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Minnesota History Interpreter

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A publication for county and local historical organizations and heritage preservation commissions.

The Minnesota History Interpreter is an illustrated, eight-page newsletter published six times a year for county and local historical societies, heritage preservation commissions and libraries. Occasional issues include a Tech Talk article.

Each issue will appear as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file, which can be viewed or printed using your web browser and Adobe's Acrobat Reader software. Adobe provides downloading instructions for the free Acrobat Reader for Macintosh and Windows.

Available Issues

Summer 2009, Vol. XXXVII, No. 3
Emerging guidelines for local historical organizations' web presence; State funding cuts; Introducing Carrie Johnston, Mary Ostby, Debra Richardson, Barb Redepenning, Tiffani Atherton, Dustin Heckman, Carolyn Soper, and Charlene Akers; State Grants-in-Aid awarded in 32 counties; New grants program launched.

Spring 2009, Vol. XXXVII, No. 2
How to create a successful end of the year appeal to donors; mergers of local historical organizations in Moorhead and on the Cuyuna Range; an affordable approach to better storage; Grabitske authors book on Sarah Jane Sibley; 2009 Workshop Flier; fall grants awarded in 23 counties; remember to file your 990-N; affordable Internal Revenue Service workshop coming to Minnesota.

Winter 2009, Vol. XXXVII, No. 1
AASLH Museum Standards Pilot Sites in Minnesota near completion of their projects; Checking Your Pulse Tech Talk on collecting and applying user statistics; 2009 Workshop Flier; 'Between Fences' Smithsonian exhibit to travel the state; AASLH 2008 awards for Annette Atkins, James Bell, Mona Nelson, Sherburne County Historical Society and Bruce White; AASLH 2009 awards deadline; Connecting to Collections Bookshelf deadline; State Grants-in-Aid winter cycle details.

Fall 2008, Vol. XXXVI, No. 5
Considerations for managing large photograph donations; introductions of new executive directors at Jackson, Meeker, Murray, Olmsted, Pennington, and Todd County Historical Societies; State Grants-in-Aid awards from Spring 2008; application deadlines for Winter 2009; and reminder to clean up mailing addresses.

Summer 2008, Vol. XXXVI, No. 4
Lifetime memberships build relationships and drain resources; Creating Outdoor Trail Signage Part 2 (Tech Talk); introducing new directors of Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, and Marshall County Historical Societies; Fall grant rounds.

May/Jun 2008/Vol. XXXVI No. 3
Saving fragments of significant buildings; Minnesota sesquicentennial observance; Creating outdoor trail signage Part 1; deadlines for State Grants-in-Aid; two remaining workshops.

Mar/Apr 2008/Vol. XXXVI, No. 2
Demographic change suggests new directions in local history museums; 2007 survey of archaeological collections held around Minnesota; popular Osakis Area Heritage Center winter programming; disaster resources online; Connecting to Collections Bookshelf available; Local History Services Workshop registration; Melinda Hutchinson named grants associate; how to include an event with the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission.

Jan/Feb 2008/Vol. XXXVI, No. 1
Strategic communication for strong relationships; Tech Talk: Putting Digital Images Online; about the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition; Minnesota sesquicentennial; State Grants-in-Aid awarded; electronic 990-N; AASLH award nominations sought; sign up for spring workshops; David Grabitske heads outreach services.

November/December 2007 Vol. XXXV, No. 6
AASLH Standards project to help smaller museums; Richfield History Wiki opens door to community collaboration; students create exhibit for Morrison County museum; spotlighting local "notables" raises funds for history; Winter grants cycle announced for State Grants-in-Aid; proposals sought for Minnesota History Conference; dates and locations for 2008 spring workshops.

September/October 2007 Vol. XXXV, No. 5
Building your collections; new county historical society directors (Hennepin, Jackson, Lake, Mower, Wadena, Waseca, Yellow Medicine); AASLH honors nine Minnesota projects with Leadership in History awards; Sesquicentennial grants deadlines announced; exhibit planning workshops in October.

July/August 2007 Vol. XXXV, No. 4
Don't delay--document today: preserving your own organization's history; Tim Glines retires; new county historical society directors (Anoka, Carlton, Carver, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Freeborn); PastPerfect museum software training schedule; exhibit planning workshops in October; fall grants deadlines announced.

May/June 2007 Vol. XXXV, No. 3
Criteria for accessioning historic properties (Dakota City Heritage Village, Murphy's Landing, Friends of the Wirtanen Pioneer Farm, Kandiyohi County Historical Society); Charlie Nelson's legacy; Minnesota's Greatest Generation conservation workshops in Lake City, Luverne, and Richfield; American Association for State and Local History digitization workshop in St. Paul; scholarships for National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference; deadlines for state grants-in-aid applications; regional local history workshops in Chisholm, and Roseau.

March/April 2007 Vol. XXXV, No. 2
Examples of exhibition development (Sherburne County Historical Society, Beltrami County Historical Society, Norman County Historical Society, Clay County Historical Society); results of 2006 survey of how volunteer programs operate; Nicollet County veterans featured in student project; review of new publication on collections management policies ("Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies" by John Simmons, American Association of Museums, 2006); May is Historic Preservation month; conservation workshop schedule for spring 2007; registration form for 2007 spring workshops in Buffalo, St. Peter, Worthington, Chisholm, and Roseau.

January/February 2007 Vol. XXXV, No. 1
Partnerships and collaboration for historical organizations; Tech Talk on track for lighting for museums, part 2; state grants-in-aid awarded; AASLH award nomination sought; registration form for 2007 spring workshops in Buffalo, St. Peter, Worthington, Chisholm, and Roseau.

November/December 2006 Vol. XXXIV, No. 6
Kandiyohi County Historical Society upgrades lighting system; Tech Talk on track lighting for museums, part 1; new publication on Brown County historic sites; electronic message sign at Otter Tail County museum; mailing list update reminder; dates and locations for 2007 spring workshops.

September/October 2006 Vol. XXXIV, No. 5
Technology planning; Minnesota's AASLH award winners for 2006; new publications from Minnesota Historical Society Press' Minnesota Byways series; registration information for October 4 exhibits planning workshop in Edina; information about log building restoration workshop in Shevlin.

July/August 2006 Vol. XXXIV, No. 4
Caring for large functional objects; Sherburne History Center opens; Smithsonian traveling exhibit 'Key Ingredients' opens tour in Scott County; Schroeder Area Historical Society tour of Edwin Lundie cabins; new electronic newsletter, Minnesota Local History News, replaces listserv; conservation workshops on preserving family history; exhibit planning workshop planned for October; fall grants deadlines for state grants-in-aid.

May/June 2006 Vol. XXXIV, No. 3
Guidelines for documenting the local business community; Stearns History Museum's acquisition of architectural records; Otter Tail County Historical Society 'Mysteries in History' series; Steele County Historical Society's agricultural history exhibit; Dakota County Historical Society operates William G. LeDuc House in Hastings; Preservation Month activities in May; deadlines for state grants-in-aid; nominations sought for "Minnesota 150" exhibit.

March/April 2006 Vol. XXXIV, No. 2
Affiliation with Chambers of Commerce and Convention/Visitors Bureaus; Blue Earth County Historical Society and Nicollet County Historical Society participate in InterCity Leadership Visit; Anoka County historical Society's film series; Washington County Historical Society's scholarship program; Minnesota maps online; Minnesota Digital Library Coalition's digital photo library; Historic Preservation month; AASLH Performance Management Program; spring workshop schedule and registration form.

January/February 2006 Vol. XXXIV, No. 1
Diversifying funding for historical organizations; financial survey results; state grants-in-aid awarded; AASLH seeks award nominations.

November/December 2005 Vol. XXXIII, No. 6
Transitioning from volunteers to paid staff; redesigning museum space; new addition to Stevens County Historical Society building; upgrade of local history services on Minnesota Historical Society's web site; sharing newsletters; subscribing to MNLOCALHISTORY weekly listserv; dates and locations for 2006 workshops; changes for Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) grants for 2006.

September/October 2005 Vol. XXXIII, No. 5
Advice for new staff at historical organizations; Clearwater County Historical Society gets volunteer help from members of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works; Tips from the Olmsted County Historical Society on involving teenagers in historical organizations; Anoka County Historical Society's new exhibit on the Vietnam War; AASLH awards in Minnesota for 2005; Registration information for October workshop on exhibit planning.

July/August 2005 Vol. XXXIII, No. 4
Carol Kammen's 13-step program for local history; fundraising ideas from the Carlton County Historical Society and the Goodhue County Historical Society; IMLS grants awarded in Minnesota; workshops on museum software, exhibit planning, and conservation concerns for construction projects; book award for Denis Gardner; Statewide preservation conference scheduled for Duluth in September; Minnesota Association of Museums annual meeting in October; grants deadlines set.

May/June 2005 Vol. XXXIII, No. 3
Conservation Assessment Program grants; conservation lending library; Minnesota's Greatest Generation Project; application deadlines for State Grants-in-Aid; Minnesota Council on Foundations seminar; NEH Preservation Assistance grants; National Preservation Month; Upper Midwest Conservation Association workshops; Minnesota Historical Society field workshops.

March/April 2005 Vol. XXXIII, No. 2
Anniversary and milestone publications; Anoka County Historical Society agricultural history project; Minnesota birth certificates now available online; publication on assessing collections preservation needs from the Northeast Document Conservation Center; guide to volunteer boards of directors from BoardSource; Library of Congress advice on photographic collections; National Film Preservation Foundation advice on preserving film; locations needed for Smithsonian traveling exhibit; information for planning 2005 Preservation Month activities; spring workshop registration information.

January/February 2005 Vol. XXXIII, No. 1
Microfilming newspapers and bulk reduction projects; library and archives survey results; Carver County sesquicentennial plans; Norman County Historical Society exhibits plan; state grants-in-aid awarded; AASLH seeks awards nominations.

November/December 2004 Vol. XXXII, No. 6
Museum Assessment Program; new Minnesota Museum Property law; dates for 2005 field workshops; Goodhue County museum name change; Washington County Historical Society's e-mail newsletter.

September/October 2004 Vol. XXXII, No. 5
Sentencing to Serve program helps meet funding gaps; two exhibits revisit Minnesota's Dakota communities; Sherburne County Historical Society conducts collection inventory; AASLH awards to Minnesota organizations for 2004; dates for 2005 field workshops.

July/August 2004 Vol. XXXII, No. 4
Microfilm libraries meet research needs; visitor surveys; new exhibition and video at Scott County Historical Society; Hometown History Nights sponsored by Blue Earth County Historical Society; Minnesota Historical Society Press publishes Minnesota Treasures: Stories Behind the State's Historic Treasures; preservation workshops sponsored by Upper Midwest Conservation Association; application deadlines for State Grants-in-Aid; online resources for historic building care; new listserv for small museums.

May/June 2004 Vol. XXXII, No. 3
Giving Voice to Newcomers: historical programs on new immigrants; Rockford Area Historical Society audience survey; Review of Museum Administration: An Introduction; Winona County Historical online library project; Barn Again traveling exhibition; Grand Excursion events for 2004.

March-April 2004 Vol. XXXII, No. 2
Morrison County Historical Society photo documentary project; funding shortage forces reduction in field services; improved collection storage at Otter County Historical Society; upgrade of temperature and humidity controls at Olmsted County Historical Society; Stearns History Museum venue for Smithsonian exhibit, "Latino Life in the United States"; regional teacher workshops; Springboard for the Arts' fundraising workshops; Seminar for Historical Administration; National Park Service seeks home for lookout tower; registration for spring field workshops in Anoka, Windom, Bemidji, and Rochester.

January/February 2004 Vol. XXXII, No. 1
Managing government records; technology survey results; AASLH seeks award nominations; teacher workshops; grants awarded; registration for spring workshops.

November/December 2003 Vol. XXXI, No. 7
Internship programs; historical organizatons cope with public funding cuts; dates for 2004 workshops; Ramsey County Historical Society web site; new books on Sibley County, Cokato, Minnesota religious architecture, and bookkeeping basics.

September-October 2003/Vol. XXXI, No. 6
Calendar projects as fundraisers; making the case for support of local history; critical factors for nonprofit survival; newly revised Minnesota history curriculum for schools and schedule for educators' training; AASLH award winners for 2003; MAP grant applications; dates for 2004 workshops.

July-August 2003/Vol. XXXI, No. 5
Strategic planning for historical organizations; State budget reductions to affect grants program; Olmsted County Historical Society plans to preserve historic landscape at Mayowood; State Grants-in-Aid awarded in winter 2003 cycle; Interpreter publication schedule changes to six issues per year; grants deadlines.

May-June 2003/Vol. XXXI, No.4
Furnishings plan guides interpretation of Wright County log cabins; Grants support projects in northeast Minnesota (North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum's storage project, Lake County Historical Society's restoration of Light Station, Cook County Historical Society's oral history project to document resorts); Beltrami County Historical Society's veteran's exhibit; family history/genealogy at Chisago County Historical Society; Le Sueur mural; Goodhue County Historical Society photograph database; new history pocket guides from MHS Press; Upper Midwest conservation Association workshops; Statewide historic preservation conference scheduled for New Ulm on Sept. 18 -19, 2003; State grants-in-aid deadlines; National preservation week events.

April 2003/Vol. XXXI, No. 3
Budget reduction forces cuts in State Grants-in-Aid; History organizations and a sense of belonging; spring workshop scheduled in Fairmont, Alexandria, and Virginia; Mille Lacs County depot centennial celebration; Morrison County Historical Society textile collection; Wright County Historical Society program on history of German prisoners of war; early Stillwater newspapers discovered; book reviews; web resources; NEH preservation grants; conservation workshops.

March 2003/Vol XXXI, No. 2
History Day and Otter Tail County Historical Society; state revenue shortfall affects winter grants cycle; Sibley Historic site attendance increase; emergency grants to Fairmont Opera House and Roseau County Historical Society; new exhibit at Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead features the experience of eating away from home; genealogy project in Cottonwood County; new exhibit at St. Louis County Historical Society in Duluth features hardware firm; Washington County Historical Society's fundraising venture using bricks from burned Territorial Prison; annual survey of historical organizations for 2004; local history listserv a year old; "Forests, Fields & the Falls" web site and posters; dates for 2003 workshops.

January / February 2003/Vol XXXI, No. 1
A question of ownership: Clay County Historical Society's collection records; legislation to address museum property issues; results of annual survey of historical organizations; genealogy classes at the History Center; web site for preservation funding sources; state grants-in-aid awarded; job opening at Dakota County Historical Society; spring workshops in Red Wing, Fairmont, Alexandria, and Virginia.

November / December 2002/Vol XXX, No. 9
Washington County veterans' program; New directors at Rice, Clay, and Otter Tail county historical societies; NEH preservation grants awarded; Sibley County Historical Society restoration project; Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums completes collection management project; roles and responsibilities of boards of directors in historical organizations; new books; Northeast Document Conservation Center's online course on document preservation; observing anniversaries; dates for 2002 field workshops.

October 2002/Vol XXX, No. 8
Heritage tourism efforts throughout Minnesota; Washington and Richfield historical societies learn about challenges behind the scenes of facility improvements; Orphanage film premiere; Internet resources for artists; IMLS introduces Learning Opportunities Grants; MHS library classes; Researcher seeks materials on Third Minnesota Regiment, Civil War; State Grant deadlines; Field workshops set for 2003.

September 2002/Vol XXX, No. 7
Organizations using PastPerfect software for museum collections; documenting your organization's history; Brown County Historical Society acquires vintage popcorn wagon; Carver County day camp revisits 20th century; Norman County Historical Society dedicates museum; Itasca County history class proves popular; CAP grant helps museums assess collections care; Two generations of artists profiled in book about Ggs; House history research tips in new book; MHS library classes; New order fulfillment plan for Minnesota Historical Society Press.

August 2002/Vol XXX, No. 6
Settlement ends dispute over control of Scott County's Stans Museum; What is historical interpretation?; Brown County Historical Society history essay contest; mentorship grants from the Upper Midwest Conservation Association; Lake Hubert Conservation Association restores depot; Cokato Historical Society mural; conservation lending library; oral history guides; writing local history; NEH public program grants; grants funds vetoed; veterans history project; listserv.

June/July 2002/Vol XXX, No. 5
Anoka County historical society moves to new home; Keys to applying for state grants; Murphy's Landing under new management; Long-range plan sought for Willmar locomotive; Carlton County creates toys exhibit; Swift County travels for outreach; St. Louis County art collection; Tips for cleaning mailing lists.

May 2002/Vol XXX, No. 4
Former State School for Dependent and Neglected Children resident heads effort to preserve children's stories; Dakota County historic interpreters; Mankato observes 150th anniversary; fishing museum hosts art fair; field trips help museum professionals share ideas; AASLH seminar for history administrators; museum loan network; family history class at Minnesota History Center; fundraising seminar; preservation conference set for Owatonna.

April 2002/Vol XXX, No. 3
Cottonwood County has new exhibit gallery; Update on grants program; Tips for renewing museum programs; Exhibit about St. Peter; Pope County hosts play premiere; Ness Church restoration; Kanabec County Timeline program; Technical leaflets available online and via mail; Director of North American historical organizations updated; Heritage tourism book reviewed; Conservation workshop schedule; Swedish Institute workshop on "time travel"; Announcement of preservation conference; Farmamerica to host barn workshop.

March 2002/Vol XXX, No. 2
Probstfield collections reflect legacy in Red River Valley; Carver County curator discusses career; Douglas County society offers advice on buying equipment; Starting an endowment; Book clubs with a history bent; Hennepin History Museum challenges viewers to see connections; Minnesota Local History Listserv debuts; Photo collectors group announces first publication; Conservation workshop preview; New grant program funds transportation history projects.

January-February 2002, Vol. XXX, No. 1
Martin County Historical Society researched and mapped "lost" towns to document their existence; the winter grant cycle is uncertain due to the state revenue shortfall; Valspar grants help spruce up historic buildings; St. Louis County Historical Society gets new logo; Interest in round barns grows through paintings; Milaca area municipalities join forces for records repository; NEH challenge grants help small organizations; AASLH seeks award nominations; Minnesota History Center offers family history classes; list of state grants recipients; spring field workshop sessions announced.

November-December 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 9
New St. Louis County exhibits grow from cross-cultural collaboration; history as service to community; historic Austin theater restored; Isanti County 'pour the floor' draws crowd; Albert Lea district adopts 'Discover History' program; State Archives online manual offers guidelines for managing government records; curator seeks information about bandolier bags.

October 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 8
Otter Tail County museum revamps agricultural wing; planning a capital campaign at Anoka County Historical Society; oral history projects record stories of World War II; historic Chippewa City opens season; Melrose convent finds new life as museum; endowment funds provide income and a safety net; Pipestone County restores local monument; damaged buildings repaired; two new books tell personal histories – Ojibwe: Waasa Inaabidaa by Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri, and The Brooklyns: A History of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park; East Otter Tail County puts local history records online; researcher seeks veteran WWII shipbuilders; Winter 2002 grant deadlines.

September 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 7
Murray County remembers its downtowns with a project that combines walking tour, video and exhibit; recruit members to advertise your history center; apprentice local historians to pass along what you've learned; Rachel Barduson becomes director of the Douglas County Historical Society; Goodhue County day camp meets in six cities; St. James group begins opera house restoration; small-scale fund-raisers fill budget gaps; video project brings Edina history to life; classic book Minnesota Place Names updated and goes online; index to Minnesota death records from 1908 through 1946 goes online; field workshops for Spring 2002; Winter 2002 grant deadlines; Annandale paintings seek new home; genealogy classes at the History Center.

August 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 6
Lake County restores four 1906 paintings in courthouse; "Outside the Fence," by Morrison County Historical Society museum manager Mary Warner; Beltrami society opens new museum in restored 1913 Great Northern depot; vintage 1860s Saint Croix Base Ball Club defends championship; exhibit openings: Minneapolis Rock in the '80s at the Hennepin History Museum, "Life in Small Town USA" at the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, and "When the Weather Goes Bad" at the Clay County Museum in Moorhead's Hjemkomst Center; Eveleth and Brown County projects promote heritage tourism; student interns tackle research in Carlton, Cottonwood and Clay counties; St. Louis County Historical Society adds sixth affiliate: Sisu Heritage Inc.; state grants-in-aid awarded; Researcher asks for help in locating new and historic murals; workshop helps museums respond to disasters; Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, Sept. 20-21 in Glenwood; fall and winter grant cycle deadlines for fiscal year 2002.

June-July 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 5
FFA students link past and present for children at Minnesota's Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls; "Once upon a time: A museum tale," by Bev Jackson, Freeborn County Historical Society; Tech Talk: "Caring for Musical Instruments," Part 2, by Paul S. Storch; Around the State: exhibits opening include Itasca County Historical Society fishing exhibit, Dakota City exhibit on market gardening, Pipestone County Historical Society children's area developed with United Way funds, Clay County Historical Society on a century of cycling, Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley on Pearl Harbor's 60th anniversary, Crow Wing County Historical Society children's activity area on changing fashions, and Carlton County Historical Society on a history of communication; deadlines for fall grants; Beltrami County Historical Society hosts two-day workshop on constructing mannequins for historic costumes.

May 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 4
More than 7,400 Century Farms honor Minnesota agriculture; stories help objects talk; Tech Talk: "Caring for Musical Instruments," Part I, by Paul S. Storch; Sounds Good to Me exhibit looks at music in everyday Minnesota; Around the State: historical society volunteer-driven gardening and landscaping projects; 2001 is International Year of Volunteers with conference in Minneapolis; heirloom preservation workshops to visit Renville and Moorhead.

April 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 3
Murphy's Landing fire offers lessons; resources for disaster preparedness; musical opens in Texas about life in Cokato in the 1930s; Northern States Conservation Center helps with collections care; MHS disaster resources available online; regional workshops to help with emergency response; grants support collections care; Arlington begins restoration of historic buildings; Grove City Area Historical Society opens exhibit space; Ramsey House to host AASLH workshop.

March 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 2
MInneapolis, New Ulm and Waseca restoration projects stir community pride; Tim Glines new outreach coordinator; traveling exhibit celebrates Fargo-Moorhead's 125th anniversary; Winona State U. hosts History Discovery Day for teachers; AAM guidelines on exhibiting borrowed objects; new books on Goodhue County and caring for heirlooms, collections and historic houses; workshops on preserving family treasures; oral history group to meet at U of M; Stillwater Warden's House Museum seeks site manager; genealogy classes.

January-February 2001/Vol. XXIX, No. 1
Otter Tail County Historical Society offers taped museum tours in different languages; recruiting business leaders to support museums; children's games in county museums; corner of history museum/church collapses in East Perham; lightning strikes historic New Ulm Post Office; photo mini-exhibits take history to Minneapolis places; new books on Minnesota people and places; Blandin report looks at rural concerns; web sites address preservation issues; Stearns History Museum goes online; state grants awarded in 18 counties; Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center seeks director; AASLH to conduct first study of Indian museums; spring workshops in Hutchinson, Albert Lea and Duluth.

November-December 2000/Vol. XXVIII, No. 11
Winona County Courthouse fights for survival; field services in transition; community support pays off in unexpected ways; putting Yellow Medicine County on the map; new venues add to Minnesota's museum mix; collections management workshops to set standards for smaller museums; digital camcorder serves many uses; new book celebrates Norwegian holiday traditions; project grants from the Minnesota Humanities Commission; spring field workshops set; greetings from the editor; deadlines for winter grants-in-aid.

October 2000/Vol. XXVIII, No. 10
Jean Chesley creates fund for local and county historical organizations; new editor for Interpreter; Chippewa County Historical Society Norsk Reise Fest; R.R. museum magazine issue devoted to 1943; architect "Cap" Wigington honored; Washington County Historical Society publishes Historic 2001 calendar; Kandiyohi County publishes ABC history books with Willmar middle school; MHS research grants; Minnesota ethnic resources directory online; Crow Wing County Historical Society garage sale; Smithsonian has projects about stone carvers and builders; archaeology and anthropology conference opens in November; Roots magazine index online; new AAM ethics guidelines for borrowed objects; Ojibwe exhibit at Jaques Art Center; David Nystuen retires.

September 2000/Vol. XXVIII, No. 9
Early 1900s landscape mural in downtown Montgomery; Daedalus devotes issue to Minnesota; Ojibwe exhibit at Jaques Art Gallery in Aitkin; Institute for Minnesota Archaeology's new vision statement; Goodhue County Historical Society seeks librarian/archivist; new museum assessment program; lecture series on Métis in Minnesota; MHS music exhibit in October; conservation workshops topics and schedule; IRS warns non-profits not to campaign for candidates; improving relations between group tourism and museums; Stearns History Museum web project wins AASLH award; American Swedish Institute holiday programs announced; AAM conference; NEH book on doing local history wins national publishers' award.

August 2000/Vol. XXVIII, No. 8
Lake County Historical Society opens 3M museum; Interpreter changes announced; Blue Earth County Historical Society displays Mankato diorama; Cuyuna Country Heritage book published; Washington County Historic Courthouse plans brewing exhibit; Minnesota students win National History Day honors; St. Paul's House of Hope Presbyterian Church publishes book on 150th year; Pioneer Public TV produces series on historic churches in Upper Midwest; excerpts from talk by former Winona County Historical Society president Brother Paul Ostendorf; genealogy classes; Northfield Historical Society seeks executive director; MHS grant materials on Internet.

July 2000/Vol. XXVIII, No. 7
Project Breckenridge hosts Red River canoe tour; Afton Historical Society publishes book about small towns; Burnsville community history updated; log building workshop announced; Tech Talk: "Applying accessing numbers to museum objects," part II, by Gina Nicole Delfino; report from Ben Leonard on project for documenting change in Red River Valley; new SHPO grants assistant, David Grabitske; Swift County Historical Society fundraiser changes themes; Winona County Historical Society Victorian Fair in September.

June 2000/Vol. XXVIII, No. 6 [Not yet available online]
Beltrami County Historical Society renovating Great Northern Depot in Bemidji; SHPO grants program calendar; getting young people interested in history in Douglas County; Lyon County Historical Society immigration projects; rural women conference at MHS in June; MHS book about Duluth lynchings published; media relations tips from Barbara Averill, MHS media relations manager; conservation workshops in June; listing of laws authorizing municipalities to provide funds to county historical organizations; calendar: statewide historic preservation conference; Unpacking on the Prairie now a traveling exhibit and on Internet; Chippewa County Historical Society hosts Norwegian immigration anniversary program; Nicollet County Historical Society seeks executive director; last field program workshop scheduled.

May 2000/Vol. XXVIII, No. 5
Washington County Historical Society finds "time capsule"; Stearns History Museum merges library records with GRRL system; Carver County Historical Society begins photo documentary project; Isanti County Historical Society sponsors Swedish programs; Tech Talk: Artifact Labeling, Part I, by Gina Nicole Delfino, MHS library and archives staff; Internet resources, by Shawn Rounds, MHS archives staff; "Emerging Preservation Leaders" scholarship program.

April 2000/Vol. XXVIII, No. 4
Cook County Historical Society restores Chippewa City Church; Interpreter, Planner, Tech Talk online on MHS web site; editorial access information; Blue Earth County Historical Society has "Travel Like Bert" tours; Swift County Historical Society seeks items from recent history; Wright County Historical Society needs items from 1900; new Univesity library houses Immigration History Research Center; improving public presentations; working with reporters; conservation outreach workshops for May and June; Index to Folsom's "50 Years in Northwest"; Blue Earth County Historical Society history to be reprinted; center for rural and regional studies in Marshall; AAM new book; MAM starts up again; Resources and Counseling for Arts workshops; Minnesota Council on Foundations; new wing for Wright County Historical Society; 3 field workshops to go; Crow Wing County Historical Society collects quarters in film canisters.

March 2000/Vol.XXVIII, No.3
War poster exhibit at Carlton County Historical Society; field workshops reminder; Minnesota authors' biographies database on MHS web site; slight editorial change for Interpreter and Planner; "The Argus," new name for Winona County Historical Society newsletter; Tech Talk: Museum Security, by Diane Adams-Graf and Claudia Nicholson, MHS museum collections curators; programs commemorating 175th anniversary of Norwegian immigration and 1,000th anniversary of Leif Ericson's voyage; eight conservation workshops.

February 2000/Vol.XXVIII, No. 2
Scott County veterans exhibit; MHS conservation outreach to Northwestern Minnesota; Preservation Alliance of Minnesota 1999 awards; photographic exhibit at MHS; 4 books: Lake Superior logging history, expanded preservation manual, Paul Gruchow essays on scientific and natural area preserves, NEH do-it-yourself history; Minnesota Humanities Commission grants and teacher programs; staff positions at AASLH, Scandia museums, Rice County; Conferences: Midwest Open Air museums, Women historians of midwest; Paul Martin on exhibit-making.

January 2000/Vol.XXVIII, No. 1
Dakota City Heritage Village's Grand History Days; India and Minnesota Oral History project; Tech Talk: Minnesota's Architecture, Part V, Styles of Modern Era, Charles Nelson, MHS historical architect; MHS state grants-in-aid awards, FY 2000 cycle; Central Minnesota history groups form self-help organization.

December 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 12
Winona cemetery walk program; newsletter surveys of historical places; Dakota County 150th anniversary program and video; Lyon County museum's Christmas Tree collection; Warroad museum displays models of historic industries; Cottonwood County Historical Society uses exhibit to raise funds; "Wildflower Safaris by Car" guidebook by Schroeder Area Historical Society president; Chippewa County Historical Society collecting pennies for church window fund; MHS grant cycle schedule for fiscal year 2000.

November 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 11
Development process of exhibit at Wright County Historical Society; AAM communications kit; Tech Talk: Minnesota's architecture, part IV, Academic Revival styles, by Charles Nelson, MHS historical architect; Paul Bunyon genealogical tall tales contest winners; Minnesota Fishing Museum one-year anniversary; ground-breaking at St. Benedict's Monastery for new heritage center.

October 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 10
Web site for Institute for Minnesota Archaeology; gathering information about historic markers; Crow Wing County Historical Society opens children's area; doing grant research.

September 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 9
AASLH Award of Merit to William C. Melton for Veblen Farmstead rescue; historic preservation grant availability; Tech Talk: Minnesota's Architecture, part III, Bric-a-Brac styles, Charles Nelson, MHS historical architect; success in historical society annual meetings.

August 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 8
Carlton County Historical Society exhibit on Co-ops; innovative fund-raising methods in county historical societies; using information technology in historical society work, by Robert Horton, State Archivist; National History Day winners.

July 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 7
St. Louis County Historical Society exhibit on Antarctica; Stenstrom paintings exhibited at Beltrami County fair grounds; Tech Talk: Storing glass plate negatives by Robert Herskovitz, MHS chief conservator; FY 1999 state grants-in-aid awards; volunteers on the front line, 3 of 3, by Jackie Maas.

June 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 6
Marian Anderson paintings of historic houses benefits Blue Earth County Historical Society; Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's 10 most endangered properties; state History Day winners; volunteers on the front line, 2 of 3, by Jackie Maas; web site design using Internet resources; Minnesota Humanities Commission grants.

May 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 5
Early photographs of Moorhead used for fund-raising leverage by Clay County Historical Society; Tech Talk: Minnesota architectural styles, part II, Post-Civil War Architecture, by Charles Nelson, MHS historical architect; volunteers on the front line, part 1 of 3, by Jackie Maas, MHS volunteer coordinator.

April 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 4
Chisago County Historical Society finds way to relocate bats from historic house attic; Minnesota Military Museum joins with casino to sponsor fund-raising coupon program; Mississippi River Corridor programs; history-related web site addresses; Center for Book Arts mounts exhibit on printing sesquicentennial.

March 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 3
Otter Tail County Historical Society mounts exhibit about the next millennium; Tech Talk: Monitoring museum environments, by Beth Doyle, MHS intern, and Robert Herskovitz, MHS chief conservator; Emergency Preparedness Kit (A.R.K.) availability; underwater archaeology lectures.

February 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 2
Stearns History Museum displays circus and carnivals collection; Minnesota Council on Foundations resources; planning and producing local history maps, by historian and journalist Bill Wolston, member, Dakota County Historical Society.

January 1999/Vol. XXVII, No. 1
Caring for and disposing of government records, by Robert Horton, head of State Archives, MHS; Tech Talk: Minnesota Architectural history, Part 1, Early Architecture, by Charles Nelson, MHS historical architect.

December 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 12
Freeborn County Historical Society exhibit, meatpacking in Albert Lea; Great Northern Depot in Bemidji to be home for Beltrami County Historical Society; Tech Talk: conservation treatment of firearms, part II, by Paul Storch, MHS objects conservator; Stearns County Historical Society puts interactive web page for history teaching on the Internet.

November 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 11
Water main flooding in Clay County Historical Society; Itasca County Historical Society commemorative miniatures of historic buildings; new IRS ruling about conflicts of interest in tax-exempt organizations; IMLS grants.

October 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 10
Minnesota Alliance of Local History's Mutual Assistance Program; Clay County Historical Society outreach traveling trunks; Stavkirke dedicated in Moorhead; June 1998 Minnesota Humanities Commission grants; survey of Interpreter readers; Accessibility symbols for museums.

September 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 9
Anoka County Historical Society "Drums, Dreams and History" festival; Minnesota's new graduation standards; Tech Talk: Conservation treatment of firearms, Part I, by Paul Storch, MHS objects conservator; Spring 1998 Minnesota Humanities Commission grants; recruiting and recognizing volunteers.

August 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 8
Becker County Historical Society program on World War II era; Chippewa City historic church gets new roof; restoration of two harbors lighthouse; National History Day 1998 winners; Charnell's exhibit about work in Minnesota; Accessibility in museums: Smithsonian recommendations.

July 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 7
Traveling exhibits outreach from Clay County Historical Society; re-enacting old-time baseball by Washington County Historical Society; Tech Talk: Care of photographic prints, part II, by Bonnie Wilson, MHS curator of sound and visual collections and Eric Mortenson, MHS staff photographer; books about MacMillan family and artist George Morrison.

June 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 6
Moose Lake Area Historical Society marks 80th anniversary of fires of 1918; collaboration among historical societies in NW Minnesota; History Day 1998; Civil War display commemorates 1st Minnesota at Gettysburg; new national history organization called the Historical Society.

May 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 5
After the tornado: Review of preservation and conservation in St. Peter; state grants-in-aid awards, winter 1998; Tech Talk: Care of photographic materials, by Bonnie Wilson, MHS curator of sound and visual collections.

April 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 4
Stearns County Historical Society production of annual report; Heritage Hjemkomst Center dinosaur exhibit; Goodhue Area Historical Society and schools in local history program; approaches to history in historical organization newsletters; Aurora historic buildings for sale for one dollar; "intellectual property" meaning, issues and symbols.

March 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 3
Minnesota Machinery Museum new security measures; Tech Talk: Conserving political buttons, by Paul Storch, MHS objects conservator; Preservation Alliance of Minnesota 1997 awards; Valspar and McKnight Foundation sponsor community spruce-up campaign.

February 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 2
Territorial sesquicentennial project ideas; intern program at Beltrami County Historical Society; Institute for Minnesota Archaeology activities; planned giving program at Olmsted County Historical Society; Unpacking on the Prairie traveling exhibit schedule.

January 1998/Vol. XXVI, No. 1
Kandiyohi County Historical Society collapsed roof being replaced; Minnesota Transportation Museum; Tech Talk: Treatment and maintenance of masonry, Part II, by Charles Nelson, MHS historical architect; AASLH awards program; Minnesota Humanities Commission grants.

December 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 12
Lyon County Museum program for 125th anniversary of founding of Marshall; 1997 state grants-in-aid; county and local preservation project grants; William Mulligan's 1998 MHO keynote address; Carver County Historical Society new addition nearing completion; MHS newspaper project seeks copies of statewide newspapers.

November 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 11
Granlund sculpture installed at Cook County Historical Society; MHS director Nina Archabal receives National Humanities Medal; quilting bee program at MHS; Tech Talk: Masonry, part I, by Charles Nelson, MHS historical architect; NEH publishes wheel-like finding aid for advice on damage to collections; sampler of holiday programs.

October 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 10
Clay County Historical Society narrow escape in flood of 1997; Braham festival of folklore and pies; hosting school groups in Freeborn County Historical Society program; returning donated objects; Winona County Historical Society completes renovation; basic rules for documentation.

September 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 9
Civil War program at Moose Lake Area Historical Society; Humphrey Museum continues recovery from fire; History Day 1997; Tech Talk: Preserving historic quilts, by Deborah Bede, MHS textile conservator; quilt exhibit at MHS.

August 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 8
Oral history project of people affected by floods of 1997; Scott County Historical Society indexes newspaper; Carlton County Historical Society exhibit on Northwest Paper's famous Mounties advertising; grant to Washington County Historical Society to preserve tax records; reprint of classic travel essays and new journal for prairie advocates; notice for protecting rural historic landscapes project; Phelps Mill video from Otter Tail County Historical Society wins national award.

July 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 7
MHS state grants-in-aid program restored; Tech Talk: Care of sports memorabilia, by Paul Storch, MHS objects conservator; AASLH awards to Minnesota Lakes photography project and Mille Lacs museum; Cokato Museum mural unveiled.

June 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 6 [Not available online]
Otter Tail County Historical Society program for township historians; programs for schools, parents and kids at Anoka County Historical Society, Pioneer Park in Annandale, Isanti County Historical Society, Brown County Historical Society, Wright County Heritage Center and Goodhue County Historical Society; book about Joseph R. Brown.

May 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 5
20th anniversaries for grants review committee and chair Karen Humphrey; Tech Talk: Media relations, by Barbara Averill, MHS media relations manager; Traverse des Sioux encampment at Nicollet County Historical Society; Gag family history projects by Brown County Historical Society; Zumbrota covered bridge moved by Zumbrota Covered Bridge Society.

April 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 4
Sherburne County Historical Society involved in national TV show about the Klondike Gold Rush; 10th year for Kanabec History Center school program; opening of Hubert H. Humphrey museum in Waverly; state grants-in-aid for fiscal year 1997; computerized archaeological predictive model, Mn/Model; Sibley County Historical Society collection of music boxes.

March 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 3
Weather exhibit at Clay County Historical Society; Tech Talk: How and when to preserve newspapers, by Kathy Ludwig and Bryan Johnson, MHS paper conservators; grassroots history: Scott County Historical Society exhibit on Dan Patch; MHS Theodore Blegen conference; History Day Rhodent scholars seek help; use of the word "history" in school curriculum.

February 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 2
Lost properties in Cokato; AASLH awards; proliferation of communications towers; bell towers on North Hennepin Community College grounds and in front of Cook County Historical Society; roof collapses at Kandiyohi County Historical Society; volatile issues in museum exhibits.

January 1997/Vol. XXV, No. 1
Bev Jackson radio show for Freeborn County Historical Society; Tech Talk: conservation of archaeological artifacts from below water, by Paul Storch, MHS objects conservator; history of French impressionist painting in area: exhibit at Tweed Museum in Duluth and book by Rena Neumann Coen; Stearns County Historical Society puts exhibit on Internet; Edward Linenthal gives MHO annual meeting keynote speech.

December 1996/Vol. XXIV, No. 12
Becker County Historical Society helps with "historians" program for area students; Itasca County Historical Society commemorative figurine series; Scott County ghost town revived; Minnesota Preservation Alliance gives grassroots preservation awards; three books on women in history; tips on finding and keeping historical society members.

November 1996/Vol. XXIV, No. 11
Kandiyohi County Historical Society receives mounted buffalo fish (Kandi in Dakota language); Tech Talk: research in cemeteries, by James Smith, Interpreter editor; Winona capital campaign successful; professional ethics standards for historical organizations; new award for work in architectural history.

October 1996/Vol. XXIV, No. 10
History Day program in Minnesota; art history in Mankato; collecting over 60 years in Clay County; 120th anniversary of state's first hospital for mentally ill; Swedish Institute Christmas programs; touring exhibit and videotape of performing arts in immigration history; grassroots approach to quilts section of MHS exhibit.

September 1996/Vol. XXIV, No. 9 [Not available online]
Paul Bunyon genealogical tall tales essay contest; Tech Talk: writing exhibit labels, by Kate Roberts, MHS exhibit curator; Stearns County Historical Society exhibit about sports personalities; Brown County Historical Society hosts teacher workshop; Hennepin History Museum closes gallery and program, but library remains open.

August 1996/Vol. XXIV, No. 8 [Not available online]
Suggestions for shows, festivals and fairs by historical organizations; Lake Museum of Transportation exhibit on transporting silk between the two World Wars; Treaty of 1851 program at Nicollet County Historical Society; AASLH awards to Renville County Genealogical Society and Taylors Falls Historical Society; Gammelgarden Museum director receives Swedish heritage award; traveling trunk programs at Yellow Medicine County Historical Society and Wadena County Historical Society; Institute for Minnesota Archaeology starts endowment fund.

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