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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 1, 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

Tomorrow's History Access (4 new messages) While the public demands access to cemetery records, many cemeteries are still active and such online access would have to be updated. What other types of records or applications tools does the public want?

Planning on Disaster (3 new messages) A good disaster plan should protect people, things, and reputation, in that order. Agree?

Restoring Identity (new post) What sure-fire methods do you use to help identify people and places in unidentified photos?

AVAILABLE: One small log building in Arden Hills is available to donate to a nonprofit organization. Contact Margot Knoll. 763-449-0399.

Job Announcements

Host a scholar

TRACES seeks hosts to board German educators in Twin Cities. To have a German teacher in your home for 1-2 weeks in October contact Charles Turner, 651-292-8700.

Local Events

King Corn movie in St. Peter

Nicollet County Historical Society and local partners welcome filmmaker Ian Cheney to the Treaty Site History Center Friday October 10, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. to screen his critically-acclaimed film, "King Corn." Free.

Learn historic building methods

LeDuc Historic Estate presents Mark J. Johnston, a volunteer at The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee on Thursday October 16, 2008, 7 p.m. Johnston taught undergraduate history courses at the University of MN. Free.

Open house for Anoka County school

Mary T. Inc. and staff announce the completion of renovations to an 1884 schoolhouse they had saved from demolition and relocated to their campus in November 2006. An open house will be held on Wednesday October 22, 2008, 4-7 p.m. The schoolhouse is located at 11703 Xeon Blvd.

A prairie home tour

Join Preservation Alliance of Minnesota on Saturday October 4, 2008, 12-6 p.m. for its "Prairie Living Historic Home Tour." Call 651-293-9047 for details.

Steamboat history

Minnesota River Valley History Roundtable will explore steamboat travel on the Minnesota River at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee on Saturday October 18, 2008, at 1 p.m. Contact Jefferson Spilman, 763-694-7789.

Exhibit opens in Schroeder

Schroeder Area Historical Society completed an exhibit, "Mapping Schroeder and Building Community," about Anishinabe and Europeans living in the Schroeder area.  The band Portage will play at the grand opening on October 4, 2008, 3 p.m. 


Traveling exhibit in Virginia

St. Louis County Historical Society presents the exhibits "Finns of Western Lake Superior" now through the end of the year at the St. Louis County courthouse (first floor) in Virginia, Minnesota.

Are you a public historian?

National Council on Public History wants to learn more about the demographics, training, employment conditions, and expectations of public history practitioners. Please take five minutes to complete the online questionnaire.

New website for Blue Earth County Historical Society

Check out the new website for the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato.

Grant Deadlines

Research Intern grant

University of Minnesota CURA's Community-Based Research Programs provide graduate or undergraduate student assistance for community-based applied research projects, program planning and development, program evaluation, and other short-term projects. Due October 30, 2008.

Community Connections

MetLife Foundation Museum and Community Connections program encourages art museums to reach out to large numbers of people of all ages and backgrounds through imaginative programs and/or exhibits. Deadline is Friday October 17, 2008.

Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

Institute for Museums and Library Services announced that an additional 1,000 sets of books on basic collections care and management will be given away. Apply between January 5 and March 9, 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Country School Conference

Iowa Country School Conference, "Perceptions of the Country School" will be held October 10-11, 2008 in Ames, Iowa.

Family History Conference

Morrison County Genealogical Society presents "Opening Windows to Your Past" Saturday October 11, 2008
9 to 3:30 p.m., at the Initiative Foundation, 405 First Street SE, Little Falls, Minnesota. Contact Pat Quinn.

Joint museum association meeting

Association of Midwest Museums and Mountain Plains Museum Association will meet together October 21-24, 2008, at the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Missouri.

Internet Resources

Write better taglines

Nancy Schwartz released her 2008 The Nonprofit Tagline Report that has solid advice for marketing. A recent post on Philanthropy Potluck discusses The Importance of Nonprofit Taglines.

Field Note

Commemorations for the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, are not long into the future. Below is the memorial for Civil War soldiers and sailors in Bridge Square in Northfield. How will you observe these 150th anniversaries?

Granite monument with eagle sculpture on upright shaft.