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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 27, 2008

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

Come visit your place in history.

Discussions and Questions

Program Draws (new post) Martin County Historical Society is reconsidering its program offerings and needs your advice.

Planning on Disaster (new post) Morrison County Historical Society would like to know about disaster plans at other historical organizations.

Getting in the Way (new post) How are you adjusting to higher transportation costs?

Local Events

September Sampler

Join Minnesota Association of Museums on September 25, 2008 for its monthly sampler. This month MAM gathers at Arcola Mills from 3:30-5 p.m. RSVP to Amber Stevenson, 651-225-6053.

Country Market

Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings and Dakota County Historical Society are sponsoring the Second Annual LeDuc/Simmons Country Market on September 27, 2008, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings.

Civil War Weekend

LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings hosts a Civil War Weekend, September 6- 7, 2008.

Vermillion Walking Tour

Correction: Walking Tour to Vermillion Falls Park should be September 6, 2008. Conact Margaret Goderstad.

Historic blacksmith event

Lamberton Area Historical Society sponsors Hot Iron Days on September 5, 2008 with class on mold building from 4 to 8 p.m. and iron pour at 10 p.m.


Motion picture collection

Washington County Historical Society recently received an extensive collection of 8mm and 16mm motion film from the collection of John Runk. Contact Brent Peterson, 651-439-5956.

2008 Form 990

Internal Revenue Service released the 2008 Form 990 instructions and background documents.

Program details from Finland

Lake County News-Chronicle of August 14, 2008 details the heritage Tori recently held by the Finland Minnesota Historical Society.

Grant Deadlines

Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

Institute for Museums and Library Services announced that an additional 1,000 sets of books on basic collections care and management will be given away. Apply between January 5 and March 9, 2009.

Lifelong Learning Grants

Minnesota Humanities Center offers lifelong learning grants for organizations providing humanities programming to retired adults in Greater Minnesota. Applications are due September 30, 2008.

Web Solutions Grants

Elevation Web Solutions is a socially conscious firm dedicated to helping nonprofits harness the power of the Internet. In 2008 EWS will provide $400,000 to nonprofits on a first come, first serve basis.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Wisconsin Local History & Historic Preservation Conference

The 2008 Wisconsin Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, "Building on the Basics" is scheduled for September 26-27, 2008 in Madison. Registration deadline is September 10, 2008.

Wood Lake Symposium

Wood Lake Battlefield Association holds its annual meeting and program on Saturday September 20, 2008. Contact Tom Hosier, 507-202-3282. Registration is due September 1, 2008.

After Disaster workshop from MACC

Check out the After Disaster: Saving and Salvaging Collection Materials and Artifacts from the Midwest Art Conservation Center for October through December, 2008.

Grantseeking for Beginners

Minnesota Council on Foundations offers Grantseeking for Beginners on September 18, 2008.

Internet Resources

Free Guide to FEMA and SBA

National Institute for Conservation published "Guide to Navigating Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration Disaster Aid For Cultural Institutions." 

Guide to Web 2.0

A recent posting on Philanthropy Potluck details emerging tools for Web 2.0, which is a collection of next generation applications on the Internet.

Free PDF software

From the North Dakota museum listerv: If you need a PDF writer but don't have the money to buy one, or can't justify the expense, download this free program that will allow you to convert any text document into a PDF document.

Field Note

Adding costumed interpreters to civic celebrations provides memorable color for visitors. Re-enactors that portray the War of 1812 recently enriched Duluth's tall ships event that marked the state's sesquicentennial. Photo courtesy of Spencer Johnson.

Sailors dressed in red, white, and blue around a cannon on a wooden sailing ship.