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November 9, 2011Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Small Grants Update
Staff has begun review of 78 applications from the October 2011 Fast Track grants round. The next deadline for small grants will be January 13, 2012.

Mid and Large Grants Update
Staff has completed review of 115 pre-applications for the Fall mid and large grants round and emailed review comments to applicants. Final applications are due by end of day Friday November 18, 2011. Questions on your pre-application comments? Contact the Grants Office via email or call John Fulton, 651-259-3467, or Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

From the Blog

Preserve MN 2011 podcasts continue...
Historic Masonry Mobile Workshop
Led by Robert Mack, FAIA, of MacDonald & Mack Architects, this practical training session uses various downtown Faribault buildings to provide viewers with an understanding of historic masonry restoration practices and the methods and techniques used for evaluating, restoring and repointing historic masonry.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans came through, bringing our numbers up to 681! That's a respectable jump of seven people in one week. In the news: Washington County Historical Society's new building plans, the role of government in preserving local history, MHS Director Steve Elliott out and about in southwestern Minnesota.

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Job Opportunities

Vice President
Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul MN, seeks Vice President Learning Innovation. Deadline: November 30, 2011.

Assistant Manager
Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester seeks Assistant Manager. Deadline: December 2, 2011.

Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis MN, seeks part-time Intern. Send cover letter and resume to . Deadline: December 15, 2011. 

Executive Assistant
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis MN, seeks Executive Assistant to the Director. Position open until filled.

Do History Here

Veterans Day
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, and Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, are among the historical organizations offering free admission to veterans on Veterans Day, Friday November 11, 2011.

Maplewood Gravestones
Maplewood Historical Society, Maplewood MN, presents a dicussion of Victorian symbols and superstitions on headstones, Tuesday November 15, 2011, 7 p.m. Call 651-900-3539 for more information.

Give to the Max
Don't forget! The annual Give to the Max Day is coming soon--Wednesday November 16, 2011.

Vietnam Exhibit
Dakota County Historical Society, South St. Paul MN, announces the re-opening of the expanded exhibit "From the Front IV: Vietnam in January," Thursday November 17, 2011, 6 p.m. Presentation by Kim Heikkila on her book "Sisterhood of War" follows. Free. For more information call 651-552-7548.

Christmas Decorating
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society invites the public to help decorate the Fillebrown House for the holidays, Saturday November 26, 2011, 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments, door prizes, and music! to 651-407-5327.

Christmas Tea
Kenyon Area Historical Society hosts Christmas Tea at the M.T. Gunderson Home, November 26-27, 2011, 2 p.m. Cost: $15/person. RSVP to Carol Lozon, 507-789-6497.

Christmas at Sperry House
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts Christmas at the Sperry House, Sunday November 27 and December 4, 11, 18, 2011, 2-5 p.m. or by appointment. KCHS' Festive Forest will also be ready for viewing. Call 320-235-1881 for more information.

White Bear Then and Now
Join White Bear Lake Area Historical Society at the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake, Monday November 28, 2011, 6-7 p.m. for a talk on downtown White Bear Lake. Free. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Continuing Education

AASLH Session Proposals
American Association for State and Local History presents its 2012 annual meeting "Crossroads: Exploring Vibrant Connections Between People and Place," in Salt Lake City UT, October 3-6, 2012. Call for Proposals due November 15, 2011.

MDL Webinar
Minnesota Digital Library offers free webinar "Using the New Minnesota Reflections," Tuesday November 22, 2011, 2-3:30 p.m.

Free AASLH Webinars
American Association for State and Local History offers three free webinars this fall and winter:

  • Telling a Good Story, November 17, 2011
  • Creating Historic House Interpretive Plans That Connect, December 8, 2011
  • Redefining Audiences, January 27, 2012

All webinars require pre-registration. For more information contact , 615-320-3203.

Field Note

Mower CHS lunchbox series

Planning and Growing
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, started a Lunchbox History Series this year, to rave reviews. The July program brought in 55 people, and the one in August (pictured) drew a whopping 113!

In order to continue being relevant for the community, MCHS now seeks input on its recently completed strategic plan draft. The plan is meant to guide the historical society's operations and goals from 2013 to 2018. Executive Director Dustin Heckman --please respond by November 30, 2011.

Photo courtesy Mower 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
Normandy to Okinawa

Normandy to Okinawa, by John H. Linner, M.D. Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Thank a veteran for his/her service. Friday November 11, 2011 is Veterans Day.

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