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Minnesota Local History News

Published: May 6, 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 House and Senate are each in the process of assembling Legacy Act bills, and both versions have significant funding for history. In the next few days, this bill will be in a conference committee.

It is very important that you contact your legislators now and urge them to provide significant levels of funding for history in the Legacy Bill Conference Committee. There is fierce competition for these dollars in the conference committee, so it is essential that you speak out for history today!

Review the Legacy Act and the Minnesota History Coalition’s recommendation for history funding.

Discussions and Questions

Overlooking Local Museums (1 new message) Seize the day and see the world in your own backyard.

Free and Effective Websites (2 new messages) Start small and add services as time and demands suggest.

New Technology Forum

There is a new section dedicated to discussing technology and the small historical organization on the Local History Blog. A quick link from the Blog is in the Blog Roll on the right hand sidebar.

Job Announcements

Executive Director

Full time with benefits. Degree required (Bachelor, Associate, or other relevant). Applications available at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. Send completed application to Andria Carlson, Kandiyohi Co. Historical Society, 610 NE HWY 71, Willmar, MN 56201, before May 22, 2009. Call 320-235-1881.


Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul MN seeks full time bookkeeper. Applications are due May 20, 2009.

Local Events

Historic houses book talk

Scott County Historical Society hosts Krista Finstad Hanson, author of "Minnesota Open House," on Thursday May 7, 2009, at 6:30 p.m.

Gardens: Back Yard and Local in Hastings

On Thursday May 21, 2009, 7 p.m., Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings and Dakota County Historical Society host Chris James, Chief Farming Officer from Fresh Earth Farms in Denmark Township. This event is free and open to the public.

Bus tour in Wadena County

Wadena County Historical Society and Verndale Historical Society host a bus tour of the Historic Wheat Trail on Saturday May 16, 2009, 10 a.m. The bus tour leaves from Verndale’s Burlington Northern park. The charge is $20.00 per person which includes lunch at the Senior Citizen Center in Nimrod. RSVP to Sandi Pratt, 218-631-9079.

Can You Dig It?

In recognition of Minnesota Archaeology Week, Beltrami County Historical Society hosts archeologist Leslie D. Peterson on featured stone projectile points, darts and ceremonial blades from the John Morrison Collection on Wednesday May 13, 2009, 12-1 p.m.

Preservation Alliance in Bemidji

Beltrami County Historical Society will host a presentation by Erin Hanafin Berg entitled, "The Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties in Minnesota," May 21, 2009, 5 p.m.

Cemetery Symbols and Superstitions

Saturday June 13, 2009, 1 p.m., Maplewood Area Historical Society and the Forest Lawn Cemetery present a fundraiser for MAHS, "Cemetery Symbols and Superstitions: A Guided Tour of Victorian Headstones." For more information call Janice at 651-735-3280.

Hamline Midway Neighborhood History Day

Saturday May 30, 2009, 1:30-4 p.m., at Hamline Midway Library the public is invited to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Hamline Library and Newell Park. Contact Hamline Midway History Corps for details.


Minnesota Beautiful awards

Valspar Corporation granted paint to twenty groups, including two historical organizations.

Decrease in foundation support expected

Foundation Center's Research Advisory shows that two-thirds of foundations expect to decrease the amount of grants given in 2009.

Grant Deadlines

Save Our History Grants

History Channel awards $10,000 grants to organizations that partner with schools or youth groups on community preservation projects that engage students in learning about, documenting, and preserving the history of their communities. Applications due June 5, 2009.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Southern Minnesota Tourism Meeting

Southern Minnesota Tourism Association will hold a meeting on Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:30 a.m., at the Riverside Event Center, 58 Center Street in Winona. Registration fee is $10 and includes lunch. Michele Peters will present "EMT Web site Advertising and Enhancements — Why You Need to Participate." To RSVP, call 888-975-6766 by May 6, 2009.

Tourism meeting in Thief River Falls

Riverland Tourism Association will be holding "Tourism in Northwest Minnesota…Makes Dollars and Sense" at 9 a.m. on May 12, 2009, at the Swenson House in Thief River Falls.

Field Note

Significant gatherings bring together extended families, which are often documented in photographs. Baptism, birthdays, Quinceañera, and pow wows all bring people together. In what ways could your historical organization host such events?

Ojibwe Indians on horseback about 1910.