Content Categorized ‘minnesota’

RIP Thomas Disch

Posted on July 6, 2008 under minnesota | 3 Comments

The scifi author Thomas Disch died of suicide on July 4.  His work was brilliant, difficult, and formally groundbreaking, especially his 334 and Camp Concentration. Born in Iowa, he spent his teens in Minnesota, and often returned here in his fiction.  His first novel, The Genocides, which I highly recommend, features an earth invaded by […]

Festive history links

Posted on July 3, 2008 under minnesota, public history

A few fun things to celebrate my four-day weekend: An interview with Kate Beaton, who writes brilliant history comics, and from whose comics I learned all my Canadian history (sorry, Adam!). and… Great Moments in History, drawn on the Etch-a-sketch. That’s all! I’m spending the weekend with Shakespeare in lovely Winona, Minnesota. I’ll be less […]

Flood reports

Posted on June 15, 2008 under minnesota, museums

Since I moved down to a floodplain, here in Rochester, Minn., I’ve been worried about local museums in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.  Cedar Rapids, of course, was totally under water, though the flood is receding.  But the museum there are been severely damaged.  The National Trust is reporting that the historic house museum Brucemore […]

MAM Meeting, Monday 5/19

Posted on May 16, 2008 under minnesota, museums

The Minnesota Association of Museums annual meeting is on Monday, at the continuing ed center on the St. Paul campus of the U of M.  The theme is “Minnesota Museums Collaborate,” and there are lots of interesting sessions.  Later in the evening there’s a mixer at the Gibbs Farm, a living history museum that does […]

It’s Statehood Week

Posted on May 12, 2008 under minnesota, public history

This week (last Sunday, really) marks the 150th anniversary of MN statehood.  There will be music and fireworks at the capitol next weekend, and one of only a few extant versions of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the History Center. I was very pleased to hear (as the Monitor reported) that the Sesquicentennial Commission is recognizing […]

Hospital Stories!

Posted on May 6, 2008 under history of medicine, minnesota, museums

To celebrate both Nurses’ Week and Minnesota’s 150th birthday, the Hennepin County Medical Center History Museum and the Metropolitan Medical Center Historical Library are putting up a special exhibit, “Hospital Stories:  150 Years of Minneapolis Health Care.”  We trace the history of hospitals in Minneapolis from Cottage Hospital in 1870 to the present, talking about […]

A nice library exhibits internship

Posted on April 17, 2008 under libraries, minnesota, public history jobs

The library formerly known as the Minneapolis Public Library has some exhibit internships available.  They’re unpaid, and you have to be a student–but you get to work with extremely nice people in a lovely building with great collections.  My suggestion for a project:  convince the county library board to rename the Central Library the Countryman Branch. […]

Junto report

Posted on April 9, 2008 under history of medicine, history of science, minnesota

The 51st Annual Midwest Junto for the History of Science was held last weekend here at Minnesota.  Here’s a report from Steph, and one from Nathan.  There was a real diversity of presentations and research areas, as well as some geographic diversity, with our usual folks from Minnesota, Wisconsin, various places in Missouri, Iowa State […]

Midwest Junto this weekend!

Posted on April 1, 2008 under history of medicine, history of science, me, minnesota

Come one, come all to the Midwest Junto for the History of Science, the regional history of science/technology/medicine conference, held this weekend at the University of Minnesota. The program is not online as yet, so I can’t point you to it, but suffice it to say that there will be lots of terrific and diverse […]

Some guy named Hitler and other tales from History Day

Posted on March 26, 2008 under minnesota, public history | 1 Comment

Last week (or was it the week before?) I spent a number of pleasant hours over several days judging exhibits for Minnesota History Day.  History Day is a national contest, sort of a science fair for history, where kids grades 6-12 make exhibits, documentary films, performances, research papers, and (new this year) websites around a […]