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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 22, 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 (1 new message) Locally made items work well. What kinds of agreements are necessary for local sources?

Redeployment (1 new message) Collecting needs to be proactive and intentional. What guidelines do you use in collecting?

Season Opener (new post) Mid-April is when historical organizations in Minnesota are making final preparations to greet the public. What are you doing right now to get ready?

Reminder of history education survey

Let your colleagues know how you teach local history. There have been 13 responses in two weeks. Please make sure your thoughts are counted. Thanks.

Job Announcements

Director of Finance

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids IA seeks Director of Finance. Open until filled.

Local Events

Tour Dakota War Sites

Join the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association on Wednesday June 3, 2009, for a tour of Dakota War sites. Limited seating remains, reservations due by May 11 , 2009.

Annual railroad meeting in St. Paul

Hear history professor Don Hofsommer of St. Cloud State University speak on railroad history in Minneapolis and St. Paul at the 75th annual meeting of the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum on Friday May 1, 2009.

Open house in Stillwater

Stillwater Business and Professional Women’s Club will host an open house at the Warden's House Museum in Stillwater on Sunday April 26, 2009, 12-4 p.m.


Gibbs Museum opens for the season

Ramsey County Historical Society announces that its Gibbs Museum opened for the 2009 season April 16, 2009, with an active summer schedule of events.

Tourism week

National Travel and Tourism Week will be celebrated May 9-17, 2009.

Internet Resources

New Minnesota library portal

MINITEX announces MnKnows – Dig Deeper @ Your Library the new portal that gives Minnesotans one-stop access to five statewide library services: MnLINK Gateway, Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM), Minnesota Reflections, AskMN, and the Research Project Calculator.

Museum studies online resources

The Smithsonian Institution's Museum Studies Webpage offers practical information for those interested in the museum field.

Grant Deadlines

Agencies in Minnesota handling federal stimulus

Below are a few Minnesota state agencies that are coordinating the federal stimulus package, and that may be relevant to local historical organizations.

Save America's Treasures

National Park Service Save America's Treasures grants are due May 22, 2009. Contact Bobbie Greene McCarthy, 202-588-6190 or Fiona Lawless, 202-588-6012.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Local History Workshops

There is still time to attend these popular workshops around the state. The only one left will be in Shevlin, May 1, 2009. Space is filing quickly: register today. Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Minnesota Tourism Conference

The 2010 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference will be held January 26-27, 2010. Contact Gayle Junnila, 651-296-5205.

Field Note

Partnerships and collaborations between local cultural attractions strengthen the appeal of communities. The strong working relationship between Pipestone County Historical Society and the Pipestone National Monument is one example.

Gia Wagner and Susan Hoskins at the Local History Workshop in Slayton.