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Minnesota Local History News

Published: March 4, 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

Low Cost Useful Web Technology (1 new message) Is it work to use Social Media applications to boost your organization's visibility online?

Do You Use Social Media? (2 new messages) To operate a local history museum requires creativity, and creative people can be very successful with Social Media.

Charitable Contributions (new post) The new proposed federal budget presents some new hurdles to individual gifts. What is the current climate like and how might this proposal affect you?

Attracting College Students (new post) Winona County Historical Society has had some success working through the local universities attracting interns and lecturing professors. What do you do?

AVAILABLE: Dark wood, 3/4 inch rope bed without mattresses, originally from North Carolina, for donation to a historical society. Trisha Sibley, 651-406-8394.

Job Announcements

Cultural Resource Project Manager

The 106 Group in St. Paul MN seeks Cultural Resources Project Manager. Masters degree required. $47,000-$67,000.

Senior Architectural Historian

The 106 Group in St. Paul MN seeks Senior Architectural Historian. Masters degree required. $47,000-$67,000.

Director of Education and Community Partnerships

Minnesota Children's Museum seeks Director of Education and Community Partnerships. Applications due March 25, 2009.

Local Events

Edina Authors Event

Attend the Edina Historical Society on Saturday April 26, 2009, beginning at 1 p.m. (program starts at 2) and meet six authors of Edina local history.

New Deal and Minnesota State Parks

Rolf Anderson will be speaking at Landmark Center at 10:45 a.m. in Courtroom 326 on Saturday March 7, 2009 on: "New Deal Architecture and Planning in Minnesota State Parks." The lecture is free but reservations are required – please call: 651-292-3276.

Women's History Month

On Saturday March 14, 2009, from 2-4 p.m., the public is invited to a Women's History Month open house at the Anoka County History Center and Library.

Apple History in Denmark Township

Denmark Township is known for its outstanding apple orchards. Now you can learn the story of the orchards at a free program Tuesday March 17, 2009, 7 p.m. at the DenmarkTown Hall, 90th Street and Oakgreen in South Washington County. Contact President Jean Boyd 651-436-8031.

Postal History in St. Paul

Attend the second in a series of "Uncle Sam Worked Here" lectures at the Landmark Center on Saturday March 14, 2009. Professor Richard John of the University of Chicago: "The 'Greatest Business in the World': The Post Office Department in the Progressive Era."

75th Annual Meeting in Stillwater

Washington County Historical Society will mark its 75th anniversary at its annual meeting on Thursday March 26, 2009. RSVP by March 18, 2009.

Vikings in Duluth

Hear author Jack Salmela discus his recent novel, "Of Vikings & Voyageurs" on Thursday March 19, 2009 at the Depot in Duluth. This fascinating mystery, based in the Northland, combines the fictional tale of a treasure hunt with historical facts.

Antique Appraisal

St. Louis County Historical Society has arranged for Dan Sershon of Northland Estate Services, an expert in antique appraisal, to be at your service, noon- 3 p.m. on Wednesday March 18, 2009, in the rotunda next to the Depot Theater.

Spring Fling in Bemidji

Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, will present "Spring Fling" now through May 2009. An opening reception will be held 10-4 Friday March 6, 2009. Admission is free every First Friday. Call 218-444-3376.

Bridge history author in Shakopee

Scott County Historical Society hosts a talk and book signing by Denis Gardner author of "Wood, Concrete, Stone & Steel: Minnesota's Historic Bridges" on Saturday March 21, 2009 at 1 p.m. 

Super Sampler

Join Minnesota Association of Museums in St. Paul at the historic C.S.P.S. Hall on Wednesday March 18, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. Tour the Czech and Slovak building. Hear Cambodian native Yorn Yan outline immigrant assimilation stages.

Refreshments provided. Free-will donation: $5. Continue your multicultural journey with German beer and food at the Glockenspiel. RSVP by March 11 to Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459. Limited space is still available.


Property tax exemption update

Senator Tarryl Clark and Representative Paul Marquart introduced bills in both the House and Senate (HF872 and SF751) on February 16, 2009 to clarify property tax assessment practices for purely public charities.

New COBRA rules from the IRS

Internal Revenue Service announced new rules for COBRA that help nonprofits claim medical coverage credit on payroll tax forms.

Forensic History in Northfield

Northfield Historical Society had a skeleton in its collection thought to belong to bank robber Charlie Pitts. Learn the results of the investigation.

Internet Resources

Better boards

Download for free both the report, Coloring Outside the Box: One Size Does Not Fit All in Nonprofit Governance, and the workbook, Ten Dimensions That Shape Your Board.

Penny Postcards

US GenWeb presents a website about penny postcards. See the cards from Minnesota.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Metadata Practices for Digital Collections

Designed for non catalogers, this full day workshop focuses on using metadata to facilitate both access to and preservation of digital resources. April 28, 2009, at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, or April 30, 2009, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND. Or catch the webinar on June 9, 2009.

From Pixels to Projects: An Introduction to Digitization Concepts

This workshop will present background terminology and concepts, as well as practical approaches to digitizing and describing visual collections. May 13, 2009 at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, or May 27, 2009 at State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND.

Developing, Funding and Managing Digital Projects

Join Minitex for this webinar on Thursday May 14, 2009, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Copyright for Digital Materials

Join Minitex for this webinar on Thursday May 21, 2009, from 1-3 p.m.

Imaging, Quality Control and Digital Infrastructure

Join Minitex for this webinar on Tuesday May 26, 2009, from 1-3 p.m.

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.

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

A woman's role in the domestic, or private, sphere is one interpretation of women's history. What other ways can you bring women's history alive in your organization this month?

Norman County Historical Society domestic exhibit.