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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 12, 2008

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

Come visit your place in history.

May is preservation month

Lecture at LeDuc

LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings presents "Preservation Is Our Legacy" by Bonnie McDonald, Director of Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, on May 15, 2008 at 7 p.m. Contact Margaret Goderstad, 651-437-3365.

Call for Events

Local History News will post events related to Preservation Month. Please email your events by April 25, 2008.

Discussions and Questions

Affinity Groups (3 new messages) From geocaching to snowmobiles to classic cars, affinity group possibilities seem plentiful and necessary. In what ways can an organization ensure that affinity groups help further its mission?

Boy Scout Centennial Traveling Exhibit (0 new messages) Local organizations have good collections relating to Boy Scouts. In what ways would a traveling exhibit help you tell the story?

Remembering Our Own (1 new message) Alan Woolworth has given much to the local history profession. Who else among the county and local historical societies do you look to for inspiration?

AVAILABLE: For donation to any nonprofit historical organization: late 1800s (additions through 1930s), four-room log building with handcrafted kitchen in Minnetonka. The log building is in poor condition, but the logs might be ideal for salvage. The kitchen may be useful as an exhibit. Contact Ann Dwight Lewis, 952-944-9604.

Job Announcements

Seasonal Assistant

Rockford Area Historical Society seeks a Seasonal Assistant to provide the historical society with cleaning and docenting support during the Ames-Florida-Stork House's open season. Minimum qualifications include previous cleaning experience, preferably at a historic site or museum, strong communication and public service skills and the ability to work independently. This position is six (6) hours a week working a rotating schedule of Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May through September and special events as assigned or requested. Contact Theresa Norman, 763-477-5383 to apply.

Curator of Education

Elkhart County Historical Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, seeks a curator of education. Submit resume and cover letter to Elkhart County Personnel Office, 117 N. Second St., Goshen, IN 46526 no later than March 19, 2008.

Museum Registrar

Mississippi Military Department at Camp Shelby, Mississippi reopended its search for a museum registrar. Starting salary is $36,692. Applications due March 26, 2008, at 4 p.m. Contact Mr. Darryl Womack, 601-313-6146.

Local Events

Release of Lowenthal Papers

"Out of the Boxes and into the Archives: Celebrating the Life and Work of Max Lowenthal" will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2008, in Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. South, Minneapolis. Contact Beth Kaplan, 612-626-8191, or Ryan Mathre, 612-625-0552.

Then and Now in Glencoe

McLeod County Historical Society presents "Then and Now: Glencoe's Steven's Seminary and Henry Hill Schools" from 2-4 p.m., Sunday March 16, 2008. Conact Lori Pickell-Stangel.


Dental history survey

American Academy of the History of Dentistry is conducting a survey of all museums, libraries, special collections, archives and other similar organizations to identify, locate and learn more about dental history collections. To participate, send an email including your name, position, institution name, full mailing address, phone number and email address.

Copyright Advisory Network

American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) offers a free website, bulletin board, blog and wiki established to help librarians discuss copyright issues. Anyone may participate. Contact Carrie Russell.

Free educational resources online

Check out Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, which includes lesson plans for multiple topics in history. See also additional free online resources for Minnesota history.

True North digital resource

True North combines multiple digital resources to aid researchers. Learn more about it at the Local History Services Workshop, or contact Lesley Kadish, 651-259-3275.


GuideStar recently covered a growing trend, dubbed by the travel industry as "voluntourism."

Wi-Fi in Anoka

Anoka County Historical Society announces that its facility now has wireless internet access. The public is invited to take advantage of the Wi-Fi and the quiet work environment during regular museum hours.  There is no charge for the internet access for patrons who have the necessary equipment, and no restrictions on the duration of use.

Grant Deadlines

GoogleGrants AdWords

Designed for non-profit organizations, the GoogleGrants AdWords program awards advertising on the site. GoogleGrant recipients use their award of free AdWords advertising on to raise awareness and increase traffic. Each organization awarded a grant receives at least three months of in-kind advertising. Deadline: Ongoing.

Save Our History Grants

Save Our History Grant Program provides funding to history organizations that partner with schools on a local community preservation project. During the 2008-2009 school year, The History Channel will again award grants of up to $10,000 to historical organizations to fund hands-on, experiential educational projects that teach students about their local history and actively engage them in its preservation. Applications are due on Friday June 6, 2008. 

Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

Primarily intended for small collecting institutions, IMLS offers a basic set of reference books through AASLH. Apply for this bookshelf from now through April 30, 2008. Check out the list of winners from Minnesota from the first round.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Minnesota Association of Museums conference

"Mix and Match: Minnesota Museums Collaborate" is the theme of the MAM conference on Monday May 19, 2008 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center on the St. Paul Campus. Online registration is now available. Contact Nina Clark, 612-870-3374.

Victorian Home Symposium

University of St. Thomas in St. Paul will host a symposium on the Victorian Home on Friday April 4, 2008, from 1 to 7 p.m. Contact Sue Focke, 651-962-5560.

Preservation 101

Northeast Document Conservation Center offers a set of free online courses in the basics of caring for objects.

Writing Grants for Basic Conservation Projects

Midwest Art Conservation Center presents this workshop on March 27-28, 2008 at North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting in North St. Paul. Contact MACC Preservation Services, 612-870-3128.

Field Note

When it is time to change exhibits, work can both be daunting and exciting. Many organizations renewing their exhibits invite the public to watch as a teachable moment, and a free ongoing program. For example, Nicollet County Historical Society is updating all of its galleries this spring. For more on NCHS exhibits, contact Ben Leonard.

Empty room, partly painted walls, a boom box on a folding table.