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Minnesota Local History News

Published: January 17, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions


Fire Alarms (New Question) The Chippewa County Historical Society would like to know if there are county museums who have fire alarm systems (on top of their regular alarm systems) in their museums. If so, can you give me an idea of the startup cost as well as the monthly costs. We would like to look into a system, but I honestly don't know where to start, especially out here in a small rural area.

What do you call a Museum? (New Question) Do any of you know of any recent research into the term "museum" (as opposed to "history center") with the general public, designed to elicit what image comes to mind when people hear the word?

Finding Qualified Applicants (New Question) Ben Leonard asks if local historical organizations should focus on free job listings and not use traditional print ads when seeking new staff.

What makes a good history book? (New Question) Pope County turns 150 in 2016, and Pope County Historical Society would like advice on what is essential for a great county history book, and what to avoid.

Job Announcements

Education Coordinator

Carver County Historical Society in Waconia seeks an Education Coordinator This 32 hour per week position’s primary responsibility is planning and implementing educational programs for children and adults. BA in History or Education, valid driver’s license, computer knowledge of Microsoft programs.  For a full job description or questions please contact Wendy Biorn at 952-442-4234.

Local Events

History Matters Day at the Capitol

On Thursday, February 22, 2007, history lovers from across the state will gather for the third annual History Matters Day at the Capitol, 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and show support for history funding as well as for a historic preservation tax credit during a rally at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. 


Online Accessibility Guidelines

The National Center for Accessible Media recently published an online monograph titled "Accessible Digital Media: Design Guidelines for Electronic Publications, Multimedia and the Web."

Cities Honored in Stearns County

The Stearns History Museum announces the presentation of granite plaques recognizing Stearns County Sesquicentennial Communities to St. Cloud and Cold Spring for 2006. Additional recipients in the Community Commemorative program celebrating milestones in 2007 include the cities of Melrose, Paynesville, St. Martin, and St. Stephen that were settled in 1857 and the City of Sartell that was incorporated in 1907.   

Grant Deadlines

Final Call for Museum Assessment Program Applications

Applications to the Museum Assessment Program must be postmarked by February 15, 2007 in order to be considered. MAP staff welcome your questions at 202-289-9118. 

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

League of Historic American Theatres

"From Restoration to Operation: Leading the Successful Transition of a Historic Theatre" will be held April 18-19, 2007
in Cleveland, Ohio. More Information.

Collections Management Workshop

Iowa Museum Association and the National Park Service present "Museum Collections Management on a Shoe String" on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. More Information.

First Call to Register for AAM

AAM annual conference is in Chicago, from May 13 17, 2007.  Note that "first call"registration rates area available through January 31, 2007.

Preservation Leadership Training

National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce Preservation Leadership Training, June 23 - 30, 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota. Application deadline: March 30, 2007.

Field Note

Historical art can powerfully tell the story of your community. Below is a detail from a painting from the Crow Wing County Courthouse depicting a trading house in early Brainerd. How might you use art to further your mission?

Detail of a larger painting of early Brainerd showing Ojibwe people near a tree outside of a store.

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