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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 4, 2009

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

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History Matters Day at the Capitol

The Minnesota Historical Society has partnered with the State of Minnesota for over 150 years. The Society recognizes the difficult economy that the State is currently in, making our efforts to protect and enhance Minnesota's history all the more important. 

Join your colleagues in demonstrating how "History Matters" in Minnesota communities on Monday February 16, 2009 from 10:30-2:30, at the fifth annual History Matters Day at the Capitol. RSVP to Kristin Wros, 651-259-3101.

Discussions and Questions

Coping with Collections (2 comments) Big collections give us pause, but they are not insurmountable. How do you tackle extensive cataloging projects?

Scheduling Software (1 new comment) How do you track reservations and volunteers for large group events?

U.S./Dakota War ancestry

Where were your ancestors during the U.S./Dakota War? Mary Bakeman challenges readers of the Minnesota Genealogical Journal to relate their family stories.

Job Announcements

Site Manager

Taylors Falls (MN) Historical Society has a position open for Site Manager at the 1855 Folsom House. Applications are due February 15, 2009. Contact Clarence Nelson, 651-465-5566.

Historic Site Interpreter

Gibbs Museum in St. Paul seeks part-time, seasonal historic site interpreters.

Local Events

Nonprofit Day at the Capitol

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits hosts Nonprofit Day at the Capitol on February 5, 2009.

Free movie

Renew your faith in public service by watching the 1939 Frank Capra classic film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" at the Scott County Historical Society - Stans Museum on Friday February 6, 7 p.m. FREE!

February Sampler

Join the Minnesota Association of Museums Wednesday February 11, 2009, 3-4:30 p.m., at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Please meet at the Historic Entrance promptly at 3 p.m. RSVP to Amber Stevenson, 651-225-6053.

Seeking Friends of History Education

History Day will host 12 statewide events in March and seeks friends of history to make the events memorable for their 6-12 grade participants. Sign up to judge.

Super Snow Sunday

End Winterfest in St. Peter with the grand finale on Sunday February 15, 2009 from 3-6 p.m. at Treaty Site History Center. Contact Ben Leonard, 507-934-2160.

Antique appraisal

Free antique/collectible appraisals at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday February 18, 2009. Offered by the St. Louis County Historical Society. Call Julie Bolos, 218-733-7568.


SAA Awards

Society of American Archivists invites you to nominate a monograph, finding aid, or documentary publication for a Leland Award. Deadline is February 28, 2009.

National Preservation Awards

Nominate a deserving individual, organization, agency, or project for a National Preservation Award. The postmark deadline is Monday March 2, 2009.

Internet Resources

Minnesota history in letters

Website containing Linsley family letters touches on life during the Great Depression in Hubbard County.

Grant Deadlines

State Grants-in-Aid

Final applications for the winter cycle of the State Grants-in-Aid program are due in the Grants Office on or before 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 20, 2009. Contact Melinda Hutchinson.

Minnesota Digital Library grants

There is still time to work with the MDL this winter to digitize portions of your collections. Grant funding is available. Organizations work with the MDL to conduct a digitization project. Contact MDL Outreach Coordinator Marian Rengel.

Field Note

American Indian Places edited by Frances H. Kennedy, is the first historical guidebook to places of significance to American Indians. It includes 366 places that are open to the public--including 19 from Minnesota.

American Indian Places