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Minnesota Local History News

Published: August 20, 2008

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

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Discussions and Questions

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Local Events

RCHS Book Release

Ramsey County Historical Society celebrates the release of "Historic Photos of St. Paul" by Steve Trimble with a talk and book signing on Thursday, August 21, 2008, 7 p.m. in the Rathskeller, 318 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Free, but space is limited: RSVP to RCHS, 651-222-0701.


"Vatican Splendors" to open September 27

Many local historical organizations are scheduling bus tours to the History Center in St. Paul to visit the exhibition "Vatican Splendors." The exhibit runs September 27, 2008 through January 11, 2009. Tickets are now on sale; order early to assure availability.

Voice to Vision Project

This collaborative artistic project runs at the Nash Gallery on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus from September 2-October 2, 2008. Stop in at the opening reception on Friday, September 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. to see "Making it Home", a project focusing on genocide survivors.

Collections Care Needs?

Minnesota Historical Society and Midwest Art Conservation Center recently received a Connecting to Collections grant from IMLS. Please complete the survey or contact Sherelyn Ogden to join a focus group.

Tech Talks from MHS

The webpage with Tech Talks from the Minnesota Historical Society has a new look, intended to help people find technical information about history museum subjects.

Grant Deadlines

State Grants-in-Aid

Final applications are due Friday August 29, 2008 at 4:30 p.m in the MHS Grants Office. Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Minnesota Preservation Grants

The Midwest Regional Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting grant applications for the Virginia Sweatt Preservation Fund. Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2008. Contact Erin Hanafin Berg, 651-293-9047.

Tourism Cares Grants

Tourism Cares Worldwide Grant Program has funding available to tourism-related nonprofit organizations. Projects must be for capital improvements or programs. Letters of Inquiry are due October 1, 2008. Packets are available at the Tourism Cares website.

Connecting to Collections

The IMLS Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning Grants are due October 16, 2008. See the Connecting to Collections website for more information.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Preservation Conference

Iowa's Statewide Historic Preservation Conference "Reddy for Preservation!" is scheduled for September 19-20, 2008 in Sioux City. Contact Paul Barnes, 712-279-6364.

MACC Workshops

Midwest Art Conservation Center's fall workshop series starts October 3, 2008. Contact MACC for more information.

Better Boards

National Trust for Historic Preservation offers a "Better Boards for Historic Sites" workshop in Kohler, WI from November 6-8, 2008.

Field Note

Minnesota's Historic Northwest collaborated to create a traveling exhibit commemorating the sesquicentennial in northwest Minnesota (seen here at Lake of the Woods County Historical Society). The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission.

Traveling exhibit in Northern MN