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Minnesota Local History News

Published: June 7, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions


This section of the newsletter has moved to our blog.  See   This week also marks the first appearance of a new design and format for Local History News.  We invite your comments and suggestions.  Please respond directly on the blog.

Job Announcements

There are no new announcements this week.  See for previous announcements and links to job listings for the Minnesota Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society and other midwest organizations.

Local Events

Sherburne County History Center grand opening

The grand opening celebration for the new Sherburne County History Center in Becker will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  The event is part of the ongoing Sherburne County Sesquicentennial Celebration.  Great food available all day!  Shuttles from parking to the tractor show and museum. For a schedule of events, see

Key Ingredients: America by Food exhibit opens at Scott County Historical Society

Key Ingredients: America by Food opens at the Scott County Historical Society on July 1, 2006 with an Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.  Celebrate the Minnesota premier of this Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit with contests, races, music, guided tours, food and fun, from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.  Special Guest, Charlie Maguire performs "Key Ingredients-Singing in the Kitchen" a totally new program of songs and stories about the family farm, from a kitchen, food, and garden point of view.   In keeping with 4th of July tradition, and because this is an election year, a special “Soap-Box” will be available for delivering brief speeches throughout the day.  The food on the American table may not define exactly what we are as a nation, but the traditions surrounding our foods speak volumes about who we are.  Key Ingredients: America by Food, delves into the historical, regional and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and celebrations of the American table.  Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller Street South, Shakopee, MN 55379.  Located three blocks south of the intersection of Hwy 101 and Fuller Street.



Kids can learn Swedish this summer

It should come as no surprise that the most Swedish city in the U.S., for cities over 5000 according to the 2000 Census, is offering two opportunities for children to learn about Swedish culture through a language school and language camp this summer.  Cambridge, Minnesota is hosting Swedish School at the Cambridge Lutheran Church June 12-14 and Swedish Camp at the West Riverside Historic Site August 21-25.  Both are morning programs.  The three teachers have many years of experience working in various settings, communities and states to offer language and culture instruction in an informal, outdoor environment.  Students take language lessons, enjoy traditional foods, participate in games, folk dance, crafts, and learn songs.  The Swedish School will focus on traditional Midsummer events and those students will participate in the raising of the Midsummer pole through the Cambridge Swedish Festival on June 14.  The Swedish Camp, in its 17th year, offers a program for family and friends at the end of the week, where children can show what they have learned and invite their parents and grandparents to join them in some of the language games.  For more information for the June school visit  or 763-689-1211, and  or 763-689-4229 for the August camp.

Announcement for Integrated Pest Management Policies

The Integrated Pest Management Working Group (IPM-WG) is a group of collection managers, conservators and other professionals interested in issues surrounding the implementation of integrated pest management in museum and other collection-holding institutions. The group is informally hosted by the American Museum of Natural History in New York and meets on an ad-hoc basis. The goal of the group is to promote and facilitate good IPM practices and collaboration between staff and institutions through the development and on-line distribution of training materials and other resources. The group also maintains the IPM listserve which provides a forum for discussion of IPM-related topics.  One of our major objectives is to provide an on-line resource to help museums and other institutions develop standards and best practices for an Integrated Pest Management policy. Because many museums already have an IPM policy, the working group has begun to gather examples of these policies so that a comprehensive assessment can be made of these existing policies and to provide access to this information via the IPM-WG’s website ( The intent of this on-line resource is to provide a tool to help museums and other institutions develop an IPM policy that fits their specific needs. We are asking all interested museums to send us a copy of their IPM policy. While you may submit it at your convenience, we would appreciate receiving it as soon as possible to facilitate our ongoing analysis. It is possible that we may request examples of individual policies to be made accessible over the IPM-WG’s website. We are aware of concerns a museum may have in relation to permissions, credit line and anonymity, and we will certainly abide by a museum’s wishes in regards to these issues. If you have an IPM policy you would like to share with us, it can be sent electronically to or by mail to Linda Klise, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Paleobotany Division, Yale University, 170 Whitney Ave., P.O. Box 208118, New Haven, CT 06520-8118. We appreciate your taking the time to send us this information.

Only a week remaining for nominations for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's annual awards

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Preservation Awards through June 15, 2006.  A Microsoft Word file of the nomination form is available at  Alternately e-mail, or call 651-293-9047 to request a nomination form.

Grant Deadlines

See for previous grant deadlines and announcements.

Minnesota Historical Society State Grants-in-Aid

Dates for the Minnesota Historical Society’s fall cycle for the State Grants-in-Aid program have been set .  Pre-applications are due in the MHS Grants Office Friday, July 28, 2006.  Final applications are due in the MHS Grants Office Friday, September 1, 2006 at 4:30 p.m.  The Grants Review Committee will meet Tuesday October 3, 2006 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.  For more information see or contact David Grabitske at 651-297-4416;

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

See for previous announcements and links to upcoming conferences and workshops.

Learning In Museums Seminar

Are you ready to discover how your institution can maximize visitor learning through institution-wide collaboration?  Learning in Museums Interpretation: Vision, Implementation, Sustainability, sponsored by the American Association for Museums is scheduled for June 16 - 17, 2006 in St. Louis, MO In collaboration with AAM Committee on Education.  It's not too late to register!  To register and view the agenda, visit  Please make your hotel reservations directly through the Sheraton Clayton Plaza at (800) 325-3535.  A limited number of hotel rooms are still available at the special rate, for more details please contact  For questions contact the AAM Professional Education staff at 202-289-9114.