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Minnesota Local History News

Published: November 14, 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

Ready for the Boom? (3 new messages) Comments question the presumption of the extent of a predicted Boomer volunteer influx. How might local historical organizations offer volunteer opportunities to appeal to Boomers?

Helping Public History for MN 150 (2 new messages) Independent historian Krista Hanson offers a public program on the house museums of Minnesota.

Ag equipment advice sought

Otter Tail County Historical Society seeks input from around the state as to the uniqueness of seven items in its collection. All of these items are horse-powered agricultural implements: Plow, Disk; Plow, Gang; Cultivator, Corn; Plow, Sulky; Planter, Corn; and two Drills. This information will help determine if these items will be deaccessioned. Images are available.  If you have any of these or are looking for any of these items, please contact Kathy Evavold.

Posters available

Local History Services Offices has a very limited supply of free posters detailing Red River floods from 1882-2006. First come, first served. Send shipping address to David Grabitske.

Job Announcements

Museum Assistant

Dickinson (North Dakota) Museum Center seeks Museum Assistant to assist with preservation of museum collections, the maintenance of accessions, the development of educational and interpretive museum collection programming and performing exhibit planning duties.

Associate Curator of Technology

Curator of Design and Decorative Arts

Associate Curator of Transportation

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI seeks applicants for the above three positions.

Electronic Records Archivist

Montana Historical Society’s Research Center seeks an Electronic Records Archivist to establish an electronic records management program; specifically to analyze, appraise, accession, preserve, and provide access to digital audio and video recordings of the Montana State Legislature.

Local Events

Archaeology of Ft. Ridgely

Nicollet County Historical Society presents Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Archaeologist Doug George, who will reveal many impressive finds, including a fire ring thought to be thousands of years old. Free, 1 p.m. on November 17, 2007 at the Treaty Site History Center, 1851 North Minnesota Street, St. Peter.

Christmas in the Village

Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) announces its Christmas in the Village for Friday, November 30, 2007, 4:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, 2007, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Village of Yesteryear, 1448 Austin Road in Owatonna.

Hometown Holiday Weekend

The Owatonna Business Partnership and the Steele County Historical Society will host the second annual Hometown Holiday Weekend November 29 - December 2, 2007.  featuring Vintage Carolers, a lighted "Caroling Parade," songbooks, new "dancing lights" and decorations, and cider and cookies.


Nominations sought

Northwest Minnesota Women's Hall of Fame seeks nominations for induction in 2008 by Monday, December 3, 2007.

Greater Litchfield Opera House Association organizes

Litchfield citizens are organizing to save their National Register of Historic Places opera house. Want to help? Contact Darlene Kotelnicki, 320-693-6472.

History Detectives seek mysteries

History Detectives is a PBS series about the discovery, documentation and preservation of historic American artifacts. If you’ve got an object – anything that can be photographed – with a curious connection to American history email the producers

Allowance for one-time gifts closing

Did you know the Pension Protection Act of 2006 permits donors age 70 1/2 or older to make charitable gifts of up to $100,000 in 2007 directly from a Traditional or Roth IRA to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations? This one-time allowance ends December 31, 2007. Make sure your members know of this provision.

Architect selected in Winona

Winona County Historical Society announced the selection of Hammel Green and Abrahamson of Minneapolis to design a new facility addition to their current building in the heart of Winona, Minnesota.  The addition will allow the Historical Society to expand its mission and provide much needed space for its growing artifact collection.  The $3 million expansion will open in 2010 for the 75th anniversary of the historical society. Contact Mark Peterson, 507-454-2723.

Grant Deadlines

Interpreting America's Historic Places Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) We the People program, Interpreting America’s Historic Places grants support public humanities projects that exploit the evocative power of historic places to address themes and issues central to American history and culture, including those that advance knowledge of how the founding principles of the United States have shaped American history and culture for more than two hundred years. Deadline is January 23, 2008.

Field Note

Regional historical organizations help constituent member organizations to coordinate planning and programs. One of the most active in Minnesota is Minnesota's Historic Northwest. For details about its success and copies of its new brochure, contact current chair Dean Vikan.

Detail from a brochure cover.