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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 4, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Steep Morale Challenges

Sole staff people often face steep morale challenges.  How do those of you who are alone in your museums do it all?  I’d especially appreciate some tips on gaining perspective on work when the work is overwhelming, work-life balance, and scoring excellent volunteers. Good thing I like my job!

Thanks, Claudia

Public Library Model (New Postings)

What does it take to be a Local Historian? Join the discussion.

Job Announcements

Program Manager

The Scott County Historical Society in Shakopee seeks a part-time Program Manager (30 hours per week). Work is performed with technical independence under the general direction of the executive director. This position requires a high degree of public contact. BA (MA preferred) in education, museum studies, history, or related field, and two years experience in a museum, historical society, or equivalent organization. Compensation: salary, sick leave, vacation time, and opportunities for professional development. For more information or to submit resume and references: Executive Director, Scott County Historical Society, 235 South Fuller St. Shakopee, MN  55379; or call 952-445-0378.

Museum Editor

Illinois State Museum seeks a Museum Editor to have overall responsibility for the Museum’s technical and non-technical serial publications. For further information, see the website.

Executive Director

The Willa Cather Foundation (Red Cloud, NE) is seeking an Executive Director.  Advanced degree in the humanities preferred. Consult the position announcement on the Foundation’s website


There are three curator positions currently listed for the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, OH. Please consult the website for details.

Interpretive Exhibit Designer

Split Rock Studios seeks a talented, hardworking individual for an entry-level Interpretive Exhibit Designer position. Knowledge of science, natural history, and cultural history a plus.  Salary commensurate with experience.  For more information or to submit your resume please email, fax, or mail to the following address: Split Rock Studios 2071 Gateway Blvd. Arden Hills, MN  55112 Fax: 651-631-0707.

Local Events

Bernick Companies Program in St. Cloud

Stearns History Museum’s Breakfast Club presents Jason Bernick, Leslie Bernick Netter, and Ruth Larson of the Bernick Companies on October 11, 2006 at 9 a.m.  Learn about the challenges, critical decisions, opportunities and wonderful anecdotes as the business gradually expanded over 90 years of family operation. For more information, see the website or contact Steve Penick.

Boomtowns to Ghost towns: Church Communities

Join the Scott County Historical Society at the historic Church of the Transfiguration, in Belle Plaine, at 4:00 p.m. on October 12, 2006 to learn about the history of church-based villages in Scott County. The Church of the Transfiguration is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Dress for the weather. For more information contact Jada Hansen, 952-445-0378.


Bandolier bag storage

The Minnesota Historical Society's web site has a useful 4-page document written by a textile conservator explaining how to make a sunken padded mount to store fragile bandolier bags.

E-newsletters from MHS

Enjoying Local History News? MHS currently publishes four other e-newsletters to bring you timely news about aspects of history work in Minnesota. See website to learn more, and to manage your account.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Mountain Plains Museum Association’s 2007 conference

The deadline to submit session proposals for the Mountain Plains Museum Association’s 2007 conference in Fargo, North Dakota September 10-14, 2007 is December 15, 2006.

Field Note

Tracking attendance can tend to be a neglected duty, but one with great potential to help you leverage additional resources. Showing not only your numbers but also the outcome of your contact with the public can go a long way in demonstrating your organization's worth. Pictured here is one of the more traditional ways of tracking visitation at the Beltrami County History Center in Bemidji.

Woman signing the guest book at the Beltrami County Historical Society in Bemidji.

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