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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In reading newsletters and e-blasts and other communications from local historical organizations, there seems to be a solid variety of electronic media tools that are used to further the missions of historical organizations.

What are the top ten (or any number) e-sources of information do you consult to help you do your work? Please cite specific blogs, e-newsletters, etc. What do you look for in each?

Name the top three ways you communicate electronically with your audiences. What benefits do you see from each?

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  1. Mary Warner says:

    E-sources of info I consult/use/read regularly:

    Local History News + Blog

    Blue Avocado – E-newsletter that covers nonprofit issues

    Dispatches from the Future of Museums – E-newsletter from AAM that showcases trends & other interesting news from the museum field

    Museum 2.0 – blog by Nina Simon

    Public Historian – blog by Suzanne Fischer

    ExhibiTricks: A Museum/Exhibit/Design Blog by Paul Orselli

    Leading by Design: A Resource for Nonprofits – blog by Anne W. Ackerson

    MinnesotaHistory.net – blog by Minnesota historian Bruce White

    Museum Musings – blog by the Pope County Museum

    AASLH’s Small Museums group through Yahoo! – group sends an email digest of discussions

    Guidestar E-newsletter

    Northern States Conservation Center’s Museum Classes e-newsletter

    Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange e-newsletter

    Seth Godin’s blog – for marketing tips & advice

    Our Twitter stream – we follow approx. 200 Twitterers, many of whom are museums

    What I look for in all of these is useful information that can help with my museum work.


    We have four ways of communicating electronically with people, listed below in the order we adopted them:

    1. Our blog, which is the home page of our website (http://www.morrisoncountyhistory.org) – The benefit of this is that we can share longer pieces of news about MCHS, collections information, and photos, and we can do so relatively quickly. All staff can post to blog, whereas with a traditional website, I was the only staff person who could upload new pages.

    2. Twitter (http://twitter.com/weymu) – Benefits: Can get news from a variety of museums on Twitter (February 1st is Follow a Museum Day). Easy to write updates. Current update appears on our website/blog, so if we don’t have a chance to write a blog post, there’s still something new on the website. We use Twitter to tell followers about the daily work in a museum, also to make “Today Is History” observations about Morrison County.

    3. Facebook fan page – This is good for finding people with a local connection to Morrison County. Not too many locals using Twitter. We use it to let people know about new blog posts & MCHS events. Adopted this in November 2009 so still working this into our e-habits.

    4. MailChimp – A service that allows us to produce e-newsletters for those who subscribe. Started as a way to communicate museum news we find through Twitter and other e-newsletters to board members. After one month, we had a request to open it up to the public, so we did. We have produced 2 e-newsletters so far, sending one per month to subscribers. Along w/sharing museum & nonprofit links, we use it to let people know about MCHS events.


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