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Minnesota Local History News

Published: January 28, 2009

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

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Discussions and Questions

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

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

Legacy Funding for History (3 new comments) Musicians are also interested in financial help from the Legacy Amendment. Of what other needs are you aware?

QUERY: Arlington Historical Society seeks contact information for a local source to repair a historic wagon. Contact Dwight Grabitske.

AVAILABLE: One Farrand and Votey 1888 Oak Pump Organ (pictured below) to donate to a museum. The organ is in beautiful condition and only needs a bellows replaced. There are 11 pulls. All work well. It has a music box. Contact Charlie Kundinger.


Job Announcements

Education Intern

Dickinson (ND) Museum Center seeks education intern. $10 an hour, 20 hours a week, for a period covering about 14 weeks this summer (schedule negotiable). Submit resume, cover letter, and letter of reference from an academic advisor to Danielle Stuckle, 701-456-6225.

Historic Preservation Intern

Dickinson (ND) Museum Center seeks historic preservation intern. $10 an hour, 20 hours a week, for a period covering about 14 weeks this summer (schedule negotiable). Submit resume, cover letter, and letter of reference from an academic advisor to Danielle Stuckle, 701-456-6225.

Archives and Special Collections Librarian

University of South Dakota in Vermillion SD seeks a librarian. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2009, and continue until position is filled.

Summer Jobs with HABS/HAER/HALS

Heritage Documentation Programs, a division of the National Park Service, seeks applications from qualified individuals for summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Applications Due: February 17, 2009 (postmark date).

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.

Local Events

Nonprofit Day at the Capitol

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

Conversations with Jan

Jan Warner, Executive Director of the Morrison County Historical Society, with the assistance of attendees, will explore the local activities of the W.P.A.  Join Jan at 1:30 p.m. every Friday in February (6, 13, 20, 27) in Little Falls.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Lincoln program in Northfield 

Rice County Historical Society will celebrate President Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., Northfield, on February 12, 2009, at 7 p.m. Experience Civil War-era music, re-enactments of Lincoln's speeches and a display of Lincoln and Rice County Civil War artifacts, including a Rice County Civil War battle flag. Admission to the program and display is $5 per person.

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.

Lincoln observance

Hope Presbyterian Church announces a Celebration of Lincoln's Birthday and Faith on Sunday, February 15, 2009. Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr. wrote "A. Lincoln: A Biography." Dr. White will speak during an afternoon lecture and book signing event at 3 p.m.


Interpreter and Planner available online

The Winter 2009 issues of the Minnesota History Interpreter, Minnesota Preservation Planner, and Tech Talk are available online.

Authenticity in travel

The Winter 2009 issue of Heritage Tourism News includes an article on public preference for authentic experiences.

Northfield history sought

The Northfield Historical Society seeks manuscripts for its Northfield History Series by March 31, 2009. Please see Northfield History Series form and guidelines. Contact NHS Executive Director Hayes Scriven, 507-645-9268.

Architectural blog

For her new blog, casaCARA: Old Houses for Fun and Profit, Cara Greenberg seeks information on historic house museums, vintage hotels and restaurants, new historic district designations, neighborhoods of interest to those who love old houses, gardens attached to historic houses, and "architectural tourism" in general.

Museum store product safety

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, as passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2008, mandates reduction of lead in items for those 12 and younger. CPSIA becomes law on February 10, 2009.

Retailers cannot sell children's products that exceed the lead limit. Please avoid products with lead content, unless the product has proof to indicate it meets the new limit. Those retailers that sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties. More information.

Nonprofit status in jeopardy

GuideStar detailed the underwhelming lack of response to the new requirement from the Internal Revenue Service for organizations with gross receipts less than $25,000 to file the 990-N. As of January 26, 2009, only 67 historical organizations in Minnesota had filed for tax year 2007, of an estimated 250.

Internet Resources

New resource for historic real estate announces the launch of their historic real estate website: The new site focuses solely on historic real estate and provides resources for those selling historic homes and those looking to purchase historic homes, as well as those searching for agents who specialize in historic real estate.

How to save money

Fieldstone Alliance offers 20 Cost Cutting Ideas for Nonprofits.

Discover America

US Travel Association launched

Grant Deadlines

Save Our History

The History Channel, in partnership with the American Association for State and Local History, announces that grant applications for Save Our History are due June 5, 2009.

21st Century Museum Professionals

21st Century Museum Professionals grant applications are due March 16, 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Nonprofit Leadership Institute

Applications are due on February 20, 2009, for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Meets selected days and locations April through November. $1,750 for MCN members, scholarships available.

Are You Ready for Volunteers?

American Association for State and Local History presents this 2.5 hour online course that may be completed at any time between March 2-30, 2009. $40 for AASLH members.

Field Note

When all other avenues to preserve a building have been exhausted, one good practice prior to loss of the building (after documentation) is to offer parts of the building to salvage companies. Often salvaged parts, including doors, windows, light fixtures, and more, will find new life as a replacement part for a rehabilitated building.

Decorative sheetmetal door knob and lockset.