Harmony trophies getting new home at community center
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 3:17 AM
When the Harmony Historical Society learned that there were more trophies and plaques being stored in various locations in the school and community center, it decided to work with the city of Harmony and local carpenter Dean Brunsvold to construct two additional trophy cases to join the one already built and housing trophies in the community center.
The Harmony Cardinal Alumni Association funded the first trophy case in 2008 and brought many tokens of achievement out of the dusty boxes and closets they had been stored in. Those trophies and plaques, now proudly displayed in the community center, represent a small portion of the glory days of Harmony High School, where students earned many distinctions and awards in athletics, academics and the arts.
According to Ralph Beastrom, a member of the Harmony Area Historical Society, the trophies date back to the 1920s and continue through the early 1990s. He said the historical society wanted to showcase more of them than the first case allowed.
"This trophy display project is an important part in preserving the heritage of Harmony High School and accomplishments of its students and teachers," said Beastrom.
Since the alumni association was successful in getting the first set of trophy cases built, the historical society agreed to continue the project and have been raising funds over the past few months to build and install another two cases.
Two additional banks of lockers were removed on the east hall of the community center by city staff members and Rod Johnson and Brian Michel helped Brunsvold install the base units of the new cases a few weeks ago. Johnson and Michel allowed Brunsvold to utilize space in their building on Main Street to build the pieces of the units.
Morem Electric is wiring the units with LED strip lighting, which will be more energy efficient. They are also rewiring the old case to that system as well to provide more longevity for the light bulbs.
Beastrom said there are four cabinets in each section, and each will have a set of sliding glass doors. "Dean is pretty talented at doing these," he added. "They are very impressive."
The cabinets are expected to be completed within the next few weeks and the trophies will then be cleaned and installed into the new cabinets.
While the project nears completion, the fundraising continues. The city of Harmony pledged $5,000 towards the project, but the historical society is relying on community members and alumni to help pay for the remainder of the costs.
The historical society contacted the alumni of Harmony High School for support and had a good response, Beastrom shared. "We've received two significant donations and many other smaller ones," he added. "We are well on our way to raise the funds we need. But, the project costs are higher than they were on the first one. We expect they will exceed $10,000."
As the president of the historical society, Marilyn Trouten said that many of the donations have come in as memorials or in honor of loved ones. Some have been dedicated to teachers and coaches that made a difference in their lives and other donations have come in to support the efforts of preserving this piece of history.
Beastrom noted there is still time to support the project and any further contributions will be welcomed as the historical society continues to preserve the legacy of the Harmony alumni through this and its class photo project, which restored all of the class photo composites to be hung in the halls of the community center.
"The trophy and class photo displays will create a beautiful visual reminder of Harmony High School's history for future generations," Beastrom concluded.
If one would like to support this project, all donations may be sent to the Harmony Area Historical Society, PO Box 291, Harmony, MN 55939. Because the historical society is a 501(c)(3) organization, any donations may be tax deductible.
If one would like a representative to attend an upcoming class reunion or if one has any questions, contact Trouten at (507) 886-3042. One may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beastrom noted that any of the board of directors could be contacted for more information, as well as Richard Scrabeck and Marvin Wicks, two of the community volunteers helping with the project. The board members include Trouten, Marie Lou Zombory, Mark Bishop, Paula Michel, Muriel Gunderson, Carol Rhodes, Joyce Jacobson and Beastrom.