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Local History News
September 21, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Grants Portal Reminder
If your organization plans to submit an application through the grants portal to any of the grants programs administered by the Minnesota Historical Society Grants Office, keep in mind that you must save your work before exiting the program. Make sure that you have all required (bold) fields populated, or you will lose your work. You may wish to write your answers in a word document, then copy and paste to the portal.

If you're having trouble navigating the portal, please call John Fulton, 651-259-3467, or Joe Hoover, 651-259-3461.

Grants Deadlines
The first small grants deadline for Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants has passed, and the Grants Office received 72 applications. If your organization missed getting an application in, prepare a proposal for the October 21, 2011 deadline. Contact the Grants Office for assistance.

Mid and Large grants pre-applications are due October 7, 2011, with final applications due in the Grants Office by November 18, 2011. Reminder: pre-applications are required for the mid and large grants. For more information or to discuss a project with grants staff, contact the Grants Office, 651-259-3467.

From the Blog

photo of storage cabinet drawer with artVIDEO: Eastman Johnson Collection Storage Cabinets
The Saint Louis County Historical Society used MHCG funds to provide appropriate storage for the nationally significant ethnographic Eastman Johnson collection.



Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History picked up a few more fans last week, bringing our numbers to 658! News of note this week: Holdingford Historical Society gets a new home--congratulations! Also, Give to the Max Day is coming soon . . .

Thus far those that like Minnesota Local History follow the trend seen in the field. Female followers are generally a larger percentage by a healthy margin than males in every age demographic, except one. 

Interestingly, males 13-17 edge out females. Why? We don't know, but we think its neat that history appeals to youth. Also, for the age group of 45-54, men and women are nearly equal in numbers. Consider joining them.

Job Opportunities

Head of Historic Preservation
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Head of Historic Preservation. Deadline: Position open until filled; applications received or postmarked by September 29, 2011 will be considered first.

National Register Historian
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks National Register Historian. Deadline: Position open until filled; applications received or postmarked by September 29, 2011 will be considered first.

Editorial Assistant/Publishing Intern
Minnesota Historical Society Press, St. Paul MN, seeks Editorial Assistant/Publishing Intern. Deadline: October 1, 2011.

Development Director
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks Development Director. Deadline: October 5, 2011.

Do History Here

Mexican-American Exhibit
Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, opens "Living La Via en Ramsey County," an exhibit about the culture and history of Mexican-Americans in Ramsey County, Thursday September 22, 2011, Landmark Center. Free. Call 651-222-0701 for more information.

Free Admission
Several Minnesota historical organizations are participating in Smithsonian Magazine's 7th Annual Museum Day, Saturday September 24, 2011, offering free admission to visitors with Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day admission ticket.

Fall Harvest Celebration
Join Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, for their Fall Harvest Celebration, Saturday September 24, 2011, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of activities for adults and kids. Free admission. Call MCHS, 507-437-6082, for more information.

Fall Gala
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, announces their annual Fall Gala, "Celebrating the Greatest Generation," Friday October 28, 2011, 6 p.m. Tickets available beginning October 1 at the Heritage Shop or from board members. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Dakota Language Class
Pond Dakota Heritage Society offers Dakota language training at Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN, Sunday October 2, 2011, 1:30-4 p.m. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Preparing for Winter
Harkin Store, nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21, will be "Preparing for Winter," Sunday October 2, 2011, 1-4 p.m. Contact the store at 507-354-8666 or Nicollet County Historical Society, 507-934-2160, for more information.

Dig and Study in Otsego
Join the Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission on October 14-16, 2011, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, to investigate the 1850s home of John McDonald in an archaeological dig and architectural study. Participants must be 15 years old or older, those under 18 accompanied by an adult, with gloves and appropriate footwear. Contact Toni Seroshek.

Book Talk
Pond Dakota Heritage Society hosts author Rep. Dean Urdahl, who will present "Pursuit," the third installment of his U.S./Dakota War saga, at Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN, Sunday October 16, 2011, 2 p.m. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Show and Tell Exhibit
Join Edina Historical Society at the Edina History Museum on Saturday October 29, 2011 for the grand opening of "Growing Up in Edina," a show and tell exhibit. Program at 2 p.m. Free.

Civil War 150th Anniversary
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a number of exhibits and activities throughout the month of October 2011. For more information call 800-372-6437.

Continuing Education

Call for Discussants
National Council on Public History offers call for 2012 Working Group Discussants, seminar-like conversations that allow conferees to explore subjects in-depth before and during the annual meeting. Eleven topics from which to choose. Deadline: October 6, 2011.

AV Tape Workshop
Midwest Archives Conference holds their 2011 Symposium "Mysteries of Magnetic Tape Revealed!" in Sioux City IA, October 20-21, 2011.

Call for Posters
National Council on Public History Annual Meeting Poster Session is a format for presentations about projects that use visual evidence. Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2011.


HPC Seats Open
City of Minneapolis has four seats available for appointment or reappointment on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC). All four seats will be appointments of the City Council. Residents of Minneapolis with an interest or knowledge in historic preservation or another closely related field encouraged to apply. Applications due September 30, 2011.

NCPH Awards
National Council on Public History has made changes to its awards program. Nominate your work or a colleague's today! Submissions for the book prize due November 1, 2011; most other NCPH awards nominations due December 1, 2011.

Small Museum Community
New small museum online community, Small Museum Community, offers helpful information to subscribers, such as an Alaska State Museum blog entitled "What's That White Stuff?"

Field Note

Photo of Guide giving tour through the cemetery

Cemetery Walk
Many of our local historical organizations take advantage of the beautiful fall weather to get in the last of the outdoor activities. Winona County Historical Society presents the 2012 Voices from the Past Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, October 8-9, noon to 3 p.m. Cost: $7/adults, $5/students, $3/ages 12 and younger.

In addition, "The Haunting of Potter's Field," a performance featuring stories of those buried at Woodlawn's Potter's Field, will run October 7-9, 2011. Pre-sale tickets available, $10/adults; $7/children. Join WCHS for a sneak peek at the reception held October 5, 2011 at the History Center, $10. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Photo courtesy Winona County Historical Society.

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-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
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-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
Sisterhood of War

Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam, by Kim Heikkila.

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