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Local History News
February 2, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Gardening in MN and WI

Gardening Month by Month in Minnesota and Wisconsin, by Don Engebretson and Don Williamson.

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Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Let’s make sure our lawmakers know it! Now more than ever, Minnesotans need the benefits history programs provide:  

  • Educate our children
  • Boost local economies
  • Preserve our state’s unique culture
  • All for less than $5 per citizen, per year!

State legislators are now addressing a massive budget deficit and history funding is at stake.  They need to know how history programs are benefitting you and your community. 

You can help!

Join your colleagues for History Matters Day at the State Capitol, President’s Day, Monday, February 21, 2011, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Meet with your legislators and urge them to support history in Minnesota!  Orientation sessions will be held in the Capitol Rotunda.

Enjoy free family-friendly activities, free admission to the Minnesota History Center, free tours of the State Capitol, free parking at the History Center and free shuttle bus to and from the Capitol.

Sign up so that History Matters Day will have sufficient materials.

Limited Project Extensions
Attention, Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program grantees! Keep in mind that ALL projects must be completed and final reports turned in to the Grants Office by June 30, 2011. This date was set by the appropriation language that made the money for your grant available. Extension requests that fall after June 30 cannot be granted, so plan the remainder of your projects accordingly. Help history continue to be well regarded by keeping your project on target and finish on time. Contact the Grants Office with any questions or concerns.

From the Blog

Paper Records with Electronic? (4 new comments) - Colleagues debate the paper records vs. digital copy issue. How does your historical organization cope with changing technologies and record-keeping?

Data for Dollars (2 new comments) - How do historical organizations quantify relationships? What is it about your organization that keeps your members renewing their memberships?

Alignment for Dollars (1 new comment) - More information on economic metrics.

Find Your Way with MAP (new post) - Jill Conners-Joyner from American Association of Museums reminds local history museums in Minnesota about the February 18 deadline for this mostly free program.

Facebook Findings

Is your Minnesota-based local historical organization on Facebook? If so, to your Facebook page to connect with similar organizations.

Get a free update to "The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota: A Guide" compiled by Mary Ann Nord (2003) for additions and removals, 2003-2010.

Followers continue to rise for Minnesota Local History, now at 374, up 16 from last week. Like what you see? Tell a friend! We only need 3,834,427 more to catch up to Target!

Job Opportunities

Director of Development
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul MN, seeks Director of Development. Deadline: February 24, 2011.

Historic Site Interpreter
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer & Dakotah Life, St. Paul MN, seeks Historic Site Interpreter (Guide). Deadline: March 31, 2011.

Board Members
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County seeks board members for three-year terms. For more information contact Maureen Kelly Jonason, 218-299-5111 x6732.

Do History Here

Membership Meeting
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings meets Tuesday February 8, 2011, 7 p.m. at LeDuc Historic Estate. Program ideas to be discussed. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Art Exhibit
Roseau County Historical Society announces Jim Dow's "Marking the Land" exhibit from North Dakota Museum of Art opens February 8, 2011, 7 p.m., at Roseau City Center Community Trader Room. Call 218-463-1918 for more information.

Breakfast Talk
Stearns History Museum hosts Mary Wingerd, who will present "The Making of Minnesota" at the next Breakfast Club meeting, Wednesday February 9, 2011, 9 a.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

Carl Gawboy Documentary
Bois Forte Heritage Museum received a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant to produce the documentary film "Carl Gawboy Portrait: The Art of the Everyday" by Lorraine Norrgard. Join them Friday February 11, 2011, 7 p.m. at University of Minnesota-Duluth Weber Music Hall for the premiere showing. Discussion with Norrgard and Gawboy to follow. Call 218-726-6379 for more information.

Great Depression Talk
Westonka Historical Society hosts Bob Williams, Excelsior author and historian, who will speak on "Growing Up During the Great Depression," Saturday February 12, 2011, 10 a.m. to noon at Westonka History Museum, Mound MN. Call 952-472-9800 for more information.

Papermaking Workshop
Rockford Area Historical Society will teach papermaking and Valentine making classes on Saturday February 12, 2011, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Call 763-477-5383 for more information.

Artist Discussion
Minnesota Discovery Center hosts Minnesota artist Gareth Andrews, Saturday February 12, 2011, 2 p.m. More information available online.

Kids Day
Chisholm Kiwanis will sponsor Kids Day event at Minnesota Discovery Center Saturday February 12, 2011. Free admission for children ages 17 and under, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 218-254-7959 for more information.

Bling and Chocolate
Join Goodhue County Historical Society at their 5th Annual Bling and Chocolate fundraiser, Sunday February 27, 2011, 2 to 4 p.m. Academy Awards theme with silent and oral auctions. Tickets only $15! Limited availability, so call Char Henn at 651-388-6024 to reserve yours.

WWII Exhibit
Carver County Historical Society hosts Minnesota Historical Society's traveling exhibit "Minnesota Homefront, WWII," now through March 5, 2011. Call 952-442-4234 for more information.

Authors' Sundays
LeDuc Historic Estate and Dakota County Historical Society announce three Authors' Sundays at LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings. March 6, April 10, and May 15, 2011. All begin at 1 p.m. Free. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Continuing Education

Free MDL Webinar
Minnesota Digital Library offers free webinar Thursday February 3, 2011, 10 a.m. on the recent changes to the Minnesota Reflections Metadata Guidelines. Register online.

Board Webinar
Need help relating to or strengthening your board? Are you a board member looking to grow your organization? American Association for State and Local History offers webinar, Board Development 101, February 8 and 15, 2011. Deadline for registration: Friday February 4, 2011.

AAM Fellowships
American Association of Museums Development and Membership (DAM) Committee offers fellowships to the 2011 Annual Meeting. Additional information online for all available fellowships. Deadline: February 18, 2011.

Cultural Property Conference
International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection hosts its 13th annual conference in Denver CO, August 23-26, 2011. Register online before February 4, 2011 for discounted rate.

IMA Workshops
Iowa Museum Association Professional Development Committees sponsor workshops on a variety of topics this year. Check out the selection online. Contact for more information.

Historic Preservation Certificate
Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH, offers courses toward Historic Preservation Certificate and Master of Education in Heritage Studies with a focus in Historic Preservation. Contact , 603-535-2333, for more information.


Public Programs
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) teams with Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) on a programming initiative. Get your historical society's programs to public library audiences and generate income. Apply online. Deadline: February 18, 2011. Contact , 507-934-2160, for more information.

WANTED: History Camps
Does your historical organization run day camps that would be appropriate for children under the age of seven? If so, let Local History News know!

Quick Survey
What Minnesota-based online news outlets do you admire for their focus on high quality journalism? wants to know.

Standards Revision
Minnesota Department of Education will this spring. Public participation encouraged. Sign up online to get involved with the process.

IRS Reminder
Qualified Charitable Distribution provisions were renewed for 2010 and 2011.

Preservation Resources
American Library Association offers resources on various ways to preserve family heirlooms in "Preserving Your Treasures."

Scholarship Program
Minnesota Discovery Center announces busing scholarship program, to cover up to half the transportation costs associated with busing students to their museum. Available to Iron Range schools. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

Field Note

Brooklyn Center auto

Brooklyn Historical Society celebrates Brooklyn Center's 100th birthday this year. Join them on Saturday February 5, 2011, 9 a.m. at Embassy Suites for a talk by Bob Johnson on Earle Brown, early Brooklyn Center resident and auto enthusiast. RSVP to Diane, 763-560-8893, by noon Friday, February 4.

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