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Minnesota Local History News

Published: November 22, 2006

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

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Local Events

Carlton County Historical Society annual meeting

The December 4, 2006 annual meeting of the Carlton County Historical Society will feature Georgina Lightning who will speak about her new movie “Older Than America” currently being shot in Cloquet.  The film's subject is the reservation boarding school system.  Closing entertainment features Florian Chmielewski on accordion.


More than 100 objects need new homes

The Minnesota Historical Society has researched and evaluated collections housed in an on-site storage building at Historic Fort Snelling and deaccessioned 104 objects with conditions ranging from poor to good. Little, if any, known provenance is associated them. While they might not have interpretive value, they might be a good fit for program use at other organizations. 

An information sheet (pdf) with descriptions and images is available online.  If you have a slower internet connection and have trouble opening this document, email Todd Mayberry for a list. Let us know if you would like more images or information for specific objects.  We can arrange access to our storage facility, but schedule visits in advance.  Please identify what you would like to have transferred no later than Friday, December 15, 2006.  Transportation will have to be arranged by the interested party/parties.  Objects are housed at the Society’s Historic Fort Snelling.  Please contact Todd Mayberry, 651-297-8093 for more information.

St. Cloud Times obituaries index

The St. Cloud Area Genealogists announce the release of the St. Cloud Times Obituaries Index 1908-1927 CD now available at the Stearns History Museum. The index includes over 20,000 deaths from central Minnesota and beyond and information from the “personal column.”  It is the second of a two-part CD index series of the database from the early editions of the St. Cloud Times.  The first CD covers 1887-1907.  Both are available at the Stearns History Museum Store for $22.95 each.  The indexes include names, parents, siblings, relatives attending funeral, military service, age, and date and place of birth.

IMLS Launches new conservation initiative

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces Connecting to Collections: The IMLS Conservation Initiative. It follows the release earlier this year of “A Public Trust at Risk: A Report of the Heritage Health Index,” a study conducted by Heritage Preservation that identified severe inadequacies in current collections care practices and outlined steps to help remedy the problem. 

The new IMLS initiative will have three components: 

  • National conservation summit to be held in Washington followed by regional summits;
  • “Conservation bookshelf” that will comprise core texts in collections care; and
  • $500,000 in grants to create statewide plans to address the issues raised in the Heritage Health Index.

Grant Deadlines

Museum Assessment Program for 2007

It's not too early to plan for MAP in 2007.  The annual application deadline is February 15, 2007.  Minnesota county historical societies selected to participate in 2006 were Martin, Carver, and Swift.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

AAM annual meeting

The American Association of Museum annual meeting is scheduled for May 13 - 17, 2007 in nearby Chicago at Lakeside Center, McCormick Place.

Field Note

An easy, inexpensive way to limit exposure to light-sensitive objects is a simple drape placed over an exhibit case when there are no visitors in the museum.

Drape covers exhibit case at Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder, Minnesota.


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