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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 15, 2007

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

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Discussions and Questions

NOTE: Local History News will not be available on Wednesday August 22, 2007 as Local History Services staff will be in the field the entire week. LHN will resume on Wednesday August 29. Thank you.

Pieces of History (2 new messages) How should we determine whether to add salvaged architectural pieces to our museum collections?

Visitation Rising? (2 new messages) 11 percent seems to be a common number for increased visitation. Have you seen double-digit increases in visitation?

Refining Without Upsetting (3 new messages) "Front-end education" appears to be key when handling either accessions or deaccessions.

Local Events

Breakfast with a Preservationist

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota presents "Teardowns – How the City of Minneapolis Can Address This Issue" August 22, 8 - 9 a.m. in the ADM Conference Room, Seventh Floor, 710 South Second Street (next to the Mill City Museum). RSVP to Bob Roscoe before August 20.


Award of Merit to Lucille Elright

"National Genealogical Society honors Coon Rapids woman" appeared in the Wednesday August 8, 2007, Coon Rapids Herald.

Preserving Jewish History on the Iron Range

"Jewish cuisine and culture event to help save the Iron Range's last synagogue" appeared in the Wednesday August 8, 2007, Duluth New Tribune (requires free registration).

Railroad History in Austin

"Oops -- the wrong people were minding the train" appeared in the Thursday August 9, 2007, Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Fall Meeting of Area Museums

The Fall Area Museum Meeting will be held on September 10, 2007, at the Renville County Historical Society in Morton. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Questions? Contact Jill Wohnoutka, 507-697-6147.

Grant Deadlines

NEH Offers New Grant Category

National Endowment for the Humanities announced a new category of grants up to $1 million for the implementation of major traveling exhibitions on significant topics in the humanities.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Exhibit Planning Workshop

Tom McKay returns to Minnesota with his practical one-day workshop on cost-efficient exhibit designs on October 18 at Lac qui Parle County Historical Society in Madison and October 19 at the North West Company Fur Post near Pine City. Register online.

Exhibit Construction and Display

Midwest Art Conservation Center presents "Choosing Materials for Exhibition Construction and Display: A Matter of Preservation" on September 17, 2007 at the Wells Fargo museum in downtown Minneapolis from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Registration deadline is September 10, 2007.  Contact Melinda Markell, 612-870-3128, for details.

PastPerfect Training at History Center

Pastime Software will hold training for its popular PastPerfect Museum Software at the Minnesota History Center, September 11-13, 2007. Space is limited and filling quickly.

Call For Presentations

19th Annual Mining History Association Conference will be held June 12-15, 2008 at Ironworld Discovery Center, Chisholm, Minnesota. Please send the written proposals to Barbara Clements by November 30, 2007.

Northern Great Plains History Conference

The 42nd annual Northern Great Plains History Conference will be held October 3-6, 2007, at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Downtown Waterfront, in Duluth.

Mountain-Plains Museum Association

MPMA's Annual Conference will be held September 10-14, 2007 in Fargo-Moorhead. For readers of Local History News the advanced discount deadline will be honored until August 16. Just mention the publication when you register. Questions? Contact Monta Lee Dakin, 303-979-9358.

Field Note

Graffiti can be a nuissance, and it can be a record of human activity. Would you preserve graffiti in a historic building? How might you use historic graffiti in education programs?

Carved block letters in railing at the Kelliher Auditorium.