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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 6, 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

Online Registration (new post) Minnesota Association of Museums seeks online software advice.

Archives Training on PastPerfect (new post) Bobbie Scott seeks help from those experienced with using PastPerfect for library and archives cataloging.

Local Events

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 9, 2008. Free and open to the public.

Minnesota World War II homefront

The Minnesota River Valley History Roundtable will explore the Minnesota homefront on Saturday February 16, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Carver County Historical Society in Waconia.  Retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad will discuss Minnesota families whose lives have been affected by war. This program is free and open to the public. Contact Erin Anderson, 952-442-4234.

Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating and Traditions Class

Richfield Historical Society presents Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanky, an age-old traditional craft, on Saturday February 9, 2008, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Class size is limited; register now! Call Lisa Plank, 612-798-6140.


MN 150 in the northwest

"Bemidji gears up for Minnesota Sesquicentennial" appeared in the February 3, 2008 Bemidji Pioneer.

Martin and Faribault Counties share award

Fairmont Sentinel of February 3, 2008 provides details of a recent awards program in which Lenny Tvedten and Lorrie Krosch shared honors for their heritage program, "Our Story."

New exhibit at Wadena County Historical Society

"American Indian history room is underway" appeared in the January 31, 2008 issue of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.

Sesquicentennial in Becker County

"Detroit Lakes plans for state 150th bash" appeared in the January 30, 2008, Detroit Lakes Tribune & Becker County Record.

Yellow Medicine County Museum

"Starting from Scratch on YMC museum site" appeared in the Marshall Independent.

Master plan for Bruentrup Farm

Maplewood Area Historical Society posted its master plan for its historic site, the Bruentrup Farm. Comments may be posted on the website.

Electronic filing with IRS

A new annual electronic filing requirement for certain small exempt organizations is in effect for this year. The filing system will be available in early February. 

Annual meeting in Cokato

Cokato Historical Society will host its annual meeting on Thursday February 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Centennial Room of the library/museum building.

Film series in St. Paul

See 1920s German films and discuss them with Prof. Linda Schulte-Sasse of Macalester College and Prof. Kirk Allison of the University of Minnesota. Contact TRACES, 651-292-8700. Free admission, donations welcome. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. in February 2008, in the Weyerhauser Auditorium in the basement of the Landmark Center.

Vintage cameras on exhibit

Anoka County Historical Society will showcase the collection of antique cameras owned by Jean and Don Stauffer of Coon Rapids.  The exhibit is located in the foyer of the Anoka County History Center at 2135 Third Ave. North in downtown Anoka. The public is invited to view the exhibit free, during regular History Center hours.

Grant Deadlines

MHS State Grants-in-Aid

The pre-application process is complete as comments were mailed to pre-applicants last week. Final applications are due at 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 22, 2008. Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Step up on April 15

"Stepping Up to Sustainability" is the theme for the 3rd conference on Sustainable Tourism. The conference is April 15, 2008 at the DECC in Duluth and is hosted by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center.

Spring Workshops now online

You may register for the annual spring workshops from the Minnesota Historical Society online. Remember, registrations received before March are only $25, and those after are $30. Don't delay, register today.

Save the Date

Minnesota Digital Library will hold its 2008 Annual Meeting on Monday June 9, 2008 at College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN.

Field Note

The Canadian National Railways depot in Baudette is a good example of what a local history group can do to preserve an unused building by returning the building to multiple new community uses.