amendment money goes to conference
week was a busy week for the Legacy Amendment: the House and Senate versions of the bill each
passed their respective bodies and are on their way to conference committee. The
good news is that each bill provides a significant amount of funding for history,
but less than what the Minnesota History Coalition recommended.
The Senate largely followed the recommendations of the Minnesota History
Coalition – they provided $12.5 million each year, which would be allocated
to statewide programs; regional and local program & historic preservation programs;
and programs carried out by partnerships. The House provided a similar, slightly
smaller level of funding that is divided out in a slightly different manner, with
some more specificity of how dollars would be spent.
There is fierce competition for dollars in the Arts and Cultural Heritage
category. We must all act now to contact our legislatorsand urge them to include significant funding
for history in the final Legacy Act / Arts and Cultural Heritage Appropriation.
Members of the Legacy Act Conference Committee
(also known as “conferees”) will be announced within the next couple
of days. We will let you know who the conferees are when they are announced. If
you are a constituent of one of the conference committee members, it is especially
important that you contact them very soon, to urge them to provide significant
funding for history in the Legacy Act. As a constituent, the most effective way
to urge support for an issue is an in-person visit or a phone call to their office.
Please act now: important decisions will be made this week. Please also
ask your members, your board members, and your customers to contact their legislators
Illuminated Display Case
illuminated glass display case is available to a nonprofit historical organization
on a first come, first served basis. The case is in good shape, but it is quite
heavy. The organization will be responsible for arranging shipping from South
St. Paul. Contact Roger
Work on Ellsworth Rock Gardens
Voygeurs National Park has organized a volunteer effort each July to assist with
research, documentation, repairs, and maintenance tasks at the Ellsworth Rock
Gardens. This year work is scheduled for July 13-16, 2009. If you would be interested
in participating, let Mary Graves
(218-283-6674) know which day(s) that week you would like to work.
Join MAM members and museum colleagues
on Friday May 15, 2009, 8:30 a.m., at Northeast Minneapolis's Firefighter's Hall and Museum. Follow your pent-up urge to do
the unthinkable: pull a fire alarm. RSVP
by Wednesday May 13, 2009.
at the Pond House
Anne Allen will present her new book "...and the Wilderness
Shall Blossom: Henry Benjamin Whipple, Churchman, Educator, Advocate for the Indians"
on Sunday May 17, 2009 at the Pond House in Bloomington.
County History Organizations to meet
The public is invited to join representatives
from all the historical organizations in Goodhue County for the groups’
Annual Meeting on Sunday May 17, 2009, 2 p.m. at the Goodhue County Historical Society.
LeDuc House Opens for the season
LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings opens for its fifth season on
May 27, 2009 and continues tours through November 1, 2009.
Attend the popular fundraiser for the Schroeder Area Historical Society on Saturday July 18, 2009, for
a tour of Lundie cabins and other eco-friendly historic buildings in this scenic
North Shore community.
History of Mounds
in Denmark Township
Ken Martens will speak on prehistoric mounds on
Tuesday May 19, 2009, 7 p.m. at Denmark Town Hall and is sponsored by the Denmark
Township Historical Society. More information about the event is available from
President Jean Boyd, 651-436-8031.
attire of the Civil War Era
The next meeting of the Cannon Valley Civil
War Roundtable is Thursday May 21, 2009, 7 p.m. at the Faribault Community Center. The guest speaker is Jan Stevens on
"Mourning Paraphernalia from the Civil War Era."
Ice cream and pie social in Rockford
Rockford Area Historical Society will host a Pie and Ice Cream
Social at the historic Ames-Florida-Stork House in Rockford on Memorial Day May
25, 2009, 10-2.
Preservation tax credits considered
Legislators are considering a tax credit to encourage private investment in rehabilitation
of the state’s historic buildings. Senate File 1724/House File 1974 has
the potential to be incorporated into the Omnibus Tax Bill. Please contact your legislators and encourage them to create a Historic
Preservation Tax Credit for Minnesota.
tax exemptions for charities
Minnesota Legislature's Conference Committee
on Taxes (HF2323/SF1704) passed the clarifications to the existing charitable
property tax exemptions on Saturday May 9, 2009. The bill must
be signed by the governor prior to becoming law.
Cox House to open for season in St. Peter
Nicollet County Historical Society announces the E. St. Julien
Cox House opens for the season on May 22, 2009. Regular hours will be Fridays,
Saturdays, and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. There is an admission fee for non-NCHS members.
Mayowood cleanup is set
History Center of Olmsted County will host a Community Restoration
Day for the Mayowood Mansion on Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30, 2009, 9-3:30.
Remember to file 990-N
Internal Revenue Service
reminds small calendar year tax-exempt organizations (those with income of $25,000
or less) to file their electronic Form 990-N, known as the "e-Postcard," by the May 15
deadline. Upwards of 500,000 charities may risk losing their charitable status
for failure to file. Do not join the crowd!
to Hide reopens in Duluth
St. Louis County Historical Society announces its reopening of
"Nowhere to Hide," a traveling exhibit providing a historical understanding of
the present worldwide HIV/AIDS pandemic by comparing it to the 1918 flu pandemic.
The exhibit opened on May 4, 2009 in the Fesler Gallery of the St. Louis County
Heritage & Arts Center, where it will remain until June 30, 2009.
Luxembourg exhibit opens in St. Cloud
exhibit entitled "Luxembourg – USA: A Migration Story," will be premiered
on Sunday May 17, 2009, at Stearns History Museum.
Continuing Education Opportunities
S.O.S. Save Our Stuff!
Iowa State University hosts this conference
at Carver Hall, Department of History, on Friday June 5, 2009, 9-4:30. Register
by May 26, 2009 by contacting Lucy
David, 319-338-0514, or Nancy Kraft, 319-335-5286
18th Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference
Attend this conference on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 8:30-3:15, at the University
of Minnesota's Continuing Education & Conference Center, St. Paul Campus.
Small Museums Conference
Association is planning its 26th Annual Conference in Ocean City, Maryland, February
21-23, 2010. Small Museum Conference seeks sessions that address the current economic
recession. Submit proposals to Pam Williams by July 20, 2009.
7th Annual Digital Library Meeting
the Minnesota Digital Library for its annual meeting at the Gorecki Center, College
of St. Benedict, in St. Joseph MN on June 8, 2009. Register.
Scholarships to the National Trust Conference
Diversity Scholarship Program of the National Trust for Historic
Preservation is accepting applications for the 2009 Diversity Scholars. Selected
candidates will receive a scholarship to attend the National Preservation Conference
October 13-17, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.
AASLH Annual Meeting
American Association for State and Local
History holds its annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 26-29, 2009. Register online or by mail or fax.
(stay at home vacations) seem to be on the rise. The reported attendance at the
87 county historical societies in 2001 was equal to 12 percent of the state's
population that year. In 2007, reported attendance at county historical societies
was 16 percent of the state's population. Local history museums in Minnesota continue
to be a great investment for donors and governmental partners.|
Your Museum Grant Ready?" by Sarah Brophy.
Sarah Brophy will be a featured
speaker on the last day of the Minnesota
Association of Museums/Association of Midwest Museums joint conference, September
27-30, 2009, in St. Paul.
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