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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 22, 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

Local History Blog is unavailable this week.

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

Job Announcements

Exhibit Development Group Manager

Science Museum of Minnesota seeks Exhibit Development Group Manager. Applications due October 29, 2008.

Local Events

Hamline Midway Event

Join Hamline Midway History Corps in welcoming guest speaker Joe Hoover of the Minnesota Historical Society on the subject of Placeography, Thursday October 23, 2008.

Preserve history with mystery

Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota invites participation in "Dress to Kill," an audience participation mystery dinner, on Saturday November 1, 2008, at the CSPS Hall in St. Paul. The event will raise funds for flood relief for historic records and artifacts held by Sokol Cedar Rapids. Contact Joe Landsberger.

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.

Learn about "Spook houses"

Scott County Historical Society hosts a special Halloween Party just for girls on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.

Vatican Splendors

Through the first four weeks of Vatican Splendors more than 30,000 tickets were sold. Sunday hours will be extended to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. effective October 19, 2008 to accommodate demand. Many historical organizations have planned bus tours from their communities to see this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit.


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.
  • A recent Star Tribune Minnesota Poll suggests the amendment is viewed favorably by 59% of respondents.

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.

Your experiences are sought

AASLH along with seven other historical organizations* seeks to learn more about the demographics, training, employment conditions, and expectations of public history practitioners by distributing this survey across the public history community. Please respond by December 1, 2008.

Ghost towns of Minnesota

Mankato Free Press of October 19, 2008, discusses vanished towns in Blue Earth, Martin, and Nicollet counties.

IRA rollover extended

Congress passed and the president signed into law on October 3, 2008 an extension through 2009 for those 70 1/2 and older to donate up to $100,000 from their IRA or Roth IRA to 501(c)(3) nonprofits without tax consequences.

Internet Resources

Nonprofit Insurance Guide

Blue Avocado has a Guide to Nonprofit Insurance.

Managing in Hard Times

Institute for Conservation Leadership has a manual to help guide decisions when Managing in Hard Times.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

990 Webinar

On November 4, 2008, the Internal Revenue Service will present a free Webinar on filing the new Form 990.

MOMCC 2008 Fall Conference

"Grist for the Mill: Re-imagining Our Historic Sites in the 21st Century" will take place on November 13-15, 2008 at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana.

Preservation Environments

Preservation Environments is an online course, November 3-28, 2008, with instructor Ernest A. Conrad.

Webinars from Fieldstone Alliance

Check out three timely webinars from Fieldstone Alliance:

  • Tools for Surviving Tough Times—And Thriving Afterwards, October 30, 2008
  • Building Financial Capacity: The Practice of Balancing Money and Mission, November 12, 2008
  • Moving to a More Sustainable Revenue Model, December 2, 2008

Board Webinar

Institute for Conservation Leadership will provide a Board Jump Start webinar on December 11, 2008. Register by December 5.

MACC Public Workshop Series

Online Exhibit Workshop

Exhibit Fundamentals: Ideas to Installation is an online course November 3-December 12, 2008 with Lin Nelson-Mayson.

Online Storage Workshop

Materials for Storage and Display is an online course November 3-28, 2008 with Helen Alten.

Field Note

Collection photographs often can be enlarged to any size and then used to support interpretation. The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria enlarged a postcard of a dining room at a resort to provide a sense of the elegant dining to be expected.

Black and white photograph postcard enlarged as a backdrop to an exhibit.