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March 19, 2012

Researchers Notebook Blog No Longer Active

Filed under: Blog Information — @ 2:58 pm

The Researchers Notebook Blog is no longer active. For information on research at the Minnesota Historical Society Library, see  Several of the links shown there will not work outside the library, including the paid subscription sites like, Digital Sanborn Maps, and Historic Minneapolis Tribune.  The other links work from anywhere and can be very useful.

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August 10, 2010

Wood Lake Battlefield Symposium

Filed under: Conferences, Events — @ 4:11 am

The 5th annual Wood Lake Battlefield Symposium takes place Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Presenters include historians Elden Lawrence and Stephen Osman, Terry Janis of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and Michelle Terrell, Principal Investigator for research on the battle site. More info on website of Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association:

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July 8, 2010

Mission Sunday at Lac qui Parle July 11

Filed under: Colleagues, Events — Kathie Otto @ 3:09 am

On Sunday, July 11, guests are invited to join descendants of missionaries and the Dakota at Lac Qui Parle Mission (6 miles north of Montevideo) for a day of unity and worship. The Dakota Choir will sing during a worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. The service will include the traditional hymn “Lac qui Parle.” A potluck picnic will follow at noon. An afternoon program at 1 p.m. will include talks by Alan Woolworth, Jeff Williamson, and Elwin Rogers. Lac qui Parle Mission is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society and managed by the Chippewa County Historical Society.

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July 6, 2010

Library In-House Page

Filed under: Interesting Information, Research Tools — Kathie Otto @ 2:58 am

Here is the URL for the Library’s in-house webpage, which brings a lot of good information together in one place:

Remember, none of the subscription links will work outside of MHS. (Ancestry, Clio, HeritageQuest, WorldCat, Digital Sanborn Maps, and the Proquest newspaper database. Also, nothing under “Search for Articles”–but that’s all available via ELM so just use your local library’s webpage.)

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July 2, 2010

Statewide Community Input Meetings for Legacy Funding

Filed under: Interesting Information — Kathie Otto @ 2:50 am

The Minnesota History Coalition invites you to join your colleagues on one or more of the following dates to discuss history activities that have been supported by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, through the Legacy Amendment.

At these sessions you will:

  • learn how the legacy-funded history initiatives have unfolded so far,
  • express your ideas about the future funding for history, and
  • provide your thoughts to the Minnesota History Coalition as it prepares for the next round of legislative appropriations.

Your input at meetings in 2008 and 2009 was critical to the success of legacy-funded history projects and your voice is needed to keep this support up for the next biennium.


  • July 14: Preston
    9:30 a.m. in the F&M Community Bank, 100 Saint Anthony St. N.
  • July 20: Moorhead
    1:30 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Hjemkomst Heritage Center, 202 First Ave. N.
    (Free admission to the museum for those that attend)
  • July 21: Virginia
    1 p.m. at the B’nai Abraham Synagogue, 328 S. Fifth St.
    (Docents will be on hand for those that wish to explore the restoration)
  • July 27: Windom
    10 a.m. at the Cottonwood County Historical Society, 812 Fourth Ave.
  • August 2: North Saint Paul
    9 a.m. at the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, 2640 E. 7th Ave.
  • August 3: Edina
    1 p.m. at the Edina Historical Society, 4711 W. 70th St. in Edina.
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June Monthly Research Meeting

Filed under: Interesting Information, Monthly Meetings — Kathie Otto @ 2:41 am

The research group will meet this coming Tuesday, July 6, between 10 and 12 in the Pillsbury meeting room on Level A of the History Center.

Deb will bring an list of some large collections that are being transferred to 1500 Mississippi Street because there is too much weight on some of the storage areas at the History Center. These collections will continue to be available, but you’ll need to request your box(es) some days in advance of when they will be delivered to the library.

The job announcement for the new MHS Director and Chief Executive Officer is now posted on the MHS website. If the link doesn’t work, go to, click on “About” and then, on the right, “Job Openings.”

At next month’s meeting, on August 3, Jane Wong will join us to bring us up to date on how Minnesota newspapers are being acquired in digital formats.

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May 26, 2010

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Sesquicentennial Program Specialist Sought

Filed under: Interesting Information — Kathie Otto @ 8:57 am

Of interest to this group is a new job announcement posting at MHS for a “Program Specialist, 1862.”

The Minnesota Historical Society’s External Relations division seeks applicants for a Program Specialist, 1862, position to assist the Deputy Director in planning, funding, coordination, and promotion throughout Minnesota related to the observance of the Sesquicentennial of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. This is a full-time, project position (2088 annual hours) located at the History Center in Saint Paul, MN, working through June 30, 2011. Renewal dependent upon available funding and program need.

View the full job announcement posting on the MHS website.

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May 17, 2010

MHS Microfilm Room Closed in June

Filed under: Interesting Information — Kathie Otto @ 4:10 am

The Hubbs Microfilm Room will be closed from May 29 - June 22, 2010, to replace the carpet. Newspaper microfilm will not be accessible during this time. Some microfilm series will be available including death certificates and film borrowed from FamilySearch. Several microfilm readers and reader-printers will be available for public use.

For more details, including what films will be available, check the MHS website. Contact the Library if you have questions (

Summer Library Hours (June 1 - Sept. 6):
Tuesday: noon - 8 p.m.
Wednesday: noon - 5 p.m.
Thursday: noon - 5 p.m.
Friday: noon - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
Sunday hours will resume Sept. 13, 2010.
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May 10, 2010

“North Country” Book Readings

Filed under: Books, Colleagues, Events — Kathie Otto @ 7:10 am

Mary Wingerd will read from North Country: The Making of Minnesota starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, at the Minnesota History Center, and at Magers and Quinn Booksellers on Thursday, June 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A nice article on the book appeared in the Saint Paul Pionner Press last Sunday, May 2. You can read the article online. An excerpt follows:

“When Wingerd accepted the university’s commission in 2006, she and her editors thought her book would replace Theodore Blegen’s thorough Minnesota: A History of the State, published in 1964. Instead, North County ends in what most of us think of as the middle — with the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. ‘The U.S.-Dakota War and its aftermath mark the forceful closure of (an) era of cultural mingling, a sharp divide between the familiar Minnesota story of settlement and the neglected history of the multicultural borderland that preceded it’ Wingerd writes.”

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April 29, 2010

May Monthly Research Meeting

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathie Otto @ 2:54 am

The monthly research group will meet Tuesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the Pillsbury Room on Level A of the Minnesota History Center. We look forward to seeing you and hearing about your research and other projects related to Minnesota history.

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