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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 21, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Putting Publications Online (2 new messages) Wisconsin Magazine of History is good example of an online journal. Would this format be practical for historical society newsletters?

Working with College Students (3 new messages) How might you connect with social studies and history teachers at your local school so that students will be aware of your collections?

What does it take to be a Local Historian? (1 new message) Having integrity when it comes to accuracy, and demonstrating that through effective writing is an important attribute of being a local historian. What constitutes integrity for our work?

History Hall of Fame (New Discussion, 1 new message) What would be important criteria in starting a history hall of fame?

Job Announcements

Site Manager

Blue Earth County Historical Society seeks 12 month full-time historic site manager for the R.D. Hubbard House in Mankato. Grantwriting and/or fundraising experience preferred. For more information contact Jessica Potter, 507-345-5566. To apply send a cover letter, resume and a list of references.

Archives Assistant

Blue Earth County Historical Society seeks a part-time archives assistant to assist research library patrons with local history and genealogy. For more information contact Jessica Potter, 507-345-5566. To apply send a cover letter, resume and a list of references.

President and CEO

Colorado Historical Society seeks an accomplished CEO whose passion is history and has significant experience in leading and managing complex organizations. Application Deadline: March 23, 2007. Contact:  Raylene Decatur, 303-370-7088.

Administrative Secretary

The Minnesota Historical Society seeks an Administrative Secretary to provide secretarial support for the Executive Director, Sesquicentennial Commission. Application deadline is March 30, 2007.

Local Events

Exhibit Closing

Hennepin History Museum's popular exhibit, "Hips, Pips, and Slips: A Revealing History of Burlesque in Hennepin County" will close on March 23, 2007 with a gala benefit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call HHM at 612-870-1329 for more details.


Digital Library still accepting proposals

The Minnesota Digital Library still has funding to scan photos, documents and maps for historical organizations, libraries and museums from across Minnesota. Final deadline is May 4, 2007. Call Marian Rengel, 320-308-5625 to talk over your project ideas.

Board Members Wanted

Minnesota Scenic River Byway Alliance seeks board members to best represent the geographical diversity of the river from Lake Big Stone to the Twin Cities. For more information contact Terry Sveine, 888-0463-9856.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Guest Curators: The Exhibition Team plus Another

This short course will cover the basics of working with guest curators  who they are, establishing clear expectations, and developing a successful collaboration. Class begins online on April 11, 2007.

Materials for Storage and Display

Materials for Storage and Display offers a comprehensive review of materials used for storage and display of collections. Lectures and handouts separate materials by properties: rigid, padding, barrier and attachments. The course emphasizes acid-free materials and how to retrofit less appropriate materials. Online class begins April 2, 2007.

Field Note

Spring workshops get under way on Friday in Becker at the Sherburne History Museum. Remaining dates and venues are Worthington on April 13, St. Peter on April 27, Chisholm on May 11 (149th Statehood Day), and Roseau on May 21.

Sherry Stirling, Rich Williams, and Wendy Freshmen completed a practical exercise where they learned to make hats for a public program.

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