The Minnesota Historical Society’s Local History Services helps Minnesotans preserve and share their history. This blog is a resource of best practices on the wide variety of museum, preservation, conservation, funding, and non-profit management topics. We’re here to help.
If you are a museum professional, do you use any of the following social media/Web 2.0 tools either professionally or personally?
Blog (WordPress, Blogger, other?)
Feed Readers (Bloglines, Google Reader, etc.)
Other social media/Web 2.0 tools not on the list
If so, which ones to you use and where can you be found online? (Here's your chance to plug your URL.) If you'd rather not answer this publically, you can send me an email at contactstaff (at) morrisoncountyhistory (dot) org.
Feel free to respond if you're a museum professional outside of Minnesota, too. You'll be helping us all to get hooked into the national museum community.
What is known:
The constitutional amendment to increase and dedicate sales tax funds for outdoor and cultural resources passed in the November election with 56% of the vote.
“Minnesota history” is contained within the constitutional language. History funding is contained within the “Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.”
According to the Department of Revenue’s latest estimate, the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund will contain approximately $54 million per year.
Funds will ultimately be appropriated by the legislature.
Language within this new section of the constitution states that funding from this fund shall supplement existing sources of funding, but not be a substitute.
What is not known:
It is not clear how much money will be allocated to the various areas within the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, or by what mechanism funds will be allocated (i.e. citizens’ council, direct appropriation, etc.)
What can you do:
- Propose how the funding could be used. Specifically, what needs are there?
- Attend one of three meetings (same content, three locations): RSVP to David Kelliher
- 7 p.m. December 10, 2008 at the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter 7 p.m.
- December 11, 2008 at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud 3 p.m. December 15, 2008 at
- Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
- Attend “History Matters Day at the Capitol” on February 16, 2009.
If you would prefer to deliver your thoughts without posting them to this blog, please email David Kelliher at the Minnesota Historical Society who volunteered to compile comments for the Council for Minnesota Archaeology, Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, Minnesota Historical Society, and Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
To start your wheels turning, here are a couple of things we do at the Morrison County Historical Society:
- Make a list of things to do for the day or week. Absolutely critical for me, or I'd never stay focused.
- When going through the mail, sort items out by order of importance. Junk mail goes in the recycling bin immediately. Bills go in the "to be paid" basket. Research requests go to whoever is in charge of answering them. Etc. Etc. Once sorted, deal with the easy stuff first. The point is to get through the mail in such a way that you are not having to handle unnecessary items more than once. Ditto on this for email.
Okay, your turn to share your time-saving tips. I've got a bunch more to prod you with if you get stuck.
On the web, the Minnesota Historical Society recently began using Write on the Record, or WOTR (pronounced "water"), to enable visitors to annotate digital content, much like a reader of this blog can respond to the blog. For example, a researcher can annotate a database record using WOTR to let other researchers know of potential errors in the original, without altering the original record.
It's encouraging to see how repositories of public trusts now more openly trust the public to add to the overall record. Your thoughts? What are ways that the public can add content by interacting with a local historical organization's product?
Sherry Stirling, Executive Director
Chisago County Historical Society
After visitors to the Fridley History Center who had just attended a Hayes Elementary School event, Robert marveled how blessed Fridley was to have a community history museum. "But are we really using this valuable asset to it highest and best potential?" he asked. The museum is used for storing the archives, creating exhibits, holding 36 special events, 12 board meetings, annual planning meeting, and occasionally is used by other local nonprofits for their events and meetings. But, the Fridley History Center also has lots of amenities like an elevator, a meeting room that can accommodate about 60 people, a kitchen (no stove), three restrooms, two floors of exhibits, and private parking for events. Robert concluded, the building could be more fully used because it "is in marvelous condition and has a large outdoor lawn area surrounding the building."
That prompts the question: how well do people in the community use your facility as a gathering place? What are some other ways that the public might use your space? In what ways does the public currently use your facility?