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Local History News
July 8, 2009
Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Updates

Nominees sought for Historic Resources Advisory Committee
Minnesota Historical Society seeks candidates for service on the Historic Resources Advisory Committee. Nomination packages due by July 31, 2009.

Statewide Meetings Planned for Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society will hold several meetings to provide updates on Legacy funds and recent actions of the legislature, and invites input from the history field and interested members of the public. Please plan to attend one of the meetings in your area.

From the Blog

Spend Money to Meet Mission (1 new message) Read about a resourceful way Hennepin History Museum involved kids in their organization and in the community. How have you done this at your institution?

Advancing Civilization without Advanced Technology? (new discussion) Will there be continued use for analog accessibility tools in a digital world? What reasons might there be to retain pre-digital formats?

Employment Opportunities

Archives Specialist
Gustavus Adolphus College seeks half time, 12 months' Archives Specialist. Bachelor degree required. Apply by August 3, 2009, to Sylvia Straub with a completed application form.

Program Coordinator
Perry IA Chamber of Commerce seeks Program Coordinator. Email for details or to apply.

New Staff at Gibbs Museum
Ramsey County Historical Society wishes Ted Lau a long and enjoyable retirement as manager of the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life. RCHS welcomes Garrett Knudsen as its new manager.

Continuing Education

AASLH Annual Meeting
Register now for the American Association for State and Local History's Annual Meeting, taking place in Indianapolis IN on August 26-29, 2009.

Statewide Historic Preservation Conference
The 29th Annual Minnesota Statewide Preservation Conference will be held September 17-18, 2009 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen MN. Register.

Fundraising in Tough Economic Times
Join colleagues from local historical organizations in Wisconsin to learn how to leverage money for mission at two locations:

Distance Education Courses
Fall 2009 Distance Education Courses are offered through the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Course information available online, or contact , Program Coordinator.

Association of Midwest Museums Mighty Rescue Crew 
The Midwest Registrars Committee (MRC) offers Twin Cities institutions the opportunity to host registrars, collections managers, conservators, curators and others in a day-long on-site workshop during the AMM conference, September 27-30, 2009. How can the Mighty Rescue Crew help you? Contact Jackie Hoff or Association of Midwest Museums.

Country School Preservation
Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance hosts a country school preservation conference on October 2-3, 2009 in Independence IA. Register by September 24 for only $45. Contact , 800-434-2039.

Iowa Museum Association Conference
"Iowa Museums: Real, Resilient, Relevant" 2009 IMA Conference will be held in Waterloo IA October 4-6, 2009. Registration is $95. Contact Iowa Museum Association or , 319-239-2236.

Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshops
Explore Minnesota announces a series of cultural heritage tourism workshops. Contact Gayle Junnila for details.

  • Thief River Falls, Thursday August 13, 2009
  • North Shore TBA, Thursday October 1, 2009
  • St. Paul, Monday October 5, 2009
  • New Ulm, Wednesday October 14, 2009
  • Sauk Centre, Monday November 9, 2009

Do History Here

Belle Plaine Founders Day
Celebrate with flintscrapers, archaeologists, and more. Saturday July 11, 2009, 9 to 5. Free admission to the carriage house. Contact Scott County Historical Society, 952-445-0378.

Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour
Visit historic homes and beautiful gardens in and around Anoka's Swede Town neighborhood on Sunday July 12, 2009 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $13. Contact Anoka County Historical Society, 763-421-0600.

Kids Kraft at Stans Museum
Grab the kids and head to the Stans Museum for some Saturday morning family fun. Make a paper luminary and hear a great story, "Nocturne" by Jane Yolen. July 25, 2009 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free, but , 952-445-0378.

Country Festival
Attend Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life's Country Festival on Saturday July 18, 2009.


Accreditation Survey Results
American Association of Museums released results of its study on accreditation.

Newspaper Digitization Survey
American Swedish Institute and Minnesota Historical Society are leading an international partnership that proposes to digitize and place online a selection of Swedish Language newspapers published in the United States. Complete this ten-question survey to help shape this project. Contact with any questions.

Garrett Knudsen

Field Note

Ramsey County Historical Society recently announced the hiring of Garrett Knudsen to carry on the work Ted Lau had accomplished for so many years at the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life. Staff transition is always a significant milestone to mark with retirement parties, hiring processes, and introductions. Historical organizations probably more than other nonprofits also take time to record oral histories with long time employees to preserve institutional memory and history.
In this Issue...
- Legacy Amendment Updates
- From the Blog
- Employment Opportunities
- Continuing Education
- Do History Here
- News

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