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Minnesota Local History News

Published: January 31, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Remembering Charlie Nelson (5 new messages) "His legacy will live on for many years through all the restoration projects that benefitted from his knowledge and experience," wrote James Lundgren.

What makes a good history book? (1 new message) Claudia Nicholson comments on how to fundraise for a book project.

What do you call a museum? (1 new message) Merlin Peterson notes that meanings are what we make of them. How can we make the word "museum" more positive?

Long mid-winter projects (1 new message) Mary DeRoos notes a very successful program for the Wabasha County Historical Society.

Job Announcements

Museum Education Assistant

Lake County Discovery Museum's Education Assistant is a temporary position designed to give candidates an opportunity to work within the visitor services division of a nationally accredited museum in Wauconda, IL. Applications must be received by February 9, 2007. 

Program Manager

Scott County Historical Society – Stans Museum in Shakopee, MN seeks a part-time Program Manager (30 hours per week). For more information or to submit resume and references: Executive Director, or call 952-445-0378.

Local Events

All Aboard! Building the Sauk Centre Railroad

Joe Farry, retired St. John's University professor, will speak at the Stearns History Museum's Breakfast Club presentation on February 14, 2007 at 9 a.m.  Farry's presentation highlights the roots of the St. Cloud to Sauk Centre line and how builders overcame numerous obstacles to reach success. 

2007 Chrislock History Lecture at Augsburg

Brenda J. Child will speak on "My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Gender, Labor and the Great Depression in Ojibwe Country" on Thursday February 15, 2007 at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. Free admission. For more information contact Michael Lansing.

Richfield as Minnesota's Suburb

Though it may be hard to image, at one time Richfield encompassed nearly all of South Minneapolis, Fort Snelling, and Edina. Author Fred Johnson will explore Richfield's suburban history on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Free to the Public at Richfield History Center (6901 Lyndale Avenue S.) Call Lisa Plank, 612-798-6140 to register.


Historic Horticulture Nominations

Landslide 2007 seeks nominations for a significant tree, orchard, park planting or other horticultural feature that has almost miraculously demonstrated its ability to stand steadfast in the face of natural and cultural challenges. Applications, due by April 15, 2007.

Washington County Historical Society scholarships

The scholarship is available to graduating seniors enrolled in a Washington county high school or a student in a college or university program permanently residing in Washington County who is focusing on history, American studies, architecture or a history related field of study. Contact Brent Peterson for details.

Sublime Light: Photographs by Steve Fines

Stearns History Museum presents St. Cloud photographer Steve Fines collection of his recent works at the Sunday, February 4 – Sunday, April 1.

Grant Deadlines

History Channel Grant Program

2007-2008 Save Our History Grant Program applications must be submitted online by June 1, 2007.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

MACC Grant Writing Workshops

Midwest Art Conservation center presents two grants writing workshops, one on basic conservation projects (February 8-9, 2007 at the Minneapolis Public Library) and one on advanced conservation projects (April 19-20, 2007 at Landmark Center in St. Paul).

MOMCC Spring Conference

"Back to Basics" is the theme for the 2007 Spring Conference of the Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council in Glenview, IL, March 8-10, 2007.

MOMCC Fall Conference

"Motivating History: Transporting Your Museum Forward" will be the theme of the Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council Fall Conference in Minneapolis, MN, November 8-10, 2007. The program committee is currently accepting presentation proposals. Contact Bill Wittenbreer.

Midwest Office of the National Trust

"Adding without Subtracting: sensitive design and historic properties" will be held October 20, 2007 in Milwaukee, WI. Scholarships for nonprofits are available.

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)

SPNHC will hold its annual meeting at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul May 21-26, 2007. The theme of the meeting is: "Building for the Future: Museums of the 21st Century," with a special focus on capital projects. For further information, contact Tom Braun at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Field Note

Margaret Sinn retired as executive director of the Waseca County Historical Society earlier this month. The Minnesota Historical Society congratulates her on 18 years of faithful service to local history and historic preservation. Sheila Morris and Joan Mooney have been named co-directors.

Margaret Sinn is congratulated by her staff for 18 years of faithful service.

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