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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 28, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Security Systems for Small Museums (New Discussion) Richfield Historical Society seeks advice about security systems.

History Hall of Fame (5 new messages) Great care needs to be taken with halls of fame, and limiting membership to deceased honorees can avoid many problems.

What does it take to be a Local Historian? (4 new messages) What qualifies anyone to be a historian?

Job Announcements

Program Director

Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota seeks a Program Director (Requisition #146721) to work closely with the IHRC Director. Review of application materials will begin on April 16, 2007 and continue until the position is filled.

Local Events

Music History Reception

The Rose Ensemble will unveil its recent research in Swedish manuscript libraries on Saturday, March 31, 8:00 p.m., Landmark Center, Courtroom 317, 75 West 5th Street, downtown St. Paul. Admission free, donations welcome. RSVP to Aaron Wulff by March 29.

Mapping St. Paul Potential

Historic St. Paul presents a brownbag lunch program, "Mapping Historic Preservation Potential in St. Paul" by Paul Singh on Tuesday April 10, 2007 12 noon to 1 p.m. at Landmark Center, Room 326, 75 West 5th Street, St. Paul.

Generations of Brides

For 150 years, young couples made the City of Hastings their home. Come to a sesquicentennial celebration of marriage at the LeDuc Historic Estate on Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call Joan Mathison, 651-437-7055 to reserve.


New Preservation Briefs

National Park Service released online two new Preservation Briefs: The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports (#43) and The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings: Repair, Replacement and New Design (#44). "Preserving Historic Wood Porches" (#45) and "The Preservation and Reuse of Historic Gas Stations" (#46) are only available in hardcopy by calling 1-866-512-1800.

Goodhue County History Center Hours

Goodhue County History Center will reestablish Sunday afternoon hours beginning April 15.  The weekend afternoon hours are 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information, please call Char Henn, 651-388-6024.

Cokato Historical Society digitization project

"Digitizing the past" appeared in last week's Cokato Herald Journal.

Updated Scandia History Book

Washington County Historical Society reprinted Anna Engquist's book, Scandia: Then and Now. WCHS will present the book to the public on Wednesday April 11, 2007 from 3 to 7 p.m. Scandia-Marine Lions Club will provide refreshments. For more information, contact Brent Peterson, 651-439-5956.

Scott County Oral History Project

Scott County Historical Society is collecting stories from Scott County residents to help preserve community history.  This will be project will cover the time period from 1930 to early 1950, focusing on topics of family, school, work / service, and entertainment. For more information call Kathleen Klehr, 952-445-0378.

The Twin Cities History Forum

The Twin Cities History Forum is dedicated to providing resources and a forum for researching and teaching topics relating to the history of the Twin Cities. TCHF seeks interested people from across the region to meet at the Minnesota Historical Society near the end of the semester. If you are interested in being part of this meeting, send your name and contact information to Caitlin Cook-Isaacson.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Strategies for Managing Historical Records

Learn how to manage paper records, documents, and photographs at the Spring 2007 Local History and Museum workshops sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Federation of Museums at Eau Claire on Saturday April 21, 2007. For more information, contact Janet Dykema.

Preservation Easement Workshop

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Landmarks Illinois are co-sponsoring a preservation easement workshop that will address organizational practices and new legislative rules. Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Field Note

Markers are an important landscape feature that readily connect the public with their historic surroundings. Learn more about creating historic markers at the Spring 2007 MHS Local History Workshops in the session with Ellen Miller and Aaron Novodvorsky. The marker below interprets part of the story of the Granitoid Streets in Duluth.

A historical marker telling about Granitoid streets is positioned strategically so that the reader also sees the streets.

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