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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 2, 2006

A weekly publication by the Minnesota Historical Society for professional local historians and historical organizations.

Discussions and Questions

Free Cast Iron Stove Available

One re-conditioned Superior # 29, Bridge Beach & Co, (St. Louis, MO) cast iron range or stove to be donated to another museum. This range was purchased to be in our education (public-use or prop), but is no longer needed. Please contact Mo Galvin, Sherburne County Historical Society, at 763-261-4333 or Metro 763-262-4433 for further information. 

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Job Announcements

Curator/Museum Educator, Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Ardmore, OK

The Greater Southwest Historical Museum, a regional history museum, located in Ardmore, Oklahoma, is seeking a qualified individual to care for its extensive collection and educational programs.  The successful candidate should have excellent communications and interpersonal skills and be adept at managing multiple projects and programs within a small staff environment.  Responsibilities include accessioning, caring for and exhibiting the museum's artifacts, developing and supervising educational and outreach programming, and working in conjunction with the Director and staff to promote and enhance the museum.  Minimum requirements are a Bachelor's Degree in history, museum studies or closely related field, Master's Degree preferred, a strong curatorial background, and three to five years of experience as a curator of a history museum.  Salary and compensation package negotiable and includes two-bedroom house and paid utilities.  Resumes will be accepted until position filled. Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:  Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Attn:  Michael Anderson, Director, 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore, OK 73401.

Local Events

Cokato Historical Society exhibition

Now through Labor Day at Cokato Historical Society is Service & Sacrifice: At Home & Abroad, a look at the personal effect on individuals, families, and the community brought on by those who served in the armed forces.  The exhibition is a joint effort of the museum, the Cokato American Legion Post 209, and the Cokato American Legion Auxiliary. 

Richfield History Center program on Wood Lake history

Wood Lake played a role in the daily life of Richfield citizens since Richfield’s agricultural era when the lake provided water for livestock, ice harvested in the winter for summer use and recreational space in both summer and winter. Naturalist Scott Ramsey will share the history of Wood Lake with guests at the Richfield History Center on August 14, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. Call 612-798-6140 to reserve a seat.


Assistance for Gulf Coast historical organizations

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) continues to work with many historical organizations in the Gulf Coast area recovering from last year's hurricanes. They need help with grant writing, planning, collections care, and general administration issues.  Travel is not required. A great deal of this work can be done via email or telephone. To volunteer, please contact Bethany Hawkins, 615- 320-3203.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Log building repair workshop

The Clearwater County Historical Society will host a log building repair workshop from September 8 –12, 2006 in Shevlin.  Participants will learn by helping to rehabilitate the first school built in Clearwater County at the CCHS History Center in Shevlin.  Mark Buechel, the Minnesota Historical Society’s Historical Architect in the State Historic Preservation Office, will lead the workshop. Specialists from Itasca State Park will assist him. The workshop is a hands-on learning experience and is open to anyone who wishes to participate.  Materials and most tools and will be provided, but participants’ personal tools are welcome. The workshop is free, but participants are required to provide their own lodging and evening meals. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. For more information and registration, call 218-785-2000 or email Tamara Edevold at the Clearwater County Historical Society.

Mining heritage and tourism

The National Summit of Mining Communities scheduled for October 3 - 5, 2006 in Leadville, Colorado. The conference format will be a series of presenters and panels from mining communities who will talk about how they have dealt with such issues as environmental remediation, preservation of mining heritage, economic impacts, recreational tourism and regulatory impacts.

Twin Cities Parks Conservancy Summit

Minneapolis and St. Paul have a rich legacy of public parks. A one day summit with national leaders in landscape history will be held Monday September 18, 2006 at the new Guthrie Theater. Register online.

Field Note

Many historical organizations have conducted special baseball history programming such as reunions of former great teams. There are many that have small exhibits such as the one from Cass County Historical Society in 2004 (pictured), and a major baseball exhibit at the Stevens County Historical Society in Morris this year.

White woolen baseball uniform with the word

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