playing games and listening to music.
"Music can't be displayed because it's interactive. This helps bring that piece of history alive," Degerstrom said.
"They talked about the fact that ..., 4 May 2015 [cached]
"They talked about the fact that there were all these amazing natural resources around them, and they could capitalize on that," said Amy Degerstrom, executive director of the Becker County Historical Society.
"These were very high tech steamboats for that time; people were not used to seeing that type of thing around here," said Degerstrom, who says West worked with people around the Shoreham area to get them to build cabins and resorts.
"He was very good at finding people to finance his ideas and others to realize them," said Degerstrom.
"They started up the library, and really wanted to bring in some culture and other things for people to do other than visit the boarding house, aka the brothel," said Degerstrom.
"The cultural perception changes, and people started thinking about what their children wanted and they needed," said Degerstrom.
"It shifted from 'we're going to the cabin' to 'we're going to the beach,' so it not only brought more of a focus to the city of Detroit Lakes, but it also gave access to people who wouldn't have it otherwise," said Degerstrom, who says not everybody could afford a cabin, but everybody could go to the beach.
"People were looking for and were really wanting that precious family time," said Degerstrom, who says with that demand came another shift in what Detroit Lakes would provide.
Because families had become so diverse, so too did local businesses.
"You need places like Zorbaz where you can go and get a little wild, then places like Lakeside where you can go and get a burger and a beer, and places like Fireside where you can go and get a fancy meal," said Degerstrom.
"And I think we're really lucky that people are still wanting to invest in new things in our community because that's how it started out," said Degerstrom.
"The Pavilion has really been a ..., 1 Jan 2015 [cached]
"The Pavilion has really been a center piece for the Water Carnival since the beginning," Becker County Historical Society Executive Director Amy Degerstrom said.
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