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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 16, 2008

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

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St. Cloud Preservation Lecture

Pegg Gustafson, Executive Director of the St. Cloud Downtown Council, will present Developing Our Downtown Through Preservation at the Stearns History Museum on May 14, 2008 at 9 a.m. There is no charge for Stearns History Museum members, and $5 for non-members. For more information about Breakfast Club, contact Steve Penick, 320-253-8424.

Alvin "Creepy" Karpis on trial again

The re-enactment of the historic trial of Alvin "Creepy" Karpis will take place in St. Paul’s historic Landmark Center on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ramsey County Room (Courtroom 317). For more information, call Minnesota Landmarks, 651-292-3276.

Post your preservation month activities

Send news of your Preservation Month activities to the Local History News by April 25, 2008, to assure being posted in time.

Discussions and Questions

Finding Taxes (new post) Recent news of tax expansion under existing laws seems to threaten nonprofits. What's your experience?

Brand value for historical organizations (1 new message) If nonprofits are not for sale, what's the purpose in creating an objective value for them?

Job Announcements

Office Administrator

Anoka County Historical Society seeks applicants for its Office Administrator. The job includes bookkeeping, membership records management, staffing the reception desk, and other administrative duties. This is a part-time position, with 25 hours per week. Knowledge of Quickbooks software, Past Perfect, and MS Office Programs is preferred. Qualified applicants should send letter and resume, by April 30, 2008, to: Anoka County Historical Society, Attn: Office Administrator Position, 2135 Third Avenue North, Anoka, MN 55303.

Local Events

American Girl Tea in Anoka

Anoka County Historical Society will host an American Girl Tea on Saturday, May 10, 2008, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings at the Whispering Aspen Community Center, 24225 Pierce Path in East Bethel. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children, pre-registration is required.  Call Maria King, 763-421-0600 for reservations.

Neighborhood History Day

The Hamline Midway History Corps holds its 2nd annual Neighborhood History Day on Saturday, April 19, 2008,  1 to 3 p.m. Come to Hamline Midway Branch Library for displays of maps, house histories, kids' activities, local business research and other member projects.  This is the 100th anniversary of the library! Contact Krista Finstad Hanson.

Censorship in History

TRACES Center for History and Culture will present two programs exploring aspects of censorship on Thursday, May 1, 2008 in St.Paul's Landmark Center:

  • 12 noon: see a short documentary about recent attempts to remove from public access the German film "The Tin Drum."  
  • 7 p.m.: Brian E. Fogarty will speak on censorship and suppression of ideas found throughout our culture. 

Pancakes for history

On Saturday, May 3, 2008, 8-10 a.m., Applebee's hosts a pancake breakfast to benefit the Goodhue County History Center. Contact Char Henn, 651-388-6024.

Fridley history conversation

Fridley Historical Society's 17th History Conversation on May 19, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Fridley History Center will feature the 50th Anniversary of Fridley High School. We invite members of the first graduating class, teachers, school board members, PTA, other school & District 14 staff, and those involved with the planning and construction of the school to attend and share their memories and stories. Every history conversation is video recorded for the Fridley History Center and telecast on Fridley's local cable channel 15. Admission fee is $5.

Statehood celebration in Stillwater

Washington County Historical Society will host its Minnesota Statehood Celebration Saturday May 10, 2008, from 7-11 p.m., at the historic Washington County Courthouse located at 101 West Pine Street in Stillwater. Space is limited. Reservations by April 25, 2008, please. Invited guests include Governor and Mrs. Pawlenty, and a very special appearance by Minnesota's first Governor, 197-year-old Henry Hastings Sibley and his wife Sarah.


Hank Sampson

Washington County Historical Society mourns the loss of its board member, Hank Sampson.

General Operating Support discussion

Minnesota Council on Foundations' Giving Forum focuses on a discussion about General Operating Support.

Traveling exhibit in Renville County

Renville County Historical Society opened its traveling exhibit, "Minnesota River: Gateway to Renville County," at the museum in Morton, now through May 2, 2008. The exhibit is part of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial celebration.

New hours in Rockford

Rockford Area Historical Society expanded its 2008 open season and hours of operation for the Ames-Florida-Stork House. This year the home will be open May 5 through September 20. The museum’s hours of operation have changed to Mondays, Thursdays and every other Saturday.

Minnesota Nonprofit Awards

Nominate an outstanding nonprofit organization for the 2008 Minnesota Nonprofit Awards, sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits.

Children's camps in Rockford

Rockford Area Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2008 schedule for Kids’ Kamps at the Ames-Florida-Stork House. Designed to encourage and nurture a love of history in children, this year's Kamps allow students to experience "a day in the life" from our shared story. Kamps are offered on Mondays through June and July, and each Kamp has a specific theme with related activities.

Insuring a nonprofit

Donald A. Griesmann wrote "Insuring a Nonprofit Organization" on to help frame the issue.

Grant Deadlines

Preserve America Grants

National Park Service welcomes grant applications from eligible applicants for projects up to $250,000. Applications are due June 30, 2008.

Save America's Treasures

National Park Service welcomes grant applications from eligible applicants for preservation and conservation of nationally significant historic collections, structures, and sites. Starting in 2008, applications will only be accepted online. Applications are due May 20, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

The State We're In

Registration is now open for "The State We're In: Creative and Critical Approaches to Minnesota History at 150," a conference for public historians, scholars, and teachers in Collegeville, May 28-30, 2008. Co-sponsored by Project Logos at Saint John's University, the College of Saint Benedict, Stearns History Museum, Minnesota Historical Society.

HVAC Systems Workshop

MACC presents a comprehensive two-day workshop on heating, ventilating and air conditioning design, construction, operation and associated implications for cultural collections care. This workshop will take place on May 8-9, 2008 at MINITEX, located on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis West Bank campus.

Future of Leadership

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs hosts The Future of Leadership on Monday and Tuesday, June 9-10, 2008 in Minneapolis. Register by Wednesday, April 30 and save!

North Dakota preservation conference

"Preserving Prairie Places in the Heart of North America" will be May 2-4, 2008 at International Peace Garden - Dunseith, ND & Boissevain, MB.

Spring Workshops

The second of the workshop series took place in Harmony last Friday. Participants expressed enthusiasm for the latest information and re-connecting with colleagues. Don't miss this annual opportunity to question specialists from the Minnesota Historical Society. There are four remaining venues. Register for the annual spring workshops online. Registrations are only $30.

  • April 26: Montevideo
  • May 9: Grand Marais
  • May 19: Warren

Field Note

Nicollet County Historical Society continues refurbishing its exhibit gallery to meet the needs of modern visitors. Contact Ben Leonard for details.

Soft colors, modern reading rails, and a tractor.