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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 4, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

What Happened to Last Week's LHN?

Because of server problems, last week's Local History News could not be sent. However, it is now available online. We apologize for the delay.

Ongoing Discussions

Thanking Volunteers (New Discussion) How are you planning on thanking your volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week?

Security Systems for Small Museums (New Discussion) Richfield Historical Society seeks advice about security systems.

History Hall of Fame (5 new messages) Great care needs to be taken with halls of fame, and limiting membership to posthumous honorees can avoid many problems.

What does it take to be a Local Historian? (4 new messages) What qualifies anyone to be a historian?

Job Announcements

Exhibit Specialist

State Historical Society of North Dakota seeks an exhibit specialist to be part of a creative and energetic team that has opportunities to work with specimens, rare collections, and travel the state to work at state historic sites.

Artifact Mounter

Split Rock Studios seeks an artifact mounter. Must have demonstrated experience creating museum-quality archival mounts and working with a wide variety of objects. Contact Lisa Friedlander for a full job announcement or to apply.


April 15-22 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week

"Many Americans want to volunteer but don't" shows the gap between good intentions and reality for volunteerism.

30-Year Study Finds Big Jump in Volunteerism notes the number of volunteers is up by 64 percent since 1974.

Volunteerism Figures Fall to Four-Year Low shows a recent slide in the number of people volunteering from 2005 to 2006.

Information about the Minnesota Historical Society's volunteer program can be found online or by contacting Jean Nierenhausen.

Read about volunteers at local historical organizations in Minnesota in the March/April 2007 issue of the Minnesota History Interpreter.

How to preserve historic furnished interiors

National Park Service Northeast Region’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Furnished Interiors, published in 2006, provides guidance prior to and during the planning and implementation of project work.

Provide input on the MHS State Grants-in-Aid Program

Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums and the staff of the MHS Grants Office seeks user-feedback concerning the State Grants-in-Aid program. Take the survey on MALHM's website.

Grant Deadlines

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awards grants of up to $5,000 on a non-matching basis to support the preservation of materials in collections-holding organizations. 2007 grant application and guidelines are available at NEH's Web site, and applications are due online by May 15, 2007.

NEH Challenge Grants

This is a one-to-one matching grant program intended to assist with a variety of programs and projects. Learn more . The deadline is May 1, 2007.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

MAVA's 2007 annual conference will be held May 2-4, 2007 at the Radisson Plaza in Minneapolis. More information.

Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums

MALHM's 2007 spring conference will be Friday May 4, 2007 at the Sherburne County Historical Society in Becker. See website for details.

MHS Spring Workshops

Register online for the spring 2007 workshops. Workshop registrations are strong for this year, so don't miss your chance to connect with your friends and colleagues around the state.

Field Note

Historical interpretation is sometimes described as a bridge between the present context and a past context. Erik Holland provides a way to document great programs for the future interpreters at the 2007 Spring Workshops.

The silver-painted pedestrian bridge at Granite Falls crosses the Minnesota River on a warm summer day in 2006.

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