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Archive for April, 2009

Swine Flu Records Available

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The State Archives has 1 box of Swine Influenza Immunization Program records from 1975-1979 in the Minnesota Dept. of Health records. The records document the statewide program to immunize vulnerable segments of Minnesota’s population against swine influenza, which in the middle 1970s was epidemic in many parts of the world.

The records include files on the administration of the program and on public outreach and informational activities; data on a grant received by the state from the federal Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare as part of the National Influenza Immunization Program; statistics on vaccine usage and immunizations; and program evaluations from the majority of Minnesota’s counties.

There is also a photo of a woman receiving a swine flu vaccination, a circular advertising swine flu immunization clinics, and a poster (”Roll Up Your Sleeves Minnesota”), all three in the MHS Photo and Art Database.

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Forest Lawn Cemetery Tour

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Saturday, June 13, at 1:00 p.m., the Maplewood Area Historical Society and the Forest Lawn Cemetery present “Cemetery Symbols and Superstitions: A Guided Tour of Victorian Headstones.”

A tour guide will describe the meaning of symbols on 1890s headstones and the beliefs and superstitions that fostered those symbols. At a few sites you will encounter costumed characters who will enact scenes from the lives of the persons who rest below the headstones.

Registration is $6.00 in advance, $8.00 the day of the tour. Make checks payable to MAHA (this is a fundraiser for the Maplewood Area Historical Society), but mail your checks to the Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1800 Edgerton Street, Maplewood, MN 55117.

For more information call Janice at 651-735-3280.

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MnKnows—Dig Deeper @ Your Library

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

MnKnows—Dig Deeper @ Your Library ( is the new portal that gives Minnesota students and library patrons one-stop access to five statewide library services: the MnLINK Gateway, Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM), Minnesota Reflections, AskMN, and the Research Project Calculator. 

  • Find books, CDs, DVDs, articles and more through the MnLINK Gateway and have them delivered to a local library.
  • Search trusted information resources in the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) to find online articles and electronic books on a vast array of topics.
  • Discover photos, documents and maps related to Minnesota history through Minnesota Reflections.
  • Get real-time answers from a librarian 24/7 at AskMN.
  • Use the Research Project Calculator to create sensible timelines for student’s homework.

A link to the portal is also available on the MHS Library page.

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Local History Roundtable Meeting at Central Library in Minneapolis

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

JoEllen Haugo of the Hennepin County Central Library in Minneapolis extends an invitation to a gathering of local researchers, historians, writers, and librarians.

Hope you will consider attending a round table discussion on April 28th from 6-7:30 here at Central Library.  It is an opportunity to visit with others involved with our history and to share what projects you are interested in or working on.   


– Have you just published a book? Or you are busy writing one?  Writing an article of interest-but need to figure out who might have the information you are searching for?  Are you a library or museum that has started processing a collection of interest?  Are you a book publisher and would like to let folks who what is currently being worked on.  Are you curious about what others are working on?  We would love to have you attend our Local History Round Table and share your topics and questions. 


Most of the time will be taken sharing information about what individuals and organizations are working on but we are planning on starting the evening with a demonstration by Minnesota Historical Society staff of the new wiki Placeography.  Others coming will be representatives from organizations including the Minnesota Digital Collections, Northwest Architectural Archives, Immigration History Research Center, Charles Babbage Institute Archives, Social Welfare History Archives, the Minnesota Society of Architectural Historians, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Brooklyn Historical Society, HCL Central Library-Special Collections, representatives from local neighborhood history groups, Bloomington Historical Society, Hennepin History Museum, Historic Homeowners Association . . .  Should be a fun opportunity to share. 


If you would like to have more than 5 minutes to talk about your project, organization or upcoming event or if you need special equipment or space for a demonstration, contact JoEllen (612-630-6081) ahead of time.


Some snacks and beverages will be available.  We are hoping it will be a fun event.  Mark your calendar! 

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New Oral History: Richfield in the Postwar Era

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

The newest part of the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project, Richfield in the Postwar Era, is now available for the public to use. This collection chronicles the lives of men and women who lived in the suburb of Richfield, Minnesota, following World War II.  It follows Richfield’s transition from farmland to thriving suburb. The interviews were conducted with city and community leaders including former mayors, members of the Rotary Club, members of the Chamber of Commerce, city managers, members of the Richfield League of Women Voters, members of the state House of Representatives, and local business owners.



This collection coincides with “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation:The Depression, The War, The Boom,” an exhibit opening on May 23.  The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, and reminiscences and letters in which a generation of Minnesotans narrates its own story.  The finding aid provides an overview of the Richfield in the Postwar Era oral histories.

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Jane Freeman Stories

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project has yielded some great stories through oral history interviews. One of the best is a twelve-hour interview with former Minnesota First Lady Jane C. Freeman, wife of three-term Governor and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman. Mrs. Freeman shared stories about her days at the University of Minnesota, her wartime romance with her dashing young Marine, her experiences as a politician’s wife in Minnesota and in Washington, DC during the 1950s and 1960s, and her philanthropic work. To showcase the life of this remarkable woman, a special timeline and story collection with audio clips has been added to the Share Your Story web project.

Get to know Jane Freeman.  Read her stories today!

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Immigrant Oral Histories Class

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Minnesota today is more ethnically diverse than at any time in its history. The work of documenting this diversity is challenging, and the Minnesota Historical Society has turned to oral history as a major tool as it reaches out into immigrant communities. The Society has undertaken a continuing succession of projects in cooperation with the Asian Indian, Tibetan, Somali, Hmong, Khmer (Cambodian) and Latino communities, and is working now to ensure that this remarkable collection of stories is available to educators statewide.

James Fogerty is head of documentary programs and director of the Society’s Oral History Office. He will discuss the immigrant oral histories and the challenges and rewards of working to ensure that the stories of these new Minnesotans become part of the state’s historical record.

  • Date: Tuesday April 7
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Fraternal Congress classroom on the 2nd floor of the History Center
  • Price: MHS members $8, non-members $10
  • Register online.
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