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Minnesota Local History News

Published: July 9, 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

150 Years to Forget (new post) A three-part article last week on MinnPost suggested a list of 150 things journalists would just as soon forget. What value might there be in commemorating difficult stories?

Life Memberships (1 new message) Tamara Edevold details how Clearwater County Historical Society altered its life membership policy.

AVAILABLE: Free exhibit case to any nonprofit historical organization: "h" shaped, very sturdy, laminate veneer, 168 1/8" wide x 83 3/4" high x 27 1/2" deep at its largest points. Must be picked up from the Scott County Historical Society. Contact Theresa Norman, 952-445-0378.

Job Announcements

Program Assistant

Heritage Preservation seeks a Program Assistant to assist the Director in the administration of the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). Apply by July 31, 2008, or contact Kate Marks for more information.

Field Services Manager

Georgia Trust seeks a Field Services Manager, starting no later than August 31, 2008. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit letter of interest, resume, and three references with contact information in PDF. Applications close July 25, 2008 at 5 p.m.

Director of Exhibits

Mississippi Department of Library and Archives seeks Director of Exhibits. Starting monthly salary is $2,999.46 plus benefits. Applications are due July 16, 2008.

Local Events

Wasioja Civil War Days Shivaree

Join the Dodge County Historical Society on Friday August 22, 2008 in Mantorville on the lawn of the Restoration House, 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 pre-sale and $20.00 at the door. Bring your noisemakers! Period dress encouraged.

Before Minneapolis: The Land, Native People

Come to the Minneapolis Central Library on July 22, 2008, at 6 p.m. to learn about the pre-Minneapolis landscape and lives of the native people.

MN150 in Lac qui Parle

The sesquicentennial celebration for Lac qui Parle County will be Saturday July 19, 2008, beginning at 10 a.m. Contact Janet Liebl or Pam Lehmann.

Antique appraisal

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Historical Society at the Depot in Duluth for a free appraisal on Wednesday July 16, 2008,  12-3 p.m. in the rotunda.


New exhibit in Cokato

Cokato Museum announces the opening on July 10, 2008 of "You May Be Seated," highlighting the many houses of worship that have served the people of the Cokato area. The exhibit runs though October 31, 2008.

Free accreditation resource

To request one or more copies of "Small Museums and Accreditation II" from the American Association of Museums, email your name and mailing address. The CD runs on a PC and requires Windows, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and an internet browser.

Education resource

Check out National History Education Clearinghouse, a new web resource funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

First anniversary

Sartell Historical Society marked its first anniversary.

Weather history

Charles Fisk has compiled a year-by-year account of weather in Minnesota.

Ethics for organizations

GuideStar offers five ways to promote ethics in organizations.

No-ask fundraising

GuideStar suggests six things that board members can do to help raise money without having to make a direct ask.

New book

"Postcard History Series: Rochester, Minnesota" by Alan Calavano is now available. Alan is also willing to offer insight on how to work with Arcadia Publishing for other historical organizations.

Historical patterns

Dakota County Historical Society is sponsoring an art competition based on the designs of the Hastings Needlework Company. This site has 24 of the original patterns.

New e-newsletter

The MHS Reference Library recently began publishing Library & Archives News twice a month. Check out the first issue. Go to the e-newsletter subscription page to sign up.

Grant Deadlines

Tourism grants

Guidelines for 2009 Organizational Partnership Grants from Explore Minnesota are now available. The program assists communities in attracting travelers to Minnesota. Grant requests will be accepted for projects occurring January 1 - December 31, 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Free Disaster Webinar

Iron Mountain Incorporated presents "Keeping Information Safe from Natural Disasters" on Tuesday July 15, 2008, 2-3 p.m. EDT Contact Kristen Georgian, 617-520-7042.

Global Local History

Institute of Historical Research of London, UK, will host a symposium to discuss the nature of local history at a global level on July 7-8, 2009. Contact Professor John Beckett.

Field Note

Connecting people with the environment is one role that local history museums perform very well. Sherburne County Historical Society recently completed an award-winning outdoor exhibit to further the connection for its users.

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