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Minnesota Local History News

Published: September 24, 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 (3 new messages) Local historical organizations need a simplified verson of disaster planning to fit into an array of other demands on time.

Tomorrow's History Access (new post) How well are history services delivered electronically?

AVAILABLE: Antique upright Hamilton Piano in good condition is available for donation to a nonprofit historical organization. Contact Karen Kortgard, 320-291-0530.

AVAILABLE: Dakota County Historical Society deaccessioned a set of table and chairs from the Cenex Corporation, 1957-1993. DCHS is willing to transfer the objects to another historical organization. Contact Chad Roberts for details.

WANTED: Items illustrating Minnesotans visiting Glacier National Park for a centennial exhibit at the Montana Historical Society.

Local Events

Veterans Day in Willmar

The annual Veterans Day Observance will be held in Willmar November 9-11, 2008 at the War Memorial Auditorium.  All events open to the public. Special guest Brigadier General Jon Trost will speak at 7:30 p.m. on November 11. Contact John Lindstrand for further information.

Apple Festival in St. Paul

Visit the Gibbs Museum’s Apple Festival on Sunday October 19, 2008 for family fun and food focusing on the apple.

River Walk in St. Peter

Take a walk in the woods at Traverse des Sioux on Saturday September 27, 2008 from 9-11 a.m. starting from the Nicollet County Historical Society. Ney Nature Center Naturalist Beth Beuch will lead participants through the forest along the Minnesota River.

September Sampler

Join MAM on September 25, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. to see beautiful Arcola Mills, just north of Stillwater on the St. Croix River. Arcola Mills Historic Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on four core ideas: history, the arts, the environment, and spiritual renewal. RSVP to Amber Stevenson, 651-225-6053.


Grant for veteran history in Duluth

Veterans’ Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces a $7,000 grant from the US Steel Foundation towards the Generations of Service project. Contact Daniel Hartman, 218-733-7500.

New issue of e-conservation

The September issue of e-conservation: the online magazine features an interesting interview with Salvador Muñoz-Viñas on new horizons for conservation thinking.

Grant Deadlines

Partners Internship Program

Partners Internship Program provides internship grants to nonprofit agencies in Minnesota, North Dakota and northwestern Wisconsin. Application deadline is December 8 , 2008.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Painting Workshop

"The Care and Handling of Paintings" will be October 18, 2008. Learn how to examine a painting (also useful in potential purchases), exhibition and storage advice, dusting techniques, and applying backing boards for protection.

Going Green Webinar

This online seminar is a three-part series about introducing the green revolution to your history museum. Learn to identify and assess going green within your own organization. October 15, 22, and 29, 2008.

Internet Resources

Disaster Planning Tool

dPlan: The Online Disaster Planning Tool, is currently being used by more than 2,400 individuals to write institutional disaster plans. dPlan Lite, a streamlined response tool, will be made available by October 2, 2008, to simplify the process for smaller institutions.

Digital Readiness

Toolkit on Surveying Digital Readiness contains checklists and information to help institutions contract for an in-depth survey of the preservation needs of their digital holdings.

Teaching History

Center for History and New Media announces the National History Education Clearinghouse, an online project that brings K-12 U.S. history teachers high-quality support and resources.

Field Note

Arlington Historical Society announces that its restoration of the 1890 Arlington Fire Hall/City Hall is complete. The project received an award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Congratulations!

Red brick, two story fire hall with dark red wooden doors and trim, topped with a tower that has a tin statue.