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Local History News
October 5, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Statewide Plan

We need your help in shaping Minnesota's next statewide historic preservation plan!
A New Season: Preservation Plan for Minnesota's Historic Properties 2012-2017 available now for review on the Minnesota SHPO website.
Written comments accepted through October 26, 2011.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Grants Deadline
Pre-applications for mid and large size grants are due Friday October 7, 2011. Submit via the grants portal by end of day Friday. The Grants Office no longer accepts mailed or emailed applications. Questions? Contact the , 651-259-3467.

Legacy Amendment in the News
State panel member has ties to group getting funds (Mike Kaszuba, Star Tribune, September 24)
From comics to missiles, Legacy funds land far afield (Mike Kaszuba, Star Tribune, October 1)
Legacy Money is going to the right places (Bill Ingebrigtsen and Leon Lille, Star Tribune, October 3)
Legacy projects offbeat? Is not Legacy Amendment unusual? (Rich Neumeister, Twin Cities Daily Planet, October 5)

From the Blog

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History's fans number 663 this week. Read more about it: Dakota Conflict discussion, Prohibition, reopening of the restored Canadian National Railways Depot in Baudette MN. Also, sign up for the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' 20th Annual Meeting, Friday October 28, 2011.

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Job Opportunities

Director of Education and Interpretation
Smart Museum of Art/University of Chicago seeks Director of Education and Interpretation.

Museum Director/Curator
Santa Fe Trail Center, Larned KS, seeks Museum Director/Curator. Deadline: November 1, 2011. 

Do History Here

Truck Farm Documentary
Nicollet County Historical Society, Saint Peter MN, invites the public to the Treaty Site History Center for a screening of "Truck Farm," Thursday October 6, 2011, 7 p.m. Contact , 507-934-2160, for more information.

Open Meeting
Burnsville Historical Society, Burnsville MN, invites the public to their meeting at the Burnhaven Library, Thursday October 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Program includes a talk on the history of Buck Hill. Call 952-891-0300 for more information.

Benefit Concert
Jeremy Messersmith and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles will perform a benefit concert at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, Saturday October 8, 2011; gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are limited; advance purchase only $10.

Harvest Celebration
Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, hosts a harvest celebration, Saturday October 8, 2011, 1-4 p.m. Lots of activity stations at the Stork House. Call 763-477-5383 for more information.

Nooks and Crannies
Come to the Landmark Center, St. Paul, for a Nooks and Crannies tour, Sunday October 9, 2011, 1 p.m. See areas usually closed to the public, including the legendary North Tower. Free.

Sustainability Discussion
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings meets Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Estate. Joan Mathison will speak on "Resilience: History Lessons for our Future."

October Breakfast Club
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts Lisa Meyers McClintick, who will speak on travel adventures--from day trips to full vacations, on Wednesday October 12, 2011, 9 a.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

Dakota War Talk
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, welcomes author Corinne Marz who will speak on the Dakota War of 1862 at the Society's annual meeting, Thursday October 13, 2011, 6 p.m. Call SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information.

Harvest Dinner
Fridley Historical Society hosts Harvest Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting, Tuesday October 18, 2011, 6 p.m. at the Fridley History Center. Call 763-571-0120 for more information.

Anniversary Celebration
Join St. Louis Park Historical Society as they celebrate the city's 125 years, Sunday October 16, 2011, 1-4 p.m., Wolfe Park Pavilion, St. Louis Park MN.

Public Archaeology
Join Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission at the McDonald House in Otsego MN, October 14-16, 2011 for a public archaeology project.

History in a Pint
Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, announces the latest History in a Pint at Carmody's Irish Pub & Brewing, Tuesday October 18, 2011, 6 p.m. Dan Hartman, Program Curator at Veterans' Memorial Hall, will present on the 18 men from Duluth who volunteered to serve in the Civil War. Call 218-733-7500 for more information.

Cemetery Tours
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, offers "Monuments to Life" cemetery tours:

  • Epiphany Cemetery, Coon Rapids, Thursday October 13, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
  • Forest Hill Cemetery, Anoka, Saturday October 15, 2011, 7 p.m.
  • Oak Leaf Cemetery, Bethel, Tuesday October 18, 2011, 7 p.m.

Tickets limited; purchase in advance at the History Center or call 763-421-0600.

Annual Meeting
Join Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, at their annual meeting, Thursday October 20, 2011, 5 p.m. Guest speaker will be Gary Kindseth, Vice President of Strategy at Faribault Foods. Faribault Foods has been part of the community since 1888. Contact RCHS, 507-332-2121, for more information or to purchase tickets.

Murals Shown
Stillwater American Legion Post 48 and Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, will hold an open house October 22-23, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 48 to show rare military artwork from artist Jo Lutz Rollins. For more information contact WCHS, 651-439-5956 or the Legion, 651-439-1435.

Hormel Family Talk
Join Mower County Historical Society and Hormel Historic Home, Austin MN, for "10 Things You Didn't Know About the Hormel Family," Monday October 24, 2011, 7 p.m. Free to members; $5 nonmembers. Space is limited; call Hormel Historic Home, 507-433-4243 to register.

Annual Meeting
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, holds its annual meeting Friday October 28, 2011, 6 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center Museum. HCSCC will honor Dr. Roland Dille, emeritus president of Minnesota Statue University Moorhead, with the 2011 Clay County Heritage Award. Advance tickets $45; call 218-299-5511 to reserve.

Kids Kraft
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts Kids Kraft, Saturday October 29, 2011, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Pumpkin craft and Halloween story for ages 4-8. Free, but registration required. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378.

Continuing Education

Call for Proposals
American Association for State and Local History now accepting session and workshop proposals for 2012 annual meeting in Salt Lake City UT, "Crossroads: Exploring Vibrant Connections Between People and Place." Deadline: November 17, 2011.

Small Museum Classes
Small Museum Pro! offers Small Museum Administration and Leadership class, October 19-December 16, 2011.

Fund Your Mission

CAP Applications
Conservation Assessment Program applications for 2012 now available.

Rural and Intercultural Grants
Laura Jane Musser Fund offers intercultural harmony grants, due October 12, 2011, and rural initiative grants, due November 9, 2011.

Museums for America
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the Museums for America program. Deadline: November 1, 2011.

Cultural Heritage Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities announces changes to the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant program. Deadline: December 1, 2011. Contact for more information.

MAP Assessments
American Association of Museums' Museum Assessment Program is now available. Deadline: December 1, 2011.


MDL Digitization Project
Minnesota Digital Library is accepting applications for projects for Phase 8 of the development of Minnesota Reflections. Applications accepted through April 30, 2012 or until they have committed all digitization funding.

Available: Floor Loom
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, has an Oriental Rug Company Floor Loom available. It is in working order--good for demonstrations! Contact if interested.

Field Note

Bill DeJohn

Last week, announced that he will retire on January 11, 2012, after 27 years as Director of Minitex at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

Besides tremendous contributions to the public library system in Minnesota, he also has contributed much to local history through Minnesota Digital Library and providing webinars for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program. Thanks Bill, and best of luck!

Photo courtesy Minitex.

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In this Issue...
-Statewide Plan
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
Poles in Minnesota

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