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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 26, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

Affinity Groups (6 new messages) Should organizations look at affinity group members as potential donors?

Smarter Voluntourism (0 messages) Is this too much work for the amount of reward?

Boy Scout Centennial Traveling Exhibit (1 new message) What would you like to see in a traveling exhibit about Boy Scout history?

Job Announcements

Division Director

Mississippi Department of Archives and History seeks Division Director to manage the 1839 Old Capitol Museum, which is undergoing a complete restoration. Applications are due April 21, 2008.


Cultural Resources Program Coordinator

Three Rivers Park District seeks Cultural Resources Program Coordinator to integrate cultural programs throughout the park district. Salary range: $48,100 to $67,300. Applications are due April 14, 2008.

Local Events

Program at TRACES

German war bride Annelee Woodstrom will speak at TRACES Center for History and Culture Center, in St. Paul’s historic Landmark Center in programs at 12 noon and 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008. Contact Naomi Stensgaard, 651-292-8700.

May Day and Tea in Shakopee

Join Scott County Historical Society by making May Day baskets and learning the history behind May Day, Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Kathleen Klehr, 952-445-0378.

Two lectures in Owatonna

Steele County Historical Society will host two lectures at 1 and 6:30 p.m. each day:

  • April 1, 2008: Nancy Vaillancourt on  "The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota"
  • April 8, 2008: John Gross on "Dan Gainey: Man with a Vision"

Contact Laura Resler, 507-451-1420.

Monthly Museum Sampler- March 2008

Minnesota Association of Museums and the Science Museum of Minnesota invite you to explore the hidden treasures of the Science Museum's vast collection of over 1.75 million objects on Thursday, March 27 from 3:30-5 p.m., Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. RSVP to Peter Olson, 651-225-6037.


Knights of the Golden Circle talk

Afton Historical Society presents a program on this secret society of the Civil War by Ken Martens, Thursday March 27, 2008, 7 p.m. at the Afton Historical Museum, 3165 St. Croix Tr. S. The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome. For more information, call 651-436-3500.

Exhibit opening in Waseca

Waseca County Historical Society hosts the opening of "The Townships: 150 Years of Grassroots Government" on Saturday April 5, 2008. Contact Sheila Morris.


Free traveling exhibit

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society's traveling exhibit, "From Freedom’s Shadow: African Americans and the United States Capitol," is absolutely free to reserve and ship. For reservations, contact Felicia Bell, 800-887-9318, ext. 28. 

Latest issue available

The latest issue of e_conservation Magazine is now online.

Input sought on national publication

American Association for State and Local History publishes the "Ask FSA" column quarterly in it monthly newsletter, Dispatch. Field Services Alliance (FSA) seeks input from local historians to shape future "Ask FSA" columns.

Grant Deadlines

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions help small and mid-sized institutions support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, workshops, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Grants cover consultant fees, workshop registration fees, related travel and per diem expenses, and the costs of purchasing and shipping preservation supplies and equipment. This year, the maximum award amount has been increased to $6000 and projects may include a wider variety of education and training activities. Applications are due May 15, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

MGS Spring Conference

Minnesota Genealogical Society holds its Spring Conference March 29, 2008 at the Rochester Community and Technical College. The conference offers educational seminars and exhibits to help family historians and genealogists expand their research skills.  Register online or at the door.  Co-sponsored by the Olmsted County Genealogical Society, the full-day conference is $25 for MGS and OGGS members, and $30 for others.

Program in New England Studies

Historic New England presents an intensive learning experience with lectures by specialists supplemented by workshops and behind-the-scenes tours. Participants study the buildings and collections of Historic New England and other museums and private houses in the region. The program runs June 16-21, 2008. Contact Ken Turino, 617-227-3957, ext. 246.

MALHM Spring Conference

"It's All Digital to Me" is the theme of the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' spring conference on Friday, May 2, 2008, 8:30-3:30, at the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting. Contact Mike Worcester, 320- 286-2427.


Deadline Extended for Civic Engagement Workshop

AASLH and the National Trust have extended the deadline to register for the Civic Engagement at Historic Sites workshop in Oak Park, IL. You have until April 2, 2008 to sign up for this new workshop. For more information call 615-320-3203.

Final INDS Conference

The 15th and final Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies Conference will be April 2-4, 2008, at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The conference is free and open to the public.

Field Note

The spring workshops from the Minnesota Historical Society begin on Friday, March 28, 2008 in Stillwater. The Washington County Historic Courthouse is an excellent example of having "Systems for Success" by paying attention to routine details to ensure the best work is done. The Civil War monument on its grounds is among the more recent work completed. While it's too late to register for Stillwater, don't miss the other four venues.

Metal soldier figure.