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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 14, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Dealing with demanding customers (6 new messages) Customer service is a tricky art to master, and every situation is different. See what others are doing, and tell of your own efforts.

What makes a good history book? (1 new message) Deborah Morse-Kahn summarizes the discussion so far, and encourages more writing of local history.

Job Announcements

Historic Site Guide

Ramsey County Historical Society's Gibbs Museum seeks part-time historic site guides. Send resume to the Gibbs Museum’s Site Manager, 2097 W. Larpenteur, St. Paul, MN 55113, or for application call 651-646-8629.

Collections and Inventory Project

Becker County Historical Society seeks independent contractor to complete a Collections & Inventory Project. All work must be completed on or before December 31, 2007. Proposals must be post marked by February 16 to be considered: BCHS, PO Box 622, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502.

Director of Local History Services (Indiana)

Indiana Historical Society seeks a full-time Director of Local History Services. Please apply to: Susan P. Brown, Vice President, Human Resources, Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Programming Coordinator

Windego Park Society seeks self-motivated person to help with growing programming and organization. Please send cover letter and resume with 3 references to Windego Park Society c/o Erik Skogquist 1815 3rd Ave South, Anoka, MN 55303. Please postmark by March 5, 2007 and call 763-464-9703 to confirm receipt.

Local Events

Minnesota State Capitol Restoration

Cass Gilbert Society will host "The Minnesota State Capitol: The Peoples’ House, A discussion about Statehouses, Capitols and the proposed Minnesota State Capitol Restoration" Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 7:00 pm at The University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul. Contact Bonnie J. Alton, 651-229-0143.

North Metro History Groups to meet

The northern Twin Cities metro history groups will meet at Hugo City Hall Tuesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. To RSVP contact Kitty Cheesbrow.


Washington County Historical Society annual meeting

"The Great Dan Patch and the Remarkable Mr. Savage" presented by Tim Brady will be the featured program of the Washington County Historical Society's annual dinner meeting, Thursday March 8, 2007 at Boutwell's Landing Town Center. Contact Brent Peterson, 651-439-5956, to reserve.

Minneapolis Weather Ball on KARE 11

Megan Schaack and the Wells Fargo History Museum were featured in a story on what happened to the Minneapolis weather ball. Click on "Watch the John Croman Story" to see the video.

Grand Mound near International Falls

"Report recommends Grand Mound burial site remain closed to public" in the Ely-Tower-Cook Timberjay details further discussions concerning Grand Mound State Historic Site.

Good Governance Practices

The Internal Revenue Service issued draft guidance to tax-exempt organizations on Good Governance Practices.

Interpreter and Planner available

The March/April issue of the Minnesota History Interpreter and the Spring 2007 Minnesota Preservation Planner are available online, and should arrive in your mailboxes in early March.

Grant Deadlines

Iowa History Research Grant Program

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant program for the 2007/2008 academic year. Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2007. Download application guidelines. Contact Marvin Bergman, 319-335-3931.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Preserving Family History Workshop

St. Croix Valley Community Foundation and the Washington County Historical Society present a family history workshop with Bob Herskovitz, outreach conservator from the Minnesota Historical Society. Monday March 5, 2007, 1 p.m to 3 p.m. at the Lowell Inn, 102 North Second Street, Stillwater. Register or call 651-430-3830.

Seminar for Historical Administration

SHA will be held October 27-November 17, 2007 at the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana. Application deadline is May 17, 2007. Download application form.

Field Note

Those attending Local History Services annual spring workshops also participate in engaging tours demonstrating practical approaches to local history. Register today.

Smiling participants board a yellow school bus in Morris in 2006.

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