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Local History News
January 26, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Legacy Report Available
See the impact of all Minnesota Historical Society's Legacy-funded projects on a new interactive website. Report to the Minnesota Legislature also available online.

Save the Date
Join your colleagues at the Minnesota State Capitol on Presidents' Day, Monday February 21, 2011, for the 7th annual History Matters Day at the Capitol. Contact your legislators today to urge them to support history and historic preservation! 

From the Blog

Alignment for Dollars (new post) - How does your county or local historical organization advocate for itself? What initiatives or metrics do you use?

Paper Records with Electronic? (new post) - Ann Grandy, Pope County Historical Society, seeks advice from colleagues on whether to maintain paper records once the organization has moved to electronic record-keeping.

Data for Dollars (1 new comment) - How do historical organizations explain to the public the difference between 'collecting things' and 'interpreting artifacts'?

Facebook Findings

Much of the press on the Legacy Amendment focuses on the environmental portion of the funding. Minnesota Local History asks its readers how they see Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants addressing these concerns? How is the arts and cultural heritage community addressing these issues?

Find out what's happening in the world of Minnesota county and local historical organizations. There are 2,400 subscribers keeping up with the latest on Local History News. Minnesota Local History has 360 followers and counting. Will you be number 400?

Job Opportunities

Director of Development
New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown NY, seek Director of Development. cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three references.

Communications Manager
Minnesota Budget Project seeks Communications Manager. Deadline: February 7, 2011.

Environmental Educator Intern
Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, Honey Creek IA, seeks paid Environmental Education Intern. Deadline: February 18, 2011.

Paid Internships
Family Museum, Bettendorf IA, seeks paid Play Pals interns.

Bilingual Tour Guide
Robert R. McCormick House, Wheaton IL, seeks part time English/Spanish tour guide. Applicants should contact Jeff Anderson.

Unpaid Internships

Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames IA, seeks summer interns to assist with summer camp programming. Deadline: April 10, 2011.

Des Moines County Historical Society seeks interns in several areas. Contact executive director Kelly Halbert, 319-752-7449, for more information.

Do History Here

New Exhibit
St. Louis County Historical Society opened new Civil War exhibit, "The 18," about the eighteen volunteers from St. Louis County. Currently on display at The Depot. Contact , 218-310-5356, for more information.

Film Screening
Did Teri Horton buy an authentic Jackson Pollack painting for $5 at a thrift store? Join Nicollet County Historical Society at the Saint Peter Senior Center for the documentary film "Who the @#&! is Jackson Pollack?" Thursday February 3, 2011, 7 p.m. Contact Jessica, 507-934-2160, for more information.

History Lecture
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County announces the next History Lecture, Saturday February 5, 2011, 2 p.m. Dr. Terry Shoptaugh will discuss German-Jewish immigration. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Audacity, Skill and Firepower
Historian Stephen Osman speaks about the Battle of Wood Lake which ended the military phase of the 1862 Dakota Conflict. Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Gideon Pond House, Bloomington MN, Sunday February 20, 2011, 2 p.m. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Continuing Education

SMAC Fellowships
Small Museum Administrators Committee of American Association of Museums (SMAC-AAM) offers four $750 fellowships to help cover the cost of conference registration, ticketed events, travel and hotel. Deadline: February 18, 2011.

NCPH Annual Meeting
Register now for National Council on Public History's 2011 Annual Meeting, Pensacola FL, April 6-9, 2011.

Fund Your Mission

Last Call For Flood Grants
Was your historic property affected by flooding last year? Flood recovery assistance is available through Minnesota Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office. Deadline: February 28, 2011. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2011. Contact SHPO for more information, 651-259-3460.

NEH Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access offers Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. Deadline: May 3, 2011.

Grantmaking Outlook
Minnesota Council on Foundations conducted a survey last fall to assess the outlook for grantmaking in 2011 in Minnesota. Access the full report online.


MAP Deadline
Museum Assessment Program (MAP) through American Association of Museums is an affordable way to strengthen your museum and achieve excellence. Deadline: February 18, 2011.

Small Museum Resource
National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) announces the small museum issue of "Exhibitionist" is now available online.

Free Resource
Download a free copy of 2011 Guide to Nonprofit Marketing Wisdom, by Nancy E. Schwartz of Getting Attention! enewsletter.

Field Note

Dana Elliot

Isanti County Historical Society thinks outside the box in organizing Taste of Home Cooking School show to appear live at Cambridge-Isanti High School in Cambridge, Saturday March 5, 2011. Top culinary expert Dana Elliot will demonstrate ten new recipes to easily recreate in your home. Purchase tickets through ICHS. Photo courtesy Isanti County Historical Society/Taste of Home.

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-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
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