"Sharing Our Local Histories" Workshop

July 15, 2005 - Join coordinators, planners and active participants of neighborhood history groups and local historical societies in Minneapolis and Hennepin County on August 6th for "Sharing Our Local Histories" - a program designed to share ideas about what has worked and is possible and to promote a cooperative spirit amongst historical groups. There will be sessions on how to raise funds, how to publish a book, how to initiate an oral history project, and how to manage photo images. You will be amazed at how many exciting projects are going on in Minneapolis and Hennepin County!

Program planners include volunteers and staff of the following organizations: Archives of Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis; CURA, University of Minnesota; Edina Historical Society; Hennepin History Museum; Lind Bohanon Neighborhood Association; Mississippi Courts Historical Society;Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; Minneapolis Public Library; Richfield Historical Society; Seward Neighborhood Group; Southeast Como Improvement Association

General Information:
Saturday, August 6, 2005
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Edina Historical Society, 4711 W. 70th Street

Located east of Highway 100 on 70th Street in Arneson Acres Park

Cost: $10 with a box lunch (or $3 without)
Registration Deadline Wednesday, July 20
To Register: Download Brochure
Questions? Call JoEllen Haugo at 612.630.6353 or jhaugo@mplib.org


9:30-10:30 a.m.
Welcome and attendees introduction
Keynote speaker: Deborah Morse Kahn, regional historian and author,
Streets Where We Live: The Treasure of Local History
Marci Matson, Edina Historical Society
Jay Clark, CURA, University of Minnesota

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
A) Funding
Finding monies is a challenge to most groups. Learn how to secure
financial support for small and large projects. Topics covered will
include sources of monies for projects, operations and events.
Lisa Plank, Richfield Historical Society
Marci Matson, Edina Historical Society

B) Publications
Writing local history is a wonderful gift to your community and
the community at-large. Several local groups have published books.
Listen as they share their experiences.
JoEllen Haugo, Mpls. Public Library, Linden Hills History Group

12-1 p.m. Lunch
Break-out sessions—
Form into small groups to discuss specific
topics relevant to your organization. Participants at each table
will have the opportunity to share questions, offer solutions and
discuss possibilities for the future. Topics may include creative
tours, programming, cataloguing, volunteer recruitment and
retention, collections management, book publishing, cooperative
exhibits and programs.
Lisa Plank, Richfield Historical Society
Jennifer Lee and Connie Sullivan, SE Como Neighborhood

1-2:15 p.m.
A) Oral History Program
An important part of the word history is the word story. Many
stories of family or community members have been saved in
oral history collections. In this session, speakers will share
what they've learned about gathering, saving, and storing the
results of their interviews.
Jean Johnstad, Seward Neighborhood Group
Susan Tapp, Linden Hills Neighborhood

1-2:15 p.m.
B) Photographs and Historic Collections
This session will be an overview of different types of photo
processes that a history group might encounter. Emphasis
will be on basic identification of types of photos and their
preservation, including how to label and store photographs.
There will also be information on scanning photos for digital
data bases, types of equipment to use for scanning and printing,
and an introduction to the Minnesota Reflections Project.
Steve Granger, Archives of Archdiocese of St. Paul and

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.
follow-up questionnaire/evaluation form—what
would the attendees like to discuss at a future meeting?
Amy Luesebrink, Lind Bohanon Neighborhood Association



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