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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 11, 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

Do You Use Social Media? (9 new messages) Emerging social media demands additional considerations for what is professional and what is personal. How might you use social media to enhance usership of historical resources?

Coping with Collections (1 new message) Karen Danks describes an inventory project at the Hubbard County Historical Society. What words of wisdom can you share with her about similar projects on which you've worked?

WANTED: Ely-Winton Historical Society seeks used mannequins in good condition. If you have some or know of a recently closed store with them, please contact Margaret Sweet.

Job Announcements


Washington County Historical Society invites post-secondary students to apply for a paid summer internship position at the Warden's House Museum in Stillwater and the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2009.

Local Events

History Matters at the Capitol

Join your colleagues in demonstrating how "History Matters" on February 16, 2009 from 10:30-2:30 at the Minnesota State Capitol. RSVP to Matt Hill. Meet Abraham Lincoln, make a stove pipe hat, talk with your legislators.


End the City of St. Peter's Winterfest at the Nicollet County Historical Society on Sunday February 15, 2009, with a variety of activities, 3-6 p.m.

Authors Day this Sunday

Attend the LeDuc Historic Estate's February Authors Day on Sunday February 15, 2009, at 1 p.m.

Battle of Nashville

Historian Ken Flies will be at the Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street, Red Wing, MN on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 2 p.m. to present his program, "The Battle of Nashville."


Plastics in Museums

A masters student in museum studies at Harvard University Extension School seeks your input on plastic items you hold in your collections.

Strategic Plans

Larry Checco provides insight on The Most Important Part of Your Strategic Plan.

Internet Resources

Four Steps for Success

Minnesota Council on Foundations provides timely advice for Nonprofit Survival: Four Steps to Take Now.

Board Effectiveness

Fieldstone Alliance provides A Framework for Board Effectiveness Issues.

Grant Deadlines

Minnesota Beautiful (Picture It Painted)

Valspar again partners with the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations to provide free paint and coatings for community restoration or beautification projects. Projects that may qualify include historic buildings, public buildings, murals or other visual impact projects.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Managing in Hard Times

Institute for Conservation Leadership presents a new workshop Managing in Hard Times in St. Paul on February 23, 2009, 9-4. $120.

Local History Workshops

Join your colleagues at one of four spring workshops, "Modernize History," from the Minnesota Historical Society.

  • Northfield, March 27, 2009
  • Slayton, April 3, 2009
  • Cloquet, April 17, 2009
  • Shevlin, May 1, 2009

Field Note

Place matters. We all have ties to certain geographical places. Although one community's history may at first glance closely resemble that of a neighboring community, each place is unique for the people and associations that people have. How do you reflect the multiple communities you represent?

Exhibit at Waseca County Historical Society that explores the importance of townships.