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March 16, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Grant Projects in Reporting Phase
With only three and a half months to go before the end of the biennium, and the end of the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants freshman season, grantees are wrapping up their projects and final reports. Approximately 29% of the 474 grants have been closed; the is busy reviewing final reports on a daily basis.

Legacy grants preserve history
Check out Minnesota Historical Society director Michael Fox in a TV interview on WDIO in Duluth.

Legacy grants for arts projects
Joe Soucheray at KSTP AM 1500 applies his Garage Logic to a list of grant projects made by the Minnesota State Arts Board. Listen to this 40-minute podcast.

Requested: Your Participation!
Help Shape Minnesota's Statewide Preservation Plan

Cover of 2006 Preservation PlanState Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will update the statewide historic preservation plan for 2006-2010, which was issued five years ago; much has changed since then.

The plan guides the work of the SHPO and provides a framework for the ongoing work of historic preservation.

SHPO is hosting a series of public participation meetings to gather input from our many stakeholders and the public which will result in a new preservation plan to be issued in the fall.

Help spread the word! Attend one of the meetings and/or take the online survey.

From the Blog

History for Every County (new post) - Just how common is it that every county has a countywide entity taking care of county history?

Group Forum - Media - Check out ways to record and use video footage from the small, simple and affordable to the professional, complex and costly. 

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History has 451 Facebook friends! Although a fiery hot number, we'd like to get up to '1984', which might be a 'Brave New World'! Be like 'Big Brother' and keep tabs on the local history scene by following it on Facebook.

Check out our growing "Readers Digest" list of newsletter articles from local historical societies in Minnesota:

Documentary "Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible" by filmmaker Mick Caouette to be shown Tuesday March 22, 2011, 7 p.m. at Stillwater Public Library.

Local History Workshops

WorkshopLocal History Workshops from Minnesota Historical Society will resume next month. We're trying something a bit different this year. Instead of holding the same workshop in several places, this year we will add content to groups of historical organizations that have already planned to hold their regular spring meetings.

Register online so that organizers may plan on your attendance.

Saturday April 2, 2011, 9 a.m.
Northwest Metro Historical Organizations
Location: Embassy Suites, 6300 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
Program: “Creating Successful Grant Projects,” with David Grabitske
Cost: optional $10 breakfast at 8:15
Those arriving by 8 a.m. should plan to share future plans
Contact: Diane Sannes, 763-560-8893

Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Minnesota's Historic Northwest
Location: Hjemkomst Heritage Center, 202 First Avenue North, Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Program: "The Big Picture and the Little Picture...Exhibit Design Insights & Case Display Details" with Claudia Pratt and Pam Burkhart
Legacy Amendment Update with David Grabitske
Cost: $10, payable to Minnesota's Historic Northwest
Contact: Tamara Edevold

Wednesday April 20, 2011, 8:30-2:30
Southeastern Minnesota Historical Organizations
Location: West Hills Complex, 540 West Hills Circle, Owatonna, Minnesota 55060
“Developing Local Educational Programs to Meet State History Education Standards” with Nancy O’Brien Wagner
Program: Cost: $15, payable to Steele County Historical Society
Contact: Laura Resler

Thursday April 21, 2011, 9-11 a.m.
Twin Ports History Coalition
Location: Thomson Township Town Hall, 25 East Harney Road, Esko, Minnesota 55733
Program: “Collections Potpourri: cataloging, abandoned property, permanent vs. education collections, and use of policy and planning for grants” with Melinda Hutchinson
Cost: Free
Contact: Dan Hartman

Monday May 2, 2011, Director’s Meeting at 10, Program 1-3 p.m.
Upper Minnesota River Area Museum Meeting
Location: Yellow Medicine County Historical Society, 98 Hwy 67 E (MN 23 & MN 67), Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241
Program: “Preserving Textiles and how to Write Grants for them” with Melinda Hutchinson
Cost: Free
Contact: Brian Schulz

Job Opportunities

Paid Summer Internships
Sheboygan County Historical Museum, Sheboygan WI, announces availability of two paid summer internships. Send letter of interest, resume and contact information to . Deadline: March 25, 2011.

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, seeks applicants for two paid summer internships. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

Unpaid Internships
Science Museum of Minnesota offers unpaid internships for Exhibit Designer, Early Childhood Science, Oral History, KAYSC. Deadline: April 6, 2011.

Do History Here

St. Patrick's Day Program
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts "Irish Voices on the Minnesota Prairie" Thursday March 17, 2011, 1 p.m. Admission: $1. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Cannon Valley CWRT
Jan Stevens speaks about Confederate uniforms at Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable, Thursday March 17, 2011, 7 p.m., Faribault Senior Center, Faribault MN. Call Jan Stevens, 507-244-0500, or Dan Peterson, 507-332-8250, for more information.

Traveling Exhibit
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, announces new traveling exhibit "Norwegian Footprints," opening Saturday March 19, 2011; opening reception 1-4 p.m. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.  

Frontier Music Fest
Duke Addicks performs fur trade-era music Sunday March 20, 2011, 2 p.m. at Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN. Pond House tour 3:30 p.m. Suggested donation $2 per adult. Call 952-563-8738 for more information.

Annual Meeting
Winona County Historical Society announces 76th Annual Meeting, Tuesday March 22, 2011, 7 p.m. Hampton Smith will discuss his book "Brother of Mine." Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

State Review Board Meeting
Up for consideration: Duluth Armory, Young Women's Christian Association of Duluth (YWCA), St. Louis County;  Milford Mine Historic District, Wolford Township, Crow Wing County; and Abbott Hospital, Minneapolis, Hennepin County for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places on Tuesday March 22, 2011 at 7 p.m., Minnesota History Center.

World War II Exhibit
Hennepin History Museum hosts "Boatlift 1943: Rescue of the Danish Jews" on loan from Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn IA. Opening reception Wednesday March 23, 2011, 6 p.m. Film screening "Tak for Alt" Thursday March 24, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Call 612-870-1329 for more information.

Hockey History
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society hosts hockey historian Roger Godin, who will present portions of his book "Red, White and Blue on Ice," Monday March 28, 2011, 6 p.m., Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. Free. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Birch Bark Project
Minnesota Discovery Center hosts Kathy Culbert, Saturday April 9, 2011, 11 a.m., who will demonstrate how to make traditional woven birch bark stars. Fee: $10/person. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

Lunch Discussion
St. Louis County Historical Society presents "Lunch with the History People" Thursday April 14, 2011, noon to 1 p.m., St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center. Author Mike Roberts speaks on his book "The Last Keeper at Split Rock: A Memoir." Free. Contact , 218-733-7568, for more information.

Ukranian Egg Decorating
Minnesota Discovery Center hosts Barb Walters, Saturday April 16, 2011, 1-4 p.m., who will demonstrate Ukranian egg decorating using traditional techniques. Fee: $10. Call 800-372-6437 to pre-register.

Continuing Education

AASLH Workshops
American Association for State and Local History announces seats available for Project Management workshops. Contact with questions.

AASLH Exhibit Workshop
American Association for State and Local History Exhibit Makeovers Workshop to be held April 28-29, 2011, Chicago IL. Register by March 28, 2011 for discounted rate.

Museum Store Workshop
Iowa Museum Association hosts Museum Store Basics, April 6, 2011, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Living History Farms, Urbandale IA. Registration due by March 30, 2011.

National Main Streets Conference
Registration open for the 2011 National Main Streets Conference, May 22-25, 2011, Des Moines IA.

New England Studies Program
Intensive Program in New England Studies by Historic New England, June 20-25, 2011. Scholarships available; deadline for application April 15, 2011.

Review and Compliance Seminar
Annual Review and Compliance seminar hosted by Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will resume in a half-day session held Tuesday April 26, 2011 in 3M Auditorium of the Minnesota History Center, 1 to 5 p.m. Registration: $10, including refreshments. Register on-line or by mail-in registration form.

National Trust Scholarships
National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting applications for Diversity Scholarship Program, 2011 National Preservation Conference. Deadling: Wednesday June 1, 2011.

Fund Your Mission

National Grants
National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities announce 2011 grant opportunities.


Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Tourist Information Center announces two-phase expansion and exhibit renovation.

Iowa Museum Day
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad proclaimed Saturday May 14, 2011 Iowa Museum Day.

Save the Date
Minnesota Digital Library will hold 9th Annual Meeting Monday June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.

Historic House Museum request
American Association for State and Local History is looking for examples of small historic house museums (annual budgets of $250,000 or less) who are doing outstanding work in historic preservation and ongoing maintentance. If you are one of these sites or are familiar with one, can you please let Bethany Hawkins know?

Field Note

Stefanie Carlson

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, recently hired Stefanie Carlson of Hibbing MN as Education Coordinator. She will develop relationships with area schools, promote MDC as a field trip destination, develop educational programs, and work with onsite tour guides.  

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In this Issue...
In this Issue...
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-Preservation Plan Survey
-From the Blog
-Local History Workshops
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
Irish in Minnesota

Irish in Minnesota, by Ann Regan.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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