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Minnesota Local History News

Published: June 18, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

Improving Credibility (1 new message) Good examples in public lead to good names for the organization and its colleagues.

Ready to Lead? (1 new message) GuideStar had additional comments on a report about new professionals in nonprofits.

Ready for 2009? (new post) Financial forecasts predict a $2 billion deficit for the State of Minnesota. What are you doing to get ready in case budgets cuts come to your organization?

AVAILABLE: St. Peter State Hospital Museum has about 30 glass panes that measure 13"x17". Some have slightly broken corners. The glass is the original which means it is about 140 years old. Contact Betty McGraw.

Local Events

Antique appraisal in Duluth

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Historical Society in the Depot for a free appraisal on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, with Dan Sershon of Northland Estate Services, from noon until 3 p.m. in the rotunda next to the Depot Theater.

National Treasure to be Unveiled

Veterans' Memorial Hall hosts a new fundraiser event, "the Flag Soiree," in the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (the Depot) in Duluth on June 19, 2008, 5-8 p.m.

Monthly Museum Sampler - June

Please join MAM for this special tour of The Rondo Community Outreach Branch Library now in its second year of integrating within and serving the needs of their vibrant community. Please be at the library promptly at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 24, 2008, for a tour and discussion with library staff. RSVP to Peter Olson, 651-225-6037.

Bridge history

Denis Gardner will feature his latest book on a timely topic – "Wood, Concrete, Stone and Steel: Minnesota’s Historic Bridges" –  at a free presentation and book signing at 2 p.m. Saturday June 21, 2008, at the Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater.

Tours of Ellerbe Homes in Pill Hill

In conjunction with Ellerbe Becket, the History Center of Olmsted County and Rochesterfest, Ken Allsen will be conducting a guided walking tour of historic Ellerbe Homes on Pill Hill including the  Mayo Foundation House. Tours begin Sunday June 22, 2008. Contact Alan Calavano, 507-282-4389.

News

Fundraising tips

"Just tell me: what's the best way to raise money?" appeared in the June 15, 2008 issue of Blue Avocado.

Boards and insurance

"What should boards know about insurance brokers?" appeared in the June 15, 2008 issue of Blue Avocado.

Marketing blog for local history

Ever wonder how to market a small historical museum? Check out Market Early America's Weblog.

Anoka amphitheater

"Windego plan doesn’t have support of planning commission" appeared in the June 12, 2008 Anoka Union.

New transfer format

Library of Congress and the California Digital
Library jointly developed a format for transferring
digital content. "BagIt" is based on the concept
of "bag it and tag it," where digital content is packaged (the bag) along with a small amount of machine-readable text (the tag) to help automate the content’s receipt, storage and retrieval. There is no software to install.

Forestville flooded

Preston Republican Eagle of June 11, 2008 reports on flooding at the Historic Forestville site.

Suburban history podcast

The museum collections department at the Minnesota Historical Society released a podcast on Suburban Richfield on their blog, "Museum Collections UpClose."

School tour woes

A recent posting on MSNBC details the experiences of visitors to a museum while a school tour is in session. The observations are good to keep in mind while designing school tours.

Immigration exhibit coming to History Center

Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits, 1905 - 1920
Striking photographs of new immigrants in their native costumes, taken by an untrained, yet highly gifted registry clerk, at the turn of the century. July 4 - September 20, 2008, at the Minnesota History Center.

Fundraising board members

GuideStar published four easy steps to transform board members' fears about fundraising into enthusiasm.

Upcoming political season

Learn the rules about what nonprofits may and may not do in regards to Election 2008. The Internal Revenue Service will be monitoring nonprofit activity in politics.

Opportunity to Comment: Small Museum Needs

The AASLH Small Museums Committee invites you to comment on the one-page Small Museum Needs Assessment Executive Summary.

Corporate history

A paper on the AASLH website details the role of corporate history, and is food for thought as local history museums document local businesses.

Mondale interview

Showing that all history truly is local, the Martin County Historical Society recently interviewed Elmore native Walter Mondale.

Grant Deadlines

NEH Grant guidelines available

National Endowment for the Humanities funds humanities projects that are intended for broad public audiences at museums, libraries, historic sites and other historical and cultural organizations. Planning and implementation grant applications from America's Historical and Cultural Organizations may be submitted at two annual deadlines:
August 27, 2008 and January 21, 2009.

Interpreting America's Historic Places

The next deadline for NEH's planning and implementation grants for interpreting America's historic places will be August 27, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

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

Grassroots activists can make all the difference in saving local landmarks, and have additional power when armed with knowledge. Residents of West Albany contacted the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the State Historic Preservation Office for advice during an on-site visit.

Professionals examine the exterior of a large, white former opera house.