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Minnesota Local History News

Published: September 27, 2006

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

Discussions and Questions

Local History Services Office Closed

Staff will be attending the 27th Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Red Wing, September 27-29. Tim and David will return to the office on Monday October 2.

What does it take to be a local historian?

Go to the blog and weigh in on this question. Recently the National Council on Public History has been discussing this question on it forum. Does one need a degree? If so, to what level is necessary? How much does experience count?

Local Events

Heirloom Recipe Class

Mothersauces and the Richfield Historical Society team up to offer Heirloom Recipe Class on Tuesday, October 17, 2006. To have one of your historical family or cultural recipes featured, please email us. The cost is free for those selected and $10 for participants who would like to taste and experience the stories of recipes passed down from generation to generation. Classes will begin at 6:00 p.m. and go until 8:00 p.m.

New County History Museum

Roseau County Historical Society will open the doors on its new facility on Wednesday October 18, 2006 at 11 a.m.

Boo! Winona Grand Slam MAM Sampler

On Friday the 13th of October, Minnesota Association of Museums will enjoy peak leaf season with staff of the Winona County Historical Society and the new Minnesota Marine Art Museum. At 10:30 a.m., meet at the Woodlawn Cemetery to follow school kids on the acclaimed Voices From the Past tour. For more info contact Peter Olson or call 651-225-6037.

Star Viewing at Treaty Site

Come watch the great celestial show in the skies over St. Peter. Please join Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter Community Education, and meteorologist Mike Lynch at the Treaty Site History Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2006. This is a very special event with limited space. Please call 507-934-3048 to reserve your spot.

Historic Mansion Tour and Benefit in Stillwater

The William Sauntry Mansion and Gymnasium, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, open together for the first time in nearly 90 years. The home will be open to the public to tour on Saturday September 30 from Noon to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the tours will be donated to the Washington County Historical Society.

Grant Deadlines

2007 Museums for America Grant Applications

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications to the agency's FY 2007 Museums for America (MFA) grant program.  The application deadline is November 15, 2006. FY 2007 is also the first year that Museums for America applicants can submit their applications online through

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Connecting the Dots: Cultural Heritage Tourism

You are not too late to register for this cultural heritage tourism summit to be held on Monday October 9, 2006 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. See website for details.

Safety and Health in Cultural Institutions

Protect your collections and cultural property in a more informed manner. This Midwest Art Conservation Center workshop will be on October 23, 2006 at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The time will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please contact Melinda Markell, for more information.

Field Note

It's that time of year again when critters start seeking refuge in our museum buildings. Below and courtesy of Ben Leonard of the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter expels one unruly visitor. What are your experiences with fall intruders? Answer.

Ben Leonard holding a garden variety snake approximately two and half feet long.

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