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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 13, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

New Design for Blog

In an effort to deter Spam through the Local History Weblog, a new design is now available. Read the user's guide posted to the blog.

Archives Training on PastPerfect (1 new message) While Richfield Historical Society uses PastPerfect, it suggests a free software for archival collections.

Remembering Our Own (new post) Which leaders from Minnesota's local history community do you remember?

What Makes a Good History Book (1 new message) Are community histories like snowflakes: same look, but each structurally unique?

WANTED: Best software recommendations for local historical organizations. Mary Warner of the Morrison County Historical Society is compiling a list of suggested software that helps local history museums function well and efficiently.

Job Announcements

Curator of Education and Collections

Scott County Historical Society – Stans Museum in Shakopee seeks a full-time Curator of Education and Collections. Contact: Executive Director, Scott County Historical Society, 235 South Fuller St. Shakopee, MN 55379; call 952-445-0378.

Historic Site Guide

Ramsey County Historical Society’s Gibbs Museum, a history museum presenting pioneer and Dakotah culture, seeks applicants for part-time Historic Site Guide positions. Start date: April 2008.

Local Events

New exhibit in St. Joseph

"Insight and Access into the Divine" opens March 9, 2008, at the Haehn Museum in St. Joseph.

Correction: Archaeology of Two Harbors

Minnesota Archaeological Society presents archaeologist Tim Tumberg on "Digging up Whisky Row: 2007 Excavations at the Historic Townsite of Agate Bay" at the Auditorium at Historic Fort Snelling Visitor's Center at 7 p.m., Tuesday February 19, 2008. Free and open to the public.

Rehearing for Dred Scott

February 18, 2008, the Lawyers’ Council on Social Justice and the University of St. Thomas School of Law will present a mock rehearing of arguments presented in the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford case. The rehearing will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Frey Moot Courtroom at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis.

Christlock lecture tonight

Annette Atkins will present "The State We're In" at the Carl H. Christlock Lecture, 7 p.m. tonight, February 13, 2008, in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center, Augsburg College, Minneapolis. Contact Michael Lansing.


Another piece to the Northfield raid

"WANTED: ID on them bones" appeared in the February 8, 2008 edition of the Mankato Free Press.

Roadside features

"On the road to history; Local roadside landmarks added to Historic Register" appeared in the February 7, 2008 edition of the Stillwater Gazette.

Mona Nelson

"Mona R. Nelson, longtime executive director of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, dies at 56" appeared in the February 7, 2008 edition of the Willmar West Central Tribune.

Most influential in Hubbard County

Hubbard County Genealogical Society is accepting nominations for the 150 most influential people from the county in honor of the state's sesquicentennial.

How to build consensus

Guidestar presented "Going for Consensus, Not Robert's Rules" in its February 2008 edition.

Study on visitation to history museums and sites

Max van Balgooy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation summarizes the challenges to visitation at history museums and historic sites based on a Reach Advisors survey of 5,500 people.

Jewish photographs now online

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest now has nearly 500 photographs from its Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Photography Collection online as a part of Minnesota Reflections.

Richfield celebrates 100th

City of Richfield boldly embraces its suburban heritage with its tagline, Minnesota's Oldest Suburb, in the February 12, 2008 edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

MHS collections podcasts

Check out the new podcast page on the MHS website featuring collections.

Grant Deadlines

Save Our History Grants

Save Our History Grant Program provides funding to history organizations that partner with schools on a local community preservation project. During the 2008-2009 school year, The History Channel will again award grants of up to $10,000 to historical organizations to fund hands-on, experiential educational projects that teach students about their local history and actively engage them in its preservation. Applications are due on Friday June 6, 2008.  

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Preservation Environments

This online class March 3-28, 2008 will demonstrate what an HVAC is and why some work better in one type of structure than another. Learn how to use a psychrometric chart to predict potential problems in your museum. Find out about LEED buildings and the future of museums. Become familiar with MERV, HEPA, and other terms used by building engineers.

Fundamentals of Museum Volunteer Programs

This online class March 3-28, 2008 will show the basics of a strong volunteer program. Topics include recruiting, training, and rewarding volunteers, as well as preparing staff. Instruction continues through firing and liabilities. Participants will end up with custom forms tailored to their institutions, an understanding of liability issues and a nine-step process to troubleshoot an existing volunteer program or create the best one for a particular institution.

Field Note

Scrapbooks engage the public like few media do. Below, a visitor to the Beltrami County Historical Society examines scrapbooks made for an exhibit. There are lots of considerations to make when accepting or constructing a scrapbook, and one of those is how the scrapbook will be used by the public.

Photo of patron and scrapbook.