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April 6, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Local History Workshops

Spring Workshops Return
Local History Workshops from Minnesota Historical Society are back! 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.

Who can attend? You! Anyone interested in these topics should attend.

Register online so organizers may plan on your attendance.

Postponed due to flooding
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, Program at 10, Director's Meeting 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

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

New Legacy Grants?
Grants Office has fielded several calls from organizations asking about the possibility of upcoming grants cycles. We still await a decision from the Minnesota legislature, so have not set grant deadlines. Watch this space the coming months for updates on Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program informational meetings, application process, and more.

From the Blog

Relevant Warehouses (2 new comments) - Having information available online is helpful, but no substitute for experiencing the real thing.

History for Every County (1 new comment) - A reminder from a reader to check out the historical organizations in our own backyards.

Facebook Findings

At 473 followers, Minnesota Local History is racing toward 500 - will they make it by time of the centennial Indianapolis 500 on May 22? Only if you sign up!

Job Opportunities

Administrator, Library-Archives Division (State Archivist)
Wisconsin Historical Society seeks State Archivist. Deadline: May 2, 2011.

Tour Guide
Robert R. McCormick Museum, Cantigny Park, Wheaton IL, seeks part time Tour Guide. Available immediately. Submit cover letter and resume to Jeffrey Anderson.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines IA, seeks Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunity

Tour Guide
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, seeks volunteers to give tours of the Warden's House Museum during the 2011 tour season. Training session Saturday April 23, 2011, 10 a.m. Contact Kirsta Benson Sanchez, 651-439-5956, for more information.

Do History Here

Open House
Stearns History Museum invites the public to an open house to celebrate the museum's 75th anniversary, Sunday April 10, 2011, noon to 5 p.m. View new exhibit "75 Objects 75th Anniversary." Free. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

Urban Expedition
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, hosts Urban Expedition: Egypt!, Sunday April 10, 2011, 1 to 3 p.m. Free; please bring items to donate to Halle Q. Brown Food Shelf. Call 651-292-3276 for more information.

MAM Sampler
Minnesota Association of Museums will hold the April MAM Sampler at Julian H. Sleeper House, St. Paul, Thursday April 14, 2011, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Mingle with colleagues while viewing decorative arts from the Gilded Age.

Split Rock Book Talk
St. Louis County Historical Society hosts Lunch with the History People, Thursday April 14, 2011, noon to 1 p.m. Featured speaker Mike Roberts, author of "The Last Keeper at Split Rock: A Memoir." Contact Julie Bolos, 218-733-7568, for more information.

History Lecture Series
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County hosts Darci Asche, who will discuss refugee immigration to the Red River Valley, Saturday April 16, 2011, 2 p.m. Free. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Open House
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, hosts Open House Sunday April 17, 2011, noon to 4 p.m. Free. Contact WCHS, 651-439-5956, for more information.

Genealogy Talk
Gretchen Leisen and Ed Zapp present "Uncovering Great-Grandma's Secret - On the Way to a Reunion" at Stearns History Center, St. Cloud, MN, Tuesday April 19, 2011, 7 p.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

Book Talk
Afton Historical Museum hosts author Diane Dettmann, who presents "Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants" Thursday April 21, 2011, 7 p.m. Call 651-436-3500 for more information.

Saint John's Bible Tour
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County hosts trip on Thursday May 12, 2011, to Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville MN, to see original pages from the Saint John's Bible and enjoy a tour, program, and lunch. Cost: $50/person. Call Lynn Catherine, 218-299-5511 x6739 for reservations.

Save the Date
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts 7th Annual Tea at the Sperry House, Friday June 10, 2011, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Register now--limited seating fills up quickly! Contact Jill Wohnoutka, 320-235-1881.

Continuing Education

Scholarship Opportunity
Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, announces new scholarship for history majors and minors who reside in St. Louis County. Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship awards $500 to a college student to produce a military history project relevant to St. Louis County. First round deadline: April 15, 2011. Contact Dan Hartman, 218-733-7500, with questions.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, Inc. sponsors Gene-A-Rama, Honoring Our Ancestors on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (And More!), April 15-16, 2011, La Crosse WI.

MAM Annual Meeting
Join your colleagues at Minnesota Association of Museums' Annual Meeting "What's New With You?" Monday April 18, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Sessions on collections care, Legacy Amendment, technology, and more. MAM members: $25; nonmembers: $35. Register now to reserve your spot!

Education Workshop
Dickinson State University's Theodore Roosevelt Center, Bismarck ND, sponsors "Digging Into History: From Items to Inspiration," one-day workshop Thursday April 28, 2011, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn how to incorporate primary sources and artifacts into classroom teaching. Free. Deadline for registration: April 21, 2011. Contact Sharon Kilzer, 701-483-2814, for more information.

Disaster Resources
Several Iowa museums have partnered to produce a number of free disaster awareness workshops this spring.


Redesigned Website
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits announces their new website.

MDC Wins Award
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, received a Blandin Foundation Grant for $10,000 to host a regional women's expo, Empowher, June 3-4, 2011.

Luxembourg Immigrant Information
Created by Gretchen Leisen, local genealogist, interactive CD "Luxembourg Immigrants to Stearns County and Vicinity 1854-1920" available at Stearns History Center for $19.95 plus tax. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

Civil War Daybook
Minnesota Historical Society launched Civil War Daybook. Each day for the length of the American Civil War, read about something that happened on that day, found in MHS collections.

Field Note

MN on the Map

Looking for a fresh new exhibit for your gallery space? Minnesota History Center's traveling exhibits Electrifying Minnesota and Minnesota Disasters are still available. Send your completed application to Aaron Novodvorsky.

Electrifying Minnesota dates available:

  • June 11-August 8, 2011
  • August 20-October 10, 2011
  • October 22-December 12, 2011

Minnesota Disasters dates available:

  • July 16-September 6, 2011
  • September 17-November 14, 2011
  • November 24, 2011-January 14, 2012
  • January 26-March 17, 2012

Also available: Minnesota Homefront and Minnesota on the Map, for various dates November 2011 through October 2012.

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-Local History Workshops
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
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-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
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