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February 9, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

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. 

Join your colleagues for History Matters Day at the State Capitol, Presidents' 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.

If you are not able to attend, contact your legislators via email to let them know why you support Minnesota History.

Check Grant Agreements
Don't wait until the last minute to make sure all the components of your grant project are complete. If your grant agreement included conditions, make sure you have contacted the to fulfill those requirements.

Grant projects with budgets over $25,000 include a site visit by Grants Office staff. Contact the Grants Office now to schedule that visit! Remember, all projects and reports must be completed and filed on or before June 30, 2011.

From the Blog

Find Your Way with MAP  - Jill Conners-Joyner encourages local history museums in Minnesota to submit a grant by the February 18 deadline. No match required for most organizations.

Hanging Chads of Performance Measurement (new post) - Used well, performance measurement is a great tool. Historically, though, performance management has drawn certain criticisms.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History has 380 followers--only 20 more to reach the nice round 400 mark. Check out your colleagues' latest updates on grant projects, programs, and more! Like what you see? Suggest Minnesota Local History to your family and friends.

Job Opportunities

Director of Development
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul MN, seeks Director of Development. CORRECTED Deadline: February 11, 2011.

Hubbard County Historical Society, Park Rapids MN, seeks Director. Send resume and references to President of HCHS, PO Box 327, Park Rapids MN 56470. Deadline: February 23, 2011.

Friends of Fort Union Trading Post, between Williston ND and Sidney MT, offer Fort Union Fellowship for 2011. Deadline: February 28, 2011.

Curatorial Assistant
The Hermitage, Nashville TN, seeks Curatorial Assistant. Deadline: March 1, 2011.

Paid Internship
Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn IA, seeks Inventory Assistant Intern. Deadline: March 11, 2011.

Paid Internship
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, seeks Summer Intern. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

Director of Finance and Administration
Living History Farms, Des Moines IA, seeks Director of Finance and Administration.

Resource Development Intership
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, seeks Resource Develoment Intern.

Do History Here

Urban Expedition
Landmark Center in St. Paul presents the seventh Urban Expedition, this year featuring Nepal, Sunday February 13, 2011, 1 p.m. Free and family-friendly; bring items to donate to Halle Q. Brown food shelf. Call 651-292-3276 for more information.

Civil War Round Table
Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable announces speaker Marvin "Stoney" Stonecipher, speaking on "Lee and Grant in Richmond," Thursday February 17, 2011 7 p.m. at Faribault Senior Center. Call Jan Stevens for more information, 507-244-0500.

Lunch Program
St. Louis County Historical Society announces Dan Hartman will be the next speaker at Lunch with the History People, Thursday February 17, 2011, noon to 1 p.m. Presentation on "Greysolon to Merritt: Early Development of Duluth and St. Louis County." Contact , 218-733-7568, for more information.

Family Camp Day
Stearns History Museum presents Family Camp Day, Saturday February 26, 2011, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Contact the Museum to register, 320-253-8424. 

Exhibit Reception
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County announces second reception for second-round participants for "My Journey, My Story," Saturday February 26, 2011, 3 p.m. Contact Brianne for more information, 218-299-5511 x6736.

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society hosts scrapbooking at White Bear Lake Armory, Saturday February 26, 2011. Pre-register online or call 651-407-5327.

Railroad Talk
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society presents "White Bear, Minnesota: A Railroad Town!" Monday February 28, 2011, 6 p.m. at Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Nordic Night
Join Diane Dettmann and Diane Jarvi at Sail Away Cafe, Afton MN, March 4, 2011 7 p.m. for an evening of Nordic stories and music. Dettmann will read from her book "Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants." Contact for more information.

Dakota Language Camp
Plan ahead for summer activities. Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN, will hold Dakota Language Camp for children in grades K-6, June 21-23, 2011. Parents encouraged to attend. Fee: $40. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Continuing Education

Archaeology Conference
Council for Minnesota Archaeology 2011 Conference "Farmsteads, Factories, Forts and Frontiers" will be held February 18-19, 2011 in Inver Grove Heights MN.

Call for Papers
Iowa Museum Association announces call for papers for the IMA Annual Meeting and Conference, Des Moines IA. Deadline: March 8, 2011.

Student Scholarship
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, offers Scholarship Program to post-secondary students. Deadline: March 15, 2011.

Grant Writing Workshop
Professional Grant Development Workshop sponsored by The Grant Training Center, March 15-17, 2011, at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Register online.

Marketing Seminar
Iowa Museum Association sponsors "Marketing on a Shoestring," March 28, 2011, 1-5 p.m. at Johnson County Historical Society, Coralville IA. Registration due March 21, 2011.

Historical Administration Seminar
Seminar for Historical Administration, a three-week program providing tools for history professionals to become effective leaders and managers, is October 30-November 20, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN. Deadline for applications: May 16, 2011.

Conference Scholarship
Iowa Museum Association sponsors three scholarships to the IMA Annual Meeting and Conference, October 16-18, 2011 in Des Moines IA. Deadline: July 15, 2011.

Fund Your Mission

GuideStar-KIMBIA Giveaway
Ask your supporters--board members, volunteers, donors, etc.--write reviews about your organization for GuideStar-KIMBIA and get the chance to win $5,000. More information and guidelines available online. Reviews must be written and submitted by February 28, 2011.   


Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museum program provides free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day. as a Blue Star Museum.

Call for Artists
Minnesota Discovery Center seeks artists to submit images for juried photography exhibit "Grace Inspirations: A Photographic Depiction of the Iron Range." Exhibit runs May 17 through September 4, 2011. Submission requirements online. Contact for more information. Deadline: April 8, 2011.

Free, new online resource for heritage conservation.

Isanti County Business Oral History
Isanti County Historical Society seeks potential narrators with specific knowledge about local business conducted in the cities of Braham, Cambridge, Grandy, and Isanti to participate in an oral history project. Contact Kathy McCully, 763-689-4229.

Field Note

American Swedish Institute site visit

American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis MN, secured a large grant in the Spring 2010 round for a library and archives management project.

Part of the requirements for grants over $25,000 is a site visit from the Grants Office. If your organization received one of these grants, make sure you make arrangements with the for the site visit before June 30, 2011.

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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
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