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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 28, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Seeking Minnesota State Fair goers in the 1930s-1940s

Max Davis, whose short film is featured in the Minnesota Historical Society’s Greatest Generation project, seeks visitors to the Minnesota State Fair during the Depression and WWII. If you can help or know someone who might, email or call her at 612-926-8964 or 612-871-5610.

Ongoing Discussions

Putting Collections Online (9 new messages) Putting collections online cuts two ways for local historical organizations: it increase accessibility to their important collections despite limited hours, but digitization can cost a lot. Will this trend increase the gap between the technology-haves and -have nots?

Working with College Students (New Discussion, 1 new message) In what ways do Minnesota's historical organizations help institutions of higher learning teach history?

Job Announcements

Membership Manager

Expected to open in 2008, Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin seeks a Museum Membership Manager to create a direct relationship with the museum visitor and generate return visits. For more information check out the web site or contact Autumn Rumpel, 414-343-4638.

Local Events

Museum Sampler for March

Minnesota Association of Museums' Museum Sampler for March will be Wednesday March 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, 3515 Raleigh Avenue, St Louis Park. Meet at the museum promptly at 3 p.m. for a 45-minute tour led by the museum's Managing Director, Steve Raymer. RSVP to Wendy Freshman, 651-297-2238.

History of Red Wing Basketball

Goodhue County History Center presents Marc Hugunin, co-author of Minnesota Hoops: Basketball in the North Star State, on the history of basketball in Red Wing on Thursday March 1, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the History Center.  The program is free. For more information contact Johanna Grothe, 651-388-6024.

Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class

Richfield Historical Society presents Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanky, on Saturday, March 10, 2007 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class will explore the history of the tradition and provide hands-on instruction in making the eggs. Participants will receive a tool kit and the needed supplies to create an egg of their own design. Maximum class size of 10 and all ages welcome. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $15.00.

Minneapolis Mayor Stenvig Exhibit Opening

"Law and Order: the career and legacy of Minneapolis Mayor Charles Stenvig," an exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery, University of Minnesota, March 8 through May 7, 2007. The exhibit opens on the evening of March 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., with food and beverages. Questions? Contact Andy Urban.

Roaring 20s around White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society hosts its annual fundraiser on March 24, 2007 with the theme "Roaring 20s Round the Lake." For more information contact Sara Hanson, 651-407-5327.

Holocaust History Program at TRACES

"The Holocaust and the Heartland: The Long Reach of Persecution and Genocide" will be co-facilitated by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies  and TRACES Center for History and Culture at the Landmark Center, Saint Paul. The two-day program will be held on Thursday March 1 and Thursday March 8, 2007. For more information contact Michael Luick-Thrames, 651-292-8700.

Lakota History Program in Northfield

"Lakota Winter Counts and the Cultural Interpretation of Time" by Dr. Raymond J. Demallie of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana will be the Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, Holland Hall 501, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Thursday, March 15, 2007, 4:00 p.m.


History of the U.S. Presidency website

The National Archives announced a new web site on President's Day. Containing digitized artifacts and historical archives from the 12 U.S. presidential libraries, the website is a collaboration of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Learning Technology Center of The University of Texas at Austin's College of Education and the UT Library system.

Forest History Photodatabase

The Forest History Society and the Eastern Region (Region 9) of the USDA Forest Service announce the online availablity of more than 6,000 Forest Service photographs – the largest number of searchable historic Forest Service images on the Web. A quick search showed 2,000 of the photographs related to Minnesota.

New Book on U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

"Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones and Stories" is now available from Curtis Dahlin. The book may aid genealogists as the source material is derived from cemetery markers.

Twin Cities Area Local History Forum

Joe Hoover of the Richfield Historical Society set up an online forum for the discussion of issues related to local historical organizations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In order to participate you will need to create a free Google account.

Grant Deadlines

MAP Grants Still Available

There is still plenty of Museum Assessment Program grants available for the 2007 deadline. Participation is first-come, first-served. Small museums (those with annual operating expenses of $125,000 or less) participate for free. Applications. Questions should be directed to MAP staff at 202-289-9118.

Save America's Treasures Grants

SAT Grant proposals are due April 26, 2007. Projects are highly competitive and must have national significance. More information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Philosophy and Practice: The Preservation and Conservation of Native American Materials

This Midwest Art Conservation Center workshop will take place on May 21-22, 2007 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South. For more information contact Melinda Markell, 612-870-3128.

OAH Meeting in Minneapolis

The Organization of American Historians annual meeting will be in Minneapolis, March 29 - April 1, 2007.  OAH is the largest professional society of American historians, and the annual meeting will present the latest research in American history with more than 150 sessions and 700 presentations.

Field Note

Archaeological collections are an important resource in telling the story of your area. Pat Emerson, head of the Minnesota Historical Society's archaeology department, will help you understand them at this year's spring workshops. Register.

Stone awls on a glass shelf at the Winnebago History Museum.

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