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October 26, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Matters

History MattersLegacy Fund in Jeopardy?
In a recent media report, a member of the Minnesota House floated the possibility of using funds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund/Legacy funds to pay for the proposed Vikings stadium. While this concept is contrary to both the intent of the voters and the language of the constitutional amendment, it is being considered and should be taken seriously.

Please take a few moments to call your House and Senate members at their office, home, or both to express your thoughts about using Legacy funds for a Vikings stadium. If you are not able to talk to your legislators directly and need to leave a phone message, please also to state your opinion. Make sure to mention that you are a constituent. Thank you for your help.

Statewide Plan

LAST CHANCE! Help shape 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 end of day TODAY, October 26, 2011.

Many of your colleagues have already checked this out--find out why, and be sure to leave your comments, concerns, or praises to fold into our collective efforts for the next five years.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Grants Updates
Now that the Legacy grants are back in full swing, the Grants Office has plenty to keep themselves busy:

  • Minnesota Historical Society Executive Committee meets this week to make final approval on 69 applications submitted for the September small grants round.
  • Staff is diligently completing review of the 116 mid and large size pre-applications that were due earlier this month and will send comments back to applicants shortly.
  • Review of 60 applications received for the October small grants round will begin soon.

Looking ahead, for those organizations that submitted pre-applications for the mid and large grants round, final applications are due Friday November 18, 2011. Historic Resources Advisory Committee meets December 19-20, 2011 to make determinations on those applications.

From the Blog

PODCAST: Preservation Doesn’t Cost – It Pays! Part 2

Part two of Bob Yapp’s keynote presentation at Preserve Minnesota, the Minnesota Statewide Historic Preservation Conference is now posted on the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office blog.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History holds steady at 673--the approximate birth year of the Venerable Bede. Definitely an auspicious number. Not-to-miss topics this week: Chatfield's historical wall, Region 2 Arts Council Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund award winners, new program manager at Scott County Historical Society, Todd County History Day, Legacy reporting.

, with 222 fans, has video of several sessions from this year's Preserve Minnesota conference.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants, 109 members, recently posted news about potential use of Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund dollars. How do you feel about this development?

Job Opportunities

Director of Development
Carl & Mary Koehler History Center, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks Director of Development. Deadline: November 15, 2011.

Executive Director
Mitchell County Historical Society, Osage IA, seeks Executive Director. Resume and cover letter due prior to November 18, 2011.

Do History Here

Civil War Round Table
Cannon Valley Civil War Round Table, Faribault MN, meets Thursday October 27, 2011, 7 p.m. at Faribault Senior Center. Guest speaker is Marvin "Stoney" Stonecipher, who will speak on Nathan Bedford Forrest. Call Dan Peterson, 507-332-8250 or Jan Stevens, 507-244-0500, for more information.

Exhibit Reception
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, announces reception for new exhibit "Main Streets of Carlton County," Saturday October 29, 2011, 2-4 p.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Civil War Talk
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Park MN, hosts Darryl Sannes, who will speak on "Patriots of Crystal Township," Tuesday November 1, 2011, 7 p.m., Rockford Road Library. Call 763-560-8893 for more information.

Friends Meeting
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings meets Tuesday November 8, 2011, 7 p.m. at the Estate. After a short business meeting will be a program honoring volunteers. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Pangea Cultural Festival
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County hosts 17th annual "Pangea--Cultivate our Cultures" multi-ethnic festival at Hjemkomst Center, Saturday November 12, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. For more information call 218-299-5511.

Unmentionables Exhibit
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces the opening of "Under Where? Unmentionables Exposed," Thursday November 17, 2011. Talk by executive director Kathleen Klehr, 6:30 p.m. Contact , 952-445-0378, for more information.

Continuing Education

MAP Deadline
American Association of Museums' Museum Assessment Program assists small and mid-size museums through a combination of self-study and expert peer review. Apply now; deadline is December 1, 2011. Questions? Contact , 202-289-9118.

Dakota Conference
Center for Western Studies announces 44th Annual Dakota Conference, April 27-28, 2012, Augustana College, Sioux Falls SD. Call for proposals due Friday February 10, 2012.

Student Essay Contest
Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Bismarck ND, announces 2012 Pride in Your Heritage essay contest "Germany/Russia/Americas...Giant Steppes Toward Freedom." Deadline: March 31, 2012.


Staff Change at National Trust
Royce A. Yeater left his position as Midwest Director of National Trust for Historic Preservation due to consolidated management of several NTHP offices.

Field Note

Allison Drtina

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces new part-time Program Manager Allison Drtina. She is responsible for adult, children, outreach and school programs, as well as volunteer management. Welcome!

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In this Issue...
-Legacy Matters
-Statewide Plan
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
Birds in Our Backyard

Birds in Our Backyard, photography by Bill Marchel, text by Adele Porter.

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