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Price County Historical Society raising funds for new archives building

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 09/22/2021 12:23PM, Last Updated 09/23/2021 4:05PM
Fifield - John Berg says Price County has a rich history.

"It was the early home of the Ojibwa from Lac Du Flambeau. The fur trade, the logging, agriculture, recreation all played a part here," said Berg, a board member of the Price County Historical Society.

Berg doesn't want people to forget that history. He wants them to have a way to remember. To accomplish that goal, he's looking forward--to an addition to the Price County Historical Society.

"This site is going to be the future Louis A. Koenig Research Center for the Price County Historical Society," said Berg.

Louis A. Koenig was a district attorney for Price County in the 1930s and '40s. His daughter, Carol Koenig, thought the new addition would be the perfect way to honor his contribution to Fifield. The building will house all of the artifacts dating back to Price County's founding.

"The purpose of the building is basically to preserve our maps, photographs, documents, books, papers, any ephemera that could be easily destroyed, lost, or burned," said Berg.

Currently, artifacts are sitting in various locations in Fifield, including in the Price County Courthouse. Berg says the new building will help everyone, not just members of the Historical Society.

"What we want to do is we want to have everything in one location; that was our dream all along, and to have it accessible not only to the public--historians, genealogists, family history, that kind of thing--but also have it in one place where it would be safely stored and not have it in areas where we'd have to travel around," said Berg.

The building will be made of concrete, to withstand storms. Berg wants to preserve the past so it can live on into the future.

"We're looking ahead here and now we have the opportunity to realize this dream," said Berg.

The Price County Historical Society is looking for $80,000, and hoping to begin building next summer. To donate, visit the Price County Historical Society's website.
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