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January 11, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Small Grant Deadline
Reminder: The next Fast Track deadline is this Friday January 13, 2012. Submit your application via the Grants Portal by end of day (11:59 p.m.)  is available until 4:30 p.m. for assistance - please plan accordingly.

This is also the last opportunity to apply for the scholarship to American Association of Museums conference in Minneapolis this spring.

From the Blog

exampleScanning Negatives and Slides
A primer on digitization of your museum's negative and slide collections.

Local History Newsletter Digest

The Voice of Martin County-KFVN Radio
This article was originally printed in "Martin County Historical Society Newsletter," Winter 2011. Reprinted with permission from Martin County Historical Society. Photo courtesy of the Sentinel.

Other Blogs

Five Things Any Museum Can Learn From One of the Big Guys
Read about what the Getty Museum, Los Angeles CA, does to make their museum more visitor-friendly.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans are holding steady at 714, surely someone would like to become 715. Let your friends in on what you enjoy about this Facebook site. In the news this week: scanning negatives and slides, what model scanner do you use?history of quilts, Becker County Historical Society to publish a new book

Question from the Field
A county historical society in Minnesota requested samples of paid time-off policies, specifically relating to holidays, used by local historical organizations. If you have one to share, please forward it to the Local History Services Office.

Job Opportunities

Salisbury House & Gardens, Des Moines IA, seeks Intern for the Salisbury Concours d'Elegance event. Send cover letter and resume to ASAP.

Program Planner
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Des Moines IA, seeks Program Planner 2. Deadline: January 13, 2012.

State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck ND, seeks Cataloger (Librarian II). Deadline: January 31, 2012.

Paid Internship
Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee WI, seeks graduate level Museum Studies student intern. Deadline: February 17, 2012.

Inventory Assistant
The Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn IA, seeks Inventory Assistant. Deadline: March 9, 2012.

Unpaid Internship
The Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn IA, seeks Data Entry Assistant. Deadline: March 9, 2012.

Do History Here

Winter Celebration
Join Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis MN, for "A Northern Night Performance," by seven diverse Minnesota poets and jazz ensemble "Potential Plagiarism," Thursday January 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Call 612-870-1329 for more information.

New Deal Exhibit
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts "Uncle Sam's New Deal," January 13-February 26, 2012. The exhibit was created by Minnesota Landmarks in partnership with Minnesota Historical Society. Call 507-454-2723 for more information on the exhibit and related programs.

Snowmobile Rally
Cokato Historical Society, Cokato MN, announces that the 5th Annual Upper Midwest Model T and Model A Snowmobile Rally will be held Saturday January 14, 2012, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to the ongoing dearth of snow, the event has been scaled back, but participants can bring their vehicles to show. Contact the Cokato Museum, 320-286-2427, for more information.

Big Woods Talk
Join Ames-Florida-Stork House, Rockford MN, for a talk on the Crow River, early settlers, fur trade, and American Indian settlements, Saturday January 14, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon or noon to 2 p.m. Call 763-477-5383 for more information.

New Deal Hike
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, presents "The New Deal in Winona County: The CCC and WPA at Whitewater State Park," program and tour/hike, January 18, 2012, 12:05 p.m., Whitewater State Park. Fee: $5 for state park entry. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

1851 Treaty Lecture
Join Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, for a lecture by Dr. William E. Lass on "The 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux," Sunday January 15, 2012, 2 p.m. Call 507-934-2160 for more information.

Dakota History Lecture
Nicollet County Historical Society and Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter MN, present "Based on a True Story: Researching a Controversial History to Create Fiction" with Thomas Maltman, Tuesday January 17, 2012, 4 p.m., Alumni Hall. Or, if you can't attend, stream live video. Call 507-934-2160 for more information.

Civil War Roundtable
Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable, Faribault MN, meets Thursday January 19, 2012, 7 p.m., Faribault Senior Center. Richard Resseman will speak on "Cavalry Raids: North and South." Call Dan Peterson, 507-332-8250, or Jan Stevens, 507-244-0500, for more information.

Korean War Book Talk
Northfield native Don Peterson will speak at Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, Thursday January 19, 2012, 6 p.m. He will speak on the Korean War and sign copies of his book, "Dear Folks," Contact Hayes Scriven, 507-645-9268, for more information.

Ice Cream Social
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, hosts Ice Cream Social, Saturday January 21, 2012, noon to 4 p.m., Lowell Park. Free. Call 651-439-5956 for more information.

MAM Sampler
Minnesota Association of Museums hosts members only Sampler at The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis MN, Wednesday January 25, 2012, 3:30-5 p.m. Enjoy a performance of "Finding Frankenstein," discuss the new exhibit "Mary and her Monster," and tour the collections. Light refreshments. Not a MAM member? Rates are reasonable--join now!

Online Research
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, invites the public to learn how to research Rice County history online, Thursday January 26, 2011, 7 p.m. Call 332-2121 for more information.

Kids Kraft
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts groundhog-themed Kids Kraft, Saturday January 28, 2012, 10:30 a.m. Listen to the story "Substitute Groundhog" by Pat Miller and make your own groundhog puppet. Free, but registration required; contact the museum at 952-445-0378.

History Day Palooza
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN, invites middle school and high school students to participate in "History Day Palooza @ SCSU," Saturday January 28, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., James W. Miller Learning Resources Center. Space is limited; register online by January 25, 2012.

Continuing Education

Fellowships Available
Small Museum Administrators Committee of American Association of Museums (SMAC) partners with other Professional Networks to offer Fellowships to the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting. Open to mid-career professionals working in small museums. Apply online. Deadline: January 31, 2012.

Online PastPerfect Training
PastPerfect offers online training class "Managing Contacts, Donations & Membership with PastPerfect 5.0," February 7-9, 2012, 9:30 to noon ET. Cost: $69 for AASLH members. Space is limited; call 1-800-562-6080 to reserve your seat.


Contact Change Reminder
With Britta Bloomberg's retirement at the end of December as Deputy SHPO, please make sure that you have changed your contact information for the State Historic Preservation Office to the new Deputy SHPO, Barbara Mitchell Howard, 651-259-3466.

Award Nominations
Midwest Archives Conference seeks nominations for MAC Presidents' Award. Deadline: January 15, 2012.

City Directories
Hennepin County Library announces that Minneapolis City Directories, 1859-1891, are now available online via the Minneapolis Central Library's Special Collections page. For more information call 612-543-8200.

PastPerfect Blog
Over 350 museums worldwide have uploaded over 1.9 million collection items to the new PastPerfect-Online blog. Help create an interactive online community.

Field Note

Priscilla Farnham

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, announced that Executive Director Priscilla Farnham retired at the end of December 2011 after nearly 20 years with the society. She became director in 1992, and was instrumental in expanding the quality and quantity of RCHS' programs. John Lindley, RCHS' editor, will serve as interim executive director until a new director is appointed. Please join Local History News in wishing Priscilla well!

Photo courtesy Ramsey County Historical Society.

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