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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 18, 2009

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

Come visit your place in history.

Discussions and Questions

Equity and Decisions for Legacy Fund (4 new messages) In what way would a dedicated tax become a consistent source of funding? Do the words dedicated and consistent mean the same thing? What effect will legislative decisions have every year or every other year on consistency?

Attracting College Students (2 new messages) In what ways are interns different than volunteers? The approach to each is important.

Job Announcements

Museum Aide

Renville County Historical Society in Morton MN seeks summer intern to serve as a Museum Aide. Apply by April 13, 2009.

Education Intern

Renville County Historical Society in Morton MN seeks summer Education Intern. Apply by April 13, 2009.

Summer Help

Pipestone National Monument is looking for two summer college students interested in public service. Must be able to handle sales and interpretation. Contact Glen Livermont, 507-825-3734.

Daily Programs Coordinator

Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul MN seeks a part time Daliy Programs Coordinator.

Membership Renewal Assistant

Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul MN seeks a part time Membership Renewal Assistant.

Local Events

March Kids Kraft

Join Scott County Historical Society for its monthly Kids Kraft on Saturday March 28, 2009. Theme: Makin' Music.

Annual meeting in Duluth

St. Louis County Historical Society will hold its 87th annual meeting on Tuesday March 31, 2009, with special guest speaker Cathy Wurzer, author of "Tales of the Road: Highway 61."

Famed Civil War Historian in St. Cloud

Dwight Pitcaithley will present "Remembering the Civil War: Memorials and Monuments" on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 9 a.m., at the Stearns History Museum.  This event is free to the public.


Be a destination

The 2009 AMM / MAM joint conference takes place September 27-30, 2009 in St. Paul MN. The conference booklet will include institutions offering discounts and/or free admission for attendees. Contact Kathy Klehr to be listed. Reply by March 28.

Federal increases for history

American Association of Museums recently reported on the passage of the federal fiscal year 2009 bill:

  • IMLS' Office of Museum Services: $35 million, a $3.7 million increase over the previous year.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: $155 million, a $10 million increase over the previous year.
  • National Endowment for the Arts: $155 million, a $10 million increase over the previous year.
  • Teaching American History grants at the Department of Education: $118.9 million, a $1 million increase over the previous year.
  • National Park Service's Historic Preservation Fund: $69.5 million, including $20 million for Save America's Treasures. These funds support the preservation of nationally significant sites, structures, and artifacts.

Interpreter and Planner online

The spring issues of the Minnesota History Interpreter and the Minnesota Preservation Planner are now online.

Internet Resources

Accounting for Volunteers

Blue Avocado has a useful guide for Tracking Volunteer Time to Boost Your Bottom Line: A Complete Accounting Guide.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Midwest Archaeological Conference

Attend the Midwest Archaeological Conference on October 15-18, 2009 in Iowa City IA.

Collection Care for Beginners

Join the Iowa Museum Association at the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn IA on Monday April 27, 10-4. This workshop is limited to 12 participants. 

After a Disaster: Saving and Salvaging Collection Materials and Artifacts

This workshop is presented by Midwest Art Conservation Center at the Scott County Historical Society on Friday May 1, 2009, 9:30- 4. Sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Museums.

Wisconsin Oral History Day

Attend the Wisconsin Oral History Day, April 26-27, 2009 in Eau Claire at the Chippewa Valley Museum and UW-Eau Claire campus. Contact Troy Reeves.

Minnesota on the Map

"Minnesota on the Map: Introduction to the MHS Map Collection" class is offered on Tuesday April 14, 2009, 6-7:30 p.m.

Local History Workshops

Join your colleagues at one of four spring workshops, "Modernize History," from the Minnesota Historical Society. The deadline for Northfield is this Friday. The deadline for registering for Slayton is next Friday. Don't miss your opportunity!

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


Field Note

Taking time to recognize the work accomplished at local historical organizations not only affirms the workers, but it gives confidence to funders. In tough times those wishing to contribute often look for validation in a track record. Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums will begin its new Minnesota History Awards program this fall. Want to participate? Contact Todd Mahon.

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