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Local History News
July 29, 2009
Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Update

Final Input Meeting Tomorrow!
Join your colleagues at the Hjemkomst Heritage Interpretive Center in Moorhead tomorrow, July 30, 2009, at 1 p.m. RSVP (and/or send comments) to Matt Hill.

HRAC nominations due Friday
Nominations to serve on the Historic Resources Advisory Committee are due this Friday, July 31, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. Email, hand deliver, or mail to Grants Office, Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN 55102.

Input Survey now online
If you were not able to attend one of the five statewide meetings, and would like to add your thoughts to those gathered from the meetings, complete this brief survey. Your voice needs to be heard.

Legacy Grants Comment Area - Pose questions and discuss the proposed draft guidelines for Legacy Grants from the Minnesota Historical Society.

From the Blog

Advancing Civilization without Advanced Technology (2 new messages) How can digital and analog work together in a rapidly-changing world? 

Making Membership Matter (new discussion) What must you think about before starting a drive to encourage more membership in your organization?

Job Opportunities

Assistant Curator
Walker Art Center in Minneapolis MN seeks Assistant Curator. Master's degree required.

Curator of Textiles
Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks Curator of Textiles. Master's degree required. Applications due August 31, 2009.

Education Intern
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul MN seeks Education Intern. Applications due August 26, 2009.

Annual Fund & Donor Information Manager
Public Radio International seeks Annual Fund & Donor Information Manager. Requirements include four-year degree plus a minimum two years' experience in Development; annual fund coordination preferred. Reference job code AFM:HRM and send resume, letter of interest, and salary requirements to or fax to Human Resources at 612-330-9260.

Money for Mission

More Money for Museums
Federal-State Partnership Coalition needs your help to encourage Congress to provide more equitable funding for museums. The Coalition requests that you contact your Senators and Representative and urge their support of a "Dear Colleague Letter" circulating in Congress.

Building Healthy Communities
There are two remaining grant cycles for Home Depot's Building Healthy Communities Grant Program. Up to $2,500 is available to nonprofits who use the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. The current grant cycle closes September 15, 2009.

American Heritage Preservation Grants
American Heritage Preservation Grants for projects up to $15,000 are due September 19, 2009.

Do History Here

Antique Flea Market
Join Scott County Historical Society during the Shakopee Derby Days for their First Annual Antique Flea Market. July 31-August 1, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free.

County Fairs book signing in St. Peter
Meet Susan Lambert Miller, author of "Minnesota County Fairs," on Sunday August 9, 2009, 2 p.m., at the Nicollet County Historical Society.

Belle Plaine Walking Tour
Rediscover Minnesota's only city first incorporated as a borough on a walking tour of Belle Plaine on Saturday August 15, 2009, 9 a.m. Registration required.

Historic Pub Crawl
Stearns History Museum hosts a Pub Crawl of four historic saloons in downtown St. Cloud on Friday August 21, 2009, 6-9 p.m. Call Sarah at 320-253-8424 for more information or to RSVP.

Reconnecting with the Dakota County Fair
Join the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings on Saturday August 22, 2009 to learn more about the first Dakota County Fair at Nininger on October 7-9, 1858.

New Prague Walking Tour
Follow Scott County Historical Society on a walking tour of New Prague's historic commercial district on Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7 p.m. Registration required.

Eastman Johnson Exhibit in Duluth
Join the St. Louis County Historical Society at the opening gala reception for a limited duration exhibition of Eastman Johnson's Ojibwe-themed art. View 13 oils, 22 charcoals, and one pastel produced during the mid-19th century. Saturday September 26, 2009 at the St. Louis County Heritage & Art Center's Great Hall (Depot). Tickets are $50 and can be reserved and purchased by calling the Society's administrative office at 218-733-7586.

Continuing Education

American Association for State and Local History Online Conference
Want to attend the AASLH meeting in Indianapolis and can't afford the trip? For $95 members ($160 non-members) can attend from their office online. There's no limit to the number of people you might gather around your computer station to learn as a group. Registration is due August 17, 2009.


American Association for State and Local History Conference
AASLH Annual Meeting is August 26-29, 2009 in Indianapolis IN. Onsite registration is still available.


Northern States Conservation Center Online Classes
Register for online collections classes from Northern States Conservation Center. Classes begin August 3, 2009 and include:

  • Found in the Collection: Orphans, Old Loans and Abandoned Property
  • Museum Artifacts: How they were made and how they deteriorate
  • Applying Numbers to Collection Objects: Materials and Methods of Object Numbering

Online courses from Upstate History Alliance
Try these low cost (starting at $45) online classes that may be taken at your own pace.

  • Collections Management 101
  • Climate Control for Small Institutions
  • Introduction to Reformatting
  • Basic Preservation and Care of Paper Based Materials
  • Conservation and Preservation of Photographs and Albums

Online Disaster Planning Workshop
Three classes for "Developing a Disaster Plan" will be held online August 13, 20, and 27. Register or call 888-999-8558.

Free IMLS Grant Training
Institute of Museum and Library Services will host a free training session on Tuesday August 25, 2009, 2-4 p.m., at Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul. RSVP to Kevin O'Connell.


Final Rules on 990-N
Internal Revenue Service published its final rules in the July 23, 2009 Federal Register concerning the 990-N "electronic postcard" that nonprofit organizations curently earning less than $25,000 per year must now file or face loss of tax exemption.

Updates to IRS Website
Internal Revenue Service responded to requests from nonprofit organizations by providing new search features for written determinations, Internal Revenue Code, list of EO Code Provisions, list of EO regulations, and Federal Tax Regulations.

Historic Preservation in Central Corridor
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation explores the historic preservation component in a Case Study (beginning on page 11) of the Central Corridor Light Rail Project linking Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul.

Field Note

 Otto and Bob Herskovitz

Help with Legacy Grants from familiar colleagues is on the way: (651-259-3461) returns to Minnesota Historical Society as Legacy Grants Project Specialist, and 's (651-259-3465) role is now expanded as Outreach and Field Conservator. Kathie and Bob have long worked in the field with partner local historical organizations. Please feel free to contact Kathie or Bob about potential Legacy Grants projects.

In this Issue...
- Legacy Amendment Update
- From the Blog
- Job Opportunities
- Money for Mission
- Do History Here
- Continuing Education
- News

Too Hot, Went to Lake

Too Hot, Went to Lake, by Peg Meier.

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