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Minnesota Local History News

Published: November 19, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

Time Saving Tips (new post) What are some tried-and-true ways to be efficient with your work?

Allowing Public Annotation (2 new messages) Annotation seems to be an extension of what local history has been doing all along: facilitating conversation. What concerns might there be to overcome in allowing annotation?

Tomorrow's History Access (3 new messages) A college student is researching digitization of historic images of Minnesota. Your experiences are needed to shape her project.

AVAILABLE: All or part of a 1901 rural Methodist church in Renville County. Contact Jill Wohnoutka.

Local Events

December Sampler

Minnesota Association of Museums presents the opportunity to tour the restored Foshay Tower's observation deck museum and the Chambers Hotel on December 10, 2008, 4:30 p.m. For those who can stay, enjoy happy hour and socializing with peers until 7 p.m. at the Art Bar. RSVP to Amber Stevenson, 651-225-6053.

Holiday event in Chanhassen

Join the Chanhassen Historical Society on Sunday November 30, 2008, at Historic St. Hubert's Catholic Church for a "Musical Celebration of the Christmas Season." Contact Jack Atkins.

Jolly Jingle Jam at the Weyerhaeuser Museum

Join the Morrison County Historical Society for the opening of a new exhibit and a brief program based on the theme of "Music and the Technology of Sound" on Saturday,
December 6, 2008, 2-5 p.m. Contact Mary Warner, 320-632-4007.

Christmas in the Village

Steele County Historical Society announces its 2008 Christmas in the Village will take place on Friday December 5, 2008, 4:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday December 6, 2008, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Village of Yesteryear.

Ramsey County Historical Society annual meeting

Join Ramsey County Historical Society on Thursday December 4, 2008, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and featuring Annette Atkins on "Unpeeling an Orange and Finding a St. Paul Story."

Holiday events in Austin

Join the Mower County Historical Society on Friday December 12, 2008 for a bake sale, and Saturday December 13, 2008 for wagon rides, holiday crafts, music and lights, and a visit from Santa Claus. Contact Dustin Heckman, 507-437-6082.

Cemetery Symposium

Visit Hennepin History Museum for a look at the issues that are facing today’s cemeteries on Saturday November 22, 2008, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Hosts for Between Fences

Minnesota Humanities Center announced the hosts for the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit "Between Fences" for 2009 and 2010.

Vote for a Minnesota Landmark

Mayowood, owned by the Olmsted County Historical Society, is among three historic places in Minnesota up for a Hampton Hotels Save a Landmark program. The top vote-getter will receive restoration help from Hampton Hotels. Vote through December 5, 2008, to help your colleagues in Rochester.

Gift from Norseland

Nicollet County Historical Society received a gift to continue preserving the history of the rural community of Norseland.

Transparency in nonprofits

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman's remarks on transparency of nonprofit finances are posted.

New director at Mower County Historical Society

Austin Daily Herald of November 17, 2008, introduces Dustin Heckman as the new executive director of the Martin County Historical Society.

Internet Resources

AASLH Annual Meeting

Hear select audio from the American Association for State and Local History's 2008 annual meeting in Rochester, New York.

Free Webinar on Finding Funding

Foundation Center offers a free webinar for new nonprofit organizations on "First Fundraising Strategies for Startup Organizations" including handouts.

New Form 990 training

Did you miss the live presentation of Preparing for the New Form 990? It's not too late to register and watch the archived edition of the webcast.  Once you register, simply log in, click on "Programs," and click on "Archives" to find the recording of the Form 990 broadcast.

Grant Deadlines

Conservation Assessment Program

Conservation Assessment Program grants are due with a postmark of December 15, 2008.

Leadership Grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services seeks grant applications for the agency's 2009 National Leadership Grant program. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

War of 1812 in the West Symposium

The 19th annual War of 1812 in the West Symposium, scheduled for March 28-29, 2009, at Arrow Rock State Park, seeks proposals for sessions. Contact David Bennett, 816-582-0280.

New classes for 2009

Northern States Conservation Center announced today that 67 online museum and preservation classes will run in 2009.

Field Note

One of the frequent questions about cemeteries is how to care for or restore furniture, such as metal fences and markers. The place to start is always with the owner, and if your proposed work is authorized, then speak with a qualified conservator.

Rusty metal finial and fence in a cemetery.