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Local History News
April 13, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Show Your Support
Support Minnesota history! Contact your legislators today to ask them to support Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in the Legacy Amendment.

From the Blog

Writing Successful Grant Projects (new post) -  In this video podcast, David Grabitske from the Minnesota Historical Society provides general advice on writing grants and creating projects, drawn from his seven years of service in the Society’s Grants Office. An audio only version is also available for download.

Measurements of Tomorrow (new post) - How integral to the community is your local history organization? What can your members do to demonstrate that what we do is worthy of support--in any economy?

Facebook Findings
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Job Opportunities

Office Assistant
Betsy-Tacy Society, Mankato MN, seeks part time Office Assistant. Send cover letter and resume to Executive Director, The Betsy-Tacy Society, PO Box 94, Mankato MN 56002.

Unpaid Internship
Historical Society of Marshall County, Marshalltown IA, seeks Spring/Summer Intern. Deadline: April 30, 2011.

Find/Post Internships
InternActive connects internship-seeking college students with the organizations that need them.

Do History Here

Urban Expedition
Landmark Center, St. Paul, hosts Urban Expedition: Czech Republic/Slovakia, Sunday April 17, 2011, 1 p.m.

Annual Meeting
Join Goodhue County Historical Organizations at their Annual Meeting Sunday April 17, 2011, 2 p.m., Zumbrota Area Historical Society. Guest speaker David Grabitske will speak on his biography of Sarah Jane Sibley.

Semi-Annual Meeting
Wadena County Historical Society holds its Semi-Annual meeting Thursday April 21, 2011, 7 p.m., Blueberry Pines Gold Club, Menahga. Keynote speaker Professor Kat Hayes. Contact Sandi Pratt, 218-631-9079, for more information.

Then and Now
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society hosts illustrated presentation highlighting White Bear Lake's popular businesses and familiar buildings at Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake, Monday April 25, 2011, 6 p.m. Free. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

History in a Pint
Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, announces History in a Pint speaker John Werner on "Afghanistan: A Commander's Perspective," Tuesday April 26, 2011, 6 p.m., Carmody Irish Pub and Brewing. Contact Dan Hartman, 218-733-7500, for more information.

Family History Class
Mower County Historical Society and Austin Community Education offer "The Family Historian: Writing Your Own Family History" Thursdays April 28-May 19, 2011, 6 to 8 p.m.

Lake Minnetonka Boats
Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society sponsors presentation by Scott McGinnis on "The Old Boats of Lake Minnetonka," Thursday April 28, 2011, 7 p.m., Southshore Center, Shorewood MN. Contact Kathy Endres, 612-419-7296, for more information.

Genealogy Workshop
Mower County Historical Society offers Genealogy Detectives Workshop, Friday April 29, 2011, 5:30-11 p.m. Fee: $30 MCHS members; $40 nonmembers. Space limited to the first 8 paid registrants, so contact MCHS to register now! Deadline: Monday April 25, 2011.

Victorian Fundraiser
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County announces Victorian Trunk and Tea Fundraiser, Saturday May 7, 2011; seatings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Illustrated talk on Edwardian fashion by Barbara Hundstad. Tickets: $10/person. Reservations required; contact Lynn Catherine, 218-299-5511 x6739.

Czech Genealogy Program
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International hosts Quarterly Program at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Litomysl, Owatonna MN, Saturday May 21, 2011, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.

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 locally requested topics should attend. Don't delay, sign up today!

Register online so organizers may plan on your attendance.

Tuesday April 19, 2011, 9:30-1:00 Rescheduled date!
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
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

Continuing Education

Free Disaster Planning Webinar
Sign up for Records Emergency Planning and Response, free course starting April 26, 2011. Part of "Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records" (IPER) initiative sponsored by Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and FEMA. Register for the Minnesota course. Contact with questions.

SHPO CRM Seminar
State Historic Preservation Office Review and Compliance Unit staff hosts Cultural Resource Management Seminar Tuesday April 26, 2011, 1 to 5 p.m., 3M Auditorium, Minnesota History Center. 

Historic Preservation and CRM Seminars
National Preservation Institute announces seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management. Advance registration rate available through April 21, 2011.

Beginner Workshops
Iowa Museum Association offers two workshops suitable for students, entry level staff, new volunteers and board members, or anyone looking for a refresher course. Registration due one week prior to event. Contact Cyndi Sweet with questions.

AASLH Workshops
American Association for State and Local History offers "Building Leaders in State and Local History" workshop series. Online and onsite workshops offered; scholarships available.


AHS loom

Loom Available
Afton Historical Museum has early 1900s Union Special manual loom available for sale or donation. In working condition; available as-is. Contact AHS for more information.

National Preservation Month
Mark your calendars--May is National Preservation Month. This year's theme is "Celebrating America's Treasures."

Field Note

Local History Program

David Grabitske spoke about grants opportunities to a crowd of about twenty at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Saturday April 2, 2011. Looking for answers on collections care, grants opportunities, and more? There are still four Local History Workshops left in the spring 2011 series.

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In this Issue...
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Local History Workshops
-Continuing Education
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Job Announcements

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