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Minnesota Local History News

Published: June 27, 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

Local History News will observe the Independence Day Holiday on July 4 with a hiatus. LHN will return to your email inboxes on Wednesday July 11, 2007.

Use Fees for Merchandise (2 new messages) Use fees need to be fair and easy to understand. Flat fees and percentage fees both have certain advantages. Which do you prefer?

Local Events

Tim Glines Retirement Reception

Join us on Thursday July 5, 2007, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pillsbury Room of the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, to wish Tim Glines a long and well-deserved retirement.

Barden Park Rededication

The City of St. Cloud will rededicate its oldest park (est. 1855) on Thursday June 28 at 7 p.m. A band concert follows the brief ceremony. Contact Juliana Elchert, 320-253-2210.


Charitable Giving in 2006

"Americans Donated $295B In 2006" reports CBS News on Monday. The article summarizes the contents of Giving USA's annual report, which is available on its website.

10 Most Endangered in Minnesota

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota announced its list of 10 most endangered historic properties in Minnesota.

Management Tips

Want to manage your nonprofit more efficiently? Check out Nonprofit Good Practice Guide. Keep in mind this site brings together resources for all nonprofits, and may not directly address historical organizations.

IRS Changes 990

"IRS Unveils New Nonprofit Tax Form" appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on June 14, 2007.

Grant Deadlines

Minnesota State Grants-in-Aid

The State Grants-in-Aid program augmented by a generous increase from the Minnesota Legislature has an estimated $200,000 available in the next cycle. Pre-applications will be due Friday, July 27, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grants Office of the Minnesota Historical Society. Final applications are due Friday, August 31, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grants Office. A mailing to county and local historical organizations was sent on Tuesday, June 26.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Digitization and Museums: Bringing Your Collections into the 21st Century

Sponsored by AASLH and hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society on July 11-13 at the History Center in St. Paul, Leigh Grinstead of the Collaborative Digitization Project will offer in-depth training on digitizing historic collections. Participants can register for single days or the entire three days of the workshop. Registration deadline is July 5, 2007. Questions? Contact Bethany Hawkins, 615-320-3203.

Nonprofit Budgeting: Beyond the Basics

This workshop will examine the role and function of budgets and explore a variety of budget approaches and strategies. July 10, 2007, 9 a.m. to noon at Nonprofits Assistance Fund, 2801 21st Ave. S. Suite 210, Minneapolis.

Field Note

Looking for a good way to use a Public Use Collection item and get donations? Ben Leonard at the Nicollet County Historical Society refitted an old bank vault as a donation box. Ben is pictured with a St. Peter bank president "depositing" a $150 check.

Ben Leonard, left, watches as a bank president drops a check into an old green-painted, round, metal vault.