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Minnesota Local History News

Published: May 30, 2007

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

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Preservation Month Events

New Minneapolis historic preservation web site

Preserve Minneapolis is the name of a new web site that promotes interest in historic preservation. It lists events and has an excellent section titled 'Preservation Basics."

Lundie Cabin Tour

The Schroeder Area Historical Society has scheduled its fourth annual tour of selected residences designed by Edwin Lundie for Saturday, July 21, 2007. The popular tour of North Shore historic buildings is a fundraiser for the SAHS and costs $150 per person. For more information call the Cross River Heritage Center, 218-663-7706.

Discussions and Questions

See new posting in Local History Reads discussion.

Job Announcements

Otter Tail County Historical Society - Education Coordinator

Otter Tail County Historical Society seeks a permanent education coordinator, 30 hours/week with benefits. Will develop and coordinate outreach and tour activities. Bachelor's degree, background in education helpful but not required. Apply by email or mail to Chris Schuelke, OTCHS, 1110 Lincoln Ave. W, Fergus Falls, MN 56537. Include cover letter and resume. Search closes June 19, 2007.

Local Events

Documentary on WWII German-American internees

TRACES Center for History and Culture is cooperating with the French-German collaborative cultural-TV network ARTE on a documentary about German-Americans interred by the U.S. government during WWII.  A public program about the project will be held at Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St. in St. Paul, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2007.  For more information contact Eric Brandt at 651-292-8700.

Minnesota WWII memorial dedication

The Minnesota's Greatest Generation Project will play a pivotal role at the June 9 dedication of the World War II Memorial by hosting discussions by leading authors, screening short films, providing hands-on activities for kids, showcasing WWII artifacts from our collection and gathering stories from the generation for the Share Your Story website.

Cemetery tour in Scott County

Local genealogist Betty Dols weaves marvelous stories of pioneers, the first mayor of Shakopee, and grave robbers on a walk through Valley cemetery at noon on Thursday, May 31, 2007. Register through Shakopee Community Education 952-496-5029 class code: 303045-A.

Minnesota Association of Museums Monthly Museum Sampler

The next MAM Sampler is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 1:30 to 3 pm at the Hennepin History Museum,
2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. Executive Director Jada K. Hansen will talk about her experience in working with Past Perfect 4. Hansen will talk about the pros and cons of cataloguing under one format versus another. Following the discussion about Past Perfect, curator Jack Kabrud will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's upcoming exhibits in development, as well as its creative storage spaces. To RSVP, e-mail Nina Clark.


Fundraising idea

The Otter Tail County Historical Society has scheduled a unique fundraising event, "Big Al's Grill Team Barbecue Dinner," from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2007 on the museum's front lawn in Fergus Falls. Allen Arvig is "Big Al", owner of Arvig Communication Systems in Perham. Big Al's Grill Team has been doing competitions, classes and charity work since 1995 and has placed 2nd and 6th in BBQ Ribs at the American Royale (the World Series of BBQ) and have won numerous arwards for BBQ in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.

Deadline for NAGPRA's new regulations

Museums and Federal agencies subject to the provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) have until October 20, 2007, to complete required summaries of their collections or holdings. The deadline is one of several included in final regulations published in the Federal Register March 21 outlining procedures for the future applicability of the law to museums and Federal agencies. The new regulations go into effect on April 20. To date, 774 museums and 289 Federal agency units have provided summaries or inventories to approximately 770 Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations. The October deadline applies to museums and Federal agencies that have received new collections or holdings since they completed their summaries, or have collections or holdings affiliated with a newly acknowledged Indian tribe. NAGPRA, a Federal law enacted in 1990, address the rights of lineal descendants, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony with which they are affiliated. The law requires federal agencies and museums to consult with tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations, provide summaries and inventories of their collections, and upon receipt of a valid claim, repatriate cultural items to the appropriate parties. The regulations are online.

The Definitions Project

Representatives from over two dozen federal agencies, nonprofit professional organizations, and not-for-profit organizations came together to agree on the definitions of common terminology used by interpreters, environmental educators, historians, and others in nonformal settings such as parks, aquariums, zoos, nature centers, historic sites, and museums. The result of their work is included in this web site and is available copyright-free for download or web-based use by anyone who needs it. The Definitions Project was initially funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency. It has been organized by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) in cooperation with US Fish and Wildlife Service and Institute for Learning Innovation.

Museum Education Roundtable

The Museum Education Roundtable was formed in 1969 to enrich and promote the field of museum education. It publishes the only professional journal devoted to museum education, the Journal of Museum Education.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

PastPerfect museum software training

PastTime software has scheduled a three-day class series for PastPerfect and Virtual Exhibit training at the Minnesota History Center on September 11-13, 2007. The three-day class series covers one topic each day. Students may register for any one day, a combination of days or all days. Register online.

Field Note

The Verndale Historical Society is building a 1/6th scale model of the community's 1880 grist mill. It is intended to be a working model with moving parts and will be used for educational purposes, although VHS representatives say they "haven't figured out a way to make the wheat to scale to actually mill flour!" The grist mill will be unveiled and demonstrated at a celebration at the Verndale High School auditorium on Father's Day, June 17, 2007. The program will run from 1:00 to 3:00 with refreshments to follow. Read more about the grist mill on the Verndale web site.  Verndale gristmill