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Since 2000 we have been exploring and documenting the history of our region with the goal of establishing a research archive for future students and community members.  We have compiled more than 650 pages of material through our annual projects, including 47 interviews with local residents on a variety of topics.

The plaque below honors Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient and graduate of BRFHS.  We initiated the FHP with the Red Cloud’s story in 2000. We are currently developing a “Shared History” wall at the high school, part of which will include a tribute to Red Cloud.  This plaque was originally displayed at the High School on Third Street, which over time became the Junior High and then Elementary School.  We will be “returning” the plaque to the High School as part of our display.  Read an essay on Red Cloud’s life and memory here! 

Mitchell Plaque Our 2018 project is now completed!  We focused this year on BRF’s “Holy Hill,” that area of our community atop Main Street that is home to three parish churches:  St. Joseph Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran (ELCA), and United Methodist.  Read our final paper here!

Thanks for your visit and check out the many and varied projects that we have been working on in the early years of the 21st Century!  Hard-copies of each project are available at the Jackson County History Room at the BRF Public Library.