East Grand Forks gets a blast from the past with Heritage DaysEast Grand Forks, MN (WDAY TV) -- In a day where technology has anything we want at the tip of our finger, there's a pleasant reminder of how day to day life used to go.
By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ, WDAY
East Grand Forks, MN (WDAY TV) -- In a day where technology has anything we want at the tip of our finger, there's a pleasant reminder of how day to day life used to go.
East Grand Forks had a blast from the past this weekend.
Dale Helms/Heritage Days Volunteer: "I'm totally amazed at the way people were able to do things back in the old days."
For the last 37 years East Grand Forks has been celebrating the history of the Red River Valley and demonstrating how life has changed over the years.
Kim Nelson/Vice President/Director Heritage Days: "We had to start somewhere so this is to show them that this is how it was done back then and where we are now."
The newest building in Heritage Village contains an old doctors office, barber shop, printing press, memory room and military room but much more is hopefully still to come.
Kim Nelson/Vice President/Director Heritage Days: "The hope is for it to be set up like an old town so on that one end there's a medical station. Our hope is to have a saloon in there, a bank, a lawyers office."
The celebration began on Friday with an ice cream social and a dance. The theme of this years Heritage Days was Potatoes so people enjoyed the day by taking part in a Sunday Brunch of Potatoes followed by digging in the potato field.
Dale Helms/Heritage Days Volunteer: "We've been focusing on potatoes this year a lot because that was big, we were the big potato market in the country for years and years and years so we're trying to really bring that past back to life."
Demonstrations and other activities took place throughout the weekend to give kids an idea of what it was like to live from the mid 1800s to the early 1900's.
Ellie Schumacher/Enjoying Heritage Days: "It would be pretty hard because the schools were super small and the jobs that they had back then were like hard I guess."
Jacob Filipy/Enjoying Heritage Days: "It would have been kinda tough but I think I might have been able to do it."
Heritage Days typically raises about 10 thousand dollars a year, it's used to preserve and update Heritage Village.