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Minnesota Local History News

Published: January 10, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Ongoing Discussions

Long Mid-Winter Projects (3 new messages) Attending to the backlog of cataloging seems to be one important task this time of year.

Selling History (1 new message) Mary Warner argues that preservation is the most important aspect, regardless of who owns the building.

Attracting Post-Boomer Audiences (5 new messages) Gen-X values whole-family experiences, so having a child-friendly and therefore interactive environment is critical.

Local Events

Denmark Township Historical Society event

Women with rural roots discuss early roles of farmwomen Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 7 p.m. at Denmark Town Hall, 90th and Oakgreen in Denmark Township, south Washington County.  The public is invited and there is no admission fee. For more information contact President Lyla Davies, 651-436-4493 or check the website.

Yaggy Colby Lecture Series in Rochester

Olmsted County Historical Society presents Doug Ohman who will speak on "Churches of Minnesota" on January 28, 2007, at 2:30 p.m.  in the Rochester Public Library Auditorium. Free.

Valentine Tea in Shakopee

Treat your sweetie to a Valentine Tea on Wednesday February 14, 2007 in the historic 1908 Stans House at 128 Second Avenue West, Shakopee. Enjoy aromatic tea and listen to old-time love songs. Tickets: $15 per person ($10 for Members). Space is limited. Reservations required. Contact Kathleen Klehr, 952-445-0378, at Scott County Historical Society.

MAM January Sampler

Minnesota Association of Museums monthly sampler is Saturday, January 27, 3 - 5 p.m. at Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Enjoy Circus Minimus Puppetry's performance of "Beyond Boreas!" a comic frolic into weather myths across the world and throughout the ages. RSVP to Nina Clark, 612-870-3374.


Center for History and New Media survey

The Minnesota Historical Society is exploring ideas and opportunities to support the better use of technology across the state. The Center for History and New Media is a leader in the development of digital content management technology for cultural heritage institutions.

CHNM created a brief survey to collect information about the needs and capacities of museums, libraries and archives wrestling with the challenges of technology. Please take some time to complete the survey to make sure your voice is heard as new technologies develop.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Writing Grants for Basic Conservation Projects

Midwest Art Conservation Center presents this workshop from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day at the Minneapolis Public Library on February 8-9, 2007. See website for details, or contact Melinda Markell.

Writing Grants for Advanced Conservation Projects

Midwest Art Conservation Center presents this workshop from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day at the Landmark Center in St. Paul on April 19-20 , 2007. See website for details, or contact Melinda Markell.

Local History Services Spring Workshops

Register online for the same program in one of five locations around the state. The program in St. Peter is a joint meeting with the Minnesota Association of Museums, which means even more sessions to choose from for one great price.

Field Note

Nicollet County Historical Society installed film on its lobby windows to reduce the amount of visible light. The process can also mitigate UV light with an additional layer of film. As a further interpretive opportunity the windows display images from the society's collection. Contact Ben Leonard for details.

Carl Nelson standing in the lobby of the Treaty Site Center and in front of a bank of windows with historic images applied to them.

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