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Minnesota Local History News

Published: November 8, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Ongoing discussions with new messages

Experiences with Permanent Exhibits (1 message) This week Mary Warner notes some very practical considerations for having permanent exhibits.

Pension Protection Act of 2006 (3 messages) Readers note two aspects of the law worth considering: the amount of money that triggers receipts, and the affect the law may have on donated artifacts.

Steep Morale Challenges (16 messages) Are morale challenges any different during the holiday season at local historical organizations?

Local Events

History of Phone Service in Denmark Township

At one time the Washington County Rural Telephone Company connected residents of Denmark Township, Afton and Cottage Grove to the world via crank telephones.  Bev Gross will describe the rural phone system at a program Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the Denmark Town Hall, 90th and Oakgreen.  The public is invited to the free program, sponsored by the Denmark Township Historical Society. For more information, contact Lyla Davies, at 651-436-4493.

Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Historical Society

The 157th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Historical Society will be held on Thursday, November 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.


How to Give to the Little Guys

"How to Give to the Little Guys"  from Time on potential giving to the one-half million U.S. nonprofits with expenditures of less than $25,000 annually.

Bois Forte Heritage Center receives sacred objects

"Sacred artifacts returned to Bois Forte" in the Timberjay discusses the donation of important Ojibwe artifacts from a Kentucky man.

Training Materials Available

Conner Prairie Museum offers a training DVD/CD-ROM, "Opening Doors," to help you and your staff and volunteers deliver outstanding experiences for your guests through live interpretation. Experts and staff and volunteers from Conner Prairie contribute their ideas and practical tips and techniques for engaging and inspiring your guests.

More on Transcribing Manuscripts

A reader noticed the link in last week’s newsletter about transcribing manuscripts, and suggested the book "Editing Historical Documents:  A Handbook of Practice." Readers are also encouraged to visit the Association for Documentary Editing.

Nominate a Landmark from Minnesota

Local preservationists and historians are encouraged to nominate a local landmark in need of preservation to Hampton Hotels "Save-A-Landmark" program. The program has helped projects in 27 states, and has the aim of assisting a property in each state by 2010.

Grant Deadlines

Implementation Grants for Museums and Historical Organizations

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers Implementation Grants for Museums and Historical Organizations. The application due date is January 23, 2007.  For more information, contact: Peter Scott, 202/606-8446.

Implementation Grants for Special Projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers Grants for Special Projects. The application due date is January 23, 2007. For further information: Peter Scott, 202/606-8446.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Deadline for Proposals for 2007 AASLH Annual Meeting

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announces its 2007 annual meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, September 5 - 8, 2007. The theme for this meeting is RELEVANCE=The Bottom Line. The deadline is November 17, 2006. Call for Proposals (pdf). Request a Microsoft Word version from Bethany Hawkins.

Field Note

Having just passed Halloween, one popular program around the state is cemetery tours. These can be done any time of day and are a practical way of discussing local history with the public. Pictured here is a limestone marker for Catherine Hogan in Homer Ridge Cemetery, Winona County.

Limestone obelisk about 4 feet tall next to a tree in Homer Ridge Cemetery, Winona County.

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