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Minnesota Local History News

Published: October 29, 2008

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

Come visit your place in history.

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.

Discussions and Questions

History Museums as a Gathering Place (2 new messages) History museums are both natural places to gather and reflect, and places that contain collections that should not be subjected to abuse.

Spooky History (new post) History seems to lend itself well to marking Halloween. What special considerations should be given to programming for this holiday?

Plan for Tomorrow (new post) Sherry Stirling needs your advice about creating a business plan or a strategic plan.

Job Announcements

Architectural Historian

Summit Envirosolutions in St. Paul, MN seeks an architectural historian. Master's degree and experience required. Submit resume, cover letter, and references to Andrew Schmidt.

Local Events

Uncle Sam Worked Here

Join Minnesota Landmarks for a series of talks at 9:30 a.m. in the old Federal Courthouse in St. Paul:

  • November 8, 2008: Paul Maccabee, "Ma Barker, John Dillinger and Me: Gangster, Gun Molls and G-Men."
  • November 15, 2008: Paul Larson, "Indelible Imagery: The Federal Building in its St. Paul Setting."
  • November 22, 2008: Clifford E. Clark, "Prohibition's Legacy: Alcohol, Government Regulations and American Society."


Nominations sought

Nominate your favorite museum or library for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service for significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The medal includes a $10,000 award to each recipient and an awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Deadline: February 15, 2009.

Internet Resources

Internal Revenue Service has a new website to help 501(c)(3) nonprofits retain their designation.

Digital Vaults

National Archives recently launched Digital Vaults, which allows the user to construct collections, create new learning pathways, search the National Archives, or even make a movie or poster with digital content.

Tool to fight teardowns

National Trust for Historic Preservation assembled resources to help advocates address issues of teardowns in local communities.

Opportunities in Lean Times

Fieldstone Alliance has a web manual on Opportunities in Lean Times.

Grant Deadlines

Minnesota Digital Library grants

Minnesota Digital Library seeks applications from organizations to participate in further developing the Minnesota Reflections online database. Deadline: ongoing basis until January 9, 2009. Do not delay in applying. Contact Marian Rengel, 320-308-5625.

African American History grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services announces the availability of guidelines and application forms for the 2009 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. Deadline is January 15, 2009.

Grantmaking in Minnesota

Minnesota Council on Foundations published its lists for 2007:


Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Mini-courses on Form 990

Association of Midwest Museums

Association of Midwest Museums comes to St. Paul, September 27-30, 2009. Check out the call for proposals, or become a volunteer by contacting Shana Crosson.

Field Note

Effective house museum interpretation relies on placement of objects where the objects were used. Although warming pans were used to remove the chill from bedsheets and could be shown next to a bed, here the pans are shown where they would have been kept-- in the kitchen.

Cast iron stove in front of green-painted wainscot with brass warming pans hung on pegs.