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Minnesota Local History News

Published: January 30, 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

Threat to Tax Deductions? (5 new messages) Pushing the envelope by any organization creates stricter rules for everyone to abide by.

Job Announcements

Government Summer Jobs

Heritage Documentation Programs seeks architects, historians, engineers and landscape architects for seasonal positions. Contact Judy Davis, 202-354-2135. Applications due February 4, 2008.

New Executive Director

Olmsted County Historical Society welcomes James Lundgren as its executive director. James previously served at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, Rice County Historical Society in Faribault, Historic Murphy's Landing in Shakopee, and Historic Fort Snelling.


Washington County Historical Society seeks interns to learn the day-to-day working of a regional history museum and the interpretive educational process. Contact Kirsta Benson, 651-439-4956. Applications due February 22, 2008.

Local Events

Rally for history!

On Monday February 25, history fans will gather for the 4th annual History Matters Day at the State Capitol in St. Paul. From 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. rub shoulders with costumed characters, see artifacts from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections, and visit an information fair. Among the MHS projects under consideration are the popular historic preservation grants and the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling. Plan to meet with your legislators to urge their support for history. To let MHS know that you will attend, contact James Hanneman, 651-259-3428.

US-Dakota War Presentation

Dean Urdahl will present on the events of late summer 1862 on January 31, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the McLeod County Historical Society in Hutchinson.

Dig History

Hamline Midway History Corps Speaker Series presents Professor Brian Hoffman on findings of the Hamline United Methodist Church Archaeological Dig Project. This free event at 7 p.m. on February 20, 2008, Hamline Midway Branch Library, is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

MAM Sampler

February 25, 2008, 3-4:30 p.m., 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis. Learn about plans for the Bell Museum's new building and grounds including a sneak peek at drawings, what LEED certification means for a museum. RSVP to Nina Clark, 612-870-3374.

Quilt Program

Anoka County Historical Society hosts "Quilts and their Stories" on Tuesday February 5, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the History Center, in Anoka.  The program and the exhibit of sesquicentennial quilts will be free of admission charge for that evening. Contact Maria King, 763-421-0600.


New guide to funding

Library of Congress and Foundation Center have recently compiled a new fundraising guide, "Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives and Museums."

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The medal includes prizes of $10,000 to each recipient. Nominations are due February 15, 2008. For more information contact Michele Farrell, 202-653-4656 or Christopher Reich, 202-653-4685.

Add to Minnesota Reflections

The Minnesota Digital Library accepts applications for digitization projects until March 28, 2008. You may submit your applications anytime before then. Projects are to digitize original photos, negatives, artwork, letters, journals, documents and maps. Contact Marian Rengel, 320-308-5625.

Museum building survey

All museum professionals who have been or will be involved in a building project (e.g., addition, renovation, new building) between 2000 and 2015 are encouraged to participate in this survey. This survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You need to download the complete list of questions before completing the survey. Once you begin the survey, you cannot save your answers and return at a later date. Please submit your survey answers before February 15, 2008. Contact Martha Morris or Dana Allen-Greil.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Learn preservation skills

Heritage Conservation Network and Preservation North Dakota seek volunteers for a week-long hands-on building conservation workshop at the Hutmacher Farmstead in Killdeer, May 25-31, 2008. Tuition is $340 or $490 depending on your lodging option, covers lunch at the site, project materials, and insurance. Contact Judith Broeker, 303-444-0128.

House Museums Workshop

The Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsors "Beyond the Velvet Ropes - Successful House Museums for the 21st Century" March 10-11, 2008 at The Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau, Wisconsin.  The cost is $80.  Please register as soon as possible, as participation is limited to 75 people.

Field Note

The key to a professional look is as simple as using a straightedge, as demonstrated in last fall's exhibit planning workshop. Sign up for this spring's Local History workshops full of practical professional tips and tricks prior to March 1, and receive the discounted rate of $25. Those received on March 1 and later the fee will be $30.

Tom McKay cuts with a straightedge.