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Minnesota Local History News

Published: December 6, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Upcoming Hiatus

Local History News will not be published December 20 or December 27. We will return to your inboxes on January 3, 2007. Time sensitive announcements to post on LHN should be sent by Monday morning December 11, for inclusion in next week's newsletter. Thanks, and happy holidays.

Continuing Discussions:

Connecting Visitors to the Past (1 new message) Dakota City Heritage Village helps its public "discover" them.

Steep Morale Challenges (2 new messages) Success is scalable, and we should take pride in what we are able do.

Smithsonian's Agreement with Showtime (1 new message) Historians, filmmakers, and scholars have written a letter to Congress about the agreement. Does the letter fully address the issue?

Job Announcements


Internship is available at TRACES Center for History and Culture. Compensation includes fully-furnished living quarters (with utility and off-street parking); applicants encouraged to arrange college credit or community-service "points". For more information, contact Eric Brandt at 651-292-8700.

Local Events

A Celebration of Quilts - Old and New

Pope County Historical Society will host an open house on Thursday December 7, 2006, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program will feature historic quilts. For more information, contact Merlin Peterson.


Economic impact of culture

"Culture Equals Money" in the Albuquerque Tribune highlights the economic impact cultural organizations like local historical societies make.

Faribault County history published

The Faribault County Historical Society announces the publication of The history of Faribault County, Minnesota, Volume II, by J. A. Kiester. Although Kiester published volume I (to 1879) in 1896, his second volume was never published as intended in 1904. For more information or to order, contact Mary Huber.

New certificate program

The Museum Studies Program at George Washington University created an online Certificate Program for working professionals interested in Collections Management and Care. 

New Phone Numbers at MHS

The Minnesota Historical Society is switching to voice over Internet provider. As a result, new numbers have been issued:

  • Britta Bloomberg, deputy SHPO: 651-259-3466
  • Mark Buechel, architect: 651-259-3462
  • Tom Cinadr, data administrator: 651-259-3453
  • Michele Decker, administrator: 651-259-3450
  • Dennis Gimmestad, compliance: 651-259-3456
  • Tim Glines, outreach manager: 651-259-3459
  • David Grabitske, local history grants: 651-259-3460
  • Kelly Gragg-Johnson, compliance: 651-259-3455
  • Bob Herskovitz, conservation outreach: 651-259-3465
  • Mike Koop, local government programs: 651-259-3452
  • David Mather, archaeologist: 651-259-3454
  • Susan Roth, National Register program: 651-259-3451
  • Mandy Skypala, government grants: 651-259-3458

Winona County Historical Society expansion update

"No vote yet on county parking lot" in the Winona Daily News provides details on this continuing story.

Grant Deadlines

Preserve America's Treasures

The deadline for Preserve America's Treasures grant applications is February 14, 2007. See website for more information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Introduction to Collections Preservation

Northern States Conservation offers Introduction to Collections Preservation twice in 2007. See website for details.

Field Note

The Cook County Historical Society recently completed the first phase of a rear addition to the 1896 Lightkeeper's House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and used as their museum.

Well maintained white frame house built in 1896, with an addition in the back.

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