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Minnesota Local History News

Published: May 9, 2007

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

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Preservation Month Events

10 Most Endangered

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota announced its Ten Most Endangered Historic Places for 2007. The list was selected from nominations submitted by citizens and groups from around the state.

Winona National Preservation Month Reception

The City of Winona's Heritage Preservation Commission will be holding its annual Preservation Month reception Wednesday, May 9 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Winona National Bank, 204 Main Street, Winona.  Historian Dan Hoisington will provide a presentation on the benefits of preservation and local historic districts.  Refreshments will be served.  Event is free.  Information at 507-457-8250.

Bungalow Club Home Tour:  Fabulous Foursquares

The Twin Cities Bungalow Club's popular spring home tour will focus this year on American Foursquares-the stately, larger cousin of the bungalow.  Pick up a tour map with the homes' addresses and descriptions any time after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the first house:  671 Palace Ave., St. Paul (two blocks north of W. 7th St. at Osceola Ave. S.)  Questions:  612-724-5816.  Bungalow Club members free; non-members $5

Duluth Preservation Alliance Awards Ceremony

The Duluth Preservation Alliance will be presenting its Annual Preservation Awards at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 219 E. 6th, Duluth, Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m.  Contact Bob Berg at 218-728-4903 for questions.

St. Paul Heritage Preservation Awards

The St. Paul Heritage Preservation Awards recognize projects, individuals and organizations that enhance and celebrate Saint Paul's history and promote preservation values and compatible design for a more livable city. 6 p.m., Tuesday May 15 at City Hall at 15 W. Kellogg Boulevard, Lower Level Concourse. Please RSVP to AIA MN at 612-338-6763.  There is a $5.00 suggested donation at the door.

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards

Every year the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects honor distinguished preservationists and noteworthy preservation projects across the city. 2007 award winners will be announced at a luncheon held at International Market Square on May 17, 2007.  Please register online at by Monday, May 12, at 12 p.m.

Discussions and Questions

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Job Announcements


TRACES provides the opportunity to work in a variety of fields such as museum marketing and promotions, programming, group tours and exhibit development. A $500 summer intern scholarship may be available through the Minnesota Association of Museums (applicant must apply for scholarship by May 15). Housing may also be available to summer interns. Contact Eric Brandt for additional information.

Collections Manager

The International Quilt Study Center, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, seeks a Collections Manager. Review of
resumes will begin June 21. For more information, contact Carolyn Ducey, 402-472-6301.

Executive Director

Des Moines County Historical Society, based in Burlington, Iowa, seeks an Executive Director to oversee its three museums in a county with a population of over 40,000. This new position will supervise moving to a new museum in historic downtown Burlington. Beginning salary: $26,000, plus benefits. Position open until filled. Contact Judy Johnson for questions or to apply.

Museum Educator

The University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses seeks a Museum Educator. Please apply on line through Human Resources.

Local Events

Ramsey County Historical Society book event

Author James B. Bell will discuss From Arcade Street to Main Street, a History of the Seeger Refrigerator Company on Saturday May 19, 2007, 2 - 4 p.m. at Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street, Room 317, St. Paul. For more information contact Maureen McGinn.


MHS Grant Program Update

As of May 8, 2007, the prospects of additional one-time funding for the Minnesota Historical Society’s grants program remain uncertain.  The Legislature passed the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill, which includes additional grants funding. Because this large bill contains a number of provisions the Governor does not support, the Governor vetoed the bill on May 7. The Legislature will seek to revise the bill but final levels of funding remain to be determined.  The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on May 21, but if its work is not completed, the Governor could call for a Special Session after that date.

Tax Credit Update

Minnesota has an opportunity to become the 30th state to provide incentives for preservation of historic structures through the use of a state historic preservation tax credit. Over the next week, a joint House/Senate conference committee is considering this proposal in the Omnibus Tax Bill conference committee. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit is in the House proposal, but not the Senate proposal. Contact Bonnie McDonald at the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota for more details.

Blogger Perception on Digital Preservation

Help inform researchers on the value of preservation of digital records, specifically weblog (or blog) entries. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, and your input will remain confidential. The survey will be available through May 23.

Minnesotan heads AAM

On May 3, 2007 the American Association of Museums named Ford W. Bell as its new President and CEO.

Write Richfield History

Richfield Historical Society released "Richfield History Wiki" on its website for citizens to write about their memories of Richfield's history.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Mountain Plains Museum Association

MPMA's annual conference is in Fargo-Moorhead, September 10-14, 2007. Early registration is due by July 13.

Museums and Digitization

The American Association for State and Local History will present a workshop introducing cultural heritage institutions to issues associated with digitization of primary source materials. The Minnesota Historical Society will host the workshop on July 11-13, 2007 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Log Building Workshop

Shake Rag Alley Arts Center in Mineral Point, Wisconsin offers a workshop where participants will disassemble, restore and reassemble a historic 1828 log cabin. The class will be taught by Alan Pape, who has restored over 100 pioneer structures around the nation, helped develop Old World Wisconsin (state historic site), and wrote The Restoration & Maintenance Guide for Log Home Guide.

Field Note

The Goodhue Area Historical Society's kitchen exhibit has an excellent example of a documented artifact. Not only it is known that Anna Matthees owned the coffee grinder in the collection, the exhibit includes a photograph showing Anna using the grinder.

Wood cased coffee grinder with iron crank handle in the foreground, with a photo of the grinder's owner using the grinder.