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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 20, 2008

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

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Local Events

Monthly Museum Sampler- February

Minnesota Association of Museums invites members to its Museum Sampler, Monday February 25, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bell Museum of Natural History. RSVP to Nina Clark, 612-870-3374.

Vatican Splendors

The art and history of the Vatican comes to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota September 27, 2008 to January 11, 2009. The exhibit will appear only in St. Petersburg, Florida; and Cleveland, Ohio in addition to St. Paul.

Open house in Carver County

United States Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public open house on Thursday March 6, 2008, 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rapids Lake Visitor Center to review preliminary reuse options and to seek public input regarding the reuse of the Gehl-Mittelsted House.

Open House lecture in Rochester

On Sunday February 24, 2008 at 2:30 p.m., Krista Finstad Hanson will speak about her book, "Minnesota Open House: A Guidebook to Minnesota Historic House Museums" at the Rochester Public Library. Hanson will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale. Contact Olmsted County Historical Society for details.


Connecting to Collections Bookshelf winners

Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 16 Minnesota recipients of the Bookshelf. There were 851 nationally. A second round is available.

Grants guide online

The Library of Congress compiled a report showing 1,725 foundation grants of $5,000 or more for preserving historical collections.

Tourism analysis available

Explore Minnesota posted the results of its recent travel survey.

Red Wing on distinctive list

National Trust for Historic Preservation recently announced its list of a dozen distinctive destinations, including Red Wing, Minnesota.

Black History Month in Bemidji

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Beltrami County Historical Society celebrates the life and times of "Charles Scrutchin, Attorney-at-Law 1898-1930."  Bemidji State University intern Jesan Sorrells created the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW through the month of February. For more information, call 218-444-3376.

"Key Ingredients" in New Ulm

Brown County Historical Society Museum hosts "Key Ingredients: America by Food" traveling exhibition from February 9 through April 5, 2008.

Additional link for Northfield skeleton

Northfield Historical Society's blog covered the story of the skeleton believed to belong to bank robber Charlie Pitts.  

Field Note

Interpreting living quarters poses a lot of challenges. Minnesota Orphanage Museum is developing Cottage 11 at the State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children to provide the public with a better understanding of children's lives about 70 years ago.

Brick building with white clapboard porch and metal fire escape.