History Week:Local Salvation Army celebrates 125 years
Brainerd was organized as a city in 1873 and the Salvation Army started a local chapter shortly after in 1891. Now, 125 years later, the Salvation Army opened its doors Wednesday for an open house as part of Brainerd History Week to celebrate the...
Brainerd was organized as a city in 1873 and the Salvation Army started a local chapter shortly after in 1891.
Now, 125 years later, the Salvation Army opened its doors Wednesday for an open house as part of Brainerd History Week to celebrate the organization's milestone.
Lt. Grant Holloway, Brainerd Salvation Army administrator, said the international Salvation Army was founded in 1865, so the Brainerd arm is one of the older ones in the whole organization.
"We go where the need is and we'll be here as long as there's a need," Holloway said.
It was fortunate to be able to partner with Brainerd History Week to recognize the Brainerd Salvation Army's 125th anniversary, Holloway said.
"We're very thankful, this city and area is so rich in history," Holloway said.
A side room at the Brainerd Salvation Army featured memorabilia from the organization's history. As people came by to have a free hot dog and check out the items, Holloway said he hoped they'd realize "we're not the new kids on the block."
"We've been doing the same programs for a long time," Holloway said. "These are tried and true methods."
As Brainerd has experienced growth and decline through the years, the Brainerd Salvation Army has been right there to help, Holloway said.
"We've been through the good and the bad times," Holloway said. "We're just thankful to be here and for our friends in the community who have helped us out."
The collection of memorabilia at the open house featured old photos of local Salvation Army officers, clippings of photos and articles on the organization's social aid and rolls of the organization's officers dating back nearly to its beginning. Different tables showcased Salvation Army staples like bell ringing at Christmas and youth outreach. A couple of notable items included Salvation Army officer nesting dolls, an old bugle and an old Christmas bell used in bell ringing.
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