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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 9, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Current Discussions

Smithsonian's Agreement with Showtime (10 responses)

Large Functional Objects (Still time left to comment)

Job Announcements

Director of Programs, American Association for State and Local History

The position will be available toward the end of October 2006 and includes excellent benefits including paid health, life, and disability insurance, retirement, and two weeks paid vacation.

Local Events

St. Louis County Historical Society program

The St. Louis County Historical Society, with funding from the Minnesota Humanities Commission, will sponsor a program the early history of St. Louis County on Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 7:30 pm. in the Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Loluis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot).  Speakers are Dr Eleanor Hannah, Rachael Ewoldsen Martin, Dr. Ronald Mershart, and Dr. Thomas Peacock.  For more information call 218-733-7586.

Breakfast with a Preservationist program to focus on Nicollet Island

The next Breakfast with a Preservation event is scheduled for 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at Mill City Museum, ADM Room, 6th Floor.  The topic is “Nicollet Island--Can this piece of land contain Politics, Religion, Recreation, Athletics, Aesthetics, Neighborhood Composure and River Landscape in a meaningful historic context?” Breakfast with a Preservationist will present three speakers representing the school (DeLaSalle), Friends of Nicollet Island, and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. Coffee and pastries are provided, for which a small donation is appreciated.  Please RSVP before August 28, to:

Maplewood Area Historical Society events

The Maplewood Area Historical Society will host Johnny Appleseed Day at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm, 2170 E. County Road D, Maplewood on Saturday, August 19, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Admission fee is $2.00 each.  For more information, call Carolyn at 651-748-9009. 

On Sunday, September 10, Maplewood Area Historical Society and Forest Lawn Cemetery (Larpenter and Roselawn) host a walking tour with costumed characters performing graveside sketches. Pre-register for tours leaving at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, or 2:30 p.m. For information, call Carolyn 651-748-9009. Refreshments will be served in the cemetery chapel. Cost is $10.00 each, payable to Maplewood Area Historical Society. Mail to:  Maplewood Area Historical Society, c/o Char Wasiluk, 1740 Frank Street, Maplewood, MN 55109. Indicate which tour you want to join.


New Guide Helps Cultural Institutions Cope When Disaster Strikes

Heritage Preservation, the national nonprofit advocate for the proper care of cultural heritage, has published a new Field Guide to Emergency Response. In addition to an easy-to-follow handbook, a companion DVD illustrates salvage techniques. Also included are helpful checklists such as a Disaster Supplies Shopping List.  It can be purchased through Heritage Preservation’s secure online bookstore or by calling toll-free 888-388-6789.

Stearns History Museum’s “Music & Memories” exhibit closing date

Stearns History Museum’s “Music & Memories” exhibit will close August 31, 2006.  It was produced in collaboration with the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame and features memorabilia from Bobby Vee, Bob Dylan, The Trashmen, and others.  Also on display are items from several central Minnesota old-time bands. The museum is located at 235 33rd Ave. S., St. Cloud.

State surplus property auction

The date for the Minnesota Department of Administration’s next surplus property auction is Saturday, August 12, 2006.  A list of items is available.

Artifact Resource

Many organizations have in their collections beaded bandolier bags. Since these are fragile and important objects, the Minnesota Historical Society has developed a storage mount to minimize handling. Please see Bandolier Bag Storage.

City of Hugo is 100!

The Hugo Historical Commission is assisting the City of Hugo with its 100th Birthday with many activities during August 12-15.

Hugo Centennial Logo with a streamlined engine

Grant Deadlines

Conference calls to assist applicants for IMLS Conservation Project Support grant program

Application guidelines for the October 1, 2006 Conservation Project Support grant program deadline are now on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) website.  IMLS has scheduled two technical assistance audio-conference calls to give prospective applicants an opportunity to ask the IMLS staff questions pertaining to the CPS grant program. 

The first call will be open to prospective applicants to answer general questions. Participants will need the following conference number and title to participate: Title: National CPS Audio Conference; Date: Monday, August 21, 2006; Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST; Conference telephone number: 800-946-0706. 

The second audio-conference call for the Midwest and Southeast is open to prospective applicants who have more specific questions for IMLS staff.  Participants will need the following conference number and title below to participate: Title: CPS for Midwest and Southeast; Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006; Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST; Conference telephone number: 800-238-9007.  Participants should call five to ten minutes before the conference begins.  More information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

MHS Exhibits Planning Workshop Reminder

Registrations for the October 4, 2006 Exhibits Planning Workshop with Tom McKay are already coming in. Don't miss this opportunity for practical exhibits tips and tricks.

Field Note

Many organizations use models to tell the story of buildings no longer present in communities that once played vital roles. Pictured is the Big Bend Roller Mill model at the Swift County Historical Society in Benson.

Wooden model of flour mill with four floors, and doors that show the interior

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