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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 18, 2007

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

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

Ongoing Discussions

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.

Job Announcements

Historical Advisor

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.

Executive Director

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.

Grant Deadlines

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.

Field Note

In planning historical anniversaries many local organizations write books. But, what have we read? Take a moment to let your colleagues know about helpful resources that shape, inform, and guide your work.

Blue covered book about the sesquicentennial of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, 1854-2004.

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