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Minnesota Local History News

Published: September 26, 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) The growth in use of library collections suggests that library and archives are broadly accessible. Is it necessary for a historical organization to have a library also?

Collecting Trophies (New Post) 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?

Job Announcements

Interpretive Planner

The Texas Historical Commission seeks an interpretive planner to perform advanced interpretive planning and research work, and develop an overall historic site strategic interpretive plan as well as interpretive plans and programs for individual historic sites.

Local Events

History Corps lecture for November

Hamline Midway History Corps presents Stew Thornley, author of "Six Feet Under: A Graveyard Guide to Minnesota" (MHS Press, 2004) on Thursday, November 15, 2007, 7:00 p.m. at Hamline Midway Branch Library Auditorium 1538 West Minnehaha Avenue, St. Paul.

Harvest Festival

An old-fashioned Harvest Festival will be held at the Gibbs Museum on Sunday, October 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

Automotive history

Ramsey County Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled "Henry Ford Wins the Power Struggle for the High Dam," on Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Auditorium in Landmark Center in St. Paul.


Your advice sought on preserving electronic documents

Under the provisions of Minnesota Laws 2007, Chapter 148, Article 2, Section 77, the state’s Chief Information Officer will study the preservation of electronic documents. The survey instrument will be available from September 24, 2007 until October 15, 2007. The CIO must report back to the Legislature on findings and recommendations by January 15, 2008.

Loom available

The Olmsted County History Center is de-accessioning a Deen Loom used for making rugs at the Buur Rug Company in Rochester, Minnesota. Please contact: Karl Wolff, Olmsted County History Center, 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902, 507-282-9447. Note: Party must pick up loom.

Piano available

Marathon County Historical Society in Wausau, Wisconsin, has an 1848 piano made by Hazelton Brothers out of
New York. If anyone is interested, contact Mary Forer.

Grant Deadlines

State Grants-in-Aid

There will be a winter cycle for the Minnesota Historical Society's State Grants-in-Aid program. Pre-applications are due January 11, 2008; final applications are due February 22, 2008.

Field Note

Lineal history is often told in points along the way. Below is a roadside rest and marker noting a stagecoach station in modern Osakis that accomodated people on their way from St. Paul to the Red River Valley. The marker is a good reminder that the history our organizations preserve is connected to other places and stories.

Random ashlar gray granite monument with metal plaque of raised letters.