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Minnesota Local History News

Published: September 17, 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

Planning on Disaster (4 new messages) Daunting though they may be, Disaster Plans are crucial to survival.

Getting in the Way (2 new messages) Visitation is a two way street. If you want people to visit your museum, you will likely have to go visit them first. Have any local historical organizations "gone a-visiting" to people that typically have not visited the museum in the past?

Program Draws (1 new message) Reinventing the wheel when it comes to programs. Two organizations offer their models for your use. Anyone have a sure-fire program to share?

Job Announcements

International Internship

HeritageWatch seeks undergraduate and graduate students to assist in creating a database of comprehensive and current legal historic preservation information. Apply to Terressa Davis.

Development Director

Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa seeks a development director. Apply to Nancy Wente, 515-278-5286.

Local Events

Paranormal history

Delve into the paranormal with a bone-chilling presentation called "Ghosts: Minnesota’s Other Natural Resource" by Brian Leffler on Thursday October 16, 2008, from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Depot in Duluth.

Learn about stars in St. Peter

Watch the great celestial show in the skies over St. Peter with the Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter Community Education, and Mike Lynch at the Treaty Site History Center from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday September 30, 2008.


Annual Meeting for Wabasha County Historical Society

Lomyra Wolfeil will speak at the Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday October 12, 2008, from 1-4 p.m. Mrs. Wohlfeil, a direct decendent of the founder of Reads Landing, will present original family letters and documents and tell family stories that have been handed down through generations.

New exhibit in Hibbing

St. Louis County Historical Society installed a new photographic exhibit at the Hibbing Courthouse by local photographer Tony Kuznik.

Annual Meeting for Swedish Genealogical Society

Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota will hold its quarterly meeting on Saturday October 18, 2008, from 1- 4 p.m. at the Minnesota Genealogical Society Auditorium at 1185 Concord Street North, South St. Paul.

Closing a nonprofit

Blue Avocado discusses the unthinkable, namely shutting down a nonprofit.

Grant Deadlines

Deadlines extended

Institute of Museum and Library Services is extending by two weeks all museum grant deadlines through the end of the calendar year for organizations in counties that have been declared disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Community Connections

MetLife Foundation Museum and Community Connections program is to encourage art museums to reach out to large numbers of people of all ages and backgrounds through imaginative programs and/or exhibits. Deadline is Friday October 17, 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Swedish genealogy workshop

Beginning and Intermediate genealogists are invited to a workshop with instructors Dee and Ray Kleinow on Friday October 24, 2008, 9-3:30, at the American Swedish Institute in the Turnblad Room. Register by calling 612-871-4907.

MOMCC Conference

"Grist for the Mill" is the theme of the Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Conference, November 13-15, 2008, in Mitchell, Indiana.

Field Note

Richfield Historical Society recently installed this sign after two years of planning and fundraising. One of the obstacles was complicated open hours. To solve that, RHS made a sandwich feature that when closed simply directs the public to the website, and can be opened as shown. RHS reports increased walk-in visitation.

Sign with 1950s logo between two white posts.