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Luther receives $119,898 NHPRC grant for archives project


Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Education

DECORAH, Iowa-Luther College, in partnership with Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, has received a grant of $119,898 from the National Historical Publication and Records Commission for a project designed to survey and make accessible significant Norwegian-American records housed at the two institutions.

The project, titled "Journeys to America: Illuminating Hidden Collections at Luther College and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum," will include the completion of a shelf survey of the collections, assessment of basic conservation needs, and the migration of existing collection-level data into a searchable online database.

With NHPRC support, the basic arrangement and description of the collections will be enhanced to improve access to the collections for core constituencies and professional scholars in the U.S. and abroad.

The NHPRC grant will enable the college and museum to hire an archivist devoted solely to the project and its completion.

"This partnership between Luther College and Vesterheim Museum will strengthen both of our collections and expand opportunities for research in our collections, continuing a long tradition of collaboration between our institutions," said Rachel Vagts, Luther College archivist and director of the grant-funded project.

Although scholars have described the collections at Luther and Vesterheim as being rich in materials, these collections have not been used as widely as collections at other Norwegian-American institutions, Vagts said. Creating a searchable, online catalog where researchers from around the world have access to the Norwegian-American collections will add to the breadth of scholarship in the field of Norwegian-American studies and improve scholarship in emigration studies as a whole.

The project will set the stage for building an online consortium of institutions in the U.S and Norway, creating one-stop digital access to materials related to the study of Norwegian emigration, Vagts said.

The database will be developed using the Archon database product developed by the University of Illinois. A web-based tool, Archon was developed specifically for archival collections.

The end product will include a Norwegian language interface and will be available for users around the world. All records in the database will be linked to Luther's library online catalog, Magnus, as well as Vesterheim's collections database, Past Perfect.

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Finances and an early start

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann painted a bleak picture of the state's financial situation at the recent school board meeting. She had attended a MSBA (Minnesota School Board Association) meeting the week before, where the state's def ..... 
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Kingsland school referendum

Fri, Oct 1st, 2010
Posted in Education



A recently formed committee of the Kingsland Public Schools will be reaching out to the community in the next few weeks to furnish information and answer questions regarding the upcoming revenue authorization. Currently the existing referend ..... 
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R-P begins year with positive surprises

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

The relatively short Monday, September 20th board meeting detailed both a smooth start to the 2010-2011 school years and some welcome surprises.

Enrollment in the district is up nine from earlier projected enrollment figures to 626.

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Chatfield School Board gears up for proposed referendum of increased levy

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the regular Chatfield School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010, Jerry Chase, Kathy Schellhammer, and Greg LaPlante were the board members that were present. Absent members included F. Mike Tuohy and Matt McMahon. Also present were En ..... 
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Luther Professor Bernatz authors applied mathematics textbook

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

DECORAH, Iowa-- Richard Bernatz, Luther College professor of mathematics, authored the textbook titled Fourier Series and Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, recently published by John Wiley and Sons.

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Luther College to suspend Celebration Iowa program for 2011

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

DECORAH, Iowa -- Luther College has announced that it will suspend operation of the Celebration Iowa summer music program for 2011 to provide time to assess and evaluate the program's future direction.

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Lanesboro School Board seeks levy increase

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Education



At the Lanesboro School Board meeting on September 16, the board approved a preliminary levy of $526,527.75, which is a 3.9 percent increase from last year. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained this is only a preliminary number, and they have ..... 
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Kingsland schools enter national contest

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Kingsland Elementary School, Kingsland Middle School and Kingsland High School have been entered into the Kohl's Cares school contest. Kohl's will award one-half million dollars to twenty schools nationwide. Contest winners are selected by receiving ..... 
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