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Minnesota Local History News

Published: January 21, 2009

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

Come visit your place in history.

Discussions and Questions

Learning from Results (2 new messages) There's a wide variety of ways to track results, including how you spend your budget. Which way, or brief list of measures, are the most meaningful to your organization, and why?

Legacy Funding for History (1 new message) A set of guidebooks to each region of Minnesota might be a useful project for Legacy funding. How would the funding best be used by your colleagues?

Job Announcements

Curator of Collections

Kandiyohi County Historical Society seeks a curator of collections with some office management duties. Half-time, extra hours possible. Benefits. Degree required. To apply with letter and resume, or to request a complete job description, contact Andria Carlson before February 15, 2009.

Site Manager

Washington County Historical Society seeks a part-time Site Manager for the historic Hay Lake School Museum Complex in Scandia. The application deadline is March 15, 2009.


Edina Historical Society seeks a part-time registrar. Duties include: cataloging photo collection and new donations into PastPerfect database. Flexible hours. Contract position up to $500 per month, no benefits. Contact Marci Matson for more information. Send letter and resume to Edina Historical Society, 4711 W. 70th St, Edina, MN 55435.

Local Events

Community + Evolution + Art = BPAC

Join the Dakota County Historical Society at its newest exhibit at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on January 29, 2009, at 6 p.m. The exhibit features Dakota County artists.

Nonprofit Day at the Capitol

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits hosts Nonprofit Day at the Capitol on February 5, 2009.

Annual meeting in Red Wing

Goodhue County Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday January 25, 2009, beginning at 2 p.m. at the History Center, 1166 Oak Street in Red Wing.

Annual meeting in South St. Paul

Dakota County Historical Society holds its Annual Meeting on Saturday January 31, 2009, 1 p.m. at the Lawshe Memorial Museum, 130 Third Avenue North, South St. Paul.

Bean Soup with Knute

Mark Minnesota Senator and Governor Knute Nelson's birthday at The Nelson Gables with the Douglas County Historical Society on February 3, 2009, 11-2. Join them for a big cup of bean soup, hard rolls, sugar cookie, and coffee or water for only $7.50.


Cedarhurst Mansion program

Denmark Township Historical Society held a free program Tuesday January 20, 2009, at the Denmark Town Hall, 90th and Oakgreen in south Washington County on this historic home in Cottage Grove. Contact Mavis Voigt for details.

Washington County scholarships

Washington County Historical Society is offering a scholarship for post-secondary students. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2009.  

AASLH Awards

American Association for State and Local History seeks to honor accomplishments in local history. Nominations for Minnesota projects are due on March 1, 2009 to Melinda Hutchinson.

Donation to preserve beehive

On December 15, 2008, the board of the St. Louis Park Historical Society presented a check for $10,000 for the restoration of the historic Beehive barbeque

More Things on a Stick

Minnesota's seven multicounty, multitype library systems launched More Things On a Stick: A Library Learning 2.0 Program on January 20, 2009.

Internet Resources

Historic songs of Minnesota

Fort Snelling Park Association and Robert Waltz present The Minnesota Heritage Songbook online.

Grant Deadlines

Costume Collection Grant

Costume Society of America announces a February 1, 2009 deadline for its Small Museum grants ($1500) to support projects relating to costume collections in small museums. 

Leadership Grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services seeks grant applications for the agency's 2009 National Leadership Grant program. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2009.

Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation

Provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for projects that contribute to the preservation of a site or recapture an authentic sense of place. Deadline February 1, 2009. Contact Chris Morris.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors

Provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Deadline February 1, 2009. Contact Chris Morris.

Hart Family Fund for Small Towns

Assists small town (5,000 or less) preservation and revitalization initiatives around the country. The Fund provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants from $5,000 to $10,000 for preservation planning and education efforts. Deadline February 1, 2009. Contact Chris Morris.

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Seminar in Historical Administration

Apply to be a member of the 50th Seminar in Historical Administration to be held October 31-November 21, 2009 in Indianapolis IN. Applications due May 15, 2009.

Field Note

Having a strong logo is part of a good brand. Below is the new logo for the Douglas County Historical Society, designed by Studio 78.