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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 11, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Thanking Volunteers (3 new messages) Since volunteers help many community organizations besides our historical societies, it is important to coodinate with those other organizations when holding a formal recognition event. April 15-22 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

Job Announcements

Museum Tour Program Manager

Kentucky Historical Society seeks an educator to oversee tour programs at its three museums. Application Deadline: May 7, 2007. Send letter of interest, resume, and three references via email to John Moreland or via mail to Personnel Office, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601.


New Roundtable in St. Cloud

Central Minnesota Civil War Roundtable held its first meeting on Monday April 9, 2007. Those interested in joining may contact Win Anderson, 320-230-1317.

Upper Minnesota River museum group meeting

Annual Area Museum Meeting will be held at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota Monday, April 23, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Nicole Elzenga before Friday, April 13, 2007. This meeting is a time to share museum experiences and upcoming events!

Twin Cities History Forum

Twin Cities History Forum will hold its first meeting Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Classroom at the Minnesota History Center. For more information contact Caitlin Cook-Isaacson.

LeDuc Historic Estate hosts Center

The new Northern Heartland Food & Wine Learning Center is a cooperative effort of Slow Food Minnesota, Renewing the Countryside, Edible Twin Cities Magazine, Women Who Really Cook, and the LeDuc Historic Estate. For more information contact Joan Mathison.

Free genealogy resource

"Effectively Tapping in to Local, County, State Historical Societies and Libraries," (PDF PowerPoint - 70 Pages) guides genealogists to better use of local historical resources.  If you would like a copy, please email Barry J. Ewell and he will send you a copy.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Preservation and Conservation of Native American Materials

Midwest Art Conservation Center offers a two-day workshop May 21-22, 2007 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. More information.

Program in New England Studies

Historic New England presents Program in New England Studies, an intensive learning experience with specialists, workshops and behind-the-scenes tours to study the buildings and collections of Historic New England. The program runs June 18 - 23, 2007. Participants have come from New England, California, South Dakota, Missouri, and Great Britain. For more information contact Ken Turino, 617-227-3956, ext. 246.

Field Note

One of this year's regional MHS spring workshops is a joint meeting with the Minnesota Association of Museums in St. Peter, April 27, 2007. Already it will be the best attended workshop of the year. Below the historic Nicollet County Courthouse retains its place in a very modern city.

A late winter afternoon glow settles on Minnesota Avenue in St. Peter, featuring the historic Nicollet County Courthouse and Jail, brick buildings highlighted by a tall tower on the courthouse.

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