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Minnesota Local History News

Published: May 28, 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

Ready to Lead? (2 new messages) Part of the compensation for workers in the nonprofit world is job satisfaction. Agree or disagree?

Brand Value for Historical Organizations (1 new message) Does the public ignore branding efforts?

AVAILABLE: One Ferrand pump organ (Style 143) made in Detroit and in working condition. Has mirror that swivels. Available to donate to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Conact Vi Zaire, 651-633-3953.

Job Announcements

Education Coordinator

West Chicago City Museum seeks an Education Coordinator on a one-year, part-time contract basis to develop and manage both in-house and outreach programs for school children, families and adults. $13/hour, 13 hours a week. No benefits are provided. Send cover letter, resume and the names of three references by June 2, 2008, to LuAnn Bombard, West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, West Chicago, IL 60185.

Local Events

Mills of Richfield Talk

Richfield Historical Society presents local historian Tom Balcom on the "Mills of Richfield." Open to the public. Monday, June 9, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the Richfield History Center. RSVP to 612-798-6140. Cost $2.

Vermillion Falls River Walk at the LeDuc Historic Estate

On the first Saturday of the months of June, July, August, September and October, join a special walking tour of the Vermillion Falls area that is sponsored through the LeDuc Historic Estate.  The first of these tours will be June 7, 10:00 a.m.  Reservations are recommended and prospective participants should call 651-437-7055.

History of beer

Discover the rich history of Minnesota’s beer industry, from the first illegal brewery at Fort Snelling, to the major breweries that still thrive, at a free presentation Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the Washington County Historical Society’s Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia, 4 p.m. Beer tasting will cost $10 per person.

Ghost tour in Anoka

Anoka County Historical Society hosts its first Ghost Tour of the season on Thursday, June 5 and Saturday, June 7, 2008, at 7:30 p.m., leaving from the Anoka County History Center. Reservations are recommended; call 763-421-0600.


AASLH Awards for Minnesota

The following Awards of Merit were granted in Minnesota by the American Association for State and Local History at its Awards Committee meeting in Nashville, May 21-24, 2008:

  • Sherburne County Historical Society for the exhibit, "Life on the Edge"
  • Mona Rae Nelson, posthumously, for a lifetime of exemplary leadership at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society
  • James B. Bell for the book, "From Arcade Street to Main Street: A History of the Seeger Refrigerator Company" (Ramsey County Historical Society)
  • Bruce White for the book, "We Are At Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People" (MHS Press)
  • Annette Atkins for the book, "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out" (MHS Press)

Overall there were 59 Awards of Merit given nationally. AASLH also awarded two WOW Awards, among which was one given to Annette Atkins for the book, "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out."

Minnesota launches new state grant website

This new website is a first stop for organizations interested in learning about grant opportunities at 23 state agencies including the Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Office of Justice Programs and more.

Conservation project

In May 2008, Minnesota Historical Society in collaboration with Midwest Art Conservation Center, launched a preservation project to identify collections care needs in cultural institutions across Minnesota and to develop a plan to meet these needs.

Archive Builders papers available online

The materials used in the document management class taught by Archive Builders are available for free download.

Dylan exhibit in Chisholm

Ironworld's homegrown exhibit, "Tangled Up In Ore: Bob Dylan and the Iron Range," opened May 22, 2008. The exhibit includes items on loan from local contributors, as well as from Ironworld’s archives and collections.  

Grant Deadlines

Preserve America Stewards

The program will recognize stewardship programs that have demonstrated a successful use of volunteer time and commitment in order to help care for our cultural heritage. Government entities (federal, tribal, state, or local), non-profit organizations, and businesses are eligible to apply to have their programs recognized. For further information, contact Druscilla Null, 202-606-8532.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

MDL logoMDL annual meeting

Minnesota Digital Library Coalition will hold its 6th Annual Meeting on Monday, June 9, 2008, at the Gorecki Dining & Conference Center at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. $20 registration fee includes lunch and all breaks. 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Field Note

Brown County Historical Society past president Dr. Arnold Koelpin unveiled and dedicated a new marker on May 15, 2008, for Brown County history in front of the historic New Ulm Post Office, now headquarters for BCHS.

Explaining the new marker