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Minnesota Local History News

Published: June 13, 2007

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

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Discussions and Questions

Use Fees for Merchandise (New Discussion) We all have or should have use fee schedules in place for printing images from our collections in newspapers and books. But what about on collectables? What do you charge someone that wants to sell coffee mugs with a photo from your collection on it? Is this a business opportunity or does it threaten your product with too much exposure?


Kasson School Building

"Kasson school gets reprieve, but there's a $50,000 catch" is in the June 11, 2007 issue of the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

New IRS Rules for Nonprofits

"IRS Releases New Guidance on Political Activities by Tax-Exempt Organizations" is in the Spring Alert from Gray Plant Mooty, Attorneys at Law.

Explore Minnesota Seasonal Brochure Distribution Program

Want your brochures at the Explore Minnesota Store at Mall of America, but your event or attraction has limited dates? Participate in the Seasonal Brochure Distribution Program for non-profit or for-profit organizations. Need more information? Contact Pat Gamnis, 651-297-7280 or 888-234-1205.

Family Learning Resource

The USS Constitution Museum offers the Family Learning Forum, including "10 Steps!" to encourage family learning.

North Oaks History Book

Three Bold Ventures: The History of North Oaks, a 240-page book was published recently by the Hill Farm Historical Society. Copies may be ordered through Bookhouse Fulfillment or by contacting Joan Brainard, 651-484-5414.

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.

AASLH Awards to Minnesota

The American Association for State and Local History announced 9 recipients of Awards of Merit in Minnesota. Nationwide, AASLH will confer 72 Awards of Merit for projects that exemplify leadership in preserving and interpreting history. Those in Minnesota are:

  • Anoka County Historical Society for the exhibit, "Vietnam: The Veteran’s Experience"
  • Minnesota Historical Society for the exhibit, "Open House: If These Walls Could Talk"
  • Margaret Ladd Sinn for her 17-year career as executive director of the Waseca County Historical Society
  • Donald Empson for the book, The Street Where You Live: A Guide to Place Names of St. Paul
  • Marian Bemis Johnson and Dorothy McIntyre for the book, Daughters of the Game: The First Era of Minnesota Girls High School Basketball, 1891-1942
  • Morrison County Historical Society for the book, Nathan Richardson: A Big-Hearted Pale Face Man
  • Steven R. Kinsella for the book, 900 Miles from Nowhere (MHS Press)
  • Stevens County Historical Society for preserving and revitalizing the Morris Carnegie Library (Stevens County History Center)
  • Martin County Preservation Association for preserving and rehabilitating the First Church of Christ Scientist (Red Rock Center) in Fairmont

Additionally, the AASLH Awards Committee may select several outstanding projects for special recognition with a WOW Award. This year the Minnesota Historical Society’s "Open House" exhibit is among the 4 WOW Award winners. Please congratulate the award recipients, and take a moment to visit or read their outstanding projects.

If you have a project that is deserving of recognition, consider nominating it for the 2008 Awards Program by contacting Ben Leonard, 507-934-2160.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Museums and Digitization

The American Association for State and Local History will present a workshop introducing cultural heritage institutions to issues associated with digitization of primary source materials. The Minnesota Historical Society will host the workshop on July 11-13, 2007 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

PastPerfect Training Classes at History Center

PastPerfect Museum Software's popular training classes return to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, on September 11-13, 2007. Classes tend to sell out quickly, so please register early for best selection. For more information or to register contact Amy Dunn.

Field Note

With both sadness in missing the work with our field and happiness for his new adventure, Tim Glines announced that he will retire effective July 5 after more than 6 years' service to the local history community in Minnesota, more than 20 years at the Minnesota Historical Society, and 28 years working in public history.

Tim Glines at the March 23, 2007 workshop at the Sherburne History Center, smiles in front of a historic map of Sherburne County.