Discussions and Questions
Learning from Results (new post) In the Winter 2009 issue of the Interpreter, the Tech Talk detailed how to gather and apply statistics. How do you do that?
Legacy Funding for History (2 new messages) Smart boards, inducing collaboration, and the need for equitable distribution across the state are mentioned. What else might the Legacy Amendment accomplish for local history?
College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Open until
filled. Review of applications begins February 27, 2009.
Salisbury House Foundation in Des Moines, IA seeks an executive director. Applications due by January 30, 2009.
January Kids Kraft
Scott County Historical Society invites 4-8 year olds on Saturday January 31, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. to hear the story, "If You'll Be My Valentine," by Cynthia Ryland and to make and decorate boxes for collecting Valentines.
Historic Snowmobile Rally
Cokato Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will host the Second Annual Upper Midwest Model T Snowmobile Rally on Saturday and Sunday January 17-18, 2009.
History Matters Day at the Capitol
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 Matthew Hill, 651-259-3428.
Bling and Chocolate
The third annual Bling and Chocolate, a fundraiser for the Goodhue County History Center, will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday February 22, 2009 at the museum.
Discover the magic of Saint Paul's legendary Ice Palaces at a free event, sponsored by the Ramsey County Historical Society on Saturday January 31, 2009 at Landmark Center in St. Paul. Cool!
Author events at LeDuc
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Estate and Dakota County Historical Society are pleased to announce 3 Authors' Days at the LeDuc Historic Estate, on Sundays February 15, March 15, and April 19, each at 2 p.m. These events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.
January outdoor ice cream social
Washington County Historical Society is resurrecting from the past to mark winter during the Society’s 75th anniversary year: On Saturday January 24, 2009, 1-3 p.m., attend an old-fashioned ice cream social in downtown Stillwater's Lowell Park on the St. Croix riverfront.
St. Louis County Historical Society invites you to bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday January 21, 2009!
Goodhue County Historical Society turns 140
The most recent issue of the Goodhue County Historical Society newsletter marked the organization's 140th anniversary.
Washington County Historical Society marks 75
Stillwater Gazette of January 5, 2009 provides details of WCHS' 75th anniversary.
Winona County fundraising on target
Winona Post of January 4, 2009 reports the progress of a $4.5 million campaign for the Winona County Historical Society.
Cultural Hotdish at Minnesota History Center
Check out an intersection of music, dance, and culture at three programs at the Minnesota History Center.
Nonprofit Economy Report
Minnesota Nonprofit Current Conditions Report provides a brief, real-time analysis of nonprofits during the first week of December 2008. Key findings:
- Over half of nonprofits (54.5%) experienced a decline in total revenue.
- Despite the decrease, 42.4% report that more people are in need and coming to them.
- By December 2008, many reduced their budgets (44.7%), put expansion plans on hold (27.1%) and eliminated staff positions (25.6%).
Merger in Moorhead
Clay County Historical Society and the Hjemkomst Heritage Interpretive Center announce that these organizations have merged into the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.
IRS 2009 workplan for nonprofits
Read about the Internal Revenue Service's workplan for this year.
Magic Answer to Economy
Blue Avocado has timely, but unusual advice to cope with the economy.
Keeping Volunteers in a Slow Economy
Fieldstone Alliance offers 8 Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers in Tough Times.
Connecting to Collections Bookshelf
Institute for Museums and Library Services announced that an additional 1,000 sets of books on basic collections care and management will be given away. Apply between January 5 and March 9, 2009.
Museum Assessment Program
Museum Assessment Program is a free or low cost way to strengthen your museum's operations. In less than a year you can complete a self-study, confer with a museum professional, and gain key tools to become stronger. Applications are due February 15, 2009.
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
MAM/AMM proposal deadline nears
The deadline for submitting a session proposal for the 2009 Minnesota Association of Museums and Association of Midwest Museums joint conference in St. Paul is Friday January 16, 2009. Contact Brian Bray, 314-746-4557.
IRS Workshop in Minnesota
Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service invites you to a one-day workshop for small and mid-sized 501(c)(3) organizations at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Bloomington MN on April 28-30, 2009. $45.
This time of the year is a good time to reflect on what local organizations ask visitors to endure in order to use what they hold in public trust.