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Local History News
March 30, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Minnesota's Legacy
Minnesota Legislature created a website to help citizens monitor how dollars from the Legacy Amendment are being invested in the state. Track the progress of hundreds of funded projects on Minnesota's Legacy.

From the Blog

Relevant Warehouses (1 new comment) - If all museum collections in the country were now in the hands of private citizens, what would communities be missing?

History for Every County (1 new comment) - Positive words for county historical organizations.

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Local History Digest: Sibley Park: Lions and racetracks and floods, oh my! originally printed in the  Blue Earth County Historical Society's "The Blue Earth County Historian" Volume XVIII, Number 4, Fall 2010.

Job Opportunities

Director of Human Resources
Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks Director of Human Resources. Deadline: April 4, 2011.

Research Associate
Art Institute of Chicago seeks temporary Research Associate.

Do History Here

Railway History
Northfield Historical Society recently opened a new exhibit, "The History of Northfield's Railways." Open now through May 8, 2011. Call NHS, 507-645-9268, for more information.  

Stearns History Museum's White House Children's Garden Project registration and informational meeting will be Saturday April 2, 2011, 10 a.m. to noon.

Log Cabin Construction
Build a model log cabin at Historic Pond House, Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN, Sunday April 3, 2011, 2-4 p.m. Call 952-563-8738 for more information.

Czech Settlement History
Join Steele County Historical Society Tuesday April 12, 2011, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., for talk by Mike Wolesky on "The Early Czech Settlement of Steele County." Call 507-451-1420 for more information.

Historic Landscape
Stearns History Museum Breakfast Club hosts Erin Hanafin Berg and Bill Morgan, speaking on "The Historic Landscape of Southeast St. Cloud," Wednesday April 13, 2011, 9 a.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

Ukranian Egg Painting
In conjuction with a new exhibit, "Hand-Crafted," Carver County Historical Society offers Ukranian Egg Painting Saturday April 16, 2011. Registration required; call CCHS, 952-442-4234, for details.

Steele County and Civil War
Barry Adams will speak at Steele County Historical Society Tuesday April 19, 2011, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on "Steele County Goes to War in the Spring of 1861." Call 507-451-1420 for more information.

Beer Exhibit
Mark your calendars for the opening of "Beer Me: Breweries of Scott County" exhibit at Scott County Historical Society, Thursday April 28, 2011. Beer tasting and presentation by "Land of Amber Waters" author Doug Hoverson, 6:30 p.m. Call SCHS 952-445-0378 for more information.

Continuing Education

Historic Bridge Rehabilitation
Free webinar "" Thursday April 7, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Central Time. Teleconference number 800-683-4564; Password 855528. Contact Historic Bridge Alliance for more information.

Collections Care
Small Museum Pro! offers workshop "Caring for Museum Collections" April 11-May 30, 2011. Earn three Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

PastPerfect Training
PastPerfect online training classes now available:

  • Cataloging Collections with PastPerfect 5.0, May 9-11, 2011.
  • Managing Contacts, Donations and Membership with PastPerfect 5.0, June 6-8, 2011.

Classes held 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Training CDs also available so you can learn at your own pace and schedule.

AASLH Project Management Workshop
American Association for State and Local History offers Project Management for History Professionals, Missouri History Museum April 12-14, 2011. Free through a grant from IMLS. Limited space available.

Digital Images Workshop
Minitex sponsors new workshop "Understanding Digital Images: Basic to Intermediate Concepts," Friday May 27, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer Archaeology Classes
Inver Hills Community College offers hands-on archaeology class, Field Experience in Archaeology, beginning Tuesday June 14, 2011.

Museum Training Webcasts
Texas Historical Commission offers short webcasts from their "Training for Texas Museums" project.


Used Book Sale
Carlton County Historical Society plans huge used book sale Saturday April 2, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most books $1.00 each. Admission: $1. Proceeds benefit CCHS. Contact , 218-879-1938, for more information.

Traveling Exhibits Available
Minnesota Historical Society accepting applications for two traveling exhibits, Minnesota Homefront and Minnesota on the Map, beginning April 3, 2011. Application cycles for Electrifying Minnesota and Minnesota Disasters end March 31, 2011. Funded by the 2008 Legacy Amendment and made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Memorabilia Wanted
National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa IA, seeks motorcycles, photos, stories, documents, statistics, and memorabilia related to "Motorcycles at Work," a new exhibit opening June 3, 2011. Contact Mark Mederski, 614-551-0960, for more information.  

Survey Findings Available
Preservation Action Foundation annnounces results available from Federal Historic Preservation Program Task Force 2010 survey.

Wood Burning Stove Available
Wood burning stove, probably pre-1915, in Crosby MN available for donation to nonprofit historical organization. Recipient responsible for transportation. Contact Linda Helstern.

New Listserv for Minnesota Preservationists

Northstar Blankets sign detailA new electronic mailing list, Preserve Minnesota Listserv, is available to facilitate faster and better communication among historic preservationists across Minnesota, including SHPO staff, local governments, local preservation commission members, designers, contractors and building owners. The listserv is free and available through Google Groups and is currently being maintained by staff at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Sign up now!

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Field Note

Stephen Elliot

Minnesota Historical Society announced that its Board of Directors named D. Stephen Elliott as director and chief executive officer effective May 1, 2011. Elliott is currently the president and chief executive officer of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown NY.

Listen to an interview of Steve Elliott by Cathy Wurzer.

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-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
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-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Preservation Listserv
Wanda Gag

Wanda Gag: Storybook Artist.

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

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