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Minnesota Local History News

Published: November 12, 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

Allowing Public Annotation (new discussion) Technology can help local historical organizations gather additional information. Are you using technology to do that? If so, what are you using?

AVAILABLE: Sherburne History Center offers to another nonprofit historical organization the following:  2-harness Rug Loom with metal reed, string heddles and some warp remaining on loom.  Contact Mo Galvin.

Welcome new community correspondents

In recognition of Claudia Nicholson's, Mary Warner's, and Mike Worcester's collective efforts on the Local History Blog, all three were recently added as authors to the Local History Blog. Congratulations!

REMINDER: As usual, the Local History News will not appear during the last two weeks of December. Please get your announcements for early January 2009 submitted by December 1, 2008.

Local Events

Transportation history

Minnesota River Valley History Roundtable hosts Michael Leek on Saturday November 15, 2008, who will discuss transit history, the expansion of mass transportation, and the use of transit as an alternative to high gas prices. Contact Kathleen Klehr, 952-445-0378.

Opening reception

"A Picture is Worth 150 Years: Dakota County Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibition" reception will be Saturday November 15, 2008, 1-3 p.m. at the Dakota County Historical Society.

Potluck pie social

Anoka County Historical Society invites the public to an old fashioned pot luck pie social on November 26, 2008, at noon at its History Center.  All are invited to bring their favorite pie, and their favorite pie story to share.

Denmark Township Event

Denmark Township Historical Society welcomes Janet Letnes Martin, a Hastings resident who raised national awareness of what it means to be Lutheran through best-selling books and musical comedies, on Tuesday November 18, 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Denmark Township. Contact Bob Voigt.

American Girl Tea

Anoka County Historical Society will host an American Girl Tea on Thursday December 4, 2008, 6 p.m., and on Saturday December 6, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Women's Hall of Fame

Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund invites nominees who are exemplary role models who have had a positive and significant impact on the social fabric of northwest Minnesota. Deadline: December 1, 2008.

Museum Finance Survey

American Association of Museums will conduct its latest Museum Financial Information (MFI) survey in November. To participate and to receive a secure login access to the online questionnaire send an email to Philip M. Katz. All museums that complete the survey will receive a 10% discount on the published report and advanced access to benchmarking data.

Fall heritage tourism newsletter available

The Fall 2008 issue of Cultural Heritage Tourism News is now available.

Tips for better press releases

GuideStar offers "10 tips for writing a feature press release."

AASLH Awards

AASLH invites submissions to the 2009 Leadership in History Awards. To submit nominations for projects from Minnesota, contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459. Nominations due on March 1, 2009.

Historic trash for Fillmore County Historical Society

Rochester Post Bulletin of November 4, 2008, reports on the result of an archaeological dig near Spring Valley.

New photo collection in Stillwater

Stillwater Gazette donated 13 containers of photographs, with an estimated 9,000 negatives, covering the years 1973-2003, to the Washington County Historical Society.

Internet Resources

Local History Presentations

Presentations from the Wisconsin Local History and Historic Preservation conference are now online.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Caring for Photos

"Caring for Originals during Scanning Projects" by SOLINET will be December 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., live online. For more information or to register, contact Education Services, 800-999-8558. Click on Classes and Events for full descriptions and online registration.

Form 990 Free Seminar

There are still spots available, either in-person or via webinar, for the Gray Plant Mooty roundtable on November 18, 2008:"The New 990: Steps to Take in 2008." Register by email to Debra Stender and indicate in-person or webinar.

Field Note

Log buildings are a very common reminder throughout Minnesota of the settlement period. This 1874 log house is from Murray County, and currently stands on the county fairgrounds in Slayton. While not necessary or even possible to preserve every log building, local historical organizations accept such buildings after careful review, as they do when offered any other collection item.

Small log house.