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Minnesota Local History News

Published: December 10, 2008

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

Come visit your place in history.


Legacy Amendment Planning Meetings

With passage of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, Minnesota Historical Society, and Preservation Alliance of Minnesota will convene an initial conversation with the field. Join them at one of three venues:

Your input is urgently needed to ensure effective use of funds for Minnesota history. RSVP to David Kelliher.

Discussions and Questions

Tomorrow's History Access (1 new message) Seniors are the most likely group to use historical organizations, and the growth rate of technology use among them is among the strongest. Opportunities?

Legacy Funding for History (0 messages) Let your voice be heard, especially if you cannot attend one of the meetings in St. Peter, St. Cloud or at Historic Fort Snelling.

Free Cast Iron Stove Available (1 new message) The public is interested in Bridge, Beach & Company stoves.

AVAILABLE: Dakota County Historical Society still has a set of table and chairs from the Cenex Corporation, 1957-1993, to transfer to another historical organization. Contact Chad Roberts for details.

REMINDER: Local History News will not publish on December 24 or 31, 2008.

Job Announcements

Administrative Assistant

Art Guild of Burlington, IA seeks a part-time administrative assistant.

Museum Collections and Registration Technician

Figge Art Museum seeks a Museum Collections and Registration Technician. This is a full-time entry level position and includes the Museum's benefit package.


Minnesota budget deficit

Minnesota Department of Management and Budget released its forecast for the state's budgets for fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011. Read reaction from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Host a Minnesota author

Minnesota Humanities Center is now accepting applications for libraries to participate in Authors in Communities, a program aiming to bring Minnesota authors to communities in greater Minnesota. Applications must be submitted by Friday January 30, 2009.

Internet Resources

Preparing for recession

Read 10 practical tips on "How to Prepare Your Nonprofit for an Economic Recession."

Museum survival guide

American Association of Museums offers Finding Calm in Crisis: A Museum Survival Guide.

Money for mission

Fieldstone Alliance authored Stewardship Helps Get More Mission for the Money.

New ideas for museums

American Association of Museums' Brooking Paper on Creativity in Museums has winners and two runners-up from 2005-2008 online.

Grant Deadlines

Museum Assessment Program

The deadline for MAP is February 15, 2009. Choose from four different assessments to improve organizational capabilities. Institutions with budgets of $125,000 or less can participate for free.

Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation

Provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for projects that contribute to the preservation of a site or recapture an authentic sense of place. Deadline February 1, 2009. Contact Chris Morris.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors

Provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Deadline February 1, 2009. Contact Chris Morris.

Hart Family Fund for Small Towns

Assists small town (5,000 or less) preservation and revitalization initiatives around the country. The Fund provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants from $5,000 to $10,000 for preservation planning and education efforts. Deadline February 1, 2009. Contact Chris Morris.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Call for proposals

Association of Midwest Museums and Minnesota Association of Museums will present the joint conference, "Inspiration and Innovation: Engagement in a Changing Landscape" on September 27-30, 2009, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Submit session proposals for the conference by Friday January 16, 2009.

Financial challenge webinar

American Association of Museums will hold the webinar Straight Talk: Museums Rising to the Financial Challenge on March 18-19, 2009.

Basics of Archives Online Course

AASLH offers this online course January 5 - February 6, 2009. Register by December 31, 2008.

Going Green Webinar

This three-session webinar is scheduled for January 8, 15, and 22, 2009, at 1-2:15 p.m. eastern time. The deadline for registration is January 2, 2009.

Field Note

One key to success is planning ahead to provide timely exhibits such as "On the Campaign Trail: Presidential Buttons and Memorabilia, 1932-2004" which opened this fall and is now on view at the Dassel Area Historical Society. Are you planning for upcoming anniversaries and other events with timely exhibits?

Hardwood floor room with walls showing campaign posters from Lyndon Johsnon to George W. Bush.