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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 29, 2009

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

Come visit your place in history.

Legacy Amendment Decisions Near

Take Action Now for History!

As the 2009 Minnesota Legislative Session approaches the end, decisions on the Legacy Amendment will be made very soon. Please contact your legislator to urge them to provide significant funding for history from the Legacy Act funds.

Contact your legislator through the Minnesota Historical Society's Cap Wiz. A phone call or personal letter from a constituent is most effective.

Further background information is online for the Legacy Amendment and the Minnesota History Coalition's recommendation for Legacy Act dollars.

Discussions and Questions

Free and Effective Websites (new post) Fillmore County Historical Society shares what it learned about using the WordPress application for its website.

Season Opener (1 new message) Le Sueur County Historical Society will make use of costumed interpreters this year. What's new for you?

Job Announcements


Wisconsin Historical Society seeks Historic Educator and Farm Demonstrator and Historic Educator/Demonstrator for its Old World Wisconsin historic site.

Local Events


Saturday May 9, 2009, 10-11 a.m., marks the first Wildflower Walk through the spacious woods of the LeDuc Historic Estate, with expert Dennis O'Melia. Contact Margaret Goderstad.

Breakfast club to meet in St. Cloud

Dr. Mark Muniz, St. Cloud State University sociology and anthropology professor, will present "Minnesota's Earliest Inhabitants" at the Stearns History Museum on May 13, 2009, at 9 a.m. 

U505 program in Faribault

Rice County Historical Society presents Roy Anderson on "WORLD WAR II: Admirals & Generals," Tuesday May 5, 2009, at 7 p.m.


Save Dodd Ford Bridge

Citizens interested in preserving the historic Dodd Ford Bridge in Amboy MN have a new website. The last day to drive across this bridge will be Mother's Day May 10, 2009.

Eleven Most Endangered

National Trust for Historic Preservation announces its Eleven Most Endangered List for 2009.

May is Historic Preservation Month

Send news and notes of events related to Historic Preservation Month in Minnesota to be listed in the Local History News.

Internet Resources

Museums and web keynote address

Daniel Incancela and the team from the Indianapolis Museum of Art have now made Max Anderson's Keynote Address "Moving from Virtual to Visceral" from Museums and the Web 2009 available.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Disaster preparedness workshop scholarship

SMAC-AAM is offering one fellowship to the American Asoociation of Museums's webinar Preparing for Disaster to be held on May 14, 2009.

Collections Care for Beginners

Angela Stanford reprises her popular workshop, which includes the basics of PastPerfect Museum Software, on August 17, 2009, 10-4, at Carriage House Museum in Story City IA.

Membership development training

On May 11-12, 2009, the Iowa Museum Association presents Dana Hines, one of this nation’s leading experts on membership development, to Des Moines IA for a two-day workshop.

Field Note

History presented well is dynamic and exciting. Northfield Historical Society's Earl Weinmann, pictured below, involves tourists throughout his presentation on the 1876 attempted robbery of the First National Bank. Participants come away with a clear understanding of the significance of the event and first-hand experience.

Earl Weinmann captures a sense of the commotion on the street during the robbery.