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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 7, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

What makes a good history book? (1 new message) Greg Britton of the MHS Press notes that there are two important issues to consider.

Dealing with demanding customers (New Question) What are some essential elements to good policies and prcedures governing public access to holdings?

Job Announcements

Visitor Services Assistant

The Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life seeks a part time visitor services assistant. The position is open until filled.

Local Events

February Sampler

Minnesota Association of Museums' Monthly Museum Sampler for February will be held Thursday February 15, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at The Goldstein Museum of Design on the University of Minnesota's Saint Paul Campus, 241 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue. RSVP to Nina Clark.

Join history lovers at the Capitol on February 22

On Thursday, February 22, 2007 history fans from across the state will gather for the third annual History Matters Day at the Capitol. Show your support for history during the rally at 11:30 a.m. in the historic Capitol Rotunda. Parking at the Minnesota History Center will be free with a voucher provided at the registration table. There will be a shuttle between the History Center and the Capitol from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 


More birth records added to index

Four more years of birth records, 1925 through 1929, are now available on the Minnesota Historical Society's statewide online index to birth certificates

AASLH Awards

Nominations for the annual American Association for State and Local History awards are due March 1, 2007 to Ben Leonard at the Nicollet County Historical Society. Talk to Ben about getting recognition for your hard work.

Finding New Leaders

"Nonprofits expand their search for the next generation of leaders" in the Examiner online notes current thinking as to where the next generation of leaders will be found.

Grant Deadlines

IMLS National Leadership grants

The grant deadline for these grants is extended to March 1, 2007. More information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

MHS Spring Workshops

Register online for the spring 2007 workshops. Come see the new museum buildings in Becker and Roseau; attend a joint meeting with the Minnesota Association of Museums in St. Peter; explore the historic Dayton house in Worthington; or, experience iron mining history in Chisholm.

Tools, Tips and Tactics for New Executive Directors

This free MAP for Nonprofits get-together with new executive directors includes a light breakfast, a presentation on best practices, and recommendations from a panel of executive directors, along with Q&A and information on local nonprofit resources. February 22, 2007 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., 2314 University Ave. W. Ste. 28, St. Paul. To register, contact Sharon McKenna, 651-647-1216.

Field Note

Many local historical organizations have exhibits on World War II, like this one in the Shelly School Museum operated by the Norman County Historical Society. If you would like to help preserve the stories from your community of this generation's service, contact Linda Cameron from Minnesota's Greatest Generation Project.

A blue case with a large window showing a military jacket on the left and many other items related to World War II.

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