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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 29, 2007

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

Come visit your place in history.

Discussions and Questions

NOTE: There will be no Local History News on September 5, 2007, as staff will be attending the American Association for State and Local History conference and annual meeting. The usual schedule will resume on September 12, 2007. LHN apologizes for any inconvenience.

Ongoing Discussions

Pieces of History (1 new message) Physical remnants help tell tangible stories, but what constraints do such artifacts put on our collections?

Refining Without Upsetting (2 new messages) The Minnesota Museum Property Act provides a way to handle old loans.

Necessary Museums? (New Posting) Does a historical organization have to operate a museum to be a "good historical society"?

Job Announcements


University of Minnesota College of Design seeks Registrar for registration and exhibition operations for the Goldstein Gallery and for planning and development leading to a future materials library. Apply using Requisition #150069. For questions contact: Lin Nelson-Mayson, 612-625-3292.

Assistant Curator

University of Minnesota College of Design seeks Assistant Curator at the Goldstein Gallery for collection development and for facilitating access to the collection for faculty, students, and scholars, and interpreting the collection for the general public. Apply using Requisition #150071. For questions contact: Lin Nelson-Mayson, 612-625-3292.

Heritage Tourism Program Manager

State of Colorado seeks Heritage Tourism Program Manager. Salary range is $50,000-60,000/year with benefits. Closing date for applications is September 28, 2007.


The Bead Museum seeks an experienced curator for interpretation and collections care including education, exhibitions, collections management and the library/archives. Starting salary of $35,000-$45,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Open until filled. The Bead Museum, Attn: Katie Anderson, 5754 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ  85301.

Local Events

Pieces of History

The Decorative Arts Curatorial Council of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts presents "Moving Rooms: The Trade in Architectural Salvages" on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 6 p.m. in the Pillsbury Auditorium. John Harris will tell the extraordinary tale of rooms and other architectural salvages that crossed the Atlantic to America. This is a free event, but please reserve a ticket by calling the MIA Members' Hotline at 612-870-6323.


Winona County Historical Society expansion update

"Land in hand, historical society seeks money, architect for $3.38 million addition" appeared in the August 13, 2007, in the Winona Daily News.

Garden Club Records Preserved

"Garden Club archives now part of St. James history" appeared in the August 22, 2007, St. James Plaindealer.

Log Buildings in Carver County

"New home for old buildings" appeared in the August 16, 2007, Chanhassen Villager.

Recovery from Flooding in Southeastern Minnesota

Local History News printed a disaster recovery list in its March 7, 2007 issue in advance of Disaster Preparedness Week.

The recent flooding in southeastern Minnesota has damaged homes, businesses and government facilities. One important concern for local governments and cultural institutions is how to handle damaged records and artifacts.

Minnesota Historical Society's Bob Herskovitz is available to advise local governments, museums, and members of the public as recovery efforts begin. For small quantities of damp or wet records and objects, air-dry immediately following the detailed "Emergency Salvage Procedures for Wet Items." If the quantity is more than can be dealt with right away, freeze to prevent mold growth and other further damage. If you or anyone you know needs advice about how to salvage damaged items, please have them contact Bob at 651-259-3465 or 1-800-657-3773.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Basics of Registration

Northern States Conservation Center announces the return of one of its building-block courses: The Basics of Museum Registration, September 17 to October 13, 2007.

Disaster Preparedness

Minnesota Historical Society and Midwest Registrar's Committee will co-sponsor Disaster Response: The Critical First 48 Hours on Thursday, October 18, 2007, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Staples Studio, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul.

Free Training Seminar

Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services offers a free training seminar, "Putting the Pieces Together: Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People" several times through June 12, 2008. Register or call 651-297-1316 (1-888-635-6513 TTY).

Field Note

Consider attending one of the two Exhibit Planning Workshops this October and learn the art of reverse lettering, shown below. Register.

Painted sign with vinyl letters being removed to reveal another layer of paint.