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Minnesota Local History News

Published: December 3, 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 Meeting Added

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.

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

Discussions and Questions

Legacy Funding for History (new post) What kinds of projects could the new Legacy Amendment funding help accomplish for local history and how should that money be distributed?

Allowing Public Annotation (2 new messages) Will annotation tools enable "lurkers" to boldly post online? Time will tell. What are you experiencing?

Time Saving Tips (2 new messages) Articles originally written for newsletters save time for research librarians when posted online. What other ways do you save time?

AVAILABLE: For donation to a local historical organization, an 1885 Chandler and Price printing press in good working order, and a cabinet filled with typeset. Contact Joel Van Kempen, in Annandale.

Local Events

Family history event

Joe Amato, Joe Fonkert, Jan Louwagie and C.J. Molitor will present sessions at the Rethinking Family History event from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday December 6, 2008 in Charter Hall 201 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Book sale in Cloquet

Carlton County Historical Society holds its annual book sale on Thursday December 4, 2008, 5-7 p.m.


Free posters for teachers

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth in February 2009 with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's free classroom poster! For further information, call 202-707-6998.

Significant records preserved

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest has gratefully received and begun to process the papers of Rabbi Stacy Offner and the congregational records of Shir Tikvah.

New board members at JHSUM

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is thrilled to welcome three new members to the board of directors: Shiri Cooks, Deborah Morse-Kahn and Rabbi Jonathan Perlman.

Research for the 1960s

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest helped recreate the look of Minnesota Jewish life in the 1960s for "A Serious Man," a 2009 film release from Joel and Ethan Coen.

Research award established

For the contributions Dr. Linda Mack Schloff has made to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, JHSUM’s Board of Directors established the Dr. Linda Mack Schloff Research Award Endowment Fund.

Secret to great annual reports

Blue Avocado issued The Secret to a High Impact Annual Report.

Internet Resources

Basics for exempt organizations

Internal Revenue Service has ABCs for Exempt Organizations.

Grant Deadlines

Conservation Assessment Program

Conservation Assessment Program grants are due with a postmark of December 15, 2008.

Alderson Internship Grant

Recognizing the demand for students to gain "real world" experience and to help smaller history museums and sites with their staffing needs, AASLH offers the Alderson Internship Grant Program. Applications are due December 15, 2008.

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.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

MOMCC 2009 Spring Conference

Attend Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council's 2009 Spring Conference, "Perspectives on Rural Community and Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage," March 19-21, 2009, at the Greenmead Historical Park, Livonia, MI.

Field Note

Trails with interpretive markers connect users to significant places. Those powerful experiences can be further enhanced with the addition of oral history, which connects spoken words with the land. This example is of commercial fishing on Lake Superior at Tofte.

Four buttons allow a user to hear from actual residents about fishing on Lake Superior.