Discussions and Questions
Refusing a Bequest (2 new messages) Having a solid collection policy and constantly educating the public on how history is preserved are two important measures to prevent being given something to care for beyond the scope of your mission.
Necessary Museums? (1 new message) Whether or not a new organization operates a museum, it is important that the organization have partners to work most effectively.
Richfield Historical Society annual meeting
Peggy Samples Carlson will be speaking on her experiences growing up in Richfield as a minority. For tickets and information contact Lisa Plank,
Yaggy Colby Lecture Series
Olmsted County Historical Society in cooperation with Rochester Public Library presents "Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History" by Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky, Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. in the Rochester Public Library Auditorium, 101 Second Street SE, Rochester. Free admission. For further information contact Barb Dahlin, 507-282-9447.
In the latest issue of Common-Place the editors asked Megan Marshall, "Why Biography?" Marshall argues that biography may be entering a new golden age as the "progenitor of history."
Proposed new exhibit
"Exhibit heart of decade-long plan" appeared in the October 11, 2007 Mankato Free Press.
Right way to resign from a board
BoardCafe's October 15, 2007 newsletter has thoughtful advice on how to tactfully withdraw from board service for a variety of reasons.
New Minnesota State History
For the state's sesquicentennial, Minnesota Historical Society Press published "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out" by Annette Atkins, the first complete state history published in thirty years. "Creating Minnesota" is an innovative approach to telling Minnesota's story.
Alderson Internship Grant
AASLH awards up to $3,000 on a 1:3 match each year to an institutional member for a graduate-student intern.
Mailed copy of applications are due in the AASLH office by 5 p.m., December 15, 2007: Alderson Internship, AASLH, 1717 Church St., Nashville, TN 37203. Contact Bethany Hawkins, 615-320-3203.
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
Climate Control for Small Institutions
New York Upstate History Alliance will offer this online course November 19-December 14, 2007. Explore the issues that need to be considered when planning for climate control. Low cost-low tech solutions will be offered and discussed.
Basic Preservation, Care & Handling of Paper Based Materials
New York Upstate History Alliance will offer this online course October 22- November 11, 2007. Learn factors effecting the preservation and care of paper-based materials. Building on this knowledge, participants will then learn about appropriate techniques for handling and storing collection materials and recommended sources for supplies.
Care of Textiles
Northern States Conservation Center
offers this online course November 5 - November 30, 2007. Caring for textiles demands understanding textile deterioration. This course offers a simplified explanation of the origin and structure of textile fibers.
Discussion on the blog this week suggested that organizations might consider forging partnerships to digitize collections to broaden access to history. This past summer volunteers and staff from many local organizations educated themselves concerning digitization at an AASLH workshop, pictured below. And, many organizations have partnered with Minnesota Reflections to share items from their collections.