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Local History News
March 2, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

History Matters Day
Don't forget to meet your colleagues at the State Capitol on Wednesday March 9, 2011 between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for History Matters Day. Meet with your legislators and ask them to support history.

Minnesota History Coalition
House Legacy Committee asked the Minnesota History Coalition to present the history funding request for Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund on Wednesday March 9, 2011, 2:30 p.m. in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

Final Report Reminders
As you wrap up your projects and complete the final report for the Grants Office, be sure that you have included all the necessary information for the reviewers to assess your project and close the grant. Have you included the following?

  • Final report form
  • Completed budget form (did you spend the full grant amount?)
  • Photographs
  • Final product--conservator's report, HSR, exhibit text, etc.
  • Financials (for mid and large size grants)
  • Authorized Officer and Project Director signatures
  • Donated materials/time forms (optional, if you are claiming match)

Organizations with overdue, open grants are ineligible for additional grants, so please file your final paperwork after your project is completed.

Final Reports Progress
To date 32 percent (152 of the 474 awarded) Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants have submitted complete final reports. This is a strong start that shows the dedication of those undertaking projects to preserve history or make it accessible. Keep up the good work.

From the Blog

Video Tour of the Saint Peter State Hospital Museum (new post) - Check out the podcast of a behind-the-scenes view at Saint Peter State Hospital Museum. How has your local historical organization put together media for the public on a shoestring budget?

Big Picture for Local History (new post) - What do interviews with thought leaders in the Twin Cities tell you about your work in the future?

30 Percent Satisfaction (0 comments) - What can be done to raise resources to pay for the work of history?

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History added 17 more friends over the past week, bringing the community up to 425!

While most of Minnesota Local History's friends are in Minnesota, did you know that there are a few in Sweden, Taiwan, Canada, Cayman Islands, United Kingdom, and Germany?

While Minneapolis MN is the number one city represented, Duluth MN, Livingston CO, and Chicago IL have strong contingents.

Most read the site in American English, but others read it in British English, Swedish, or Pirate English. Yar! Avast ye landlubbers, invite yer friends to join us or walk the plank! Rrrr!

Job Opportunities

Camp Director
Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, seeks Camp Director. Deadline: March 16, 2011.

Education Director
Santa Fe Trail Center, Larned KS, seeks Education Director. Open until filled.

Membership Manager
Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Membership Manager.

Do History Here

History Lecture Series
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County hosts Dr. John Cox, who will discuss "The Creation and Re-creation of Bosnia" Saturday March 5, 2011, 2 p.m. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Girls' Spring Tea
Scott County Historical Society hosts a spring tea for girls and their American Girls Dolls, Saturday March 12, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Space is limited; call 952-445-0378 to register.

WWII American GIs
Friends of Red Wing Public Library and Goodhue County Historical Society co-sponsor program on American GIs in World War II by Dr. Thomas Saylor, Saturday March 12, 2011, 10 a.m., Red Wing Public Library. Contact , 651-388-6024, for more information.

Family Day
Carver County Historical Society hosts Day of Play Family Day, Saturday March 19, 2011, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore the history of toys. Call 952-442-4234 for more information.

WASP Presentation
Scott County Historical Society welcomes Minnesota History Player Virginia May Hope, Women Airforce Service Pilot, Thursday March 24, 2011. Call 952-445-0378 for details.

Maple Tapping
Carver County Historical Society and Carver County Parks host "Syrup Spectacular," Saturday March 26, 2011, 10 a.m. to noon, Baylor Regional Park. Call 952-442-4234 for more information.

Kids' Kraft
Scott County Historical Society hosts Kids' Kraft Saturday March 26, 2011, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Family fun, including craft and story time. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

Rag Rug Program
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, hosts Barb Leuelling on Saturday March 26, 2011, for "What's in a Rag Rug?!" Workshop included with museum admission. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

Needlework Competition
LeDuc Historic Estate hosts "Modern Interpretations of Historic Designs II" international competition involving use of any of the 21 designated patterns from Hastings Needle Work Company established by the LeDuc women in 1888. Check out the Completion Guidlines and Patterns. Call 651-437-7055 with questions. Deadline: March 31, 2011.

New Traveling Exhibits
Minnesota Historical Society offers two new traveling exhibits funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Application cycles for Electrifying Minnesota and Minnesota Disasters will begin in Spring 2011. Contact the staff with questions.

Summer Camps
Dates and themes are online for Carver County Historical Society's summer history camps. Available late June through end of July 2011.

Fund Your Mission

Grants and Scholarships
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers grants and scholarships in several categories.

Continuing Education

Online Conference
American Association for State and Local History sponsors 2011 Museums and Mobile Online Conference and Virtual Expo, March 22-23, 2011.

Preservation Leadership Training
National Trust for Historic Preservation announces the 2011 Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) will be held June 11-18, 2011 at Woodlawn, Alexandria VA. Apply online. Deadline: April 1, 2011.


Minnesota Historical Society announces completion of the first stage of a Legacy-funded project, "MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds." These radio shorts have been running on stations around Minnesota since August 2010.

Failing History
Report from Thomas B. Fordham Institute shows that a majority of states received failing or near-failing grades on the quality of their standards for teaching history in grades K-12.

Impact of legacy history dollars in Arrowhead
Check out a WTIP report on the impact of Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund grants for history in Grand Marais.

Field Note

Rice CHS labeled boxes

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program provided funding for projects in a wide variety of categories. Rice County Historical Society received a Fast Track grant for $4,431 to preserve quilts and women's clothing in their collections.

Staff labeled boxes with descriptions and photos of the artifacts, making it easier to determine the contents without opening the boxes and disturbing the artifacts. Photo courtesy Rice County Historical Society.

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

In the Company of Women, by Bonnie Watkins and Nina Rothchild.

March is Women's History Month! Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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Discussions and Questions

Job Announcements

Grant Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Other Resources

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Minnesota Historical Organizations

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