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Minnesota Local History News

Published: July 11, 2007

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

Come visit your place in history.

Discussions and Questions

Volunteer Rate (New Discussion) A new report from the Corporation for Community and National Service shows that Minneapolis-St. Paul has the highest rate of volunteerism in the country. Take a look at the report. Do the findings hold true for your organization?

Job Announcements

Caryl Busman Retires

Murray County Historical Society wishes Caryl Busman happiness in retirement. Read about it in the Murray County News.

Local Events

Old fashioned radio show

Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain's classic tale of a young boy's adventures on the river is brought to life for Rivertown Days in an old fashioned radio show at the LeDuc Historic Estate on Saturday, July 21 with two free performances, at 1 and 3 p.m.


Exhibit Planning Resource

The National Park Service offers a variety of products and services regarding exhibit planning.

Wisconsin Local History List Serve

It's quick and easy to sign up for the new WHS Local History List Serve. Send an email and type "subscribe" in the body of the message. Keep up to date on issues affecting local history organizations in Wisconsin.

MAP Awards Announced

American Association of Museums announced the grant awards for its Museum Assessment Program (MAP). Participating in 2007 in Minnesota are the Goldstein Museum of Design in St. Paul, the Mower County Historical Society in Austin, and the Northfield Historical Society.

Opportunity to Comment

American Association of Museums seeks advice from the field about its accreditation program. More.

Genealogical Programs

Would you like Minnesota Genealogical Society to hold a program in your community? The MGS Program Committee is looking for new venues to hold its popular programs statewide. Contact Darlene C. Joyce for more information.

Genealogy Articles Sought

Minnesota Genealogical Society seeks stories for its publications about settlers, guides to local historical collections, and services available from county and local historical organizations in Minnesota. Contact John Whitty Mercer for more information.

Grant Deadlines

MHS State Grants-in-Aid

The pre-application deadline for the FY 2008 Minnesota State Grants-in-Aid program through the Minnesota Historical Society is Friday July 27, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. Final applications are due Friday August 31, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. More information.

Sesquicentennial Grants

The Sesquicentennial Grant Program offered through the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission will help ensure activities that are meaningful to local residents and at the same time strengthen connections between the local community and the state as a whole. More information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Preserving a Sense of Place

The annual conventions for both Wisconsin Council for Local History and the WHS Historic Preservation Conference will be held in Eau Claire, October 26-27, 2007. Please contact Rick Bernstein, 608-264-6583 for more information.

2008 NCPH Annual Meeting – Call for Proposals

For this election-year conference our theme will be "Public Histories of Union and Disunion." Proposals must be postmarked or received electronically by September 4, 2007. More information.

Field Note

Many local history organizations are using blank notebooks throughout exhibits to encourage visitors to respond to what they learn. These notebooks can also add new information to research collections. Below is one such book from Anoka County Historical Society's award-winning exhibit, "Vietnam: The Veteran's Experience."

Three-ring notebook with blank pages on which visitors to the exhibit have written their thoughts about what they just saw.