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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 19, 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

Affinity Groups (2 new messages) Although creating affinity groups cultivates long term relationships, is it possible to do the same with short term affinity groups organized around projects?

Smarter Voluntourism (new post) Two recent trends in volunteers present possibilities for local historical organizations.

Job Announcements

Executive Director

Norskedalen seeks an Executive Director. The Executive Director will be an excellent communicator, effective fundraiser, and have the ability to assume a wide variety of roles. Send cover letter, resume and application to: Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, P.O. Box 235, Coon Valley, Wisconsin, Attn: Search Committe; Postmarked by April 4, 2008. Contact Christine Hall, 608-457-2434.

Local Events

Event for men

"Gear and Beer," an afternoon of "guy stuff" for both men and women, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., April 6, 2008, in the courtyard in Red Wing's Colvill Park. The event is a fundraiser for the Goodhue County Historical Society. Tickets are $15. For information, call 651-388-6024.


Volunteer highlighted in Fergus Falls

"Duncan uncovers area history" appeared in the March 17, 2008 Fergus Falls Journal.

Working for a nonprofit

U.S. News & World Report on March 4, 2008, features an interview with Billy Shore, "The problem with nonprofits." Shore comments on the retention and burn out for nonprofit employees.

Bus-eum 2 available

TRACES Center for History and Culture announces the final tour of the BUS-eum 2 exhibit, "VANISHED: German-American Civilian Internment, 1941-48," through Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakotas in Spring 2008. A limited number of reservations are still available. Contact Naomi Stensgaard, 651-292-8700.

Technology impact study

IMLS released its "National Study on the Use of Libraries, Museums and the Internet."

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Wisconsin Local History & Historic Preservation Conference

The 2008 conference will be held September 26-27, 2008 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Spring Workshops

Register for the annual spring workshops from the Minnesota Historical Society online. Registrations are only $30. Don't delay, register today.

  • March 28: Stillwater
  • April 11: Harmony
  • April 26: Montevideo
  • May 9: Grand Marais
  • May 19: Warren

Field Note

Thematic exhibits build contexts for certain activities, such as travel, as seen in the Beltrami County Historical Society's "Paddle, Ride, Fly." Such exhibits are an opportunity to work with partners or establish affinity groups.