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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 8, 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

Pieces of History (New Post) Salvaged architectural features are part of many historical organization collections. Why might you collect part of a building? How might you use the remnant to teach about local history?

Visitation Rising? (3 new messages) How are local historical organizations uniquely positioned to make their communities meaningful to visitors and residents alike?

Refining Without Upsetting (2 new messages) Community input is crucial in defining any organization's collection.

Local Events

Prairie Perspectives

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest will hold its Annual Meeting on September 16, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Sabes JCC. The program features the stories from JHSUM's new book, "Prairie Perspectives: Our Jewish Veterans Remember World War II."

Exhibit Opening in Little Falls

Morrison County Historical Society offered children ages 12 to 15 a class on how to build an exhibit. The result is "The World Wars Mishmash ... Including the Home Front and the Battle Front." Come see how the junior curators did at a reception on Tuesday August 14, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.

Victorian Tea at Fillebrown House

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society invites you to tea at their historic lakefront house on Sunday September 9, 2007. RSVP to 651-429-9437 by September 6.

Generational Tourism

Explore the differences and implications of Gen Y, Gen X, Boomer and Mature visitors, and what it means for museums trying to attract tourists, during Reach Advisors free on-line conference call on Wednesday, August 29,  2007,  at 1 p.m. EDT.  To join the conversation, contact Susie Wilkening.


New Edition Available

Minnesota Council on Foundations announces the release of the 2007-2008 Guide to Minnesota Grantmakers, which includes listings of more than 1,400 foundations.

National Park Service Centennial

The George Wright Society published "On the Brink of Greatness: National Parks and the Next Century," the first in a series of articles concerning the National Park Service Centennial in 2016.

Seeking Hat

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest seeks a World War II Army Air Corps crusher cap or visor hat like the one pictured. If you have this item and are willing to loan it for approximately one year, please contact JHSUM, 952-381-3360.

Wool pilot's hat with hard leather visor and pin.

Roundbarn Question

A 110-year-old round barn near St. Michael will be cut into seven pie-shaped pieces and transported 40 miles to a farm near Kingston and Kimball sometime this fall. Friends of Minnesota Barns estimate there are 62 round barns in Minnesota, and this may be the first one that will be cut apart and moved. Contact Don Heinzman, 763-441-1656, if you know of others.

Grant Deadlines

Conservation Assessment Program

Conservation Assessment Program grant applications are due December 1, 2007.

Conservation Project Support

Conservation Project Support grants from IMLS are due October 1, 2007.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Historic Theaters

Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation presents "Curtains Up! Restoring Historic Theatres and Revitalizing Communities" workshop, November 8-10, 2007, at the Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Scholarships available.

Field Note

Architectural remnants offer unique challenges to collection management, public relations, and interpretation. What issues do local historians need to be thinking about in terms of these pieces of history? Below is the tower of the 1878 Wadena County Courthouse.

Slender, white painted, wooden tower with clapboard siding, and small paired windows below a Mansard roof.