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					                          April 2001, Vol. XXIX, No. 3

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                             Resources for disaster preparedness
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                             Collections care projects                                                         Published by the Minnesota Historical Society
                             page 8                                         for county and local historical societies and heritage preservation commissions
                             Historic house workshop
Shakopee Valley News

                                                                                                                      The making of
                                                                                                                      a musical
                                                                                                                      by Mike Worcester
                                                                                                                      Museum Director, Cokato Historical
                                                                                                                          In October 2000 the
                                                                                                                      curtain rose on the world
                                                                                                                      premiere of Earl Tracy:The
                                                                                                                      Musical, about a charismatic
                                                                                                                      healer and the controversy he
                                                                                                                      engendered in his small
                                                                                                                      Minnesota community. Based
                                                                                                                      on a real-life resident of
                                                                                                                      Cokato in the 1930s, the
                       Fire fighters from 10 communities fought the blaze at Murphy’s Landing in January. The         musical was written by
                       site, owned by the city of Shakopee and operated by the Minnesota Valley Restoration           Howard Lake native
                       Project, plans to open on schedule this spring.
                                                                                                                      Marienne Kreitlow, a
                                                                                                                      composer and playwright

                       Trial by fire                                                                                  now living in Texas. Mike
                                                                                                                      Worcester, director of the
                                                                                                                      Cokato Historical Museum,
                                                                                                                      where Kreitlow did much
                       Murphy’s Landing disaster offers lessons                                                       of her research, traveled
                       in emergency preparedness                                                                      to Pasadena, Texas, for
                                                                                                                      opening night.

            A               t 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17,
                       Dennis Kelly got a wake-up call he’ll
                       never forget.
                            Kelly, director of Murphy’s Landing
                       living history museum in Shakopee,
                                                                           “By the time I got there 40
                                                                      minutes later, I could see flames in
                                                                      the sky from the highway,” Kelly
                                                                      recalled.“And the road to the site was
                                                                      filled with fire trucks and emergency
                                                                                                                          As the theater lights
                                                                                                                      dimmed on the campus of San
                                                                                                                      Jacinto College, the crowd
                                                                                                                      hushed. A feeling of
                                                                                                                      anticipation crackled in the
                       heard an urgent voice on the other             vehicles.” He immediately checked in
                                                                                                                      October air – something
                       end of the line:“The restaurant’s on           at the fire chief’s command post to
                                                                                                                      magical was about to happen.
                       fire!” The caller, a staff member who          confirm that all residents had been
                                                                                                                      A lone spotlight illuminated
                       lived at the site, quickly filled him in       safely removed. He also determined
                                                                                                                      the stage and a solitary figure
                       on what was happening: a building              that no historic properties at the site
                                                                                                                      strode into the light. He
                       housing the restaurant, a shop, a              were threatened by fire.
                                                                                                                      paused for a moment, then
                       storage area and offices was burning;               Returning to his car at 8 a.m. to
                       all occupants of the apartments above          escape the cold while firefighters did          Musical continued on page 7
                       had been evacuated; and firefighters           their work, he retrieved from his trunk
                       were on the way.                                           Trial by fire continued on page 2
                                      Trial by fire        continued from page 1

                                      a tool that would guide him through            buildings and most of the artifacts          From those quarters the staff
                                      the difficult days and weeks ahead. It         were saved. So we got the message        scrambled to keep their organization
                                      was a disaster recovery kit, dubbed the        out early: the fire would not prevent    running. In late February they moved
                                      A.R.K. (for A Recovery Kit), that staff        our programs from going forward.We       to offices in a trailer parked on-site.
                                      had received at a workshop two years           would open to the public as usual on     “This spring we’ll begin
                                      earlier. In the A.R.K. was a step-by-step      Memorial Day weekend.”                   comprehensive long-range planning
                                      plan for coordinating an organization’s            Later that day Kelly identified a    with our staff, board, consultants,
                                      response to a natural disaster. Kelly set      place where staff could set up           community members – all our
                                      to work.                                       operations. Their temporary office for   stakeholders,” explained Kelly.“We’ll
                                           Using phone numbers recorded in           the next few weeks would be the          look at our programs, staffing, the site.
                                      the kit, he alerted key staff and board                                                 Before the fire we had been in
                                      members at home, then called the                                                        negotiations with the Suburban
                                                                                       “You have to make sure you can
                                      insurance company. Consulting the                                                       Hennepin Regional Parks District to
                                                                                       go forward as an organization if
                                      kit’s list of duties for disaster-control                                               take over administration of Murphy’s
                                      officers, he directed his board
                                                                                       a disaster occurs.”                    Landing.We expect to continue those
                                      president, who by now had arrived at                                                    negotiations.
                                      the site, to handle interviews with the        Herrick House, a building at the site        “Meanwhile,” he continued,“I
                                      media gathered nearby.                         that held classroom space for school     want to share with my colleagues
                                           “We did a good job of keeping the         programs. The site’s regular phone       throughout Minnesota what we
                                      public informed throughout the                 number was quickly hooked up and a       learned from this disaster. Looking
                                      morning,” Kelly said. “Though we               voice-mail message recorded to keep      back, I see some things we did well.
                                      suffered some losses, all the historic         callers up to date.                      Other things were painful lessons to
                                                                                                                              learn. Maybe our experience can help
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                                                                                                                              other organizations prepare for the

                                                                                                                              1. Keep the A.R.K. in
                                                                                                                                 your car
                                                                                                                                   Nothing helped Kelly more than
                                                                                                                              knowing who to call and what to do
                                                                                                                              in the first frantic hours after disaster
                                                                                                                              struck. There, in his A.R.K. kit, were
                                                                                                                              most of the important phone numbers
                                                                                                                              he needed and a list of jobs critical to
                                                                                                                              taking control in an emergency –
                                                                                                                              duties of a commander, operations
                                                                                                                              officer, logistics officer, finance officer,
                                                                                                                              security officer and media officer.
                                                                                                                                   “Two years earlier we had had
                                                                                                                              staff training based on the kit,” said
                                                                                                                              Kelly. “At that workshop we assigned
                                                                                                                              specific jobs to specific staff and
                                                                                                                              board members.Those worksheets
                                      Recovery of artifacts and salvageable records was slated to begin when insurance        helped us get our recovery rolling. But
                                      investigators finished their work at the fire scene. Meanwhile, cold weather kept       I realized, as I scanned the lists that
                                      the frozen items stable.                                                                morning, how much can change in
                                                                                                                              two years. Some staff had left and

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                                                 Murphy’s Landing
some of our officers were unavailable
in the off-season. I advise others users
of the A.R.K. to revisit your list of
emergency personnel periodically and
keep phone numbers updated.”
    The kit suggests contacting not
only key personnel but also vendors
and services in the community.“Know
who your banker is and who to
contact at the local hardware store,”
said Kelly. “What’s not in the A.R.K. is                                                 In the days following the fire, director
a place to record phone numbers of                                                       Dennis Kelly (above, left) strategized
other stakeholders like donors,                                                          with his staff at their temporary office
                                                                                         in the Herrick House (left) at Murphy’s
volunteers, city and county officials.                                                   Landing. They used materials from the
You’ll want to call on them for help as                                                  A.R.K. to help them prioritize.
soon as you can; they’ll be important
sources of support. Our local officials
have been very helpful as we work to
put the pieces together again.”
    At the time of this interview in
February, the site was still being          organization’s equipment and other
                                                                                      Landing has an off-site electronic
examined by insurance investigators.        property as well as its structures?
                                                                                      catalog of artifacts. And our auditor
So Murphy’s Landing staff had not yet       How is that property valued? Does
                                                                                      has our audits on computer. Beyond
been able to put into practice the          your insurance company require that
                                                                                      that, it won’t be easy to reconstruct
A.R.K.’s guidelines for assessing           property be depreciated? Historic
                                                                                      our records.We can rebuild most of
damage and recovering materials.            artifacts are often not covered by
                                                                                      our financial records for the last three
“Conservators tell us that as long as       insurance; how will you replace them
                                                                                      years or so, using paper copies saved
things remain frozen, they’re stable,”      if they’re lost?
                                                                                      by board members.We lost all record
said Kelly. “We’ll be ready to go as             One often-overlooked but crucial
                                                                                      of financial transactions only from the
soon as the site is released to us.”        question: Do you need business
                                                                                      first 17 days of January.
                                            insurance to replace income lost during
                                            rebuilding? “You have to make sure you
2. Know and understand
                                            can go forward as an organization if a
   your insurance                           disaster occurs,” said Kelly.
                                                                                        “Ask yourself, ‘How hard
     Work with your insurance agent to                                                  would it be to live without this
thoroughly review and analyze your                                                      information?’”
coverage, advised Kelly. “It’s crucial      3. Maintain backup
that you understand your coverage.             records off-site
What sounds good on the surface may             Everyone knows the importance             “What will affect us most is that
really mean something else.”                of regularly backing up computer files    we lost all records connected with
     Among the questions to ask before      and keeping them at another location.     our members, volunteers and donors.
disaster strikes: Do you have               But not everyone puts that knowledge      Parts of those records can be
replacement-value insurance? Must           into practice.                            reconstructed from people’s personal
you replace items before you can                “For each set of records, ask         papers but we’ll never recover all of
collect? Can you afford your                yourself,‘How hard would it be to live    them. The lesson we learned? Keep
deductible? What happens with a             without this information?’” Kelly         copies of everything off-site – not just
partial loss rather than a total loss? Do   suggested. “That will help you            member and donor lists but training
you have coverage for your                  prioritize their importance. Murphy’s     materials, brochures, forms. That may

                                                                                                  Trial by fire continued on page 4

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                                      Trial by fire        continued from page 3

                                                                                   Murphy’s Landing
                                      mean keeping a lot of paper
                                      somewhere if you don’t have
                                      everything on computer. But it’s
                                      worth the trouble. And try to take
                                      advantage of the digital age. It’s easier
                                      now than ever before to put photos
                                      and other visual materials on disk to
                                      store off-site.”
                                           Murphy’s Landing will proceed
                                      this spring with its schedule of school
                                      tours.“The trouble is,” Kelly said,“we
                                      lost our record of who’s coming
                                      when. So we put out the word for                                Until long-range planning is completed, this trailer parked on the grounds of Murphy’s
                                      schools that had reservations to call                           Landing will house staff offices. Buildings damaged by fire (background) will be razed.
                                      us.We want to be ready for them
                                      when they arrive.”
                                                                                                      can’t anticipate, warned Kelly. “Not            furthering programs, processing our
                                      4. Prepare to deal with                                         only may you have no phone or                   insurance claim. I tried to do
                                         grief and loss                                               computer – you may not even have                something each day in each of those
                                          Working without the tools you’re                            pencil and paper. That degree of                areas. I also tried to stay focused on
                                      used to will be difficult in ways you                           disruption takes a toll on you and your         our organizational mission.”
                                                                                                                         staff, even on your
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                                                                                                                         families and friends.        5. Make a list of people
                                                                                                                              “As with any kind
                                                                                                                                                         to thank
                                                                                                                         of grief or loss, you’ll
                                                                                                                                                          “As soon as you find that paper
                                                                                                                         find yourself going
                                                                                                                                                      and pencil, start a list of all the people
                                                                                                                         through cycles. One
                                                                                                                                                      you’ll want to thank.”
                                                                                                                         day you may feel
                                                                                                                                                          That’s the last piece of advice
                                                                                                                         overwhelmed by the
                                                                                                                                                      Kelly shared as he recounted events of
                                                                                                                         enormity of it all; the
                                                                                                                                                      the days and weeks following the fire
                                                                                                                         next day you may feel
                                                                                                                                                      at Murphy’s Landing.“The outpouring
                                                                                                                         a ray of hope. Just
                                                                                                                                                      of support was tremendous – from
                                                                                                                         remember that
                                                                                                                                                      the local community, from colleagues
                                                                                                                         everyone in
                                                                                                                                                      at other organizations. So many
                                                                                                                         your organization is
                                                                                                                                                      people stepped forward to ask,‘Is
                                                                                                                         going through
                                                                                                                                                      there anything we can do?’
                                                                                                                         it together.”
                                                                                                                                                          “It buoyed our spirits to learn we
                                                                                                                              Like all members
                                                                                                                                                      had that kind of support.We want
                                      The A.R.K. (A Recovery Kit) was developed                       of his staff, Kelly faced not only the
                                                                                                                                                      everyone to know how much we
                                      by the Northern States Conservation                             usual pressures of his regular job but
                                      Center at the request of several Wright                                                                         appreciate them.”
                                      County museums after a 1997 fire at the
                                                                                                      also a long list of disaster recovery
                                      Hubert H. Humphrey Museum in Waverly.                           tasks. “To help me organize and
                                      Designed to guide staff through the first                       prioritize,” he said,“I made a list of
                                      24 hours after a disaster, the laminated
                                                                                                      major areas in which we had to keep             For updates on Murphy’s Landing’s recovery,
                                      materials are packaged in a waterproof
                                      envelope, to be kept in the trunk of a car                      moving forward – contacting                     visit their web site at
                                      for immediate accessibility.                                    stakeholders, getting office space,             www.murphyslanding.org.

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                                                                                                                                       Northern States Conservation Center
Northern States Conservation Center

N    eed practical solutions to your
collections care problems? The
Northern States Conservation Center
(NSCC) offers consultation and
training on collections care and
                                            or volunteers for immediate
                                            accessibility. Each kit costs $30.
                                            Site visits
                                                 NSCC staff will come to your
                                            museum for consultation in such
disaster preparedness as well as skilled
                                            areas as emergency preparedness,
conservation treatment of damaged
                                            collections care planning or general
artifacts. Among its services:
                                            conservation. In an emergency
The A.R.K.: A Recovery Kit                  preparedness workshop, they will
     Created to assist small-museum         work with you to assess your                With the threat of spring floods high this
                                                                                        year, emergency preparedness workshops
disaster recovery efforts, the A.R.K.       collections risks, outline first-response   offered by the Northern States
contains materials to lead museum           steps, prepare an emergency plan and        Conservation Center can help museums
staff through the first 24 hours of a       guide a practice drill.                     prepare for disaster. Here, staff from the
                                                                                        Siouxland Heritage Museum in Sioux Falls,
disaster. Applicable to any disaster, the        To order materials, schedule a         S.D., remove “collections material” from
kit includes six laminated position         consultation or inquire about other         a tub of water in a simulated flood
description cards (with resource lists      services, write NSCC, P.O. Box 8081,        recovery operation.

and phone numbers that each position        St. Paul, MN 55108; phone
needs to do the job), recovery priority     612-378-9379; or fax 612-378-2319.
cards and other materials – all             A full description of services can be         Emergency response
packaged in a waterproof envelope, to       found on the NSCC web site,                   regional workshops
be kept in the cars of up to three staff    www.collectioncare.org.                       This year across the country, five
                                                                                          museums will host regional workshops
                                                                                          on emergency response. Based on a
                                                                                          curriculum developed by the National

Minnesota Historical Society                                                              Task Force on Emergency Response, the
                                                                                          workshops are designed to build a

online resources                                                                          national network of individuals and
                                                                                          organizations that can respond to a
                                                                                          regional disaster within 48 hours.

                                                                                          Teams of trained responders will
    here’s a wealth of information            preserve/shpo/disaster/
                                                                                          include conservators, registrars,
about disaster recovery available on          disaster.html.                              collections care managers, archivists,
the Minnesota Historical Society’s          • The Society’s Conservation                  archaeologists, state historic
web site, www.mnhs.org. Click on              Department offers tips and                  preservation officers and staff, curators,
Preserving Our Past and you’ll find:          resources for saving and restoring          librarians and historic preservation
• “Thinking About the Unthinkable: A          damaged items. At                           architects, as well as professional
                                                                                          emergency responders.
  Disaster Plan for Historic Properties       www.mnhs.org/preserve/
  in Minnesota.” Developed in 1999,           conservation/ you’ll find advice on         The workshops, funded by a grant from
                                                                                          the National Endowment for the
  this plan outlines steps to take            restoring personal belongings,
                                                                                          Humanities, are sponsored by the
  before, during and after a disaster. It     historic buildings and government           Foundation of the American Institute for
  offers guidance in assessing damage         records damaged in natural                  Conservation of Historic and Artistic
  caused by flood, fire, wind, snow           disasters.There’s a list of emergency       Works (FAIC). The Midwest Region
  and ice and includes such practical         supplies to keep on hand and                workshop will be held Sept. 6-8 at the
                                                                                          Truman Library in Independence, Mo.;
  tools as damage prevention and              vendors who supply them. And
                                                                                          the application deadline is July 1.
  assessment checklists, a list of state      you’ll be directed to e-mail                Fifteen participants will be chosen. For
  contacts and helpful web sites and          addresses of Society staff who              more information, call 202-452-9545 or
  publications. Go to www.mnhs.org/           can answer questions.                       e-mail info@aic-faic.org.

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                                                                            Washington County Historical Society
State, federal grants
fund collections care projects

H    istorical societies in Renville and
Washington counties are taking
spring cleaning to new lengths this
year. Both societies have put to good
use grant monies for large-scale
                                            them by subject or family
                                            name. The result:
                                            photographs are easier to
                                            access for exhibits and
                                            more readily available for
collections care projects.                  research by the public.                                                Celebrating the Washington County
                                                                                                                   Historical Society’s first-ever NEH grant are
     After decades of trying to manage           Last fall the Washington County                                   (from left) volunteer Arlene Fults, U.S. Rep.
stacks of uncatalogued photographs,         Historical Society received a National                                 Bill Luther, research and library manager
the Renville County Historical Society      Endowment for the Humanities                                           Brent Peterson, and board members Jill
can now access its photo collection         award for preservation assistance.                                     Greenhalgh and Hank Sampson.

with ease. A state grant-in-aid from        WCHS will use its first-ever federal
the Minnesota Historical Society            grant to purchase archival supplies                                    be moved to new climate-controlled
helped the county society purchase          such as Mylar sleeves and archival                                     storage in the upgraded Carriage
archival supplies to protect the            boxes for its collections of clothing,                                 House on the museum grounds.
photographs and new cabinets in             quilts, photographs, books, maps,                                          For more information, call the
which to store them. In the process         letters, diaries and other artifacts.                                  Renville County Historical Society at
of inventorying the collection, staff       Most collections have been stored in                                   507-697-6147 or the Washington
and volunteers catalogued the               the society’s Warden’s House Museum                                    County Historical Society at
pictures, sorted them by size and filed     in Stillwater.The collections will soon                                651-439-5956.

Group forms to preserve Arlington history
Fire hall is first project

T    wo years ago the city of Arlington
in Sibley County undertook a self-
study to spur community
development. One of the study’s
recommendations: the preservation
                                            but city offices and community
                                            meeting rooms as well. Over the
                                            years the Romanesque brick building
                                            suffered unkind alterations, including
                                            removal of its bell tower and changes
and restoration of historical buildings.    to its street-level façade. Plans call for
There was no organization to assume         restoration of the building’s exterior
such a responsibility, so the mayor         to its 1890 appearance.
appointed several interested citizens            Fundraising is underway and
to a preservation committee. Out of         work on the building will begin later
that committee grew the fledgling           this year; it is expected to take two or
Arlington Historical Society.               three years. For more information
     The group’s first project will be      contact Dwight Grabitske, a local
restoration of the city’s 1890 fire hall.   historian and member of the
A mixed-use building from the               Arlington Historical Society, at                                       The Arlington fire hall will be restored
                                                                                                                   to its original appearance, as illustrated
beginning, the structure originally         204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington,                                         in the Sibley County Enterprise in the
housed not only the fire department         MN 55307.                                                              early 1890s.

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                                                                            AROUND THE STATE

A room of their own
Grove City society gains exhibit space

F   or the first time in its 12-year
history, the Grove City Area Historical
Society in Meeker County has an
exhibit space to call its own. Last fall
the group settled into its new room
                                              the society plans to develop changing
                                              exhibits on such topics of local
                                              interest as country schools and the
                                              U.S./Dakota Conflict. Photographs
                                              from its growing collection are
                                                                                            With a computer donated from
                                                                                        the city, society volunteers hope
                                                                                        eventually to computerize
                                                                                        genealogical files and collections
                                                                                        records. For more information call
in the city’s former public school            featured and there is a genealogy         director Dorothy Lindstrom,
building, now a community center              corner where residents can research       320-857-2461.
and senior housing complex. There             their families’ history in the area.

                                                                                                                                       Cokato Historical Museum
The making of a musical                     continued from page 1

spoke.“My name is Earl Tracy. Maybe          songs written by Marienne Kreitlow.
you’ve heard of me.”                         Many songs spoke of the feelings of
    I wondered how I would react to          townspeople about their notorious
hearing the names of so many                 neighbor.“Take a Jump” shed light on
familiar people and places, spoken by        Tracy’s penchant for making passes at
actors who likely had never been to          local ladies, as one character tells him
Minnesota. But as the play progressed,       to “take a jump in the lake, mister.”
I saw how they had done what all             “Take Our Pain Away” revealed how          Cokato Historical Museum director Mike
good actors do – they became their           so many believed in Tracy’s powers         Worcester (left) meets “Earl Tracy” (actor
characters, making it seem as if a           to heal. The most memorable song,          Brian Hamlin) backstage on opening night.

small part of Minnesota had been             simply titled “Earl Tracy,” provided       had come to appreciate the people
transported to southeastern Texas.           bookends for the production. Sung at       they were portraying. Several young
    The playbill featured Gust               the beginning, it introduced us to the     actors quizzed me about what the
Akerlund’s trademark photo of Tracy.         man. Reprised for the finale, it           men and women they played “were
[Akerlund ran a portraiture business         brought the cast together to sing,         really like.”
in Cokato from 1902 to 1950; his             “Everything you’ve heard is true. I see         I came home with wonderful
photography studio, now a National           with an inner light. Spirit tells me       memories and a videotape of the play
Register site, is an integral part of the    what to do – I can help you.”              to show to local audiences. I have
Cokato Historical Museum.] The stage              Many of the cast members              great hopes that this show will live
sets were familiar, too – Akerlund’s         worked hard to achieve the proper          on. It has been entered in the
studio skylight, a detail of the Tracy       accents for their characters, from a       Kennedy Center American College
house, the park gazebo. Above the            Swedish brogue to flat Midwestern          Theater Festival. If it advances past the
stage hung a large screen projecting         vowels. They fared better than this        regional competition, it will be
images from Cokato’s past. To see a          guest from Minnesota, who was asked        performed as part of the national
headline from the Minneapolis Star           by the Texas car rental agent,“What        festival at the Kennedy Center for the
about Cokato’s “Miracle Man,” or to          country are you from?”                     Arts in Washington, D.C.
gaze into the eyes of the men and                 Knowing beforehand that this
women whose names we read in the             production was essentially a work of       This column was adapted from a longer
program made the audience                    fiction, I had checked my museum           article in the December 2000 issue of IN THE
                                                                                        MIDST OF, the newsletter of the Cokato
understand the real stories behind           director’s credentials at the door. But
                                                                                        Historical Society. For the full article,
the characters.                              after the play was over, after all the     visit the museum’s web site,
    But the most enjoyable aspect of         hugs were shared and photos taken, I       www.cokato.mn.us/chms/ and click on
the play was the music – all original        was struck by how the cast and crew        “Special Features.”

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                                                                                      BULLETIN BOARD

Ramsey House to host AASLH workshop                                                        Mail list clean-up –
on historic house museums                                                                  yours and ours

                                                                                           To make sure that the Interpreter
    n June 21-23, 2001, the Alexander              programs, volunteers, and care of       reaches the right people, we’ve been
Ramsey House in St. Paul will host a               buildings and landscapes.               updating our mailing list. You can help
workshop,“Historic House Museum                       Registration deadline: May 21. A     by notifying us of name or address
Issues and Operations,” sponsored by               $250 fee includes two and one-half      changes. Call Michele Decker at
                                                                                           651-296-5434 or e-mail
the American Association for State                 days of seminars, two lunches and a
and Local History (AASLH). The                     notebook of curriculum materials. For
                                                                                           And to make sure that we get all your
workshop is designed for first-time                more information or to request a
                                                                                           news, take a moment to check your
directors, new and mid-career                      workshop brochure, call 615-320-3203    own newsletter mailing lists. Any mail
professionals and volunteers involved              or e-mail history@aaslh.org. Workshop   addressed to retired MHS field services
in historic house museums.                         information, agendas and a              coordinator David Nystuen should now
   Participants will explore                       registration form also appear on the    come to Interpreter Editor, Minnesota
                                                                                           Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Blvd.
management issues, learn to translate              AASLH web site at www.aaslh.org.
                                                                                           W., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906.
research into interpretive themes and
                                                                                           Thanks for helping us stay in touch!
try their hands at designing a house
tour. Other topics include marketing,
earned income, membership

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