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February 15, 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 Deadline
The next deadline for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants small grants round will be this Friday February 17, 2012. Applications must be submitted via the grants portal before midnight on that date. Contact the Grants Office with questions.

From the Blog

New Munich Ballroom

Local History Newsletter Digest
This week's article, When Ballrooms Boomedwas originally printed in Stearns History Museum's "Crossings" Volume 37, Number 6, November 2011. Reprinted with permission from Stearns History Museum and Research Center.

Facebook Findings
Minnesota Local History's 743 members have some can't-miss articles to read this week:

Job Opportunities

Inventory Specialist
Minnesota Military Museum, Little Falls MN, seeks Inventory Specialist. Open until filled; position available March 1, 2012.

Executive Director
Salisbury House Foundation, Des Moines IA, seeks Executive Director. Deadline: March 9, 2012.

Museum Educator
Naper Settlement, Naperville IL, seeks part-time Museum Educator.

Executive Director
Figge Art Museum, Davenport IA, seeks Executive Director.

Do History Here

Meeting Tonight
Friends of Leduc of Historic Hastings meets tonight, February 14, 2012, 7 p.m. at LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN. The focus will be on programs for this year; come with ideas! Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Exhibit Reception
Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis MN, will hold a reception for the exhibit "Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place," organized by the Native American Community Development Institute of Minneapolis, Thursday February 16, 2012, 5-8 p.m.

Bling & Chocolate
Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing MN, hosts the sixth annual Bling & Chocolate event, Sunday February 19, 2012, 2-4 p.m. at the History Center. Tickets: $15 advance purchase only; call 651-388-6024.

Telephone Exhibit
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, unveils a new exhibit, "The History of Telephones in Northfield," Thursday February 23, 2012; reception 6-8 p.m. Call 507-645-9268 for more information.

White Bear Lake Gangsters
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, invites the public to Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake, Monday February 27, 2012, 6-7 p.m. for a talk on 1920s-1930s gangsters. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Documentary Film Screening
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts "Exit Through the Gift Shop" documentary film screening at the Treaty Site History Center, Thursday March 1, 2012. Contact Jessica, 507-934-2160, for more information.

New Exhibit
Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls MN, announces the opening of a new exhibit, "The State Welcomes You: Minnesota's Third State Hospital, Fergus Falls," now through November 30, 2012. Call 218-736-6038 for more information.

Continuing Education

Green Preservation Webinar
EPA offers webinar on "Green Preservation and Transit Stations," Wednesday February 22, 2012, noon to 1:45 p.m. Free, but advanced registration required.

Free Admission
Earn a free day's admission at American Association of Museums' Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis MN, April 29-May 2, 2012. For every four hours of volunteer service, you earn a volunteer voucher for a free one-day registration. Volunteer orientation: Thursday April 26, 2012, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center. Register now for your pick of dates/times!

Call for Proposals
Minnesota Genealogical Society hosts its annual North Star Genealogy Conference, October 5-6, 2012. MGS is now soliciting proposals for the breakout sessions. Deadline: March 1, 2012.


Museum Survey
Minnesota Association of Museums, with assistance from the University of Minnesota's Tourism Center, has launched a comprehensive survey of museums in Minnesota. Results will help demonstrate the economic importance of the museum sector. Please complete the survey--it will take less than five minutes! Deadline: March 1, 2012.

AASLH Awards
American Association for State and Local History is accepting nominations for Leadership in History Awards. Contact State Team Lead Melinda Hutchinson for more information. Deadline: March 1, 2012.

Historic Home Expo
Fargo Historic Preservation Commission presents The Historic Home Expo, March 17, 2012, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Centennial Hall, Fargo Civic Center.

Minnesota Digital Library
Round 3 of the Minnesota Reflections digitization project through Minnesota Digital Library began February 1, 2012. Funds are available until spent or April 30, 2012, whichever comes first. Contact Marian Rengel, 320-308-5625, for more information.

Traveling Exhibits
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces its traveling exhibits program. Thirteen exhibits are available, with three more to be added in 2012. Contact Susan, 218-733-7586, for more information.

New Staff
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, announces that Deborah McCauley has been hired as marketing and public relations coordinator.

IRS Exempt Website
Internal Revenue Service recently launched a new look and improved navigation for its educational website for exempt organizations, StayExempt.

Field Note

Treasure Hunt in the Built Environment
So much changes from generation to generation--say, the telephone. How many young children today have seen a dial phone hanging on the wall, much less a pay phone on the street? Historic Phonebooths has been highlighting many examples of these rarely seen features that it describes as "paleo-mobile phone" technology.

What else would it make sense to document for posterity? Set off on a variety of treasure hunts as you travel the state, and let Local History News and Minnesota Local History know what you find!

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-History Matters
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
A Peculiar Imbalance

A Peculiar Imbalance, by William D. Green.

February is Black History Month. Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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