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Archive for November, 2008

Church Records Class on Tuesday November 18

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Church Records at the MHS Library - November 18, 2008

Ruth Bauer Anderson will discuss the different church records available at the Minnesota Historical Society. Information will include individual congregations’ records, the WPA records of churches in Minnesota, the Congregational Conference of Minnesota, Episcopal Church materials, church histories and directories, cemeteries, and photographs.

Registration required.

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fraternal Congress Classroom in the Minnesota History Center

Minnesota Historical Society members: $8
Non-members: $10

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Military Records at MHS

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The Minnesota Historical Society library and archives has a lot of military and verterans records. For a good list go to Family History Resources: Military. The page is arranged by type of record—bonus records, enlistment records, draft records, etc.—by war, and by veterans records. These records are mostly Minnesota-specific. A few, such as the Veterans Graves Registration reports, include veterans who served from another state but eventually moved to Minnesota.

Each item has a link into the MHS catalog on MnPALS. Some of these records can be a little difficult to find because you have to wade through so many “hits” in the catalog, so we have made it easy for you to find these.

Records from other states and from the federal government are available in the library on Library Edition.

Some sites you might want to check out that can be accessed from home for free include:

The first item listed is on the National Park Service website. The second is from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The rest are just a few of the many military-related databases on the National Archives website.

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History Day is Coming — Do You Have An Individual in History?

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The theme for the upcoming 2009 National History Day competition is “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.”

Whether you are looking specifically for a Minnesota individual, or you’ve already picked an individual who just happens to be from Minnesota, you will find a wealth of information in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society library and archives.

If you haven’t already checked it out, look at the Minnesota History Topics for both ideas and for sources. Many individuals are already listed under the category of “Famous Minnesotans,” such as Hubert H. Humphrey, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, and Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr.

Other individuals are a bit buried inside other topics, such as Ernest C. Oberholtzer and Sigurd F. Olson in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Controversy history topic. Oberholtzer and Olson were major figures in the creation of the BWCA and the Minnesota Historical Society has the papers of both men.

Oberholtzer’s papers have been microfilmed, which means they are available for you to borrow on Interlibrary Loan and use right in your local library. Your local librarian can help you do that. Also, transcripts of oral histories that were conducted with Mr. Oberholtzer are available on the Internet.

These are just a few ideas. We will be blogging about other individuals in history over the coming weeks.

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