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Minnesota Local History News

Published: September 19, 2007

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

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Discussions and Questions

User or Visitor (4 new messages) There are lots of words to describe participants at local historical organizations, and what an organization chooses to use is individual. Even though one term may not fit all, is there one that is broad enough to be the most inclusive?

Necessary Museums? (1 new message) Claudia makes a good point about 3-dimensional objects being more accessible to everyone than library and archives materials that presume a literate public. What costs should a new museum anticipate to adequately support a 3-dimensional collection?

Local Events

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Presentation

Scott County Community Education announces a presentation by Stephen E. Osman, senior research historian at the Minnesota Historical Society, on the circumstances of the war and its lasting legacy. Choose one of three venues: September 20, 6:30 p.m. in Shakopee, 952-496-5029; September 25, 6:30 p.m. in Jordan, 952-492-6211; or, October 2, 6:30 p.m. in Belle Plaine, 952-873-2411. Call to register.


Revitalizing Historic Fort Snelling

Minnesota Historical Society unveiled plans to revitalize Historic Fort Snelling, the rebuilt 1820s walled fort overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Public comments to the National Park Service will be accepted through September 26, 2007.

Gebhard Award seeks nominees

The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians invites the submission of articles and books on the subject of Minnesota architectural history to the sixth David Stanley Gebhard Award. For additional information, contact Victoria Young, 651-962-5855.

Tomb of the Unknowns may be replaced

The National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks comments on the proposed replacement of the 1932 Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Honor your board

Boss Day is October 16, and for nonprofits the boss is the board. GuideStar offers Top Five ways to show you value your board.

Generation change and technology

Management advisor Peter Brinckerhoff explores the differences between Boomers and Generation X who use technology at nonprofits.

New filing rules for small nonprofits

The Internal Revenue Service will require the submission of an electronic postcard from all nonprofits with gross receipts of $25,000 or less or risk loosing their tax deductible status. The new policy applies to fiscal years beginning after December 31, 2006.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

The State We're In

This conference will explore creative and critical approaches to Minnesota history at age 150, on May 28-30, 2008. Proposals are invited for presentation of scholarship, demonstrations, workshops, round-tables, works-in-progress on all aspects of Minnesota history.  Individual or group proposals welcome.  Sumbit proposals by January 15, 2008 to Annette Atkins (in Word, if possible) including title, brief abstract, preferred format, and one-page vita for each participant.

Exhibit Planning Workshop with Tom McKay

Consider attending one of the two Exhibit Planning Workshops on October 18 at the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society in Madison or October 19 at the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City. Register.

Field Note

Bilingual exhibits can bring two cultures closer together. Below is one example from the Stevens County Historical Society exploring Dakota and Settlement history in the county.

Upright panel explains the use of buffalo parts in both English and Dakota.