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Minnesota Local History News

Published: June 20, 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 (1 new message) How important is it to receive a percentage versus a flat rate for the use of your intellectual property?

Technology Support (New Discussion) How is technology maintained at your organization? Is there a volunteer that keeps your computers running, or do you have a company with whom you contract?

Local Events

Steele County Historical Society event

Make the Steele County Historical Society’s 21st Annual Extravaganza your destination Sunday, July 8th for a family fun day. More information.


Washington County Historical Society Visioning

Washington County Historical Society seeks public input about the direction of the Society and its vision for the future, and assistance in determining an action plan to help the Society further its mission of "preserving, collecting and disseminating" the history of Washington County and the state of Minnesota. Contact Brent Peterson for details or to offer suggestions.

Six Layer Surprise: 1856 Sofa

The Minnesota Historical Society recently reupholstered a public use collection sofa. Follow the discovery of all six layers and what each means.

Self-guided River Tour

Clay County Historical Society offers a new self-guided tour of the Red River near Moorhead.

Rule the Web

Mary Warner at the Morrison County Historical Society suggests visiting Rule the Web, which discusses the latest in web applications, many of which could be used by museum professionals. Current offerings include a free 186-page guide to podcasting.

Grant Deadlines

Wedgeshare Grants

The Wedge Natural Foods Cooperative in Minneapolis is soliciting grant applications from organizations that work for sustainable development through environmental, natural health, natural food, or cooperative related activities. Maximum award is $10,000. Applications are due Friday July 13, 2007. Contact Fred Grieco and visit the website for more information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

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. Don't miss this opportunity.

Field Note

Disaster planning not only informs decisions when disaster strikes, but can potentially prevent loss in some kinds of disasters. Below is a photograph of a building on the National Register of Historic Places being protected by sprinklers during the recent Ham Lake Fire along the Gunflint Trail. Courtesy of Lee Johnson, Superior National Forest.

A forest fire rages around a cabin in the Superior National Forest. The cabin is protected by sprinklers drawing water from an adjacent lake.