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November 2, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Grants Update
MHS Executive Committee approved 49 grants in the September small grants round. Twenty-nine of the 87 counties in Minnesota (33%) received a total of $287,527. Projects varied, including museum collections care, interpretive programs, oral histories, National Register nominations and historic preservation.

From the Blog

VIDEO: Steve Elliott, Minnesota Historical Society Executive Director Speaking at MALHM
Steve Elliott, delivers the keynote address at the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum's annual meeting Friday October 28, 2011 at Stearns History Center.

MALHM 20 Year Retrospective
A panel of former board members and some founders of Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums discussed the origins and motivations of the organization, along with major milestones over the years. Read why this "Team of Voices" has made a difference.

Educate Before You Designate
More goodies from the Preserve Minnesota Conference in Faribault. In this session, Bob Yapp of Preservation Resources, Inc., presents education as the key ingredient for any successful local historic district.

Facebook Findings

Carl Lundin joined Minnesota Local History  to move our merry band up one whole number to 674. Thanks, Carl, glad to have you on board! Let each one of us find a friend like Carl to join, and get that number moving up again. 700 is in sight. Noteworthy this week: valuing local history, serving local historical organizations.

Other Blogs of Note...

(Know Your Own Bone, October 24, 2011)

Is an Organizational Hybrid for Non-Profits and For-Profits on the Horizon? (EngagingPlaces, November 2, 2011)


Job Opportunities

Curator
Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, seeks experienced curator. Contact for full job description. Deadline: November 17, 2011.

Position Openings
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has three openings:

  • Site Administrator, Old Economy Village, Ambridge PA
  • Site Administrator, PA Lumber Museum, Galeton PA
  • Managed Properties position, Harrisburg PA

Pennsylvania residency requirement waived. Civil Service exam due by December 31, 2011. Contact Brenda Reigle, 717-705-4034, for more information.

Assistant Professor
The Museum Studies Program of The George Washington University, Washington DC, seeks Assistant Professor. Deadline: January 30, 2012.

Sales Manager
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library seeks Facility Rental and Group Sales Manager.


Do History Here

Family Fun Day
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, hosts Family Fun Day, Saturday November 5, 2011, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities, prizes, and performances; lots to see and do. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

New Exhibit
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, opens new exhibit, "Sketchers and Carvers," Saturday November 5, 2011. Reception for the artists held Saturday November 12, 2011, 1-4 p.m. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

Luxembourg Talk
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts Olga Carlson, a native Luxembourger, who will discuss immigrants from Luxembourg and where in the Midwest they settled, Sunday November 6, 2011, 2 p.m. Contact , 507-934-2160, for more information.

Music and Stories
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Park MN, hosts "The Story of Music, Stories from Home," Sunday November 6, 2011, 2 p.m. at Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center. Call 763-560-8893 for more information.


St. Martin's Day
Landmark Center and Germanic American Institute, St. Paul, host St. Martin's Day, Sunday November 6, 2011, 4-6 p.m. Celebrate German traditions and treats. Please bring items to donate to Joseph's Coat. Call 651-292-3225 for more information.

Sarah Sibley Talk
Stearns History Center hosts David Grabitske, who will present his book "Six Miles from St. Paul: the Family and Society of Sarah Jane Sibley," at the Breakfast Club, Wednesday November 9, 2011, 9 a.m. Free for members; non-members, $5. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

Annual Meeting
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society holds their annual meeting Thursday November 10, 2011, 6-9 p.m. Peter R. Reis will speak on White Bear Lake in the World War II era. Tickets: $19/members, $24/non-members. Reservations required; call 651-407-5327.

Burnsville Discussion
Burnsville Historical Society meets Thursday November 10, 2011, 7 p.m. at Burnsville Performing Arts Center to learn from Kurt Chatfield, Dakota County Planning, how new parks and greenways planned for Burnsville will connect the old and new. Free. Call 952-895-4685 for more information.

Dakota War
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts John LaBatte, who will present "Causes of the Dakota War of 1862" at the historic Pond House, Sunday November 20, 2011, 2 p.m. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.


Continuing Education

Internship Program
American Association for State and Local History offers smaller institutional members the opportunity to apply for the Alderson Grant Internship Program. Receive up to $1,000 to hire a summer intern. Deadline: December 9, 2011.

Call for Proposals
South Dakota State Historical Society invites chapter proposals on all aspects of the political culture of South Dakota from the territorial period to the present. Deadline: January 2, 2012. Contact South Dakota State Historical Society Press for more information.

AAM Coming to MN
American Association of Museums holds their national conference in the Twin Cities next year, April 29-May 2, 2012. Volunteer opportunities available--a good way to help out and get free admission to the conference.


Field Note

Charles Kapsner mural

Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, hosts an exclusive display of a mural with statewide military significance, November 10-13, 2011 at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center. The mural, designed by artist Charles Kapsner, is part of the Veterans Educational Historic Project. Contact , 218-310-5356, for more information.

Photo courtesy Veterans' Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society.


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In this Issue...
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
FEATURED BOOK
Riding to Washington

Riding to Washington, by Gwenyth Swain, illustrated by David Geister. Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

November 2, 1983: President Ronald Reagan signs bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  


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