Chisholm Podcast Project

The Chisholm Podcast Project was a collaboration with Chisholm KIDS PLUS and residents of Chisholm, MN. During the project, a group of Chisholm teens interviewed adults about businesses and points of interest in and around the city. Click on the "Product" tab below to download and listen to the podcasts.

Chisholm Podcast project
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Chisholm Podcast Project

The 5 podcast stops were selected through community meetings, conversation with business owners and tourism experts, and a survey of storytellers in the community. Teen interviewers were selected through a collaboration with the "Chisholm Kids Plus" program. Click on the "Product" tab and enjoy listening!

Track One: Discovery Center. Storytellers: Steve Cook, Mai Vang
Track Two: Iron Man Statue. Storyteller: Steve Cook
Track Three: Minnesota Museum of Mining. Storyteller: Jack Jarvis
Track Four: Doc Graham. Storytellers: Michael Valentini, Dan Levine, Shannon Kishel-Roche, Bob McDonald
Track Five: Valentini's. Storyteller: Michael Valentini

Interviewers: Justin, Dairion, Colton, Robyn and Alissa

All Tracks Narrated by Commissioner Tony Sertich.

Additional Resources:
The site of Chisholm was first explored in 1892 by E.J. Longyear, who also founded the first mine there. In 1901, Archibald Chisholm, who was living near Ely, migrated to the area, plotted the town and had it incorporated as a village. By 1908, the town boasted a thriving mining industry and a population of more than 6,000 people. Chisholm became a city in 1934.

Today, Chisholm commemorates its mining heritage at the MN Discovery Center and MN Museum of Mining. Doc "Moonlight" Graham and Veda Ponikvar, the youngest and first woman newspaper publisher in the U.S. are both beloved Chisholm natives.

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Project Details

Date: April 2013 - May 2013
Partner(s): Ciri Falcone and Debbie Wangensteen, Chisholm KIDS PLUS; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Chisholm, MN

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