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Local History News
December 15, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Track Legacy Funds Online
Lists of grants and grant recipients are available on the MHS website. See how the funds have been distributed over the past year, and what fantastic projects your colleagues are completing.

Final Reports
All the funding for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants has been awarded; now many of our colleagues will be working on their projects throughout the winter and spring. Don't forget that the last requirement for the grants program is submitting a final report with a copy of the final product (oral history transcripts or Historic Structures Report, for example) and photographs. 

All projects must be completed and final reports submitted by June 30, 2011. Contact the with any questions relating to your grant's progress.

From the Blog

From Ice Cream Socials to Social Networking (no comments) - The much-beloved ice cream social gets a makeover for the internet age. What is your organization doing to build community support on Facebook and other social media sites?

Looking Ahead - News last Thursday that the Minnesota Historical Society named Michael Fox as Interim Director following the retirement of Nina Archabal returns this blog post to mind. As the search continues for a permanent director, what further thoughts do you have for the Society?

Population Capacity for Historic Resources (new post) - What is the optimum population density to best preserve historic resources? While development (too many people) and depopulation (not enough) are serious threats, there appears to be a lack of data on how many people is appropriate.

Facebook Findings

"47" - Originally published in Isanti County Historical Society's Fall 2010 newsletter, this article tells an interesting story of trying to track down a lost relative's history.

Battling Booze - Read Goodhue County Historical Society's article about the role Goodhue County played during Prohibition. Reprinted from GCHS's Fall 2010 newsletter.  

In just two weeks 83 more people began following on Facebook. With 279 people following already, you could become the 300th! If you like what you see, invite your history enthusiast friends.

Get your name out there. Post a link to your organization's Facebook page!

Job Opportunities

Assistant Editor
American Craft Council, Minneapolis MN, seeks Assistant Editor. Deadline: December 22, 2010.

Visitor Services Assistant II
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks part time Visitor Services Assistant through June 30, 2011. Applications due December 24, 2010.

ARTwalk Assistant
The Ordway, St. Paul MN, seeks part-time ARTwalk Assistant for Spring 2011. Deadline: January 7, 2011.

Do History Here

Christmas in the County
Note date change! Mower County Historical Society hosts Christmas in the County on Saturday December 18, 2010, 3-7 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.

Christmas at the Cox House
Note date change! Interpreters portraying the Cox family invite the public to their Christmas Open House in St. Peter, December 18-19, 2010, 1-4 p.m. Owned and operated by Nicollet County Historical Society. Contact , 507-934-2160, for more information.

Saint John's Bible Presentation
Note date change! Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County welcomes Anne Kaese, who will give a presentation on the The Saint John's Bible, Sunday December 26, 2010, 1:30 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center. Contact HCSCC, 218-299-5511, for more information.

Exhibit Opening
Scott County Historical Society announces opening of "Picture This: Then & Now" on Thursday January 6, 2011, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Marvel at the artistic talents of Shakopee high school students in this photo exhibit with a twist. Closes April 2, 2011. Contact , 952-445-0378, for more information.

Dakota War Talk
Stearns History Museum welcomes the public to a talk by Dean Urdahl on "Dakota War and Its Aftermath," January 12, 2011, 9 a.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information

Photo Preservation Workshop
Scott County Historical Society hosts photo preservation workshop on Thursday January 13, 2011, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Register through Shakopee Community Education, 952-496-5029. Fee: $8, $5 SCHS members.

Central Minnesota History Day
St. Cloud State University invites middle school and high school students to participate in Central Minnesota History Day at SCSU on Saturday January 22, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration deadline: January 7, 2011.

Greatest Generation Film Series
Scott County Historical Society and Scott County Library System host "Greatest Generation Film Series" January through May 2011 on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information.

Continuing Education

Tourism Conference
Explore Minnesota hosts 2011 Tourism Conference "Travel 2.011 - Inspiring Travel in 2011 and Beyond," January 25-26, 2011, Grand View Lodge, Nisswa MN. Register before January 14, 2011 for discounted rate.

Technology Conference
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits announces 2011 Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference, eStrategy in an iWorld, Wednesday February 23, 2011, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register online.

National Council on Public History
Registration is now open for National Council on Public History's 2011 annual meeting in Pensacola, Crossing Borders/Building Communities--Real and Imagined, April 6-9, 2011.

Fund Your Mission

National Leadership Grant
Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting grant applications for the 2011 National Leadership Grant program. Deadline: February 1, 2011.


Buchanan Award
Vernacular Architecture Forum seeks nominations for the Paul E. Buchanan Award, recognizing contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and cultural landscape that did not take the form of books or published work. Applications online. Deadline: January 15, 2011.

AASLH Leadership Awards
American Association for State and Local History requests nominations for Leadership in History Awards, recognizing excellence in the field of state and local history. Deadline: March 1, 2011. Contact , 651-259-3459, State Team Leader, with questions.

Dot.Org Awards
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is accepting nominations for 2011 Dot.Org Awards. Do you know a leader in innovative uses of technology? An organization pioneering new approaches in communications? Nominate a nonprofit today!

Local History Recognized
Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story in their Friday December 10, 2010 issue highlighting the great work local historical organizations do in Minnesota.  

Nonprofit Tagline Database
Getting Attention blog presents free, new Nonprofit Tagline Database. More than 4800 nonprofit taglines plus a guide to making your nonprofit great.

Field Note

Michael Fox

Minnesota Historical Society announced that has been named to serve as the Society’s Interim Director, effective Monday January 3, 2011, following the retirement of current Director Nina Archabal. It is expected that the director post will be filled permanently by summer 2011.

Fox joined the Minnesota Historical Society in 1987 as Head of Processing and was named Director of Library, Publications and Collections in 2000. He has served as Deputy Director for Programs since 2005, guiding many of the Society’s 26 functions including the State Historic Preservation Office and Local History Services. In 2010, Fox assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing every aspect of the Society’s operations.

Prior to joining the Society, Fox served in a variety of roles at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. He holds a Masters of Library Science and a B.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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In this Issue...
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
Lumberjack Days

Memories of Stillwater's Lumberjack Days, 1934-1995, by Diane Thompson. Meet the author on December 22, 2010, 6-8 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library.

Order from Washington County Historical Society, 651-439-5956.

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