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Minnesota Local History News

Published: November 7, 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

Helping Public History for MN 150 (3 new messages) How can Minnesota's historical organizations appeal to the public's self-interest to prompt a better understanding of what the state's story is?

Ready for the Boom? (New Post) Two articles recently explored what the aging of the Baby Boom generation will mean for nonprofits. What have you been experiencing?

Wanted: School desks and map

Finland Minnesota Historical Society has a one-room schoolhouse. We would like to purchase or receive via donation a number of school desks that would be similar to those used between 1915 and 1930 when the school functioned.  Also, wall maps showing the United States as it was 90 years ago would be nice, too. - Jack Pichotta

Job Announcements

New Manager of Outreach Services named at MHS

It gives me great pleasure to announce that David Grabitske is the new Manager of Outreach Services in the Minnesota Historical Society's Historic Preservation Department effective November 16. David takes on this new assignment during exciting times among Minnesota's many local and county historical organization partners.

Britta Bloomberg
Head, Historic Preservation

Local Events

Closing ceremony

The closing ceremonies for "Vietnam: The Veteran’s Experience" will be held at the Anoka County History Center and Library on Saturday, November 10, 2007, beginning at 1 p.m. Contact Vickie Wendel, 763-421-0600.

Holiday tours in Rochester

Historic Mayowood Mansion Christmas Tours will be held November 9-18, 2007, on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Contact Barb Dahlin, 507-282-9447.

History of Minnehaha Creek

Linden Hills History Study Group presents "Minnehaha Creek: A History in Pictures" by Deborah Morse-Kahn on Tuesday November 13, 2007, 7 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave S. $3 admission for non- members.


Latest issue of CHTN

The fall 2007 edition of "Cultural Heritage Tourism News" is now available online.

New online conservation periodical

The first issue of "e_conservation magazine" is now online and available for free download! Note: You must register first to have access to the full download.

Extended run

Cokato Historical Society announces that its current exhibit, "Cokato According to Gust" has been extended through January 20, 2008. 

Online agriculture history

Ben Leonard from the Nicollet County Historical Society suggests the United States Department of Agriculture's website as it contains digitized copies of U.S. Agriculture Census from 1840 to 1950.

Book from Hill Farm Historical Society

Book coverThree Bold Ventures: The History of North Oaks, a 240-page book was published this past spring by the Hill Farm Historical Society. Copies may be ordered through Bookhouse Fulfillment or by contacting Joan Brainard, 651-484-5414.


Touring mill model

Verndale Historical Society educates the public with a new 1/6th scale model of a former grist mill, 1880-1912. Built on a trailer for mobility, the Society takes it to local celebrations. For more information, contact Clarence Horsager.

Be a secret no more

Guidestar offers timely advice on how to be better known in its recent article, "Branding Helps Reveal 'The Best-Kept Secret in Town.'"

Historic St. Cloud Post Office preserved

"Remade post office is letter-perfect" was in the November 3, 2007 issue of the St. Cloud Times.

Field Note

In the fall of 2006 Tim Glines from the Minnesota Historical Society shared information about another mill model (at the Swift County Historical Society in Benson) with volunteers at the Verndale Historical Society. Contact Clarence Horsager about Vendale's mill.

Two men in front of a partially completed mill model.