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Minnesota Local History News

Published: July 2, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

Life Memberships (2 new messages) How do you ensure that life memberships help your organization?

Ready to Lead? (1 new message) Longevity in current workers is another issue facing new workers.

AVAILABLE: To any nonprofit historical organization, one set of CDs with an index to the entire 1880 U.S. Census. These require Windows 95 in order to operate. Contact Kathryn Otto, 651-259-3310.

Job Announcements

Museum educator

Kentucky Historical Society seeks an individual to develop and implement programs for children and families that provide innovative, hands-on, Kentucky history-based experiences in our three museums and off-site. Apply to John Moreland. Application deadline is July 15, 2008.

Local Events

Save the Date, Save the Union

On September 20, 2008, Dodge County Historical Society will "Kick Off" planning for the Wasioja Civil War Days to be held June 25-26, 2011. Contact Mary Ann Bucher.

Open house in Reads Landing

Wabasha County Historical Society holds the Annual Homecoming Event at the Reads Landing School Museum on Sunday July 13, 2008, 1-4 p.m. See the "Grand Opening" of the restored 1920s-30s Schoolroom Exhibit. Free admission. Contact Mary DeRoos, 877-525-3248.

July Museum Sampler

Join Minnesota Association of Museums for a special tour of The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park on Monday July 21, 2008, 3-5 p.m. RSVP to Amber Stevenson, 651-225-6053.

Musical event in Hastings

LeDuc Historic Estate sponsors a musical program interspersed with readings about Carroll Simmons at 7 p.m. on July 11, 2008 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 615 Vermillion Street, Hastings. Contact Margaret Goderstad, 651-437-3365.

World War II filmmakers

TRACES features four documentary shorts done by Minnesota filmmakers about Minnesota World War II veterans on July 10, 2008 at noon. Contact Naomi Stensgaard, 651-292-8700.

Event in Evansville

"Walk the Earth" pageant and parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Evansville Historical Foundation's Pioneer Village Amphitheater on July 4, 2008.


Christmas in July

Richfield Historical Society announces Christmas in July with a newly expanded array of gift options, including the new book "Richfield: Minnesota's Oldest Suburb" and much more.

Seeking Civil War photos

Civil War Preservation Trust, The History Channel and the Center for Civil War Photography sponsor a national photography competition to promote America’s rich Civil War heritage. Deadline is August 31, 2008. Contact Jim Campi or Mary Koik, 202-367-1861.

Flood news

Heritage Emergency National Task Force compiled a full list of institutions that have submitted damage reports or requested assistance. Minnesota Historical Society's own Bob Herskovitz spent four days helping museums in Iowa recover.

Revised Form 990

American Association of Museums posted information regarding Schedule M of the Revised Form 990. Schedule M aids nonprofits in accounting for donations without monetary value, such as museum collections.

Reprinted Becker County history

Becker County Historical Society reprinted "A Pioneer History of Becker County."

Akerlund Studio re-opens

Cokato Museum announces that the Gust Akerlund Studio successfully endured labor-intensive work including a safer and more stable foundation, new ducting, crawl space structural supports, and drain tiling. Contact Mike Worcester, 320-286-2427.

Plans for expansion in Winona

Winona County Historical Society unveiled the design of their new $4.5 million building addition.

Wright gas station turns 50

The only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed and constructed gas station in the U.S. turns 50 this year at a community celebration Thursday August 7, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Worry-Free Advocacy

Learn to understand the rules of nonprofit advocacy and election-related activity at "Worry-Free Advocacy" on Thursday July 31, 2008, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St E, Rm 212, St. Paul.

AMM/MPMA Conference

Association of Midwest Museums and Mountain Plains Museum Association announce the release of the 2008 Conference Preliminary Program for October 21-25, 2008, in Kansas City.

Research and Writing a Long-Range Plan

Learn how to write a Long-Range Preservation/Conservation Plan from July 10-11, 2008 at the American Association of University Women – Minneapolis Branch. Deadline to register is now July 7, 2008. Contact Melinda Markell, 612-870-3128.

Museum classes online in July

Northern States Conservation Center offers five online courses over the Internet:

  • Introduction to Museums (July 7-August 1, 2008)
  • Cataloging Your Collection (June 30-July 26, 2008)
  • An Introduction to Collections Preservation (July 7- August 1, 2008)
  • The Mission Statement: Is it really that important? (July 14-18, 2008)
  • Introduction to Museum Security (July 7-August 1, 2008)

Sign up for two or more courses and get 5% off. Sign up for three or more courses and get 10% off. Contact Helen Alten.

Algonquian Conference

The 40th Algonquian Conference will be held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis from October 24-26, 2008. This is an international meeting for researchers working in the area of Algonquian studies. Contact John Nichols, 612-626-7904.

Field Note

Organizational records sometimes are not as much of an asset to the group that created them as they might be to a historian. In what ways might your historical society help local organizations better preserve and store their materials?

Record books stored in a fille cabinet drawer.