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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 16, 2006

A weekly publication by the Minnesota Historical Society for professional local historians and historical organizations.

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Large Functional Objects (see field note below)

Job Announcements

Senior City Planner (two positions) City of Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis is seeking candidates for two planning positions in the Heritage Preservation and Zoning Sections of Community Planning and Economic Development.   The positions are open for applications from August 15, 2006 through September 8, 2006.

Local Events

Minnesota Association of Museums August Sampler

The next Minnesota Association of Museums sampler will be held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, on Thursday, August 17, 2006 from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. No gate fee charged from 4:30 on- please come after this time for free admission.  Directions.  The Arboretum restaurant is open until 8 p.m.  To RSVP, e-mail or call Nina Clark at 612-870-3374.


Minnesota Museum of Mining receives grant of paint to rehabilitate mining equipment

See article in Hibbing Tribune about the Minnesota Museum of Mining’s use of a grant from the Valspar Foundation and Northland Foundation to repaint historic mining machinery.

New issues of Interpreter and Preservation Planner available online

The September/October, 2006 issue of the Minnesota History Interpreter  and the fall, 2006 issue of Minnesota Preservation Planner are available online.

George Catlin visits Nicollet County Historical Society

David Geister portrayed noted 19th-century painter George Catlin recently at the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter.  The program was reported in a story in the Mankato Free Press.

Grant Deadlines

IMLS Museums for America Grants

Museums for America is the largest museum grant program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Grants, ranging from $5,000 to $150,0000, strengthen a museum's ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution's mission and strategic goals.  The deadline for applications is November 15, 2006.  For more information, see guidelines or contact IMLS program staff at 202-653-4789.


Field Note

MHS staff are frequently on the road making visits to historical organizations. At the Renville County Historical Society in Morton a Large Functional Object that tells the story of building roads in their county is on display. You still have time to tell us about your LFOs.

Metal hopper on one truck with a tongue, about 10 feet long and 4 feet wide

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