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Minnesota Local History News

Published: June 21, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Question about financial management software

What types of financial software are historical societies using? I am looking at QuickBooks Nonprofit and would like to know who is using this program and what their thoughts are. I still want to know what others are using to make an informed decision.  We have been using a spreadsheet for many years now, but the time has come to upgrade and have the computer do the payables, etc. June Lynne, Executive Director, Chippewa County Historical Society, PO Box 303, Montevideo, MN  56265, 320-269-7636 cchs@maxminn.com.

Note:  This question has been posted on our new blog to carry on discussions.  See their website for this question and other discussion topics.

Job Announcements

Positions at Newberry Library in Chicago

The Newberry Library now has the following positions available:  Exhibits Assistant; Assistant Curator and Project Manager.  To learn more about these and other positions, please visit the website.

Local Events

Scott County Historical Society programs associated with "Key Ingredients" exhibit

The Scott County Historical Society has tailored its ongoing Coffee Klatch program to include programs related to "Key Ingredients: America by Food," the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit that opens at SCHS in Shakopee on July 1.  The exhibit delves into the historical, regional and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and celebrations of the American table.  See their website for a list of programs and dates.

News

July/August 2006 issue of Interpreter available online

The July/August 2006 issue of the Minnesota History Interpreter is available online.  The title of the lead article is "From the frame up: Caring for large functional objects requires clear goals and planning." 

"History Train," marks St. Louis County's sesquicentennial

An 80-foot-long, 1950s-era Northern Pacific baggage car has been converted into a traveling gallery that will tour St. Louis County for two months beginning June 22.  The "History Train," which will display historical photographs from throughout the county, is one of several events marking St. Louis County's sesquicentennial.  See newspaper story with more details at the website.  Sponsors of the exhibit include St. Louis County, The Lake Superior Railroad Museum, The St. Louis County Historical Society and its local affiliates, Canadian National Railway, SMDC, the Benedictines, and Minnesota Power.

Grant Deadlines

State Capital Grants program

The State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program, administered by the Minnesota Historical Society's Historic Preservation department, supports historic preservation projects of publicly owned buildings. Non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is historic preservation and/or interpretation can apply only if the building it occupies is owned by an eligible unit of government. There must be a lease or management agreement in place between the two parties before a grant application is submitted. The deadline for pre-applications is July 28, 2006.  Final applications are due September 1, 2006.  See the webiste for more information or contact Mandy Skypala at 651-296-5478, mandy.skypala@mnhs.org.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Reminder:  Midwest Art Conservation Center workshop: The Long and Winding Road: Preservation and Funding Strategies for Photographic Collections

Debra Hess Norris, internationally renowned photographic materials conservation expert and Director of the Graduate Conservation Program at the University of Delaware/Winterthur and Barbara Lemmen, Photographic Materials Conservator at the Center for Conservation of Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, PA will present a comprehensive workshop on the care and handling of photographic materials with an emphasis on identification, handling, housing, preservation priorities, disaster preparedness and recovery, and fundraising.  Dates July 13-14, 2006.  Location: Minitex Library Information Network at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  A block of rooms is available, please reserve by June 21, 2006.  Contact MACC for instructions.  The fee for this workshop is $235 for MACC members and $295 for nonmembers.  Special discounts are available for smaller institutions and students.  Please contact Melinda Markell, Preservation Services Coordinator for more information.  E-mail: info@preserveart.org  Phone: 612-870-3128 or see our website for a registration form.  The registration deadline for this workshop is July 7, 2006.