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Minnesota Local History News

Published: November 21, 2007

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

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Discussions and Questions

REMINDER: Please send items for late December and early January by December 7 for the December 12 issue. As usual, the LHN will not be published December 19, December 26, or January 2 in observance of the holidays. LHN will return to your inboxes January 9, 2008.

Helping Public History for MN 150 (2 new messages) MN 150 is an excellent opportunity to network among peers. In what ways are you willing to share your work with your colleagues? What would you like academics to do for you?

Input Sought for Murphy's Landing (new post) What's in a name? Three Rivers Park District wants to know what you, its colleagues, thinks of potential new names for a revitalized Murphy's Landing.

Under a Microscope (new post) Read comments from IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller about reasons for new reporting requirements and his thoughts on current nonprofit trends. Do your experiences match his concerns?

Job Announcements

Local History Services Coordinator

Indiana Historical Society seeks candidates for the part-time position of coordinator, LHS operations. Primary responsibilities are assisting the director and assistant director, LHS, especially with database-related tasks, administration of the County Historian Program and administrative support for workshops and training sessions. Contact Jeff Harris for details.

Local Events

Book signing event

Moose Lake Area Historical Society will host five regional authors at a book signing event on Saturday December 1, 2007, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blacklock and Moose Horn Framing Galleries in Moose Lake.

Lefse Festival Cook-off

Beltrami County Historical Society hosts its 3rd annual "Lefse Festival Cook-off" Tuesday December 4, 2007 at the Hampton Inn, Bemidji from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  General admission of $5 includes music, refreshments, lefse for sale/sample, vendors and great door prizes. Entry fee for each lefse maker is $15, and vendor tables are $30. Contact Wanda Hoyum, 218-444-DEPO/3376.

"High Tea" in Bemidji

Beltrami County Historical Society hosts "High Tea" Saturday December 8, 2007 at the depot museum, from 2-4 p.m.  A variety of teas will be served along with savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets.  Participants are encouraged to wear vintage hats/clothing. The cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children includes refreshments, free museum admission and vintage style photographic keepsake. Contact Wanda Hoyum, 218-444-DEPO/3376.

Christmas open house in Farwell  

Pope County Historical Society's Christmas open house will be co-hosted by the Kensington Area Heritage Society at the Farwell Community Center on Saturday December 1, 2007 from 1 to 4 p.m. Contact Merlin Peterson, 320-634-3293.


Free Flood Posters

Readers of LHN quickly claimed all that Local History Services Office had. Additionaly paper copies of "A History of Flooding in the Red River Basin" can be requested by contacting the Water Commission, 701-328-4989.

First annual meeting video

Cold Spring Area Historical Society held its first annual meeting of the membership on October 22, 2007. Video of the meeting is posted online.

Dundas 150 years

City of Dundas celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2007. Learn how art can be used to mark anniversaries, and check out the link to 150 images of Dundas.

Welcome back Hermes

"Hermes returns to Otter Tail County Historical Society" appeared in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, November 17, 2007.

Military images online

Spencer Johnson of the LeDuc Historic Estate recommends Military and Historical Image Bank to help local historical organizations identify nineteenth-century military artifacts.

Electronic postcard filing

Comments (narrow search to IRS, and select "Notification Requirement for Tax-Exempt Entities Not Currently Required To File") about the Internal Revenue Service's new requirement for nonprofits with less than $25,000 of income to file an electronic postcard, 990-N are due February 15, 2008.

Tips on marketing

McKinsey Quarterly recently published an interview with Chip Heath on "Crafting a Message that Sticks."

Architects chosen in Winona

"Historical Society picks firm to design addition" appeared in the Winona Daily News, November 14, 2007.

Grant Deadlines

2008 HECUA Partners Internship Program Deadline Approaching

Partners Internship Program (PIP) enables 20 nonprofit organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota and northwestern Wisconsin to hire an undergraduate intern who is paid to work full time for 400 hours or 10 weeks during the summer.  Organizations that received a PIP grant in 2005, 2006 or 2007 are not eligible in 2008.  For information, contact Trisha Hasbargen, 651-287-3316. Deadline to apply: November 27, 2007

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference

Join Explore Minnesota for a full day focusing on Cultural Tourism.  Topics and speakers will address smaller arts and culture organizations January 22–24, 2008 at the Alltel Civic Center, Mankato.

Field Note

Often local history organizations limit collecting to items representing a geographical area. However, it is important to consider the stories of citizens from that area when they have gone to other parts of the world. Below is a trophy from a resident of Lac qui Parle County at the county museum. In what ways do you show the interactions of your citizens with the world?

Head and front paws of a Kodiak bear on a white wall, 1965.