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Minnesota Local History News

Published: January 9, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

Threat to Tax Deductions (new post) Should we be concerned that some people think that tax deductible contributions should only go to organizations that help the poor?

Where's the Line? (3 new messages) Some numbers from Fieldstone Alliance show a shift in budget sources towards commercial activity. Why do nonprofits increasingly look for this kind of income?

Under a Microscope (1 new message) Ben Leonard notes how much nonprofit historical organizations contribute financially to the communities they serve. How else do nonprofits earn their tax-breaks?

Local Events

History Matters at the Capitol

Join your fellow local historians and the Minnesota Historical Society for the "History Matters" rally at the State Capitol on February 25, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nonprofit Day at the Capitol

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will hold "Nonprofit Day at the Capitol" on February 14, 2008 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Hot Reads in Red Wing

Friends of the Red Wing Library, the Friends Book Club, and the Goodhue County History Center will hold "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 10 a.m. in the Red Wing Library’s Foot Room.  Linda and Kathryn Koutsky, authors of Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History, will speak about their third collaboration. 

Report from Iraq

Scott County Historical Society presents "Chronicling the Iraq War: A Soldier's Perspective" by National Guard Major Michael Murray, on Saturday January 19, 2008 at 1 p.m. Free admission.

Two events in Becker

Sherburne History Center hosts two events on Saturday, January 26, 2008.

  • 11 a.m. to 1 pm, attend the opening reception for the exhibit, Life Around the Kelley Farm, 1861 featuring photographs by Elk River photographer Roger Nordstrom.
  • At 1 p.m., Tom Barthel presents the history of bison in Sherburne County. Tom will have hands on activities for kids of all ages.


Charitable Tax Exemption Education

In response to the December 6, 2007 Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is launching an effort this legislative session petitioning the legislature and governor to clarify property tax exemption for nonprofits.

New Form 990

United States Internal Revenue Service released the new Form 990 for the 2008 tax year. This form will be needed when filing in 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Care and Handling of Paper Based Materials

This online course February 11, 2008 - March 7, 2008, will provide an introduction to the factors effecting the preservation and care of paper-based materials.

Climate Control for Small Institutions

This online course March 10, 2008 - April 4, 2008, will allow participants to explore the issues that need to be considered when planning for climate controls including monitoring, testing, environmental analysis assessments, long-range planning, systems design, construction support, and operations training. Low cost-low tech solutions will be offered and discussed.

Conservation & Preservation of Photographs and Albums

This online course April 7, 2008 - May 2, 2008, will provide an overview of factors effecting the preservation and care of photographs and appropriate handling and storage materials.

Introduction to Reformatting

This online course May 5, 2008 - May 30, 2008, will provide current, essential information to create, manage, and preserve digital assets.

Effective Direct Mail Campaigns for Nonproftis

Center for Business Excellence will conduct a seminar on effective direct mail campaigns for nonprofits at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis on January 24, 2008 from 8 to 10 a.m. Call 651-962-4600 for more details. Cost: $35.

Field Note

Many in Minnesota's local history community know Major Michael Murray from his previous work at Historic Murphy's Landing and Historic Fort Snelling. As historical organizations record a community's current events, it is important to begin capturing the stories from recently returned Minnesota National Guard members.

Major Michael Murray in a desert.