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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 15, 2009

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

Come visit your place in history.

Discussions and Questions

Tried and True at the Museum Store (0 messages) Which vendors or products work for you?

Equity and Decisions for Legacy Fund (2 new messages) Should some funds be set aside in a community fund to generate money for projects after 2034?

Redeployment (1 new message) Museums will still collect objects in the future, or will they? What is your opinion?

Reminder of history education survey

Let your colleagues know how you teach local history.

Job Announcements

Summer internship in St. Paul

TRACES Center for History and Culture in Saint Paul MN seeks summer interns in any one of five identified project areas. Applications due May 30, 2009 or earlier. Contact Armita, 651-646-0400.

Curator of Exhibitions

Sioux City (IA) Art Center seeks a curator of exhibitions. Salary range is $43,000 - $60,000 plus benefits.

Curator of History

Neville Public Museum in Green Bay WI seeks curator of history. $23.26/hour. Open until filled.

Director of Visitor Services

Captain Frederick Pabst Museum in Milwaukee WI seeks a director of visitor services. $15/hour. Open until filled.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee WI seeks a marketing and communications manager.

Conservation Stewardship Coordinator

Minnesota Land Trust in St. Paul MN seeks full time conservation stewardship coordinator. Open until filled.

Local Events

Annual meeting in Cokato

Cokato Historical Society invites the public to its annual meeting on Thursday April 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Room of the library/museum building.

Battle of Wood Lake

Tom Hosier and Mike Ose will present a first person presentation on the Battle of Wood Lake at the Renville County Historical Society on Thursday April 23, 2009, at 7 p.m.

Greener Frogtown

Frogtown Neighborhood of St. Paul is throwing a History Party on April 30, 2009, 5-7 p.m. at St. Agnes Church. Contact Gene Marault, 651-644-3890.

History of St. James School in Faribault

Join the Rice County Historical Society as Bob Neslund presents a "History of St. James School and Dr. James Dobbin" on Thursday April 23, 2009, at 7 p.m.

History of Willard Munger

Join the St. Louis County Historical Society Thursday April 16, 2009, noon-1, for "State Rep. Willard Munger: All the Things You Didn't Know about Minnesota's "Mr. Environment"" by District Court Judge Mark Munger.

April Kids Kraft in Shakopee

Welcome Spring at the Scott County Historical Society’s Kids Kraft - family fun event on Saturday April 25, 2009, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

87th Annual Meeting in Duluth

Saint Louis County Historical Society’s 87th Anniversary Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Members is rescheduled for Tuesday May 5, 2009. Special Guest Speaker: Cathy Wurzer, author of "Tales of the Road: Highway 61." $35 per person. Please RSVP by April 29, 2009.


Problems of preserving digital content

Bob Horton explains the difficulty of preserving digital content in a new MHS Podcast.

Barn DVD available

Ruth Trembaly's "Barns of Carver County" documentary is now available at the Carver County Historical Society for $12! Copies signed by the artist are available for $15. This documentary was recently featured on WCCO's program "Finding Minnesota."

Memories of 1968 sought

What does 1968 mean to you? Include your memories in a new project from the Minnesota Historical Society. Or, enter a short film contest.

Historic preservation tax credit

The Minnesota Legislature is considering a tax credit for historic preservation.

Internet Resources

This Place Matters

National Trust for Historic Preservation announces the debut of its new This Place Matters website.

Grant Deadlines

Rural development fund

Laura Jane Musser Fund Part B (Rural Development) seeks applications to strengthen towns and regions in various civic areas including economic development, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. Applications due October 15, 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Wisconsin Oral History

There is still time and room to register for the 2009 Wisconsin Oral History Day, April 26-27, 2009, in Eau Claire. Contact Troy Reeves for more information.

Grantwriting training

Institute for Strategic Funding Development sponsors its Strategic Grant Writing Proposal Workshop at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 29-May 1, 2009, 8:30-4:30.

Board training 101

American Association for State and Local History presents Online Workshop: Board Development 101. Class may be taken between May 11-June 5, 2009, for 5-10 hours. $85 members/$150 nonmembers.

After a Disaster: Saving and Salvaging Collection Materials and Artifacts

This workshop is presented by Midwest Art Conservation Center at the Scott County Historical Society on Friday May 1, 2009, 9:30-4. Sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Museums.

Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting

MDL will holds its annual meeting on Monday June 8, 2009, at the Gorecki Center on the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph MN. Contact Marian Rengel, 320-308-5625.

Practical Leadership

Minnesota Council on Nonprofits will hold its Practical Leadership: A Balanced Approach on Friday June 4, 2009, in St. Paul.

Field Note

Sometimes local historical organizations are literally "stuck with" decisions they have made. One is poor choice of artifact labels. Do not use label-making devices as the adhesive backings are not recommended for museum collections use. Read more about current best practices for labeling artifacts.

Peeling dyno labels on the but of a World War 2 German rifle in a dispaly case.