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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 2, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

Brand Value for Historical Organizations (new post) How would you measure the value of your organization’s good name?

REMINDER: May is Preservation Month. Send your historic preservation special events to Local History News by April 26, 2008 to have them listed.

HELP WANTED: Jeanne Andersen of the Golden Valley Historical Society seeks help in nominating Lynn Dwyer ("Roundhouse Rodney") to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Nominations are due May 1, 2008.

Job Announcements

Museum Assistant

The full-time, salaried position of Museum Assistant serves a multi-faceted role of receptionist, volunteer coordinator, museum store manager, tour guide, and office assistant for the Blue Earth County Historical Society (BECHS) Heritage Center. Qualifications: Interest in local history, ability to work a varied schedule, including weekends and evening hours, good customer relations skills, and must be reliable and detail oriented. Submit resume and cover letter to BECHS at 415 Cherry Street, Mankato, MN 56001.

R.D. Hubbard House Site Manager

This part-time, seasonal (May-September) position of R.D. Hubbard House Site Manager operates the Blue Earth County Historical Society's (BECHS) R.D. Hubbard House.  Tasks include: tour guide, coordinate marketing and programming, oversee Hubbard House restoration projects, maintenance, security and cleaning and maintain merchandise inventory at the Hubbard House Gift Shop. Qualifications: Interest in local history, ability to work a varied schedule, including weekends and evening hours, good customer relations skills, able to work alone and with people, and must be reliable and detail oriented. Submit resume and cover letter to BECHS at 415 Cherry Street, Mankato, MN 56001.

Administrative Assistant

Carver County Historical Society in Waconia seeks a part time administrative assistant.  Primary job duties include bookkeeping using QuickBooks, and membership base management using PastPerfect.  This position is 15-18 hours per week.  Contact Wendy Biorn, 952-442-4234.

Local Events

Monthly Museum Sampler - April

Minnesota Association of Museums will hold its April Museum Sampler on Monday April 21, 2008, 2:30-4 p.m. at the Gideon and Agnes Pond House, Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th Street, Bloomington. RSVP to Peter Olson, 651-225-6037.

Chinese History in Otter Tail County

Sheri Gebert-Fuller of the Minnesota Historical Society will speak on Friday April 4, 2008 about Chinese Minnesotans in Otter Tail County at the Otter Tail County Historical Society at 10 a.m. for the Koffee Klatch series.

Cast of Old MinnesotaOld Minnesota returns to Stillwater

The Minnesota Sesquicentennial touring show, "Old Minnesota: Song of the North Star," will be presented in historic Stillwater on Saturday, May 3, 2008. Shows will be at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Stillwater Junior High auditorium, sponsored by Washington County Historical Society. For information and tickets (all seats are reserved) call 651-439-4001, the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.


Guide to Endangered Civil War Battlefields

The Civil War Preservation Trust identified threatened sites and suggests remedies. The Civil War sesquicentennial observance will begin in 2011.

Rate This Museum

This new website features museum listings and user ratings. Museums interested in being listed can register for free on the site and supply a profile for their organization.

Minnesota Attractions Survey

Explore Minnesota Tourism mailed its annual survey to active attractions listings in its database. Every attraction has a free listing of a 500 character description, dates of operation, and rates. Inclusion on our Web site requires that your information be updated once a year. Contact Kim Fitzgerald.

Declaration of Independence

A printed original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be part of the observance of 150 years of Minnesota Statehood at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, May 6-18, 2008.

Third installment of Web Wise 2.0 available

National Trust for Historic Preservation released the third in a series (more to come) on the Web Wise 2.0 conference.

New chief of Smithsonian Instituiton

G. Wayne Clough, currently president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will officially assume leadership of the Smithsonian Institution on July 1, 2008.

Report on Social Studies instruction

"Instructional Time in Elementary Schools: A Closer Look at Changes for Specific Subjects" shows a 32 percent reduction in time spent teaching Social Studies since the adoption of No Child Left Behind in 2001.

National standards available in April

American Association of Museums announces the expected release of a first time compilation of national standards and best practices for museums.

Grant Deadlines

Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

Don’t miss out on your last chance to apply for the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, the free resource from IMLS. The simple application asks that you describe your greatest collections need and how you will use the resources in the Bookshelf: 12 questions, and only four require a brief paragraph to answer. Contact Terry Jackson, 615-320-3203.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Museum Environment workshop

Midwest Art Conservation Center presents the workshop: "HVAC Systems: Design, Construction, Operation and Associated Implications for Museums, Libraries, and Archival Collections Care" with Rebecca Ellis on May 8-9, 2008, at MINITEX, located on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis West Bank campus. Contact Melinda Markell, 612-870-3128. Registration deadline: May 1, 2008.

Seminar for Historical Administration 

SHA is a three-week program, November 1-22, 2008, designed for leaders and soon-to-be leaders in the field of state and local history. Learn new tools, network with others, and exchange ideas that allow you to become more effective leaders and managers. Contact Bob Beatty, 615-320-3203.

Spring Workshops

The first of the workshop series took place in Stillwater 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 11: Harmony
  • April 26: Montevideo
  • May 9: Grand Marais
  • May 19: Warren

Field Note

Several organizations have wondered about better storage for works of art. One example is from the Minnesota Historical Society. Art is stored on wire mesh. The panels accommodate art on both sides, and roll out into the room for easy access.

Art storage