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February 29, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

New MHCG web site
web siteThe Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants web site has a new look and new web address. It now has a multi-step feature to help guide the user through the grant process, featured awarded grants and Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants news. Not ready to make the move to the new site? No problem, we are leaving the old site up until May.

Last Call for Small Grants!
The last Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants small grants deadline for fiscal year 2012 will be Friday March 23, 2012. Funding is very limited with approximately $65,000 available. Contact the Grants Office with questions about submitting your project proposal.

County Count
The statewide reach of the grants program has reached 58 counties for this biennium, so far. The following 29 counties have yet to receive a grant in the FY 2012-2013 biennium:
  • Benton
  • Big Stone
  • Chisago
  • Crow Wing
  • Douglas
  • Faribault
  • Hubbard
  • Kanabec
  • Kandiyohi
  • Kittson
  • Le Sueur
  • Lincoln
  • Lyon
  • Marshall
  • Martin
  • Murray
  • Nobles
  • Norman
  • Pennington
  • Polk
  • Red Lake
  • Rock
  • Roseau
  • Sherburne
  • Stevens
  • Todd
  • Traverse
  • Watonwan
  • Wilkin
If you represent a unit of government, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tribal entity, or educational institution from these counties, please consider how the grants program could help you preserve history or make history more publicly accessible. Some of the above have grants pending in the February cycle, and results will be available in coming weeks.

From the Blog

Local History Newsletter Digest

The following article, World War II, Sibley County, and Jamaican Workers, was originally printed in "Sibley County Historical Society Newsletter" Volume 16, Number 4, December 2011. Reprinted with permission from Sibley County Historical Society.


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History's numbers soared like a Boeing jumbo jet this week, cruising at 747 fans. Besides Boeing, there is much to be excited about this week:


Job Opportunities

Executive Director
Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena MN, seeks Executive Director. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Program Coordinator
HistoryMakers, Chicago IL, seeks a Program Coordinator to promote, coordinate, and implement multiple year-round and summer educational programs, and attain 5,000 oral history interviews with unsung African Americans. For more information, or to apply, contact Jessica Levy. Deadline May 17, 2012.

Do History Here

New Resource at MHS 
The Photo and Art Database, also known as the Visual Resources Database is moving into Collections Online. With an updated search interface, users have the ability to search for photographs, three dimensional and archaeological objects, artwork, oral histories, moving images, maps, and more!

New Exhibit
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, announces the opening of "Instruments of Fashion," March 1, 2012. Members' opening reception Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5-7 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Dakota Culture and Heritage
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, hosts an educational series "Discover the Dakota Culture & Heritage." Join them for the third session, "Dakota Arts and Crafts Festival," Saturday March 3, 3012, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

Postage Stamp Talk
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, presents Winston Grundmeier, who will speak on "Postage Stamps, Postcards, and Post Offices," Tuesday March 6, 2012, 6-8 p.m. Contact Shelley Harrison, 507-345-5566, for more information.

Fashion Trends Talk
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, welcomes Vickie Wendel, who will speak on "Fashion Trends of the Mid- to Late-19th Century," Thursday March 8, 2012, 7 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Genealogy Presentation
Germanic Genealogy Society of Minnesota offers a presentation by Lois Edwards on German genealogy, Saturday March 10, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Minnesota Genealogy Center, South St. Paul MN. Cost: $8. Call 651-483-0959 for more information.

Friends of LeDuc Meeting
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet Tuesday March 13, 2012, 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Estate, Hastings MN. Featured program will be a film night showcasing filmmakers and Hastings natives Kristin and Justin Schaack. Free. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

History of Tractors
Wright County Historical Society, Monticello MN, hosts their 14th Annual History of Tractors presentation, Tuesday March 20, 2012, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (repeat presentation). This year's topic is Allis-Chalmers. Free; seating limited to 120. Call Sally, 763-682-7323, for more information.


Poor Farm Talk
Maplewood Area Historical Society and Ramsey County Libraries present "Life at the Ramsey County Poor Farm," with Pete Boulay, Tuesday March 20, 2012, 7-9 p.m., Maplewood Library. Free. For more information call 651-748-9009.

Annual Meeting
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, welcomes author Dough Ohman as the guest speaker at their Annual Meeting, Thursday March 22, 2012, Boutwell's Landing Town Hall, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $20/members; $25/nonmembers. Call 651-439-5956 for more information or for reservations.

World War II Talk
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake, hosts author Peter R. Reis, who will speak on White Bear Lake area during World War II, Monday March 26, 2012, 6 p.m. at the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Quilting Exhibit
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, opened a new exhibit "Going to Pieces: Quilting Traditions Continue," now through June 17, 2012. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.


Continuing Education

Brownfield Workshop
Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development present a Brownfield Workshop, Wednesday March 7, 2012, 10: 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka. Free. Learn about programs that assist with the cost of cleaning up contaminated land; over $7 million in grant and loan funds available. Call 612-543-8800 for more information.

Advanced Grantwriting
Minnesota Countil of Nonprofits, St. Paul MN, holds "Advanced Grantwriting: Taking your Grantsmanship to the Next Level," Wednesday March 21, 2012, 9 a.m. to noon.

Grantwriting Clinic
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, St. Paul MN, holds "Grantwriting Clinic for Beginners," Tuesday March 27, 2012, 9 a.m. to noon.

Vernacular Architecture
The annual meeting of the Vernacular Architecture Forum will be in Madison WI, June 6-10, 2012. The theme is "Nature + City: Vernacular Buildings & Landscapes of the Upper Midwest." Register by Sunday April 15, 2012 for best rates.

ALHFAM Annual Meeting
The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) Annual Meeting and Conference, "Maintaining Relevance in a Digital Age," will be held in Farmers Branch TX, June 9-12, 2012.


Fund Your Mission

Minnesota Reflections
Apply now for a Minnesota Reflections digitization project. Applications accepted until all funding is committed or April 30, 2012, whichever comes first. Contact Marian Rengel, 320-308-5625, for more information.

IMLS Grant Changes
Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is recommending several changes to its grant programs for the FY 2013 budget cycle. They will also streamline the grants process with one grant application deadline for all IMLS museum programs, January 15, 2013. See the IMLS website for more details.


News

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.

MHS Traveling Exhibits
Minnesota Historical Society's Exhibits to Go! program announces its upcoming traveling exhibits tours. Interested in hosting? Contact Aaron Novodvorsky, 651-259-3052, for more information.


Field Note


After receiving a $10,000 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant for a microfilm reader/printer, Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, took steps to remodel their museum and library space. The photo above shows their newly remodeled library.

Photo courtesy of Nicollet County Historical Society.



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