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Minnesota Local History News

Published: February 21, 2007

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

Discussions and Questions

Assistance sought for public television program

Cathy Wurzer, host of Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio, is working on a public television documentary that looks at Highway 61 through the lens of the 1938 WPA Guide to Minnesota. The documentary will talk about the Guide, and then explore what the Guide highlighted in 1938, what is still along Highway 61, and what has been lost.  Please contact Cathy if you know of a person, still living, who helped write or research the 1938 WPA Guide or the 1941 Arrowhead Guide. Mabel Ulrich edited the WPA Guide, and the documentary team wants to find her relatives who could talk about her.

Ongoing Discussions

Putting Collections Online (New Discussion, 3 New Messages) What's reasonable to expect for finding museum collections online?

Local Events

Monthly Museum Sampler for February 2007

Minnesota Association of Museums will gather on Wednesday, February 28, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at American Museum of Asmat Art, 3510 Vivian Avenue, St. Paul. RSVP to Wendy Freshman or call 651-297-2238.


NEH Consultation Grants end

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will no longer offer consultation grants for museums, historical organizations, or libraries. The consultation grant program offered modest grants for projects in their earliest stages of development. Applications for consultation grants submitted by the September 2006 deadline are currently under review, and NEH will announce the final round of awards in this category in March 2007.

Grant Deadlines

Picture It Painted Grant Program

Valspar Corporation will sponsor its annual Picture It Painted grant program. Applications are due March 1 through your regional Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

AHHT Grant for Historic House Museums

American Heritage Home Trust offers a grant of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the rehabilitation of a historic home owned by a non-profit or government entity and exemplifying the  mission of the Trust. Applications are due by August 15, 2007 For applications materials and guidelines: Email or phone E. Johnson at 360-754-1455 or W. Jones at 410-258-9805.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

MHS Spring Workshops

Register online for the spring 2007 workshops. Workshop registrations are strong for this year, so don't miss your chance to connect with your friends and colleagues around the state.

Field Note

With patrons often coming to our historical organizations to use research libraries, it is important to have well-organized and comfortable reading rooms, such as the one pictured here at the Martin County Historical Society in Fairmont. MCHS took great care in deciding how to reorganize its space to meet their patrons' needs. Contact Lenny for details.

A research library with wood table and chairs, surrounded by bookshelves in a bright room.

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