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Minnesota Local History News

Published: April 8, 2009

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

Come visit your place in history.

History Education Survey

Minnesota Historical Society requests your feedback about how you teach local history in your community. This survey is three pages long. The results will be made available on the Local History News so that all organizations can evaluate what they do.

Discussions and Questions

Tried and True in the Museum Store (new post) What's your experience with museum store vendors?

Economic Thunderstorms (2 new messages) Visibility in and valued by the community translates into growing membership and stable budgets. What is your experience in riding out recessions?

Redeployment (2 new messages) Redeployment can be considered doing less with less, if you have less to redeploy.

Equity and Decisions for Legacy Fund (2 new messages) Would using the IMLS definition of eligible applicants be an appropriate way to grant access to the Legacy Fund?

QUERY: Internal Revenue Service seeks comments about how the new Form 990 is working.

QUERY: From whom did you receive training as a Minnesota historian? David Grabitske wants to know which Minnesota history instructors trained current volunteers and workers across the state.

Job Announcements

Historic Site Coordinator

City of Brooklyn Park MN seeks a seasonal Historic Site Coordinator for its Eidem Homestead Historic Farm. $15.49-$19.54 per hour. Applications due April 20, 2009.

Summer Internship

Mower County Historical Society in Austin MN seeks a summer intern in any one of nine identified project areas. Applications due April 30, 2009.

Internship at Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota's Cordry Internship program in Mexican folk art seeks applicants. Half will be spent learning museology and fieldwork skills in St. Paul MN and the remainder will be spent in Mexico. Applications due April 20, 2009.

Scholarship to Archives Meeting

Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota has a limited number of scholarships available for "Managing Your Institutional Memory" workshop on Friday May 15, 2009. Applications are due April 15, 2009. Contact Haven Hawley.

Local Events

Behind the narratives in St. Peter

Join the Nicollet County Historical Society in a round table discussion on Thursday April 16, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Hear from William Lass, Lori Lahlum, Daardi Sizemore, Jeff Jensen, and Kevin Maijala. This free event is an opportunity to meet local scholars knowledgeable about the special exhibit which opened last summer and is dedicated to our region's history.

Wedding dress program in Austin

Mower County Historical Society presents "Going to Chapel: A history of wedding dress from past to present" on Saturday May 2, 2009, 2 p.m. This Bonnet Tea program features Miss Minnesota Angela McDermott. Contact Dustin Heckman, 507-437-6082.

Local History Round Table Discussion in Minneapolis

Come to the Minneapolis Central Library on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 6–7:30 p.m. Learn from historians about what is happening locally - newly acquired archives and photo collections in repositories, late spring and early summer history walking, history research, neighborhood projects and endangered buildings.

April museum sampler

Join the Minnesota Association of Museums on Tuesday April 14, 2009, 3-4:30 p.m., at the Hennepin County Medical Center Museum and adjacent Metropolitan Medical Center Historical Library. Space is limited to 20, but there are still a few spots available. RSVP to Jada Hansen, 612-870-1329.


May Day: A Call to Action

What will you do for May Day? Every year on May 1, the cultural community is asked to do at least one thing toward emergency preparedness in their institution. Society of American Archivists has a list of suggestions on their website, as does Heritage Preservation's Heritage Emergency National Task Force.

Now open in Olivia

Renville County Historical Society presents its new Renville County Courthouse Rotunda Display, "Natural Disasters of Renville County," April 2– August 17, 2009, 8-4:30 daily.

Review charitable nonprofits

GreatNonprofits is a website that allows users to see reviews of nonprofits and to post their own experiences.

How to be more transparent

GuideStar encourages all nonprofits to be more transparent by posting annual reports to organization websites.

Maintaining Trust in Hard Times

Read the remarks of Lois Lerner of the Internal Revenue Service on Maintaining Public Trust in Charities during the Economic Downturn.

Improve the IRS Charities Website

Internal Revenue Service seeks practical suggestions to improve the utility of the charities portion of its website.

Winona County Historical Society receives grant

Winona County Historical Society was awarded a $39,177 National Endowment for the Humanities grant that will fund an exhibit about Winona's architecture.

Carver County historic barns

Catch the WCCO-TV segment on historic Carver County barns that aired Sunday April 5, 2009.

Better bottomline results for Minnesota

Five major Minnesota foundations commissioned a report titled, Bridges to a Better Bottom Line: An Outside Look at Minnesota's Budget Dilemma. Sections 4, 7, 8, and 9 may have implications for nonprofit history providers.

Internet Resources

Minnesota History online search

Full-text searches of the journal Minnesota History from the first issue up through 2003 are now avaliable. The most recent 5 years will only be available for purchase.

Every name index for Washington County

Washington County Historical Society announces its Every Name Index is now online: 99,502 listings, 128 sources, and only one search.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

After a Disaster: Saving and Salvaging Collection Materials and Artifacts

This timely 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.

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 MN, April 17, 2009*
  • Shevlin MN, 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!

Basic conservation workshops

Midwest Art Conservation Center presents a workshop series which covers basic conservation and preservation procedures when matting and / or framing an object. Various dates May-September, 2009. $65.

Dangerous materials workshop

Midwest Art Conservation Center will conduct a two-day workshop, "Dangerous Materials: Chemical Poisons in Native American and Ethnographic Artifacts," May 11-12, 2009, at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN.

Field Note

Rural landscape features are among the most threatened across Minnesota. Yet, country churches, rural cooperatives, township halls, and one room schools are important landmarks that are both worthy of preservation and full of opportunities to interpret history.

White clapboard country church with surounding cemetery.