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Minnesota Local History News

Published: December 5, 2007

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

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Discussions and Questions

REMINDER: Please send items for late December and early January by December 7 for the December 12 issue. As usual, the LHN will not be published December 19, December 26, or January 2 in observance of the holidays. LHN will return to your inboxes January 9, 2008.

Working with Scout Groups (new post) In what ways do you involve Scout groups in your museum? Do you offer a badge specific to your museum?

Ready for the Boom? (6 new messages) Do Boomers need a microcelebrity to feel connected to a local history museum? Or, is the creation of microcelebrity another framework to allow people to more fully participate in their museums?

Under a Microscope? (3 new messages) 70,000 new nonprofits in the United States each year presents a lot of challenges. Why do you suppose creating a nonprofit is so attractive for so many?

Input Sought for Murphy's Landing (2 new messages) Balancing competing specific and broad concepts is a hard, yet useful exercise to create an appropriate name.

Job Announcements

Senior Planner - Preservation and Design

City of Minneapolis seeks professional planner with excellent analytical and communication skills. Salary range for position is $48,691- $70,510. Applications due January 25, 2008. Apply online or call 612-673-2282 for application materials.

Museum Educator

Kentucky Historical Society seeks a Museum Educator. The position supports the Kentucky Junior Historical Society and National History Day programs. Minimum requirements include a bachelor's degree in history, education, or a related field and two years of administrative experience. Minimum monthly starting salary is $2,206. To apply send a cover letter and resume to John Moreland. Please no phone calls. Application deadline is December 31, 2007.

Grants & Field Programs Assistant

Minnesota Historical Society seeks a program associate for the State Grants-in-Aid and field services programs. $3,050 monthly minimum. Applications are due Friday December 14, 2007.

Local Events

Christmas programs from TRACES

TRACES History Museum in Landmark Center, St. Paul, presents 3 programs on Thursday December 6, 2007.

  • 1:15 p.m. Historian James Neagbour will present "Christmas Markets in Germany" in Room 317, following the Schubert Club Concert.
  • 7 p.m. Actor Leo Treadway will bring to life Saint Nicholas in the Galleria, on the 2nd floor.
  • 7:15 p.m. James Neagbour returns with "Christmas in Nazi Germany" in Room 430.
  • RSVP to Eric Brandt, 651-292-8700.

War brides and children

TRACES History Museum in Landmark Center, St. Paul, presents 2 programs on Thursday January 3, 2008.

  • At noon participate in "German War Brides" panel discussion with German war brides in Room 430.
  • At 7 p.m. hear author Annelee Woodstrom discuss "War Child: One German War Bride's Story." Woodstrom arrived in Ada, Minnesota with her husband in 1947, speaking almost no English. Room 430.
  • Contact Eric Brandt, 651-292-8700.


Digitized newspapers

Library of Congress earlier in 2007 released "Chronicling America," a website that will have digital copies of newspapers from all parts of the United States. Currently it is limited to 1900-1910 in California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, and Virginia.

Schedule BUS-eum visit

TRACES History Museum will offer two BUS-eum tours in 2008. The spring tour will feature the unknown story of German-American civilian internment, 1941-48. The fall tour tells the story of German POWs held in the Midwest. Institutions wanting to host a BUS-eum showing should contact Eric Brandt, 651-292-8700. Schedule is limited and quickly filling.

Copyright for board members

BoardCafe holds a conversation with copyright attorney Kate Spelman in its recent e-newsletter.

Copyrighted music in museums

American Association of Museums posted online an overview of music licensing in museums. The fact sheet can help museums determine whether it is necessary to obtain a license for their musical performances. In many cases, public use of music requires the permission of the copyright owner of the musical composition. To compensate the copyright owner and reduce the risks of legal liability, museums should determine whether it is necessary to obtain a license for their musical performances.

Small gifts make big difference

GuideStar's latest e-newsletter highlights the recent American Express survey that looked at the amounts most Americans give to charity.

Public funding for museum services

IMLS offers 30-minute confidential survey examining how public funding impacts museum services in the United States.The survey will provide a detailed look at public support for museums by governments. Complete the survey by December 21, 2007, 5 p.m. EST.

New Ulm history essays

Minnesota 2020 recently published a three-part essay by Dr. Joe Amato on the history of New Ulm. Standing Strong, New Ulm Proves Resilient, and Through Three Eras of Adversity are part of a forthcoming book.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Save the date for MAM 2008

Minnesota Association of Museums Annual Meeting will be Monday May 19, 2008. "Mix & Match: Minnesota Museums Collaborate" will be the theme. MAM requests session proposals prior to January 15, 2008. Contact Nina Clark, 612-870-3374.

Wisconsin Oral History Day

"The Start of Something New" will be April 14, 2008 at the Pyle Center, UW-Madison. Learn how to do oral history or how students, educators, and others use oral history to document issues. Contact Troy Reeves, 608-890-1899, or Anna Palmer, 608-263-4452 for more information. Complete program information will be furnished by February 14, 2008.

Field Note

The annual spring workshops from the Minnesota Historical Society will be held March 28 in Stillwater, April 11 in Harmony, April 25 in Montevideo, May 9 in Grand Marais, and May 19 in Warren. More information will arrive in the Minnesota History Interpreter in January.

Student taking notes.