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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 3, 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

Collecting Trophies (2 new messages) From a cost-benefit point of view, trophies may not fit many collections. From a mission point of view, trophies may be a story worth preserving despite the cost in time and space. How do you solve the trophy issue at your organization?

Necessary Museums? (1 new message) For new historical organizations tough choices need to be made about the kinds of services to offer. Does a formal exhibit need to be one of them?

Job Announcements

Assistant Archaeologist

State of Indiana, Department of Natural Resources seeks Assistant Archaeologist to schedule and provide archaeological and structural information for records reviews, records checks, and issuance of state archaeological site numbers. Apply electronically before October 9, 2007.


GAO report on Smithsonian

The United States Government Accountability Office recently released its report on The Smithsonian Institution.

Comments on redesigned Form 990

The United States Internal Revenue Service posted comments that it has electronically received concerning the redesigned Form 990.  Paper responses will be posted soon.

E-File for Form 990

For tax years ending on or after December 31, 2006, exempt organizations' electronic filing requirement has expanded.

Bookmarks Available

Minnesota Digital Library has new bookmarks to share.  Order yours in quantities of 50 from Marian Rengel, 320-308-5625.

Historic Farm Context

National Barn Alliance recently commended the Minnesota Department of Transportation for its thorough state historic farm context report by Susan Granger and Scott Kelly, Gemini Research.

Grant Deadlines

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs Grant

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.

Preservation Needs Assessment Grants

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is currently accepting applicants through December 7, 2007, for its subsidized Preservation Needs Assessment Program.  Contact Laura Hortz Stanton, 215-545-0613.

LEGO Children's Fund Grants

LEGO Children's Fund awards grants to 510(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations with specific, identifiable needs primarily in early childhood education and development; technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities; sports or athletic programs that concentrate on underserved youth.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

MOMCC Fall Conference

MOMCC comes to Minneapolis! Fall conference registration forms are now available online. Deadlines are fast approaching, so please visit the website to register: October 8 - Hotel Reservation: Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites; October 15 - Early Registration; and November 1 - Registration Deadline - Placement in workshops not guaranteed after this date.

American Association of Museums

AAM will meet in Denver on April 27 to May 1, 2008.  Early-bird registrations are due February 1, 2008.

Exhibits Planning Workshop deadline approaching

Don't miss the opportunity to attend the Exhibits Planning Workshop with Tom McKay. After decades of award-winning service to county and local historical organizations in Iowa and Wisconsin, Tom McKay provides a lively, informative, and exceptionally practical approach to exhibits at small and medium sized historical organizations. Register by October 8.

Field Note

Though patrons of historical organizations are often called "visitors," some suggest the term "user" might be more appropriate. One measure to capture the number of users is a guestbook, as seen below at the Sauk Centre Area Historical Society. Would labeling our patrons "users" help us more accurately count our visitors?

Bound blank book with names, dates of visit, and contact information on a wooden table.