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Minnesota Local History News

Published: September 10, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

Getting in the Way (2 new messages) One sure-fire way of being where people will find you is on the Internet. In what ways are you getting out into the public, face-to-face?

Program Draws (1 new message) Carver County Historical Society offers a good range of programming. What advice do you have for Dustin Heckman?

Planning on Disaster (0 messages) Perhaps you will attend the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum's fall conference on disaster planning, or do you have a written plan already?

AASLH Conference Blog Unable to attend this year's meeting in Rochester, NY? Review some recent postings from our colleagues.

AVAILABLE: Most of TRACES Midwest/WWII-history collection and related props will be available to appropriate institutions as of November 11, 2008, but the process of reserving items will begin immediately. Details at 651-292-8700.

WANTED: As it recovers from this year's flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library would like to borrow extra exhibit cases for about one year. Please contact Stefanie Kohn.

Job Announcements

Collections Access Manager

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum seeks a Collections Access Manager, a new full time position. Apply by September 15, 2008.

Executive Director

Mower County Historical Society in Austin, MN seeks Museum Director. The position is 25-30 hours per week.
To apply please send a letter of intent with salary requirements, resume, and references to: Barbara Lewis/ Mower County Historical Society,1303 6th Ave. SW Austin, MN. 55912. Due September 17, 2008.

Museum Interpreter

Wells Fargo History Museum in Minneapolis seeks a museum interpreter. The position is an average of 15 hours per week. Apply before September 22, 2008 to requisition #3244653.

Local Events

Fall membership meeting

Washington County Historical Society’s fall dinner meeting will be held Thursday September 18, 2008. The featured speaker for the popular event will be Robert Goodman, lead author of the new Washington County History book.

Alaskan artist to speak

Pope County Museum's annual meeting on September 20, 2008 at 1 p.m. features Alaskan artist Ron Senungetuk. His work has been part of the Pope County Museum’s collection since 1966.

Outlaw history

The Maxwell brothers' story will be shared by John Hallwas, author of "Dime Novel Desperadoes," at a free special event - sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society - at 2 p.m. Saturday September 27, 2008, at the Bayport Public Library, 582 North 4th Street.

Historic bridges program

Author and historian Denis Gardner will speak at the Goodhue County History Center on September 29, 2008 at 7 p.m. about his latest book, "WOOD + CONCRETE + STONE + STEEL: Minnesota’s Historic Bridges."

Museum marks 25 years  

Granada Historical Museum celebrates their 25th anniversary Saturday September 13 and again Saturday September 20, 2008, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 220 South Main, Granada, Martin County, MN 56039.

Exhibit opening in Shakopee

Join Scott County Historical Society on September 18, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. for the opening of "From the Hill to the Valley: A Landscape in Politics"


TRACES reorganizes

TRACES Center for History and Culture will be open for the last time on November 11, 2008, in honor of Veterans Day (vets get in for free). The BUS-eum will continue to tour and guest speakers and other programs remain available. Contact Michael Luick-Thrams, 651-292-8700.

Museums in Minnesota

Take time to examine and update the list of Museums in Minnesota on wikipedia.

Bell stolen

The 150-year-old school bell from the Spencer Brook Premiere School No. 1 was stolen. The bell had most recently been rung to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the school and its upcoming restoration in 2009. If you have information please notify the Isanti County Sheriff's Department immediately at 763-689-2141.

Register historic schools

Please consider your schoolhouse for recognition on the Country School Association of America National Schoolhouse Registry. See program guidelines and application form.

Grant Deadlines

IMLS Conservation Support Grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services awards matching grants to help museums identify conservation priorities and perform conservation treatment. Grants of up to $150,000 are awarded on a matching basis. Additional funds of up to $10,000 are available for an education component. Deadline is October 1, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Interpretation Matters

Association of South Dakota Museums presents "From the Heart: Engaging Community and Interpreting What Matters" with Dr. Candace Tangorra Matelic on October 2, 2008, at Rollins Campus Center, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell SD. $45, register by September 25, 2008. Contact Ronette Rumpca, 605-773-6011.

Fall into Family History

Wisconsin Historical Society holds this workshop on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Murphy Library, Special Collections, Room 155, UW La Crosse, 1631 Pine St. Free registration. Contact Lori Bessler, 608-264-6519.

Country School Conference

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

Field Note

Waseca County Historical Society celebrates the sesquicentennial with an exhibit called "The Townships: 150 Years of Grassroots Government."Waseca County Historical Society sesquicentennial exhibit