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David Grabitske

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

I wrote a grant to cover the costs and an employee at our chamber updated our website.  Jim Marushin (MCHS Curator) had the primary responsibility of the overall creation/design, which was based upon a review of many museum websites in MN.  No particular audience was in mind although we were keeping the older audience in mind, just an update and more user friendly if possible. We also became a member of TechSoup which is a real cost savings for purchasing software. I’m sure it’s not perfect and we will probably find ongoing things we can correct, we can do that now with the programs that we received from TechSoup, but it is a major improvement from our previous website, which was in dire need of updating.


We made additional improvements to our updated website.  We made the background darker so the print is easier to read and we made the pictures for the museum tour larger.  We will probably make others as we see the need, but these improved it for now.


Lenny Tvedten
Executive Director
Martin County Historical Society, Fairmont

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2 Responses to Martin County History Website Updated

  1. Mary Warner says:

    In relation to this post, David asked us on Local History News how history organizations keep up with social media.

    When it comes to social media, organizations first have to decide they want to take part and then they have to dedicate time to doing so. And it does take time, no doubt about it.

    If you want to dive into social media, I’d suggest adopting one application at a time and getting to know it thoroughly before moving on to another one.

    Also, set up each social media app so that several people (staff, volunteers, board) from your organization can contribute to it. You can easily set up several separate user accounts for a blog and Facebook allows for several administrators to post to a fan page.

    When it comes to Twitter, we have one organizational account with several staff members posting to it. In order to let our followers know who’s posting, we initial our tweets. You could have an account on Twitter for each person in your organization, but that might be more difficult to manage if you’re from a small organization. If you go this route, I’d link to all of those Twitter accounts from your main website.

    By setting up your social media for several contributors, you reduce the burden of having one person take care of all of the posting, plus you give the public different voices from your organization.

    On a practical basis, I’ve developed a technique that allows me to post quickly and easily to our social media apps. In the morning, when I turn on my work computer, I open several browsers windows (I use the tabbed browser screens) – one for our webmail, one for our Gmail account, one for Twitter, one for our blog, and one for Facebook. These windows stay open all day. This allows me to go to whichever one I need when it’s convenient and do what I have to do. It’s fairly simple to throw out a tweet or Facebook status update this way throughout the day.

    Mary Warner
    Museum Manager
    Morrison County Historical Society

    Our blog: http://www.morrisoncountyhistory.org

    Our Twitter page: http://twitter.com/weymu

    Our Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Little-Falls-MN/Morrison-County-Historical-Society/168078406871?ref=ts


  2. Mary Warner says:

    Oh, blast! That Facebook fan page link didn’t work. Just go to Facebook and search for Morrison County Historical Society to find us, or go to our website and look for the Facebook link in the sidebar.



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