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Minnesota Local History News

Published: July 30, 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 (1 new message) Boards and members of organizations need passion for the historical society's mission, first and foremost.

Right All Along? (0 messages) Is there nothing wrong with the reason for preserving, just some of the practices?

Digital Windfall (new post) Many local organizations are coping with donations of extensive newspaper photograph files. What's your experience?

AVAILABLE: Sherburne History Center has two sturdy program trunks to give away. 18 ½ inches high by 18 ½ inches wide by 20 ½ inches deep. These trunks are in excellent condition and free to another museum that will pick them up at the Sherburne History Center in Becker. Contact Bobbie, 763-261-4433.

Job Announcements


Richfield Historical Society seeks a part time (32 hours per week) director. Schedule is flexible to cover the needs of the Society and staff. Some evening and weekend hours may be needed. Salary dependent on experience. Email resume and letter of interest. Open until filled.

Architectural Historian

Hess Roise in Minneapolis seeks a full-time architectural historian to work on historic/architectural resource surveys, historic investment tax credit applications, National Register nominations, HABS/HAER documentation studies, in-depth archival research, exhibits and other types of historical interpretation. Graduate degree required. Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Open until filled.


Ames INK, a non-profit in Boulder, CO, seeks a professional historian with a publications record in 19th/early 20th century American social history to research and write a trade book based on the Ames Family Historical Collection. The Ames family lived in New England, Philadelphia, and St. Paul, MN. Apply to Linda Ames Cowan, 1545 Judson Dr, Boulder CO 80305. Open until filled.

Museum Preparator

State Historical Society of North Dakota seeks a museum preparator. Closes August 29, 2008.

Curatorial Assistant

Greater Southwest Historical Museum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, seeks a Curatorial Assistant as part of an IMLS grant to catalog the museum's collection. Send cover letter, resume, and three references. Application deadline: August 29, 2008.

Local Events

Classic cars in Cokato

Cokato Museum will sponsor a Classic Vehicle Revue on Wednesday August 13, 2008.

Needlework day in Hastings

LeDuc Historic Estate will host special needlework programs on Saturday August 9, 2008, beginning at 10 a.m.

August Museum Sampler

Minnesota Association of Museum's next museum sampler will be at Historic Fort Snelling on August 7, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. RSVP to Amber Stevenson, 651-225-6053.

Pond House Event

In Bloomington on Sunday August 3, 2008, discover what life was like on a 19th-century steamboat from a costumed re-enactor: packing a trunk, walking a gangplank with a serving tray, mastering nautical terms, and turning a ship's wheel.


Free Sundays in Red Wing

Beginning in August, the first Sunday of each month will be a free admission day for all visitors to the Goodhue County History Center.

Copyright tool

Check out this easy to use copyright tool.

MAP Awards

The recipients of Museum Assessment Program grants are posted online. There were none awarded in Minnesota this year. The program is free for organizations with less than $125,000, and modest fees apply for larger institutions. The next deadline is February 15, 2009.

Time capsule contents

Washington County Historic Courthouse recently revealed the contents of a time capsule from 1917, and what happens when artifacts are exposed to water during that time.

Grant Deadlines

Digital Inclusion Grants

Digital Inclusion Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation is accepting applications. Deadline: September 5, 2008.

Mockingbird Foundation Grants

The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. offers competitive grants to nonprofit organizations that work with children 18 years or younger to improve music education. Grants range in size from $50 to $5,000 and are made on a one-time basis. Deadline: August 1, 2008.

Museums for America

Institute for Museums and Library Services' deadline for Museums for America grants is November 1, 2008.

Grants and Loans Book

American Grants and Loans Book is now available from Canada Books. This publication contains more than 1800 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants and loans offered by the US federal government.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Membership for Small Museums

Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and the Small Museums Administrators Committee - Midwest Region host a workshop on membership programs for small museums on Friday September 12, 2008, at the Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois.

Free online astronomy class

Applications are still being accepted for the upcoming Astronomy From the Ground Up Workshop, taking place September 8 - October 3, 2008. This free online workshop provides materials and training for museum educators who want to bring more astronomy to their audiences. Apply on-line by August 1, 2008.

Discovering the Power of Transformation

Make plans now to join the American Association for State and Local History in Rochester, NY from September 9-13, 2008, to network and learn with over 850 history professionals from around the U.S. and Canada.

Field Note

A cool thought for warm July days: there are only 147 days left until Christmas 2008. The Mahnomen County Historical Society's current exhibit examines the history of Christmas at Mahnomen stores, including this vintage Santa Claus figure on loan.

Vintage Santa Claus.