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Lucile Kane Memorial

Posted byottokd on 30 Jun 2009 | Tagged as: Events

Colleagues and friends will commemorate Lucile Kane’s life and career at a gathering organized by her friends to be held Monday, July 6, 3:00 p.m., at the James J. Hill House in Saint Paul. Please tell others who knew her and may want to attend.

If you would like to submit a one - two paragraph statement about Lucile Kane for the memorial program, send to Mary Bakeman by July 2.

The Hill House is closed on Mondays, but will be open for those attending this event.

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Forest Lawn Cemetery Tour

Posted byottokd on 28 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Events

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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Local History Roundtable Meeting at Central Library in Minneapolis

Posted byTracey Baker on 21 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Events

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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Minnesota on the Map

Posted byottokd on 06 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Classes, Events, Resources

A new exhibit - Minnesota on the Map: Four Centuries of Maps from the Minnesota Historical Society Collection - just opened on February 28. The exhibit features dozens of maps, atlases, and artifacts from the Society’s collection, including an atlas from 1595, displayed alongside current road, city, and tourist maps. The Society’s extensive collection of early exploration and travel maps of North America includes document maps and atlases used by Europeans to understand the geography of the “New World” and illustrates how that understanding changed over time. For more information visit the exhibit’s webpage.

If you’re a real map lover, you’ll want to take the library class “Minnesota on the Map: An Introduction to the MHS Map Collection” on March 10 (6:00-7:30 pm).  Class participants will walk through the exhibit with Patrick Coleman, the Society’s map curator. The class will continue in the Library where other maps and cartographic resources not included in the exhibit will be viewed and their value in conducting historical research discussed.  Register online to make sure you get a spot.

Partie occidentale du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France, 1688

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History Day Open House This Saturday

Posted byottokd on 13 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Events, History Day

Students are invited to join History Day staff and staff of the Minnesota Historical Society Library for help in getting started on History Day projects. This year’s theme is “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.” Staff will be available for individual help in selecting a History Day topic, using the library, and locating primary sources for projects.

Saturday January 17, 2009 
9:00 a.m. to noon

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“Trail of Tears” Authors at Pond House Sunday

Posted byottokd on 23 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Events

From the folks at the Gideon Pond House:

Hope you can join us this Sunday for possibly the largest gathering of authors of Minnesota history we’ve ever had at the Gideon Pond House!  Sounds like we’ll also have beautiful weather for a hike on the trails in Pond Dakota Mission Park …

“Trail of Tears: The Minnesota Dakota Indian Exile Begins”         
Sunday October 26, 2:00 pm
This program will be presented by most of the book’s contributing authors:  Thomas Shaw, Stephen Osman, Alan Woolworth, Mary Bakeman, Curtis Dahlin, Lois Glewwe, Carrie Zeman, Walter Bachman, Corinne Marz, and John LaBatte.  The book is a series of essays that extends from Camp Release following the decisive battle of Wood Lake to the Lower Sioux Agency, with two marches from there:  those that were tried and prisoners to Camp Lincoln in Blue Earth County, and their family members-women, children and elders-who were taken to the internment camp at Fort Snelling.  It includes information on Sibley’s army of 1862, the emotional reaction of the white soldiers assigned to guard the Indians, and what has happened over time.  There will be a special mention of the Gideon Pond House in the presentation.  All the authors have made previous presentations at the Pond House or on our tours and are some of the most renowned historians in the state of Minnesota.  The book published by Prairie Echoes Press will be for sale and the authors will be available for signing.  House tours at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.  Program and tours are free.

The Gideon and Agnes Pond House is located in Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St., Bloomington, between Portland and Nicollet Aves.  For more information contact Mark Morrison at Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8693, or after hours call Jay Ludwig at 952-484-0477, or visit our website.

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