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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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