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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 30, 2008

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

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Celebrate Preservation Month by attending any or all of the following:

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 p.m. in the Ramsey County Room (Courtroom 317). For more information, call Minnesota Landmarks, 651-292-3276.

Whose House Was This? Workshop  

Learn to use maps, city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals, and State Archives records to discover the history of your house at the Minnesota Historical Society Library. Tuesday May 6, 2008, from 6-7:30 p.m. Class size is limited to 30 and registration is required; register online.

Rochester National Preservation Month Press Conference

On Friday, May 9, 2008, 9:30 a.m., Mayor Ardell Brede will declare May as National Preservation Month in Rochester and Bonnie McDonald will announce the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's 2008 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places list at the Rochester City Hall Rotunda. Event is free. Information at 507-282-4389. 

Lecture in Glenwood

Joe Horsecapture will speak at the Pope County Museum in Glenwood, on Saturday, May 10, 2008, 1 p.m. on a topic related to the Cleora Helbing Collection of Native American Arts & Crafts.  Miss Helbing was supervisor of Federal Indian Schools across the United States from 1931 - 1955. Contact Merlin Peterson, 320-634-3293.

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.

Coffee at the Princess Cafe 

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 9 a.m., Alan Calavano will speak about and sign copies of his new Arcadia Publishing Company book "A Postcard History of Rochester" at the History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester.  Event is free to History Center members, $2 for non-members. Information at 507-282-9447. 

Lecture at LeDuc

LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings presents "Preservation Is Our Legacy" by Bonnie McDonald, Director of Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, on May 15, 2008 at 7 p.m. Contact Margaret Goderstad, 651-437-3365.

Podcasts available at New Ulm Capital for a Day

New Ulm Heritage Preservation Commission celebrates Preservation Month by unveiling its podcast and walking tour of its historic downtown. Eight podcasts and a draft of the walking tour map will be released during the New Ulm Capital for a Day on May 15, 2008. Visitors will be able to check out an MP3 player from the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, download a podcast off the internet, or watch it on popular websites. Each episode can be viewed individually, allowing tourists to customize their tour. Contact the City of New Ulm at 507-359-8245.

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards & Luncheon

Join the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and sponsors at International Market Square on Thursday, May 22, 2008, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for its annual awards and luncheon program. Tickets available.

Discussions and Questions

Being a Social Benefit (new post) How obligated are historical museums to link contemporary issues to history?

WANTED: Oopas (out-of-place-artifacts). Did the ancient Vikings visit Minnesota? In addition to the Kensington Runestone there are many artifacts found in Minnesota that are attributed to Viking explorers. I am looking for these kinds of artifacts held by local historical organizations to compile a comprehensive list. All comments or questions are welcome. Thanks, Steve Hilgren.

Job Announcements

Paid summer internship

Carver County Historical Society seeks an education intern for the summer for June 1–August 15, 2008, 15-20 hours per week with flexible scheduling. Compensation is a $1000 stipend. For full job description and application information, please contact Erin Anderson, 952-442-4234.

Executive Director

National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin seeks an Executive Director of the
Historic Indian Agency House, Portage, Wisconsin. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Local Events

Oakwood Cemetery Walk 

On Saturday, June 21, 2008, from 1-3 p.m. Join the History Center of Olmsted County for its tour of Oakwood Cemetery. RSVP at 507-282-9447.

Walking Tours of Historic Ellerbe Homes on Pill Hill 

Join the History Center of Olmsted County at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2008; Wednesday, June 25; 2008, or Sunday, June 29, 2008 for this tour. RSVP 507-282-9447. 

Brewhaha in Duluth

Veterans’ Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, will host its first ever brewfest, coined the “Northland Brewhaha.” The event will be held at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (the Depot) in the Great Hall on May 5, 2008 from 7-10 p.m.

Celebrate history and arts in Chanhassen

Join Chanhassen Historical Society for "A Chanhassen Celebration of History and the Arts" on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Old St. Hubert’s Church, 306 West 78th Street, beginning at 4 p.m. Contact Jack Atkins.

Architectural history of University Avenue

Hamline Midway History Corps features architectural historian Brian McMahon on Thursday, May 15, 2008, 7-8:30 p.m. Hear the stories and explore the transportation history of University Avenue in the lower level Auditorium of the Hamline Midway Branch Library at 1558 West Minnehaha, St. Paul, just one block east of Snelling. 

Statehood events in Shakopee

Celebrate Minnesota's Statehood Anniversary, Saturday May 17, 2008, at The Landing (formerly Murphy's Landing), 9 a.m.-Noon. For more information contact The Landing at 763-694-7784 or Scott County Historical Society at 952-445-0378.


St. Olaf online history reaches 100,000

The Fram online database, which searches for and identifies letters, diaries, office records, artifacts, recordings, publications, scrapbooks and photos based on keywords, reached a milestone when it surpassed 100,000 records this year. Fram enables anyone to explore the college's archives from its computer.

A dog's history

Two St. Olaf students are documenting the story of St. Olaf College's mascot stray dog in the 1950s.

Potential increase in minimum wage

Minnesota House File 91 may raise the state's minimum wage if passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. This bill would increase the state minimum wage to $7.90 per hour for large employers and to $6.75 per hour for small employers by July 2009. It also includes a provision for automatic annual cost of living increases beginning in 2010. If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation since 1968 it would be $9.66 per hour.  More than half a million jobs in Minnesota pay less than $9.66, including many at local historical organizations.

New charitable investment law

Minnesota adopted the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) on April 10, 2008, when signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Summary.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Spring Workshops

The fouth of the workshop series will take place in Grand Marais next week. Register for the annual spring workshops online. Registrations are only $30.

  • May 9: Grand Marais
  • May 19: Warren

Field Note

Minnesota Association of Museums gathers for its annual meeting on Monday May 19, 2008, in St. Paul. There were 170 people at last year's meeting in St. Peter. Will you be at the meeting this year? Don't miss out.

Room full of people.