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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 30, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Accepting Credit Cards

Do you accept credit cards as payment for services rendered at your museum/historical society?  If so, how did you set up the system?  What company are you using?  Anything else we should know before embarking on this path? - Mary Warner, Museum Manager, Morrison County Historical Society.

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Local Events

Denmark Township baseball program

The public is invited to an afternoon of vintage base ball, food and entertainment on Sunday, September 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Denmark Town Hall, 90th and Oakgreen in Denmark Township, south Washington County.  The free event features the newly organized Denmark Demons, sponsored by the Denmark Township Historical Society, facing Washington County Historical Society’s club, the St. Croix Base Ball Club, in a game played by 1860 rules. For more information contact Mavis Voigt 612-823-4934.


New Coordinator for Minnesota Reflections

Minnesota Digital Library Coalition announces Marian Rengel, Learning Resources & Technology Services at St. Cloud State University, is now the outreach coordinator. Marian will be the main contact person for questions about “Minnesota Reflections” and other new projects. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact Marian.

New Online Museum Studies Journal

CLS Journal of Museum Studies provides a worldwide e-journal outlet for students enrolled in the Museum Studies masters program at the University of Oklahoma. Any topic of relevance to the field of museum studies is considered suitable for publication in the journal. Presently publication in the journal is not open outside the CLS program, except by invitation of the editor. The first issue explores the use of Podcasts in museums.

History Topics to Get You Started

The Minnesota Historical Society's Reference Library has an online resouce to get you started on many broad topics in Minnesota history. These might be useful in creating your next exhibit, or in helping local History Day students.

Changes at Minnesota Humanities Commission

Due to a loss in funding, the Minnesota Humanities Commission announced this week a strategic refocussing of its programming. Please see the press release.

Grant Deadlines

Minnesota Coastal Grant Program

In preparation for the December 1, 2006 grant deadline, a series of grant writing workshops will be held in Grand Marais, Two Harbors, and Duluth. Please see website for more information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Upper Minnesota River History Museums to Meet

Monday September 11 is the meeting date for history museums in the Upper Minnesota River area, hosted by Minnesota’s Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls. Representatives from SMAHC (arts and humanities council), Friends of Minnesota Barns, SW MN Foundation, Minnesota Humanities Commission and Minnesota Historical Society have been invited to provide information helpful to museums in the area. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mavis Gustafson, 507-768-3522.

Field Note

According to Bob Burgess at the Brown County Historical Society in New Ulm, their 2006 exhibit, "Stewards of the Land: Century Farms of Brown County" has brought in many first-time visitors. The image below shows the section of the exhibit dedicated to the impact of the Rural Electrification Act.

Exhibit segment showing changes brought by electricity to farm kitchens.

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