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January 4, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Small Grant Deadline
There are only 9 days until the next Fast Track grants deadline. If you're planning to submit an application for a small grant ($7,000 or less), have your application submitted via the Grants Portal by end of day Friday January 13, 2012. Questions? Contact the Grants Office.

From the Blog

Typical Storage areaFive Early-21st-Century Challenges
Five compelling issues that need to be addressed by history organizations as they move forward.

Cloud Computing for Small Museums
The cloud is here, and companies and nonprofit organizations are taking advantage of it. Both the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota have moved away from Microsoft Outlook in favor of Google's Gmail. Find out what cloud computing is, how it can help your organization and ten low-cost suggestions for services to help your local history organization get started.

Local History Newsletter Digest

Don HammerGetting to Know Don Hammer
Originally printed in "North Shore: Commercial Fishing Museum Journal" Volume 19, Number 4, Fall 2011. Reprinted with permission from Tofte Historical Society.

A Most Determined Woman — Lydia Hancock
Originally printed in "History Center News" Volume 46, Number 6, November-December 2011. Reprinted with permission from Anoka County Historical Society.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans number 714! In the news lately: Historic Resources Advisory Committee meeting at Minnesota Historical Society, discussion on microfilming vs. digitizing records, budget cuts, Legacy grants awarded, information on Sanborn maps, and more!


Job Opportunities

Administrative Assistant
Living History Farms, Urbandale IA, seeks Administrative Assistant. Deadline: January 13, 2012.

Paid Internship
Camp Algona POW Museum, Algona IA, seeks summer . Deadline: January 13, 2012.

Paid Internship
Alaska Museum of Natural History, Anchorage AK, seeks Collections Intern for January and February 2012. Flexible hours, $1200 stipend. Email cover letter, resume and three references by January 15, 2012.

Education Programs Coordinator
State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck ND, seeks Education Programs Coordinator--Outreach. Deadline: February 10, 2012.

Paid Internships
Macon County Conservation District/Homestead Prairie Farm, near Decatur IL, seeks two Interns. Deadline: March 9, 2012.

Curatorial Assistant
Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, seeks Curatorial Assistant.

Fort Des Moines Museum, Des Moines IA, seeks Marketing & Development Intern.

Collections Intern
Fort Des Moines Museum, Des Moines IA, seeks Collections Intern.

Do History Here

TODAY: Dakota Lecture
Nicollet County Historical Society and Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter MN, host Dr. John Peacock, who will speak on "War of Words: Writings by Dakota People in Their Own Language and Later in English During and After the US-Dakota War of 1862," today, Wednesday January 4, 2012, 4-5 p.m. at Linnaeus Arboretum. Or, stream live video through "Gustavus Live." Contact Jessica, 507-934-2160, for more information.

Treaties Exhibit
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations," January 3-30, 2012. For more information call 507-934-2160.

Rummage Sale
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts a January Rummage Sale, January 6-7, 2012. Refreshments available. Admission: $1. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Saga Workshop
Join Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, Saturday January 7, 2 p.m. to hear original Viking sagas from the Icelandic ages. Learn to write your own saga using life experiences. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Flood Exhibit
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, announces the opening of their newest exhibit, "The Flood of 2009," Saturday January 7, 2012, 3-5 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center museum. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Brooklyn Township and the Dakota War
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Park MN, hosts Darryl Sannes, who will speak on the Battle at Acton, (September 3, 1862), Saturday January 7, 2012, 10 a.m., Earle Brown Terrace, Brooklyn Center MN. View two 1862 pencil drawings of the Battle at Acton by E.D. Kirst. Call 763-560-8893 for more information.

Bread and Butter
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, invites the public to learn how to make their own bread and butter at the Historic Pond House, Sunday January 8, 2012, 2-4 p.m. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Winter Scream
Join Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, for the second annual Winter Scream ice cream social, Saturday January 14, 2012, noon to 2 p.m. Coloring contest (deadline January 10, 2012), Winter Scream anthem lyrics contest (deadline January 6, 2012), chili, ice cream, and more. Contact Hayes Scriven, 507-645-9268, for more information.

Scott County Art Show
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces a new exhibit "Images of Scott County" Art Show, opening Thursday January 12, 2012, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Members only preview Tuesday January 10, 2012, 6:30- 8 p.m. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

Dakota Language
Is the Dakota language dying? Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Joe Bendickson, who will speak on Dakota language preservation at the Historic Pond House, Sunday January 15, 2012, 2 p.m. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Continuing Education

Distance Learning
Prince William Sound Community College, Valdez AK, offers three-credit, online Introduction to Museum Studies class, beginning January 17, 2012. Enrollment information online. For more details contact Andrew Goldstein.

AAM Fellowships
Small Museum Administrators Committee of American Association of Museums (SMAC) is partnering with other professional networks to offer Fellowships for Mid-Career Professionals to the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis MN. Deadline: January 31, 2012.

AIC Workshops
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works announces their 2012 regional workshop schedule.

Doll Preservation Webinar
Learn about the care and preservation of dolls through a free Connecting to Collections webinar, Community Webinar: Care of Dolls. Presenters: Tom Braun and Tammy Schmitz.

Fund Your Mission

Sparks! Grants Available
Reminder: Deadline for IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums is February 1, 2012.

National Trust Grants
National Trust for Historic Preservation offers several grants for nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Deadline: February 1, 2012.


990 Filing News
Internal Revenue Service issued a notice that the IRS Modernized e-file (MeF) system will not be available from January 1, 2012 through February 29, 2012 for electronic filing.

Mileage Rates
Internal Revenue Service announced the 2012 optional standard mileage rates.

Coombe Re-elected
Representatives of the Participating Member Organizations, who share space in the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, re-elected JoAnne Coombe, executive director of St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, to serve as representative to the board of the Historic Union Depot Corporation for 2012.

Available: Wooden Table
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, offers free wooden table to interested historical organization. Contact , 651-259-3152, for more information.  

Tribal National Park
Red Cliff Chippewa in Wisconsin are creating the nation's first tribally-owned national park. Frog Bay Tribal National Park, near the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin, is expected to open to the public in August 2012.

Civil War Resource
U.S. Naval Landing Party, a Civil War reenactment group, is publishing online news of the Civil War in 1860s style.

Field Note

Barbara Mitchell Howard

Please join the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office in welcoming Barbara Mitchell Howard as the new head of the Historic Preservation, Field Services and Grants Department. Barbara replaces Britta Bloomberg, who retired at the end of 2011. She comes here from Iowa, where she served as deputy SHPO for the State Historic Preservation Office of Iowa. She has extensive knowledge of state and federal historic preservation laws and regulations as well as experience with grants administration. Welcome !

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-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
Trapping the Boundary Waters

Trapping the Boundary Waters, by Charles Ira Cook, Jr.

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