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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 24, 2007

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

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Discussions and Questions

Wanted: Furnishings

Minnesota State School Orphanage Museum in Owatonna, MN needs furnishings: 'tube metal' single beds, hardwood straight-back and rocking chairs, large fancy library table, two davenports, institutional bedding, and boys knickers. Style: 1900 - 40s institutional. Contact Dan Moeckly, 507-444-4315.

Necessary Museums? (1 new message) In what ways are museum buildings "millstones preventing progress"?

Helping Public History for MN 150 (New Post) In what ways could academic historians help local historical organizations mark Minnesota's 150th birthday in 2008?

Job Announcements

Executive Director

Norskedalen, a well-established non-profit nature and Norwegian heritage center located on over 400 acres in Western Wisconsin, is looking for a full time Executive Director. Contact Patricia Boge, 608-452-3424. The complete job description is available on the website. Deadline for applications is November 10, 2007. Start date is February 2008.

Local Events

Halloween in Nicollet County

Join the Nicollet County Historical Society at the E. St. Julien Cox House Saturday October 27, 2007, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for a theatrical tour ripped from past headlines. Special thanks to Saint Peter Area Children's Theater for assisting with talent! Contact Jessica Brockberg, 507-934-2160.

Book Signing in Washington County

Washington County Historical Society presents Elise Schebler Roberts, author of, "The Quilt: A History and Celebration of an American Art Form," at the Warden's House Museum, 602 North Main Street – Stillwater, on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 2 p.m. See a few of the quilts from the Society's collection that are featured in the book.

Rare Wood Tour in Ramsey County

Ramsey County Historical Society celebrates 125 years of Villaume Industries' history through its stunning woodwork within the St. Paul City Hall - Ramsey County Courthouse Thursday, October 25, 2007, at 6:30 p.m.


Updated Charities Compliance Guide

The United States Internal Revenue Service released a new 36-page compliance guide for 501(c)(3) organizations.

2007 AMM Salary Survey Report

The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) released the 2007 Salary Survey Report. Survey reports are available for purchase for $25 for AMM members and $50 for non-members.

Grenade discovered in collection

"Historical Society makes surprising find" appeared in the October 18, 2007 Savage Pacer.

Civil War records to be digitized

National Archives and Records Administration and the Genealogical Society of Utah will pilot a project to digitize pension records of Union Army veterans.

World Digital Library

United States Library of Congress recently agreed to partner with other major libraries around the world to contribute content to a World Digital Library.

Grant Deadlines

Conservation Assessment Program

As a reminder, CAP grant applications are due on December 1, 2007.

Museums for America

Museums for America grants strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public. Applications are due November 1, 2007.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference

Hold the date for the second annual Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference on January 22-24, 2008 at the Alltel Civic Center in Mankato. Watch the website for updates in early November.

Field Note

Improving storage conditions continues to be an important goal for many local historical organizations in Minnesota. Everything from acquiring acid-free tissue and boxes to metal shelving and more stabile environments should be considered. Below is the Nicollet County Historical Society's storage project in process.

Cream colored metal shelving with gray acid-free boxes.