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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 15, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

Planning on Disaster (2 new posts) Organizations might want to bookmark Heritage Preservation and also think about how to prioritize objects.

Restoring Identity (2 new posts) Interviews of the donors and careful examination of the photos are two important ways to identify photographs.

Tomorrow's History Access (1 new post) Just being on the web is major step toward providing access to collections.

History Museums as a Gathering Place (new post) Do patrons use local history museums to their highest, best purpose?

AVAILABLE: Dakota City Heritage Village offers to another nonprofit historical organization the following: One pair of snowshoes, 1940s-1950s; Four women's hats and one child's hat from the 1940s-1960s; Hat boxes from the 1930s-1950s; and, 1960s child's slip with inflatable rubber tube inside hem. Contact Tracy Behrendt.

WANTED: Advice on making exhibits that feature each community in a county. Contact Wendy Henerlau, 319-351-5738.

WANTED: Computer Technology Research, a nonprofit preserving sports history of the greater New Ulm area, seeks a surplus microfilm reader/printer and microfilm file cabinet. Contact Herb Schaper, 507-276-1774.

Job Announcements


Martin County Historical Society in Fairmont MN seeks curator. Applications due by October 31, 2008. Contact Lenny Tvedten, 507-235-5178.

Museum Director

State Historical Society of Iowa seeks a Museum Director (listed as "Public Service Executive 3").  Submit online a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise application form by November 6, 2008. Department 259 – Cultural Affairs. Additionally, submit letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Polly Anderson.

Heritage Preservation Survey 

City of Minneapolis seeks proposals from qualified consultants to complete a reconnaissance level survey and re-survey of the Seward, Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, and Hiawatha neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

Museum Curator

Wheaton Park District seeks Museum Curator for the DuPage (IL) History Museum. Salary: $46,480-$49,000. Closing Date: November 9, 2008. Contact Diane Hirshberg, 630-665-4710.

Museum Educator

Wheaton Park District seeks Museum Curator for the DuPage (IL) History Museum. Salary: $35,000-$40,000. Closing Date: November 9, 2008. Contact Diane Hirshberg, 630-665-4710.

Local Events

October Sampler

Join the Minnesota Association of Museums on Thursday October 16, 2008, 3-5 p.m., at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. RSVP to Amber Stevenson, 651-225-6053.

Evening edition of Lunch with The History People

Hear Brian Leffler, founder of Northern Minnesota Paranormal Investigators, speak about Minnesota's other natural resource, ghosts, on Thursday October 16, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the Ruth Maney Room, Depot, Duluth.

Program at the Cox House

Nicollet County Historical Society and Sneaky Productions present a Victorian Ghost Show in the beautiful Eugene St. Julien Cox House on October 23-25 and 30-31, 2008, each night beginning at 6 p.m.

Harvest Haunting

Join the LeDuc Historic Estate on October 25, 2008, at 5 p.m. for the third annual "Harvest Haunting."

Highway 61 History

Washington County Historical Society will host a free event Saturday November 1, 2008, at 1 p.m., at the Hardwood Creek Branch Library, Forest Lake, as Cathy Wurzer discusses her new book and documentary "Tales of the Road: Highway 61."

Annual Meeting in Wadena

Wadena County Historical Society cordially invites the public to our Annual Meeting to be held Thursday October 23, 2008 at the Wadena VFW at 7 p.m.  Guest speaker David Nystuen will share his "Untold Stories" presentation. RSVP to Sandi Pratt, 218-631-9079.


Grant to Lyon County Historical Society

Marshall Independent of October 11, 2008 reports on progress in finding a new home for the Lyon County Historical Society.

Petersons honored

Winona Post of October 8, 2008 details the work of Kathie and Mark Peterson to preserve the Weaver Schoolhouse.

Stories needed

St. Louis County Historical Society seeks stories of the 1918 Spanish Influenza and 1980s AIDS epidemics for comparison in preparation for a new exhibit. Contact Maggie Kazel, 218-720-6385.

Constitutional amendment

On November 4, 2008, Minnesotans will have the opportunity to vote for the "Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment."

  • The amendment would increase the sales tax rate by three-eighths of one percent from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2034.
  • The tax would in part provide money for arts and cultural heritage programs, including funding for Minnesota history.
  • Final details of funding would be worked out by future legislatures, if the amendment passes.

Remember, failure to cast a vote will count as a vote against the amendment. For additional information on the amendment, contact David Kelliher, 651-259-3103.

Interent Resources

Digital standards

Library of Congress announced that a dozen federal agencies are launching an initiative to establish a common set of guidelines for digitizing historical materials.

Grant Deadlines

Minnesota Digital Library grant

Minnesota Digital Library is accepting applications for a second round of its Phase 5 project. Open application process until March 27, 2009. Contact Marian Rengal.

Conservation Assessment Program

Conservation Assessment Program provides small to mid-sized museums with a general conservation assessment of its collection, environmental conditions, and facilities. Deadline is December 1, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference

"2020 VISION Creating Tourism for Tomorrow" is the theme of the Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference to be held on January 27-29, 2009 at the Northland Inn, Minneapolis.

Works on Paper

"The Care and Handling of Works on Paper" will be offered by the Midwest Art Conservation Center on Saturday November 1, 2008.

Field Note

The effectiveness of local historical organizations is increased when any number collaborate on larger projects. For Minnesota's 150th anniversary, Minnesota's Historic Northwest, an organization of historical organizations in the 11 northwestern counties, produced a traveling exhibit and book.

Marlys Hirst with the traveling exhibit.