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Minnesota Local History News

Published: May 7, 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? (new post) Dustin Heckman at the Martin County Historical Society wonders how people are able to work in the nonprofit field with low pay and bearing college debt.

Being a Social Benefit (0 messages) How do historical organizations meet the idea of being a social benefit?

Job Announcements


Washington County Historical Society offers summer internships for college students at the Warden's House Museum in Stillwater and the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia.

Local Events

Collections Gone Wild!

Join the Minnesota Association of Museums on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at the Scott County Historical Society who needs your assistance cataloguing a backlog of items. Get a behind-the-scenes look at another museum while helping colleagues in need! Contact Kathy Klehr or Nina Clark.

New exhibit opening

Anoka County Historical Society will host an open house on May 13, 2008, for the opening of "Law and Ladders: History of Anoka County’s fire, police, and sheriff’s departments."

Book release in Richfield

Richfield Historical Society hosts a book release with signing party and companion exhibit opening on Monday, May 12, 2008 6:30 p.m. for "Richfield: Minnesota's Oldest Suburb" at the Richfield History Center.

History Day projects in Red Wing

Goodhue County History Center announces that Minnesota History Day projects from the Cannon Falls Middle School sixth grade students are on display in the lobby throughout the month of May until June 15. 


Tax Filing Reminder

Tax-exempt organizations that normally have annual gross receipts of $25,000 or less and do not have to file Form 990 or 990-EZ, must now file the e-Postcard. It is due the fifteenth day of the fifth month after the close of your tax year. So, if your organization operated on a calendar year in 2007, the e-Postcard is due by May 15, 2008. What happens if you don’t file? You risk losing your tax-exempt status! Details. Learn more about how to maintain your tax-exempt status no matter your budget.

Latest issue available

Issue no. 4 of e_conservation magazine is now online and available.

Famous gas station makeover

"Frank Lloyd Wright gas station to receive makeover for 50th anniversary" appeared in the May 1, 2008, Pine Journal.

Collecting today for tomorrow's history

"Key to being a Minnesota Historical Society curator: Know what to collect" appeared in the May 2, 2008, St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Thanking board volunteers

BoardCafe published 7 useful "dos and don'ts" when thanking board members as their service expires.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Collections Management and Practices

The registration for AASLH's Collections Management and Practices workshop scheduled for June 19 - 20, 2008, in Shawnee, KS is now open. Register by May 19, 2008 to guarantee a seat and save on your registration fee. Please contact Bethany Hawkins, 615-320-3203.

Field Note

Historic buildings are parts of collections at historical organizations. The Cokato Historical Society is undertaking a critical stabilization project for its Gust Akerlund Studio, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Contact Mike Worcester.

Building on blocks with Gehl front loading machine.