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February 1, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

History Matters

History Matters Day at the Capitol
Join history fans in the State Capitol Rotunda on Monday February 20, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to show legislators that History Matters! Each year, historians gather at the Capitol to learn more about history activities across the state, and to let legislators know about the great educational work taking place with the help of state general fund dollars, Legacy funding, and capital budget dollars.

Minnesota Historical Society will provide free parking and shuttle service from the History Center (Kellogg Boulevard entrance) from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you are not able to join us on February 20, please take a few minutes to send a note to your legislators. For more information, contact Jackie Swanson, 651-259-3130.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Small Grants Deadlines
There are still funds available in the 2012 fiscal year for small Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants, up to $7000. Upcoming deadlines: Friday February 17 and Friday March 23, 2012. For questions on the grants program or specific projects, contact the Grants Office.

From the Blog

Local History Newsletter Digest - This weeks article “Richfield Christmas 1977 glowed orange and green through the holiday season" was originally printed in "Richfield History News" Winter 2011. Reprinted with permission from the Richfield Historical Society.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans, you did it! We soared to new heights this week with 737 members. Interesting bit of trivia: the Boeing 737 entered service in 1968 and is still in production.

Local history notes this week:

Job Opportunities

Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames IA, seeks students for its Internship Program. Deadline: February 10, 2012.

Site Manager
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, seeks part-time Site Manager for Hay Lake School Museum Complex. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Education Specialist
Academy of Model Aeronautics and National Model Aviation Museum, Muncie IN, seeks Education Specialist. Send cover letter, resume, references to April Hathaway. Call 765-287-1256 x516 for more information.

Do History Here

Dakota War Talks
The Friends of the New Ulm Public Library welcome author Diane Wilson, Monday February 27, 2012, 7 p.m. at the library. Wilson authored "Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past," and "Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life." She will also speak Tuesday February 28, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at the St. Peter Public Library. Co-sponsored by Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm MN, and Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.

MAM Sampler
Join Minnesota Association of Museums for a tour of the Minnesota Wild's State of Hockey Tribute with team curator Roger Godin, Thursday February 23, 2012, 3:30-5 p.m. Meet at the Media Entrance, Gate One, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN.

Continuing Education

Exhibits Course
Small Museum Pro! offers online museum exhibits class "Museum Exhibits: Building Effective Museum Exhibits," February 14-April 4, 2012.

Genealogy Workshops
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, hosts Genealogy Detectives Workshops:

  • Saturday February 18, 2012, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday March 16, 2012, 5:30-11 p.m.

Cost per workshop: $30/members; $40/nonmembers. Discounted rates if you register for both. Registration limited to 8 participants; reservations required--call 507-437-6082 by Monday February 13, 2012.

AAM Fellowship
Minnesota State Arts Board offers Fellowships to American Association of Museums' Annual Meeting, Minneapolis-St. Paul, for Minnesota residents living outside the 7-county metro area. Deadline: February 21, 2012.

Fort Union Fellowship
The Friends of Fort Union Trading Post, Williston ND, and National Park Service are offering a $1000 Fort Union Fellowship for 2012. Deadline: February 29, 2012.

Call for Papers
Iowa Museum Association announces their 2012 Annual Meeting and Conference "Leading Through Innovation," October 21-23, 2012, Iowa City IA. Proposals now being accepted for breakout sessions. Deadline: Friday March 9, 2012.

Call for Papers
Country School Association of America announces their Annual Conference, "Preserving an American Icon," June 17-20, 2012, Faith Baptist College, Ankeny IA. Proposals involving country school preservation are welcome. Deadline: March 12, 2012.

Scholarship Available
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, offers a post-secondary student scholarship for students studying history, American studies, architecture, or a history-related field. Deadline: March 15, 2012. Call 651-439-5956 for more information.


Leopold (Lee) Adler II, pioneer of the historic preservation movement and former Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Savannah GA.

Website Makeover
The annual Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge will redesign websites for nonprofits in a single 24-hour session, no charge. Deadline for applications: February 27, 2012.

Board Vacancies
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces two openings on its Board of Governors. Call 218-733-7586 for more information or to have application forms mailed. Veterans' Memorial Hall Advisory Committee seeks to fill two vacancies. Call Dan Hartman, 218-733-7500, for more information.

Field Note

History Matters

Save the Date!
The annual
History Matters Day at the State Capitol will be held Presidents' Day, Monday February 20, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come join other Minnesotans to discuss the great work people are doing around the state in the name of history.

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In this Issue...
-History Matters
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
Building Museums

Building Museums, A Handbook for Small and Midsize Museums, by Robert Herskovitz, Timothy Glines, and David Grabitske.

New! Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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Discussions and Questions

Job Announcements

Grant Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

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