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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 31, 2007

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

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Discussions and Questions

Helping Public History for MN 150 (2 new messages) Greater inclusivity in Minnesota's story and greater historical consciousness in Minnesotans are desirable outcomes to MN 150 next year. How do you plan to achieve these goals?

Job Announcements

Museum Educator

Cedar Community, a not-for-profit senior housing corporation in West Bend, Wisconsin, seeks museum educator for an intergenerational program in a 1917 one-room school house and 1865 home of the founder. Contact Sue Becker, 262-306-2124.

Exhibit Designer

Chicago History Museum seeks qualified individual to design exhibitions that are experiential, engaging and accessible to diverse audiences; that effectively communicate content; and that apply up-to-date presentational methods. Application due by November 30, 2007.

Local Events

Monthly Museum Sampler- November 2007

Minnesota Association of Museums announces its sampler for Monday November 12, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. at the Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Minneapolis. Weisman educators Judi Petkau and Jamee Yung will lead an exploration of current exhibits using an inquiry-based technique called Critical Response. RSVP to Peter Olson, 651-225-6037.

Breweries in Minnesota

Nicollet County Historical Society will host Doug Hoverson, certified beer judge, in a pair of programs on November 10, 2007. At 1:30 p.m. those 21-years-old and older are invited to learn how to judge beer. At 3 p.m. Hoverson will overview the history of breweries in Minnesota. For tickets and information, contact Jessica Brockberg, 507-934-2160.


Lyon County Historical Society

"Lyon County Museum to meet with K of C to discuss rent" appeared in a recent issue of the Marshall Independent.

Grant Deadlines

FIRST Grants

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development solicits proposals to increase regional economic competiveness. Approximately $50,000 per region is available. Proposals are due November 30, 2007.

American Battlefield Grants

Through the National Park Service, the American Battlefield Protection Program awards $5,000 to $75,000 to protect and enhance battlefields. Though encouraged, match is not required. Application deadline is January 18, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

2008 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference

Keynote Speaker Scott Deming will use his book "The Brand Who Cried Wolf" as a basis for his presentation and two breakout sessions with practical tips. Registration:  $189 if received by January 10, 2008. Regular Registration cost is $215 and applies to all registrations and/or payments postmarked after January 10. Credit cards are now accepted for payment. Registration will open November 5.

Preservation of Photographs and Albums

Upstate History Alliance presents this online workshop January 7 to February 1, 2008. This 4-week course will first provide an overview of factors effecting the preservation and care of photographs.

Introduction to Reformatting

Upstate History Alliance presents this online workshop February 18 to March 14, 2008. This 4-week course will provide participants with essential information for those who are responsible for the management of paper-based, photographic, audio, and video collections that are seeking to create, manage, and preserve digital assets.

South Central Genealogy Expo

Minnesota State University, Mankato and Blue Earth County Historical Society host the 7th annual expo on November 3, 2007, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union on campus.

Field Note

When planning for exhibit space, two lighting systems may be useful. As seen below, larger shop lights can be used when general light is needed, such as for exhibit construction. Track lights on motion detectors can be used to minimize damage from light, reduce energy costs, and emphasize important points to the exhibit's story. Contact Bob Herskovitz with your lighting questions.

Flourescent shop lights and track spot lights on a wood ceiling.