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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 18, 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? (4 new messages) Social Media facilitates better communication with our audiences, but better communication takes time and effort. At what point do museums become too accessible by the public?

Low-Cost Useful Web Technology (new post) As web tools develop, how much can your organization afford to pay for them? What sort of tools would be useful?

Job Announcements

History Day Judge

Volunteer at a variety of Minnesota locations and dates to judge history projects created by grades 6-12 as an official History Day Judge. Contact Naomi Peuse, 651-259-3435.

Internships in Scott County

Scott County Historical Society invites post-secondary students to apply for three summer internship positions at the Stans Museum in Shakopee, MN. These three unpaid positions will run for approximately twelve weeks with flexible hours. Applications due April 15, 2009.

Internships in South Dakota

Adams Museum and House seeks students at the junior, senior or graduate level to apply for internships in Education, Historic Gardens, Collections, Photo Archives, and Research. Contact Anne Rogers, 605-578-1928.


Nebraska State Historical Society seeks Curator of Visual and Audio Collections. Applications due February 27, 2009.


Nebraska State Historical Society seeks a Historian for the Nebraska Historic Building Survey. Applications due February 27, 2009.

Local Events

Maple sugaring

Join the Carver County Historical Society and Carver County Parks as we visit Baylor Park to explore how real maple syrup is made on Saturday March 21, 2009, at 10 a.m.

Super Sampler

Join Minnesota Association of Museums in St. Paul at the historic C.S.P.S. Hall on Wednesday March 18, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. Tour the Czech and Slovak building. Hear Cambodian native Yorn Yan outline immigrant assimilation stages.

Refreshments provided. Free-will donation: $5. Continue your multicultural journey with German beer and food at the Glockenspiel. RSVP by March 11 to Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Hamline Midway History Corps Meeting

A mystery regarding the former Hamline Midway Masonic Lodge has been apparently "solved" by two of our members. Come to the meeting on Saturday February 21, 2009, 2 p.m. at Ginko Coffeehouse for more details!

Lunch with the History People

Author Michael J. Cochran will discuss his new book "Invincible: History of the Duluth Boat Club" in the Ruth Maney Room of the Duluth Depot at noon on Thursday February 19, 2009.

Internet Resources

Board Recruitment

Blue Avocado has suggestions to Speed Up the Board Recruitment Process.

Grant Deadlines

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions help libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards up to $6000. Applications due May 14, 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Financial Leadership

Recession-Year Financial Leadership will illuminate the key decisions, choices and strategies that you should consider in key areas. Variety of dates and places around the state in March and early April. $65.

National Council on Public History

Attend the 2009 NCPH annual meeting, "Toward Broader Horizons," at the Providence RI Biltmore Hotel, April 2-5, 2009. Early registration ends March 20, 2009.

PastPerfect Training in Iowa

The Grout Museum District, Waterloo is offering Past Perfect training on Monday March 30 and Tuesday March 31, 2009. Limited spaces remain.

Field Note

Roadside figures dominate the Minnesota landscape. They offer excellent opportunities to explore Minnesota history and are often a place to find people seeking the history of the community.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox at Bemidji