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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 10, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Necessary Museums? (2 new messages) For a new historical organization with limited resources, is starting a museum a cost-effective way to educate the public? Please elaborate.

Refusing a Bequest (New Post) How should a collecting organization handle bequests of artifacts to its museum collection?

Local Events

MN150 Opens October 13

The MN150 exhibit at the Minnesota History Center explores the people, places and things that helped shape our great state over the last 150 years. Be among the first to see this exhibit at the Opening Celebration, October 11, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Fireside Chat

Hennepin History Museum presents a Fireside Chat with Curtis Dahlin, author of "Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones and Stories" on Saturday October 13, at 2 p.m. Dahlin will detail his new book which locates, identifies, and records those gravesites as a unique and vivid way of telling the story of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Closing Ceremony

Anoka County Historical Society will host a closing program for its AASLH award-winning exhibit, "Vietnam: The Veteran's Experience" on Saturday November 10, 2007 at 3 p.m.


Compensation at nonprofits

Guidestar released its 2007 compensation report for nonprofit organizations based on 2005 reporting on Internal Revenue Service returns.

Papers on Digital Access to Heritage

International Cultural Heritage Informatics conference papers are posted online and cover a broad range of digital issues related public access to heritage information. The papers will be presented at the upcoming conference in Toronto, October 24-26, 2007.

Nominations Sought

Peter C. Rollins Documentary Award is currently accepting film and video documentary/nonfiction entries that treat aspects of popular and American culture. Send submission copies with completed entry form to the jury chair; materials must be postmarked by November 22, 2007.

New local history website

Cold Spring Area Historical Society announced its new website. Watch for additions to the website in the coming months.

Negative Collection on Display

Cokato Historical Society is pleased to announce that its fall display will feature newly-available images from the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio's negative collection. For more information, please call 320-286-2427.

Interpreter online

The November/December issue of the Minnesota History Interpreter is now online.

Redesigned website

National Council on Public History announces its website is redesigned.

Free Listing on

Is your organizations listed with Minnesota Tourism? To start the process, go to Click on the button entitled "Add a Listing." Enter all required information and click on "RequestId." Minnesota Tourism will help you through the process after that.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Sesquicentennial Mini-Conference

Those planning events to commemorate Minnesota's 150th year through the end of 2008 should attend the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission's mini-conference at Roseville City Hall on October 24, 2007. Both the conference and parking are free. Contact Karen Rickert, 651-296-1870.

Wisconsin Local History Conference

A reminder that the deadline to register for the Joint Local History and Historic Preservation Conference is this week!

Field Note

With Veteran's Day one month from tomorrow, many organizations are planning events to honor military service. Pictured below is a memorial to veterans of the First World War at Runestone Park near Alexandria. Dennis Gimmestad in the MHS Historic Preservation Department is interested in learning about First World War memorials in your community.

World War 1 Memorial

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