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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 25, 2009

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

Come visit your place in history.

Minnesota Recovers

Once again flooding threatens the state and local museum collections. Reports from Norman County Historical Society in Ada and the Roseau County Historical Society in Roseau yesterday show rivers out of their banks. RCHS reported that the river stood just 3 inches below its record height in 2002 with 8 inches of snow predicted for today.

Here are useful disaster resources to bookmark:

Discussions and Questions

Equity and Decisions for Legacy Fund (3 new messages) What is the most equitable way to treat existing and newly started history museums with this money? What reaction might you have to legislators deciding to use all of the history money to finally repair the State Capitol?

Redeployment (new post) Being asked to "do more with less" or reminding ourselves to "do less with less" does not address the strategic question of redeployment.

AVAILABLE: The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library is re-evaluating its serials and will withdraw its holding of MINNESOTA HISTORY - v.20 (1939) to v.35 (1957).  Contact Tomas Jaehn, 505-476-5090.

Job Announcements

Internships in Wisconsin

Waukesha County Historical Society seeks interns in the following areas for the summer of 2009:

  • Two Education Department Internships
  • Volunteer Coordinator Internship

Internships require the completion of a minimum of 150 hours within three months for each intern. For this period, each intern will receive a $750 stipend. Applications are due April 1, 2009.

Faculty Director

Saint Cloud State University in St. Cloud MN seeks Faculty Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Salary: Commensurate with education and experience. Date of appointment: August 2009.

Local Events

Minnesota Council on Nonprofits in St. Peter

Attend a free informational presentation from MCN at the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter on Monday March 30, 2009, 11-noon. This event is free and open to all, but RSVPs are encouraged. Please register online or contact AmyJo Lennartson, 507-469-2217.

Tours of Vermillion Falls

Join the LeDuc Historic Estate at 10 a.m. on the first Saturdays in June, July, August, September and October. Special tours will be given of the breathtaking Vermillion Falls and gorge.

87th Annual Meeting in Duluth

Saint Louis County Historical Society’s 87th Anniversary Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Members is on Tuesday March 31, 2009. Special Guest Speaker: Cathy Wurzer, author of the book "Tales of the Road: Highway 61." The buffet dinner is $35 per person. Please RSVP by March 25, 2009.


Gift of History

While always a good argument for local history work, in economically challenging times such as these the Gift of History from the American Association for State and Local History is comforting.

Internet Resources

Decorative Arts Database

Visit the Wisconsin Decorative Arts database to browse and search examples of furniture, pottery, textiles, metalwork, beadwork, basketry, and other artifacts made by early Wisconsin craftspeople.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Charitable Giving Workshop

A free educational workshop, "Charitable Giving: How to Make a Difference by Giving Back," will be held at the Nicollet County Historical Society on Thursday March 26, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Ben Leonard, 507-934-2160.

PastPerfect Online Training

The online training classes, "Cataloging Your Collection with PastPerfect 4.0" and "Managing Contacts, Donations and Membership with PastPerfect 4.0" are taught by a live, experienced PastPerfect instructor via internet and conference call.

Museum Collection Preservation on a Shoestring

Attend this Midwest Art Conservation Center workshop on Saturday April 25, 2009, 9-1, at Ironworld Discovery Center in Chisholm MN. Contact Jennifer Rian, 800-372-6437, ext. 294.

Field Note

Flooding in Northwestern Minnesota and along the Minnesota River threatens local history collections. Below is an image from the flooding in Rushford in 2007. Disaster Plans can help you recover and prevent needless loss.

Historic downtown under water.