The Iron Range Historical Society was awarded a mini-grant of $250 from the Arrowhead Library System in the Spring of 2020. IRHS is a special member library with ALS. With the grant money awarded, IRHS was able to purchase sixteen new and used books to add to the IRHS library. These books will be used by our patrons doing research for a wide variety of projects. Patrons include local government officials, media outlets, students, and authors. Our collection is valuable to researchers as many of our books are no longer easily found. In purchasing these books, we are looking forward 30, 40, and 50 years to have books that were published from the 1960s to today available to researchers of the future.
Blandin Foundation through Iron Range Tourism Bureau awarded the Iron Range Historical Society a $1231 grant in January of 2020. This grant was used to purchase a new professional-grade Epson scanner, hire a local tech company to help upgrade the IRHS website and train staff in Facebook and Instagram applications, and purchase two copies of 2019 Microsoft Office through Tech Soup for the office computers. IRHS volunteers will now scan photos, news articles, slides, and negatives with a better resolution that this new scanner provides. Volunteers received assistance in setting up an Instagram account and linking it to the IRHS Facebook page. The local tech company also assisted with installing a PayPal button and an Online Donation button on the IRHS website. Emailing newsletters and updates to members regarding the Society's activities was another item covered by the grant and will be implemented in the near future.