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Minnesota Local History News

Published: July 18, 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 (0 new messages) Are volunteers hard to come by?

Community Service Interpretation (New Discussion) What issues should be considered when providing tours of buildings you do not own?

Job Announcements

Wisconsin Field Representative

The Midwest Office of the National Trust is seeking a historic preservation professional for the position of Wisconsin Field Representative. For more information or to apply contact Genell Scheurell.

Museum Director

State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines seeks Museum Director. Salary range: $56,617 – $87,089. Application deadline: August 29, 2007. Employment start date: Mid - November 2007. For more information or to apply contact Polly Anderson, 515-281-3218.

Local Events

Tour Seven Homes on Milwaukee Avenue

Milwaukee Avenue Historic District residents will host a first-ever home tour on Sunday, September 23, noon to 5 p.m. Tour proceeds benefit the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Seward Neighborhood Group. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 on the day of the event. Purchase tickets beginning August 1 by contacting the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, 651-293-9047.

Behind the Scenes at TRACES

Free admission for paid staff and volunteers from local historical organizations of the TRACES Center for History and Culture will be available on July 26, 2007 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. TRACES is on the 2d floor of the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. For more information contact Eric Brandt, 651-292-8700.


MDL Now Accepting Applications

Minnesota Digital Library seeks applicant organizations wishing to have collections digitized. Applications are due September 28, January 18, and March 28. More information.

Nominations Sought

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota seeks nominations for its 23rd Annual Historic Preservation Awards program. Nominations are due by August 10, 2007.

Definitions Project

In 2006, representatives from many agencies and organizations came together to agree on the definitions of common terminology used by interpreters, environmental educators, historians, and others in non-formal settings such as parks, aquariums, zoos, nature centers, historic sites, and museums. Check it out. Questions? Contact Erik Holland, 651-259-3476.

Recent Listings in the National Register

The following properties in Minnesota were listed in the National Register of Historic Places since May, 2007: Holz Family Farm in Eagan, Willmar Tribune Building in Willmar, Commerce Building in St. Paul, Payne Avenue State Bank in St. Paul, and Stuntz Bay Boathouse Historic District in St. Louis County.

Grant Deadlines

State Grants-in-Aid

As a reminder, pre-applications for the Minnesota State Grants-in-Aid program are due at 4:30 p.m. on Friday July 27, 2007.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

The Art of Interpretive Writing

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3185 East 80th Street, Bloomington, Minnesota, September 17-18, 2007, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Discover strategies and skills to improve your brochures, exhibits, public service announcements, magazine articles and other interpretive projects. Limited to 24 participants, the fee is $245. Register by contacting Alan Leftridge, instructor, 406-754-2940.

Midwest Open Air Museums Fall Conference

The fall conference of MOMCC will be at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, November 8-10, 2007. Save the date and plan on attending one of the premier conferences dedicated to interpretation and small history organizations in the Midwest.

Field Note

Models are one method of interpreting history. However, many issues need to be considered before accepting one, such as space needs, interpretive value, accuracy of depiction, and more. Pictured below is a model of Fort Pomme des Terre (1863) at the Grant County Historical Society.

Table top model of a stockade known as Fort Pomme des Terre in Grant County after the US-Dakota War of 1862.