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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 11, 2009

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

Come visit your place in history.

Legacy Amendment update

The Minnesota History Coalition will appear before the House Cultural and Outdoor Heritage Finance Division Committee meeting on Monday March 16, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. to present its unified proposal to fund history in Minnesota. RSVP to David Kelliher if you intend to show your support through your presence.

Discussions and Questions

Equity and Decisions for the Legacy Fund (new post) The legislature might want to think about uniformity of service across Minnesota in local historical organizations. What might be the best way to accomplish that?

Attracting College Students (0 messages) What methods have worked for you to encourage college students to work or volunteer or intern at your organization?

AVAILABLE: For transfer from Dakota City Heritage Village to another nonprofit historical organization: Burrough’s Portable adding machine; Johnson Lightning Cashier coin counter; Modern Business law books, 19 volumes (small canvas-bound books), copyright 1918/1919; Dietz “No. 2 Blizzard” lantern (1930s-1940s); Conger Lantern Co. small lantern (1940). Contact Tracy Behrendt, 651-460-8050.

AVAILABLE: Settee. No provenance although it was purchased in Minnesota. Owner believes the horsehair upholstery is original. Contact Joe Langer, 612-723-8624.


Job Announcements

Curator of History

Neville Public Museum of Brown County in Green Bay WI seeks full time Curator of History. $23.26/hour. Applications are due April 3, 2009.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Museum in Milwaukee WI seeks Marketing and Communications Manager.

Local Events

Endurance in St. Peter

Hear the amazing story of Colton Witte and Sean Bloomfield's 49-day journey via the Minnesota River, Red River of the North, and Lake Winnipeg to York Factory on the Hudson Bay on Sunday March 29, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Nicollet County Historical Society.

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards 2009 ceremony and luncheon will be held at International Market Square on Thursday May 21, 2009, from 11:30 -1:30 p.m. Contact Jack Byers.

Annual Meeting in Fridley

Anoka County Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting at the Fridley VFW, located at 1040 Osborne Rd NE, just west of the intersection of Highway 65 and Osborne Road in Fridley, on Sunday March 29, 2009 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Virtual tour of Rochester

Join Olmsted County Historical Society on Thursday March 19, 2000 for a Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Rochester presented by local author Alan Calavano, 7 p.m. at the History Center.

Women's history month event in Minneapolis

Amy Brenengen, Director of the Office on the Economic Status of Women, will review the economic status of women in Minnesota today and discuss how the current economic factors impact women across the state on Friday March 20, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo History Museum.

Internet Resources

Minnesota Census Online

Minnesota Historical Society now has available on its website an index for and images of the Minnesota State Census, 1849-1905.

Social Media

See Guidestar's tips for nonprofits in the Social Media environment.

Grant Deadlines

Riaz Malik Archaeology Intern Grant

Applications are due April 20, 2009 to David Mather for the Riaz Malik Research Grant Program.

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.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Dangerous Materials: Chemical Poisons in Native American and other Ethnographic Artifacts

Midwest Art Conservation Center presents this workshop on May 11-12, 2009, at the Asmat Museum of American Art, University of St. Thomas Campus – St. Paul, MN.

War of 1812 in the West Symposium

Attend the 19th annual War of 1812 in the West Symposium this year at historic Arrowrock, Missouri, on March 28-29, 2009.

Midwest Archives Conference

The 2009 Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency - St. Louis Riverfront, April 29 - May 2, 2009.

Social Media as a Fundraising Tool

Using social media is just one tool for developing your fundraising and communications strategy. Join this webinar on Thursday April 2, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

Minnesota Voices Online Unconference

Registration for the Minnesota Voices Online Unconference to be held April 3-4, 2009 in Duluth MN is now open.

Local History Workshops

Join your colleagues at one of four spring workshops, "Modernize History," from the Minnesota Historical Society.

  • Northfield, March 27, 2009
  • Slayton, April 3, 2009
  • Cloquet, April 17, 2009
  • Shevlin, May 1, 2009

Field Note

Popular public connections to history often include tying memory to memorials. Although the meaning of memorials may not be apparent to all, memorials present opportunities to spark conversations with the public about events significant to the community.

Veterans Memorial in Albany, Minnesota.