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Minnesota Local History News

Published: December 13, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Holiday Hiatus

As mentioned last week, this issue will be the last one this year. We will return on January 3, 2007. See you next year!

Continuing Discussions

Connecting Visitors to the Past (3 new messages) Any reason to bring people out to our buildings is usually good. Also, while many are researching family history, those without roots often come looking for information about their house or the street on which they live.

Shift in Visitor Desires? (New Posting) Are museum exhibits an endangered species?

Attracting Post Boomer Audiences (New Posting) In what ways are you adapting your programming to expectations of new generations?

Last Call for Free Slide Carousels

MHS still has a number of 80- and 140-slide carousels available to any nonprofit that needs them. Email Susan Roth with the address at which you receive parcels.

Job Announcements


Minneapolis Park and Recreation Foundation seeks an author to research and write a 125-year history of Minneapolis parks and recreation programs. Proposals are due by 1 p.m. December 20, 2006: Book Proposals, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411. For full announcement contact Dawn Sommers, at 612-230-6500.

Sesquicentennial Commission Director

The Minnesota Statehood Sesquicentennial Commission seeks a director to manage the day-to-day operations of the commission in preparation for Minnesota's 150th anniversary. The position is open until filled, with interviews beginning January 1, 2007.


Tourism Presentations Online

Three of the presentations at the October 9, 2006 Explore Minnesota Cultural/Heritage Tourism Summit are now online.

January/February Interpreter now online

Read the January/February issue of the Minnesota History Interpreter before it lands in your mailbox. Part 2 of the Tech Talk on track lighting by Bob Herskovitz and Rich Rummel is also available.

2007 National Trust Preservation Awards

National Trust invites you to nominate a deserving individual, organization, agency, or project for a National Preservation Award. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2007. For further information contact Caroline Healey, 202-588-6236. 

Munsinger and Clemens Gardens DVD

Stearns History Museum announces the release of a new local DVD “The Jewel of St. Cloud: Munsinger & Clemens Gardens.”  It includes interviews with William Clemens and many others who have helped develop the gardens.

Field Note

Holiday programs abound this time of year, and can be a great way to connect with the public, as shown here at the Crow Wing County Historical Society. Have you let your colleagues know about how you connect with your public? Seasons Greetings from the Local History Services Office.

Traditional Christmas tree in the parlor of the Sheriff's Residence, now the Crow Wing County Historical Society in Brainerd, Minnesota.

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