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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 18, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Join in on these current discussions!

What does it take to be a local historian? (7 messages) Most recently participants have discussed the merits of hiring a local historian on either credentials or intuition.

Steep Morale Challenges (9 messages) Participants have been commenting on articulating to others how much work local historians do, and how they separate themselves from that work once they leave for the day.

Job Announcements

Museum Director/Site Manager

The Wisconsin Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution seeks a Museum Director for the historic Fort Winnebago Surgeons' Quarters in Portage, Wisconsin. Bachelor's degree in Museum Management, or related major.  Responsible for the overall management and direction of FWSQ, including giving guided tours, hiring personnel, ordering for museum store, daily bookkeeping, planning and implementing educational programs. Housing provided on site.  Salary open.  Deadline December 31, 2006.  Send letter of interest and resume to: Beverly West, Chairman, FWSQ Committee, 35 Ridgewood Drive, Stevens Point WI 54481-4377; 715-344-2960, 715-572-0355 (cell).

Part time mill site manager

Terrace Mill Foundation in Pope County seeks a part time site manager for the summer of 2007.  Send resume to TMF Personnel Director, 19030 Dreaming River Dr., Terrace, MN  56334.

Local Events

Breakfast with a Preservationist

The next Breakfast with a Preservationist will be on Wednesday October 25, 2006 at 8:00 a.m. in the ADM Room at Mill City Museum, 710 Second Street South in Minneapolis.  Kevin Flynn speaks on “Is Historic Preservation the Queen of Green Architecture?” 

Richfield Historical Society Annual Meeting

Join us Thursday October 26, 2006 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. Stephen E. Osman will be speaking on the history of Fort Snelling and its connections to Richfield. Tickets are $20 per person and must be reserved by October 23. See website for more details.

Christmas Tea in Shakopee

Drop your shopping bags, take a seat, and relax with a cup of hot aromatic tea and some tasty nibbles.  Thursdays and Saturdays in November and December you can learn about early 20th century holiday treats, customs and decorations. For more information see Scott County Historical Society website.


Food for thought

The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at Indiana University conducted a "Nonprofit Overhead Cost Project" in 2004. The result was a report on the quality of financial reporting by nonprofits. Read the PDF report.

Pope County map preserved

Read more about recent efforts to preserve a large map.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Minnesota Historical Society spring 2007 workshops

Attend one of the Minnesota Historical Society’s local history workshops in 2007. The theme: "Raising the Bar: Pursuing Excellence in All You Do." You'll come away with great ideas for fundraising, collecting business records, caring for archaeological collections and more. Dates and locations are: March 23 in Becker, Sherburne County; April 13 in Worthington, Nobles County; April 27 in St. Peter, Nicollet County; May 11 in Chisholm, St. Louis County; May 21 in Roseau, Roseau County. Watch for more information in January.

How to Avoid Brain Drain

One of the most common problems nonprofit boards and executive directors face is learning how to manage their organizations more efficiently when threatened with the loss of institutional memory. The workshop will be held November 2, 2006 9:00 a.m. - noon at the Bemidji Holiday Inn Express. $10. To register, see Northwest Minnesota Foundation website.

Field Note

One thing the public looks for in good programming is the opportunity to learn a historic process. Here students practice chinking logs at the Log Building Workshop (Sept. 8-12, 2006) held at the Clearwater County Historical Society in Shevlin.

Men and women chinking a small log schoolhouse on the grounds of the Clearwater County Historical Society in Shevlin, Minn.

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