Discussions and Questions
Restoring Identity (2 new messages) Finding people who can identify photographs tends to be "hit and miss." Do any historical organizations have a systematic approach to identify photos?
Planning on Disaster (1 new message) dPlan Lite is up and running, and easy to use. Is this the practical "Coffee Can Disaster Plan" that time-pressed organizations need?
Minnesota Marine Art Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide administrative, intellectual, and programmatic leadership for the planning, management and growth of the Museum. Applications due October 31, 2008.
Rochester Art Center seeks
event manager for the management, marketing, scheduling and coordination of all paid facility rentals.
Tour a Century Farm
Motley Area Historical Society will meet at the Motley City Hall on Tuesday October 14, 2008, 1:30 p.m., and carpool to the Gordon and Gayle Martin Farm, a Century Farm that also has a collection of tractors and farm implements. Contact Faye, 218-746-3863.
October tour of spirits
Sips of History Minnesota River Wine, Beer and History Trail announces a special "Chill Out and Warm Your Spirits" event October 17-19, 2008.
Cemetery tours in Anoka County
Explore the stories of those who reside in Anoka County’s "silent cities" during the Anoka County Historical Society’s "Monuments to Life" cemetery tours October 9, 11, and 14, 2008.
Collections metrics survey
requests your participation in a survey to assist in developing a collections assessment tool to measure and report performance in
the area of collections stewardship, inform strategic planning, and to
leverage support for collections.
No new Yellow Medicine County museum
The Marshall Independent of October 3, 2008 reports that Yellow Medicine County commissioners have declined to move the Yellow Medicine County Museum from the flood plain in Granite Falls.
Last chance to see special exhibits
October is the final month for the public to visit the special sesquicentennial exhibits at the Washington County Historical Society.
National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for its 2009 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places® list. Nominations are due on Friday, December 5, 2008. The 2009 list will be announced on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.
Disagreement in Le Sueur County
Mankato Free Press of October 2, 2008 reports on the disputed ownership of museum collections in Elysian.
Historian Rhoda R. Gilman has been selected to received a 2008 Honorary Award of the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice in Minneapolis. Contact Cynthia Hill, 651-698-0235.
Communicating your worth
Larry Checco argues that the key to demonstrating value to the public is to show the sacrifices for the betterment of the public.
Internal Revenue Service issued the 2008 Form 990-EZ for nonprofits with gross reciepts more than $25,000 and less than $1 million and total assets less than $2.5 million.
Interpreter and Planner available
The fall issues of the Minnesota History Interpreter and Minnesota Preservation Planner are now online.
Disaster assistance criteria
Disaster Assistance Policy 9524.6 outlines the criteria by which the Federal Emergency Management Agency determines the eligibility of collections and individual objects, and the eligible work and costs related to the treatment of these collections and individual objects.
LAM report available
"Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration Among Libraries, Archives and Museums" is now available. Though it discusses larger institutions, the reports findings may be helpful to smaller institutions seeking better coodination of these functions.
Minnesota State Grants-in-Aid program assists nonprofits and local units of government with history projects that have long term benefits to the public. Deadlines are January 9, 2009 for pre-applications, and February 20, 2009 for final applications. Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
Save the Date: MPMA
Mountain Plains Museum Association announces
its next conference will be October 5 -9, 2009, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
After Disaster workshop
Minnesota Historical Society and Midwest Registrar's Committee will co-sponsor "After a Disaster: Saving and Salvaging Collection Materials and Artifacts" on Monday November 10, 2008, 9-4, Minnesota History Center. Contact
Melinda Markell, 612-870-3128.
Museum inventory workshop
Northern States Conservation Center announces its online workshop, Collection Inventories, October 27 through November 22, 2008.
On November 4, 2008, the Internal Revenue Service will present a free Webinar on filing the new Form 990.
Learning and exercise go hand-in-hand, as suggested by the popularity of walking and biking tours. Below, participants at the Minnesota Historic Preservation Conference had the opportunity to tour Northfield by canoe. What ways might you combine learning and exercise?