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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 23, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Plexiglas Hoods Available

The Minnesota Historical Society’s Local History Office has three Plexiglas hoods designed for the tops of display cases.  They are available to give to a non-profit historical organization in Minnesota.  All three are 12" high by 24" deep.  One is 7’-5” wide (this one as a small chip on one edge).  Another is 5’-5” wide.  The third is 4’-5” wide.

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Job Announcements

Curator of Collections

Curator of Collections (with some office management duties).  Half-time, with extra hours possible. Benefits.  Degree required (Bachelor, Associate, or other relevant).  Send letter, resume, and request for complete job description to Mona Nelson, Kandiyohi County Historical Society, 610 NE Hwy 71, Willmar  MN  56201, before September 11, 2006 .

Administrative Assistant

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is seeking a motivated, organized, and service-driven person to provide office support for staff and volunteers of this growing organization. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, 219 Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102.  Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2006.  Please visit the Alliance website for more information.

Bookstore Manager

The American Swedish Institute, a cultural center and museum, seeks a full-time Bookstore Manager to maximize sales; coordinate with curatorial, program, and accounting staff; manage volunteer and paid staff. Required: BA or equivalent education and retail experience; point-of-sale and Windows-based applications competence; 3 years bookstore sales and customer service experience; 1 year supervisory experience; 1 year working with volunteers; proven sales creativity and results. Highly Preferred: Swedish-language competence.  Complete description upon request. Review begins September 4 to hire as soon as possible. Send application letter, 3 references, and resume to ASI Bookstore Manager Search, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407, or e-mail materials.

Local Events

Salute to the 40s Heritage Fair in Winona

The Winona County Historical Society’s Heritage Fair, Salute to the 40s will take place Friday evening, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Buttons for the Fair are now on sale at the Historical Society at 160 Johnson Street, Winona. They are $5 in advance, kids under 13 are now free. Thanks to Hal Leonard, Winona National Bank, and Winona State University for sponsoring this year’s Fair. For more information contact the Society at 507-454-2723, ext. 3.

Exhibit opening in Shakopee

LeRoy Lebens: A Life in Pictures exhibit at the Scott County Historical Society opens September 7, 2006, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lebens was perhaps best known as a jazz drummer in the clubs of Shakopee in the 1930s-50s, but it is his sense of rhythm and expression that endure in his prolific photographs documenting the county. For more information contact Kathleen Klehr, 952-445-0378.

Centennial observance in Little Falls

The Charles A. Lindbergh House in Little Falls will mark the 100th anniversary of the construction of the house on Saturday August 26, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Charlie Pautler for more information.

Founding of Hastings

In preparation for the sesquicentennial of Hastings in 2007, the Le Duc Historic Estate will debut a play, "The Founding of Hastings" on Saturday August 26, at 2:30 p.m. in Hastings at the estate.

Tour historic mansion, gymnasium in Stillwater

The historic William Sauntry Mansion and Gymnasium will be open together for the first time in nearly 90 years. To help celebrate the event the home (1881) and the gymnasium (1902) will be open to the public to tour on Saturday September 30 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Ticket price is $15 each and includes refreshments. All proceeds from the tours will be donated to the Washington County Historical Society.


Quilt book now at Anoka County Historical Society

Stitches in Time by Maria King and Vickie Wendel, both a local history and a “how to” book for heritage quilters, is available for $10.00 at the Anoka County History Center, located at 2135 Third Ave North in downtown Anoka.  Stitches in Time documents how “heritage” quilts use traditional-quilt patterns to illustrate a story or introduce an important topic in history. Stitches in Time is part of the 2007 Anoka County Sesquicentennial. For additional information call ACHS at 763-421-0600.

Field Note

Color guards often are part of local celebrations, such as the one pictured here for the August 4, 2006 opening of the In Their Own Words: A Veterans Museum in Perham. In what ways do veterans groups participate at your local historical organization? Answer.

Group of VFW members in white shirts holding U.S., Minnesota, and POW-MIA flags discussing their role in the opening of the ITOW Museum in Perham.

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