Preservation Month Events
May is Preservation Month. If you have special programs in observance of Preservation Month, please email them to Tim Glines for listing here.
Lake City Events
For more information, contact Megan Wenker, 651-345-5383, in the Lake City Planning Department.
Sunday May 13 - Preserve your Heirlooms Workshop, with Bob Herskovitz of the Minnesota Historical Society at 1:30 p.m. in the City Hall Ballroom; participants are encouraged to bring heirlooms that can be safely transported.
Saturday May 19 - Historic Porch Tour & Chocolate Buffet Fundraising Event for the Downtown Holiday Initiative.
Memorial Day, May 28 - Historical Cemetery Tour of Lakewood Cemetery.
Discussions and Questions
Display Cases Needed
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will install an exhibit at Northern Lights Casino Hotel and Convention Center for the Governor's Fishing Opener in Walker May 11-13. We need display cases, preferrably with UV protective glass and locks, storage materials for display and transport such as acid-free materials, and interns or volunteers to supply us with proper supervision on handling, displaying, and transporting these items. We have the vehicles, staff, and space for this project, but need display cases. Can anyone help us?
Delina White, 218-335-3511
Thanking Volunteers (2 new messages) Gifts of appreciation and special privileges are important components of thanking volunteers for the contributions they make.
Local History Reads (New Discussion) What we read influences how we preserve and interpret local history. Tell us about the books, articles, or even comic strips that inform your work.
A citizen's group in Wadena, Minnesota has as its goal the creation of 60 to 70 murals portraying 1000 years of Minnesota history on commercial buildings walls in Wadena. Each mural would be done in the shape of puzzle pieces. The group is in need of a volunteer to help with historical accuracy on accompanying print information. If interested, please contact David Evert, 612-282-9301.
Brucemore Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa seeks an Executive Director to manage operations. Exceptional communication and management skills with a minimum of five years experience in the nonprofit sector. Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Qualified candidates are invited to apply with a cover letter and resume to: Kathy Eno, Executive Director Search Committee 365 Abbotsford Road, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.
Veterans Administration Searching for World War I Vets
With the number of known living American veterans of World War I now standing at four, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking public assistance in determining whether others are still alive. Information about survivors can be emailed; faxed to 202-273-6702, or mailed to the Office of Public Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs (80), 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20420.
Planning historical anniversaries
Although intended for libraries, the Library History Buff website has a useful section about celebrating library anniversaries that would be useful for historical organizations or community groups that want to plan anniversary commemorations.
Martin County Sesquicentennial
For news about the yearlong celebration of Martin County's 150th birthday, see the website.
Latest Interpreter Available Online
The May/June issue of the Minnesota History Interpreter is now online.
Save Our History Grants
The application deadline is June 1, 2007. For more information about these grants of up to $10,000, see the website.
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting
Save the Date! Monday June 11, 2007 at the Haehn Campus Center, College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Watch the website for further details.
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 19, 2007. This meeting is a time to share museum experiences and upcoming events!
Museums and Digitization
The American Association for State and Local History will present a workshop meant to to introduce staff from cultural heritage institutions to the range of issues associated with digitization of primary source materials. The Minnesota Historical Society will host the workshop on July 11-13, 2007 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.