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Minnesota Local History News

Published: November 29, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Surplus Slide Trays Available

MHS has 6 140-slide trays and 21 80-slide trays available to any nonprofit historical organization in Minnesota that would like them. Free shipping, and first come-first served. To claim yours, email Susan Roth with the number and kind(s) you want, and the address at which you get parcels.

Assistance sought for public radio program

Cathy Wurzer, host of Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio, is looking for research on dance barns which were once found throughout rural Minnesota. Owners would have special wood flooring in the haymow, orchestras would be booked to play, and tickets were sold to townspeople from miles around. Wurzer did a story on a dance barn in Glenwood earlier this year and wants information about others in Minnesota.

Assistance sought for public television documentary

Cathy Wurzer, is also working on a public television documentary about history along Highway 61 from Grand Marais to Winona.  She is using the WPA Road Guide to Minnesota as a source but wants to find those "lost" bits of history that didn't make it into the Guide but would be interesting to include.

Ongoing Discussions

Steep Morale Challenges (3 new messages) Recent discussion centered around how historical organizations, including the Minnesota Historical Society, learn from each other.

Connecting Visitors with the Past - new discussion! Help your colleagues with your sure-fire programs and helpful hints to reach people without deep roots in your community.

Job Announcements

Collections Management Internship

The Washington County Historical Society provides a dynamic opportunity to introduce a paid student intern to organizing and cataloging museum collections. Please send application letter, resume, and references by December 20, 2006 to: Washington County Historical Society, PO Box 167, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082.

Local Events

World War II History Lunch Program in St. Paul

Ramsey County Historical Society and TRACES will offer one hour presentations on World War II history at noon each Wednesday at Landmark Center in St. Paul, November 29 through December 20. For program details contact Eric Brandt.


Example of Light Damage

"Museum is Accused of Letting Pages of History Fade" in the Detroit Free Press provides a lesson how damaging light can be, and historical organization's responsibility for preservation.

2007 AASLH Awards

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) invites submissions to the Leadership in History Awards Program. Send nominations to Ben Leonard by March 1, 2007.

Minnesota Endangered List

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is now accepting nominations for the 2007 Ten Most Endangered Historic Minnesota Properties List through January 26, 2007.

Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

Nominations to the Northwest Minnesota Women’s Hall of Fame are due Monday December 4, 2006.

Telephone Excise Tax Refund Formula for Nonprofits

The Internal Revenue Service announced a formula that will allow tax-exempt organizations to estimate their federal telephone excise tax refunds. More information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

2007 CARE Fellowship Award Announcement

The Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) of the American Association of Museums (AAM) is accepting applications for two fellowships to the 2007 Annual Meeting of AAM. The fellowships are for $1000 each. To Apply: Please contact Keni Sturgeon.

Free Online Workshop

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) offers a workshop and free toolkit for presenting astronomy. Applicants need to able to devote five to six hours total per week for three weeks.  

Field Note

Museum buildings are like no other kind of building. Having plans reviewed by experts from the Minnesota Historical Society can avoid costly mistakes when remodeling, expanding, or building new.

Sherburne County Historical Society executive director Kurt Kragness reviews building plans with Chief Conservator Bob Herskovitz.

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