McIntosh County Bank Board of Directors presented the Tri-County Tourism Alliance with its first Platinum Sponsorship supporting the Germans from Russia food culture cookbook project.
The cookbook project committee has been collecting oral interviews, recipes and photos of food for historical archives. If funds can be raised in time, a coffee table “cook” book will be published by Ashley’s 125th Anniversary celebration in June 2013. Interviews and photo collection have been paid for in part by a grant from the North Dakota State Historical Society, but volunteer members of the nonprofit group have done the bulk of the work. McIntosh County Bank’s donation will go a long ways towards paying for the printing of the book.
“Our board of directors considered the proud ancestry of the Pioneers of McIntosh County, and the role they played in our success here at McIntosh County Bank, and felt it (the cookbook) was a worthy project that will display the stories and recipes of our proud heritage,” Robert Wishek, president/CEO of the bank, said.
McIntosh County Bank’s generous gift will be used to offset the cost of printing a hardcover book highlighting the methods and stories about food, survival side-by-side with heartwarming memories of farming on the prairie before and during the depression. Many stories begin before electricity was available to rural areas. Video interviews of Germans from Russia in Logan County, Emmons County and McIntosh County are posted to YouTube, transcribed and will be stored in one of the historical society museums in one of the counties.
A representative of the Tri-County Tourism Alliance is available to make a presentation about the cookbook or other ongoing projects to your local service club, city commission or county commission meeting. Volunteers are working on economic development opportunities based on cultural tourism and anyone interested is invited to join the alliance at its next meeting from 1 – 3 p.m. July 20 at the Heritage Center in Bismarck.
For more information about the bank visit its new Web site at http://www.makeitmcb.com/.