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Minnesota Local History News

Published: July 25, 2007

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

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Discussions and Questions

Refining Without Upsetting (New Discussion) We are wondering if any of you have advice about the deaccessioning process that would help us refine our collection without upsetting donors, families, or the community. Thank you! Ann Grandy Pope County Historical Society

Community Service Interpretation (0 messages) Of what do you need to be aware when providing tours in buildings you do not own?

Volunteer Rate (2 new messages) How can local historical organizations adapt their needs to flexible scheduling that modern volunteers want?

Job Announcements

Executive Director

Brown County (Kansas) Historical Society seeks an Executive Director. Qualifications include experience and/or degree in history or related field and preferably some experience in a museum or similar facility. Salary commensurate with education and experience. For more information contact Brown County Historical Society
611 Utah, Hiawatha, KS 66434.

Visitor Services Assistant

Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, IL, seeks Visitor Services Assistant. Download an application or call 847-367-6640. Due August 10, 2007.

Local Events

Behind the Scenes at TRACES

Free admission for paid staff and volunteers from local historical organizations into 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.


Call for Projects

The Minnesota Digital Library is now accepting applications for Phase 4 digitization projects for "Minnesota Reflections." Cultural heritage organizations may apply to have the MDL digitize photos, negatives, artwork, diaries, letters, plat books, maps and other two-dimensional objects that help tell the story of Minnesota. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Marian Rengel, MDL outreach coordinator, soon to discuss your project. You can call her at 320-308-5625.

Items Available

Olmsted County History Center is in the process of de-accessioning some artifacts. Some of the items to be de-accessioned include: a rug loom, an Oliver #9 typewriter, organs, pianos, table linens, farm equipment, and hand tools. All are available to other nonprofit historical organizations for the cost of shipping. For more details on specific items please contact Karl Wolff.

Minnesota River Valley History Roundtable

The county historical societies of Blue Earth, Carver, Nicollet and Scott will collaborate on an educational program bringing together local historians and members of the public. This consortium will hold monthly meetings, rotating between participating counties. The first program will be a "Military Live Fire Timeline" on August 18, 2007, from 12:00-1:30 at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake. Contact Andy Timmer for event details.

Grant Deadlines

Museums for America Grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services announces the deadline for the Museums for America grants is November 1, 2007.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Exhibit Planning Workshop

Tom McKay returns to Minnesota with his popular Exhibit Planning Workshop. The workshop focuses on practical and inexpensive ways to create professional exhibits. Catch the workshop at either the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society in Madison on October 18 or the North West Company Fur Post Historic Site near Pine City on October 19. Register online.

Field Note

Five youth from Morrison County enrolled in this summer program to learn about museum work. Three boys and two girls ages 12-15 learned how to disassemble one exhibit, and then research and curate an exhibit of their own, as pictured below. Contact Mary Warner at the Morrison County Historical Society for details about the program.

The exhibit is in a hallway showing textiles worn by women between the two World Wars.