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Minnesota Local History News

Published: January 14, 2009

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

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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?

Job Announcements


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.

Executive Director

Salisbury House Foundation in Des Moines, IA seeks an executive director. Applications due by January 30, 2009.

Local Events

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.

Cool History

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.

Free appraisals

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.

Lincoln Exhibits

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.

Internet Resources

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.

Grant Deadlines

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.

Field Note

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.

Visitor trudges through snow to a historic building.