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Minnesota Local History News

Published: September 12, 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

Necessary Museums? (1 new message) Museums can anchor a nonprofit historical organization and help it focus on a tangible product. But are museums truly necessary?

User or Visitor (New Post) How do you see your public, as active users or passive visitors?

Job Announcements

Exhibit Coordinator

Humanities Texas seeks a full-time exhibit coordinator to perform a variety of responsibilities related to its traveling exhibits and other public programs.


Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park seeks full time Director with excellent administrative skills including management, fund raising, grant writing, and public relations; the ability to manage a budget and a small staff; skill in delegating responsibility to and working with volunteers. Apply by October 27 to Dianne Gravesen, Burnett County Historical Society, 8500 County Road U, Danbury, WI  54830.


Flood Recovery

With as many as 1,500 homes in southeastern Minnesota affected by flooding, the Minnesota Historical Society has updated its emergency response web page with new information about recovery of items damaged in floods. For more information contact Bob Herskovitz, 651-259-3465, or 1-800-657-3773.

Also, there are addional responses to flood damage on the Minnesota Council of Foundations website.

Free Books!

Institute for Museum and Library Services will give away 2,000 copies of its "Connecting to Collections Bookshelf," an informative, practical resource to help the nation’s museums and libraries sustain heritage. Applications will be accepted September 1 – November 15, 2007 and March 1 – April 15, 2008. More Information.

Washington County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Minnesota photographer Doug Ohman will be the featured speaker at the Washington County Historical Society’s fall dinner meeting on Thursday, September 20. The meeting will be held at Boutwells Landing Town Center and starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m.

World War I Memorials

Is there a World War I Memorial in your community? The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office seeks World War I memorials in Minnesota. Contact Dennis Gimmestad, 651-259-3456.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Board Development

American Association for State and Local History announces its newest online course, Board Development. This online course is designed to provide training to staff and board members of history organizations. October 15 – November 9, 2007; registration opens online September 15.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Joint Local History and Historic Preservation Conferences will be held in Eau Claire on October 26-27, 2007. For a single registration fee, participants will be able to attend sessions in either one or both conventions. View the Conference Brochure for further information.

Field Note

Mill stones are one of the more common pieces of the past found at local historical organizations. Below, the Little Canada Historical Society added protection to stones in its care.

Plexiglass case with pyrimidal roof over two mill stones on a gravel base.