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Beltrami County women in winter sports exhibit now open

The Beltrami County Historical Society is thrilled to announce the opening of its first special exhibit of 2022: Beltrami County Women in Winter Sports, featuring women athletes of various team and individual sports.

Open now through mid-March 2022, this exciting exhibit displays hundreds of artifacts donated and on loan from Beltrami County women athletes and their families, including photographs, awards, equipment, uniforms, and more. The exhibit highlights women’s contributions and achievements across a variety of sports, including basketball, biathlon, cheerleading, cross-country skiing, curling, downhill skiing, figure skating, fishing, hockey, Nordic skating, sled dog racing, and speed skating.

“Women represented here include state record holders, world champions, and Olympians – whose discipline, teamwork, experience, and determination not only earned title and acclaim, but broke barriers and laid foundations for the future women athletes, scholars, and leaders in our community” shares Executive Director Emily Thabes. “The artifacts share an evolving history of women’s sports from a variety of perspectives. We are honored to highlight these women’s stories and accomplishments in their respective arenas.”

Beltrami County Historical Society thanks the generous sponsors that helped make this exhibit possible, including Sanford Bemidji Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Women Anglers of Minnesota, and L & M Fleet Supply. The Historical Society also thanks the donors and volunteers who contributed to gallery renovation and exhibit development.

The exhibit is on display in the Beltrami County History Center’s newly renovated East Gallery at 130 Minnesota Ave. S. in Bemidji Wednesday through Saturday, 12pm – 4pm. Exhibit access is included with museum admission. A mini-exhibit is also on display at the Tourist Information Center starting January 12.

Check out Beltrami County Historical Society’s website,, and for featured photographs, live interviews, and special events scheduled to coincide with the exhibit through mid-March.

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