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Heritage Group North receives historical collection of negative plates

Glenn A. Glover is often called “Pine River’s first photographer.”

He began taking photos in the Pine River area in the early 1900s using a glass plate negative camera. Among his subjects were fishing and hunting scenes, Pine River businesses and some of the first automobiles in town.

The Glenn Glover family recently gifted his historical collection of 118 negative plates to Heritage Group North (HGN).

The Minnesota Historical Society awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant in the amount of $5,521 to Heritage Group North. The grant was approved by the Society’s awards Executive Council and will support HGN’s effort to scan and digitize 118 significant glass plate negatives from the Glen A. Glover collection and place into long-term storage boxes on heavy duty steel storage shelving units. The project will begin next month, with an anticipated completion date of July 2013.

HGN is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preserving community history and identity through various projects, programs, and displays. Among HGN’s most visible works are the restored railroad depot, the caboose, the historic fire-engine display and HGN’s walking tours.

If you enjoy history and are supportive of community development, consider making a donation or joining HGN. Dues are $10 a year for general membership. HGN also seeks volunteers. To learn more go to

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