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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 1, 2009

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

Come visit your place in history.


American Association of Museums compiled a list of resources for flood response and recovery. The following is based on that list.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force centralizes damage reports.

Phone Assistance

  • Bob Herskovitz: 651-259-3465
  • AIC-CERT: 202-661-8068
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center: 978-470-1010

Online Guides


Discussions and Questions

Economic Thunderstorms (new post) If economic hardship is periodic, what precautions do you take to ride out these storms?

Redeployment (0 new messages) How might you prioritize functions to adopt new methods and cease obsolete methods?

Equity and Decisions for Legacy Fund (1 new message) When those who control funds want to fund projects (like the State Capitol), what would be the best way for local history to make a compelling argument for general operating support?

Comment on Accreditation American Association of Museums seeks your input on rethinking its accreditation program.

Job Announcements


Redwood County Historical Society in Redwood Falls MN seeks a part-time curator starting May 1. Qualifications: museum experience, fundraising, grant writing, marketing and outreach, independent self-starter, volunteer coordination, related education in history. Technology skills are a plus.

Send resume by April 10, 2009, to Troy Krause, 507-637-2929, or mail to Redwood County Historical Society, c/o Troy Krause, 28416 Dayton Avenue, Milroy, MN 56263.

Visitor Assistant

Minnesota Children's Museum seeks a part time Visitor Assistant.

Local Events

New history museum in Hermantown

Hermantown Area Historical Society opens its first museum on Sunday April 5, 2009, 1-4 p.m., with an exhibit on Jackson Homes.

For the guys in Goodhue County

"Gear and Beer" is being planned again this year as a fundraiser for the Goodhue County Historical Society. The event is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. April 19, 2009. in the Colvill Courtyard at Colvill Park in Red Wing.

Weddings in Faribault

On Saturday July 18, 2009 the Rice County Historical Society sponsors the Fifth Annual Fair Weddings where participants may tie the knot or renew vows.

Girls teas in Anoka

Anoka County Historical Society will hold American Girls Teas on Friday April 24, 2009, 6 p.m., and on Saturday April 25, 2009, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Growth of federal government talk

Attend the Landmark Center on Saturday April 4, 2009, 9:30 a.m., to hear Professor Jennifer Delton on "American Politics and the Growth of the Federal Government," as a part of the "Uncle Sam Worked Here" events.


Museum Green Practices

Barbara Campagna argues that history museums have long been very green in a post on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's blog.

Pope County Historical Society social media

Catch a Tweet from the Pope County Museum or read its new blog.

Internet Resources

Links from the MHS Workshops

Museum 2.0 Blog - Learn about tools for your historical organization.

Grant Deadlines

Challenge Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants, which support institutional capacity, are due on May 5, 2009.

Save America's Treasures

National Park Service Save America's Treasures grants are due May 22, 2009.

Preservation Assistance for Smaller Institutions

NEH Preservation Assistance for Smaller Institutions grants are due on May 14, 2009.

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations

NEH America's Historical and Cultural Organizations Planning and Implementation grants are due August 26, 2009.

Interpreting America's Historic Places

NEH Interpreting America's Historic Places Planning and Implementation grants are due August 26, 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Geothermal training

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum at Reads Landing, Minnesota will host a seminar on the application of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems on Sunday April 19, 2009, 1-4 p.m.  Contact Mary DeRoos, 651-345-2605.

Dangerous Materials: Chemical Poisons in Native American and other Ethnographic Artifacts

Attend this Midwest Art Conservation Center workshop on May 11-12, 2009, at the American Museum of Asmat Art, University of St. Thomas Campus - St. Paul, MN.

Local History Workshops

There is still time to attend these popular workshops around the state. Space is limited, so register today. Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

  • Cloquet, April 17, 2009*
  • Shevlin, May 1, 2009

*The workshop in Cloquet is a joint meeting with the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums. More sessions, but one great low price! Don't miss it!

Minnesota Association of Museums/Association of Midwest Museums

Association of Midwest Museums comes to St. Paul, September 27-30, 2009, for a joint conference with the Minnesota Association of Musuems. Become a volunteer by contacting Shana Crosson.

Field Note

Join the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums as it partners with the Minnesota Historical Society in Cloquet to bring you the Modernize History workshop.