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Minnesota Local History News

Published: December 12, 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

REMINDER: LHN will be on hiatus until January 9, 2008. MHS wishes you peace over the holiday season, and looks forward to a successful New Year for Local History. In the meantime, between holiday events, take some time to post your thoughts to the Local History Blog.

Where's the Line? (new post) Why are nonprofit leaders so nervous about using sound business practice? Where is the line between charity and business?

Working with Scout Groups (1 new message) Scott County Historical Society makes good use of Scouts. What has been your experience?

Ready for the Boom? (1 new message) Being able to "do" at a museum appeals to one historian and visitor. What opportunities can museums do to help people "do history"?

Helping Public History for MN 150 (1 new message) Who are creating 150 lists? Would academic historians be able to help in the judging process?

WANTED: Maureen Galvin at the Sherburne County Historical Society wants to know if "any organizations have purchased or made some reasonably priced, nice looking mannequins."

Job Announcements

Executive Director

Olmsted County Historical Society seeks an Executive Director responsible for developing and implementing overall vision and strategy. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Position open until filled, with applications received by January 4, 2008 considered first.  For a full position announcement or to apply, (resume, cover letter and salary history) contact Alan Calavano.

Outreach Coordinator

Goodhue County Historical Society seeks an outreach coordinator. Major responsibilities include educational programming, volunteer coordination, and publications. Candidate must be motivated, enthusiastic and able to work independently. Contact Char Henn, 651-388-6024. Applications accepted through December 26, 2007.

Special Projects Coordinator

Mississippi Department of Archives and History seeks a special projects coordinator (Historian II) for the Eudora Welty House in Jackson, Mississippi. Starting Salary:  $30,195 plus benefits. Contact Mary Alice White, 601-353-7762. Application.

Temporary Grants Assistant at MHS

Until a full time Grants and Field Programs Assistant is hired, Laura Kling will assist the State Grants-in-Aid program on a part time basis to help applicants meet the January 11 deadline for pre-applications. Her hours for December 17-18 will be 8:30 to 5. Starting January 2, her hours will be Monday 8:30 to 5, Wednesday 9 to 4:30, and Thursday 8:30 to 2. Call Laura at 651-259-3459.


Local History News after 18 months

After switching to the current HTML format, subscribers to this list for Minnesota's vibrant local history community has grown from just over 300 in June 2006 to 1,075 addresses currently. Please continue to send your news, notes, and discussions because your content makes LHN interesting to all.

Host a table at the tourism conference

Arts/culture organizations may "host" tables during Wednesday lunch at the Minnesota Tourism Conference and decorate them to promote your facility or program. To "host" the table is free, however there is a charge to attend the conference. Space is limited: first come, first served. Questions? Contact Gayle Junnila, 800-657-3637.

Victorians at the North Pole

"An old-fashioned Christmas" appeared in the December 9, 2007 Winona Daily News, concerning the Houston County Historical Society's Christmas program over the weekend.

Power to rural Wadena

"Out to the outskirts" by Bob Zosel of the Wadena County Historical Society appeared in the December 6, 2007 Wadena Pioneer Journal. This is part 4 of Zosel's history of electrification in Wadena.

Free place to advertise history destinations

Free to users, historical organizations can add information to about their destinations with a link to their websites. Contact Dale Berryhill, 901-762-8015.

Updated website

Check out the updated website for Olmsted County Historical Society.

Holding steady in uncertain times

GuideStar released its survey of nonprofits conducted in October 2007. It shows overall contributions are up, as well as demand for services.

Minnesota newspapers to go online

Last week's LHN noted the Chronicling America project to digitize newspapers. Minnesota Historical Society received a grant to add 100,000 pages of Minnesota newspapers from 1880 to 1910.

Hubbard County's 150 list

"Genealogy society seeks county's 150 most notable" appeared in the Park Rapids Enterprise on December 4, 2007.

Book cover.

New sesquicentennial history of Martin County

Martin County Historical Society published "Chain of Lakes Country" in honor of the county's 150th birthday in 2007. Contact Lenny Tvedten, 507-235-5178.

Grant Deadlines

Culture and tourism grants

Iron Range Resources culture and tourism grants for nonprofits in the Taconite Tax Relief Area of northeastern Minnesota are due December 17, 2007.

Scholarships for training

American Association for State and Local History offers scholarships to its workshops. "Scholarships for New Professionals" are for those working in the field for three years or less. "Scholarships for Minority Professionals" are for those who represent a minority group. Two recipients in each program will receive workshop registration fee reimbursement and a one year individual AASLH membership. Applications are due January 15, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

2008 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference

This conference will be at Alltel Civic Center in Mankato on January 22-24, 2008. Registration:  $189 if received by January 10, 2008. Regular Registration cost is $215 and applies to all registrations and/or payments postmarked after January 10.

Field Note

Suburban history organizations have an important role to play in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. One goal of that role is to connect a large number of temporary citizens with the community and its longtime population.

Former schoolhouse in a snowy field.