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March 6, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

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. 

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.

From the Blog

What Style Is That, Anyway?
Urban & Regional Studies Institute,Minnesota State University, Mankato at Preserve Minnesota, the Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Faribault, MN.

Presented by Beth Wielde-Heidelberg, Urban & Regional Studies Institute, Minnesota State University, Mankato at Preserve Minnesota, the Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Faribault, MN.

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Job Opportunities

Marketing and Communications Associate
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City IA, seeks temporary Marketing and Communications Associate. Position available immediately.

Administrative Assistant
City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau AK, seeks Museum Administrative Assistant. Deadline: March 14, 2012.

Retail Associate
National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa IA, seeks part-time Retail Associate.

Do History Here

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, celebrates the remarkable heritage of Blue Earth County at their annual fundraising event "Surrounded by History: A Celebration of Who We Are," Friday March 9, 2012.
Tickets: $50/person. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

Girl Scouts Exhibit
Stearns History Museum & Research Center, St. Cloud MN, opens "Year of the Girl: Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary," Monday March 12, 2012. Exhibit runs through December 2013. Come for the opening reception, Sunday March 18, 2012, 1-3 p.m. Contact Stearns History Museum, 320-253-8424, for more information.

Breakfast Club
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts "Year of the Girl: Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary" Panel Discussion and Breakfast Club Program, Wednesday March 14, 2012, 9 a.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

History of Museums
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts a talk by museum director Mark Peterson, who will speak on the history of museums, Wednesday March 14, 2012, 12:05 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Civil War Roundtable
Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable meets Thursday March 15, 2012, Faribault Senior Center, Faribault MN, 7 p.m. Newell Chester will speak on "A Band of Brothers: the Relationships of Students from West Point in the Years Just Prior to and During the Civil War." Call Dan Peterson, 507-332-8250 or Jan Stevens, 507-244-0500, for more information.

New Deal Traveling Exhibit
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, hosts the traveling exhibit "Uncle Sam's New Deal," March 15-April 22, 2012, at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center. Also view the local display "Uncle Sam's New Deal: Northland Edition." Call 218-310-5356 for more information.

History of Tractors
Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo 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.

Faribault Plan Program
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, hosts professor Vern Rippley, who will speak on the history of the Faribault Plan, Thursday March 22, 2012, 7 p.m. Call 507-332-2121 for more information.

Authors' Sundays
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, announces a new series of four Authors' Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the LeDuc Historic Estate. First in the series, Beth Dooley and Anne Gillespie Lewis, Sunday March 25, 2012. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

The King's Speech
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts a Book Chat on "The King's Speech," by Mark Lague and Peter Conradi, Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:05 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Dakota Conflict Video
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, will show a PBS film about the Dakota Conflict, Thursday March 29, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Discussion to follow. Contact , 320-235-1881, for more information.

Continuing Education

Call for Papers
Iowa Museum Association is accepting proposals for the 2012 Iowa Museum Association Annual Meeting and Conference, "Leading Through Innovation," October 21-23, 2012, Iowa City IA. Deadline: Friday March 9, 2012. Contact Cyndi Sweet for more information or to submit proposals.

Statewide Preservation Conference
Michigan Historic Preservation Network presents its 32nd Annual Statewide Preservation Conference, "Model Change-Over: A New Era for Historic Preservation in Michigan," Flint MI, May 10-12, 2012.


Petition Signing
Signatures are requested on a petition to cancel the scheduled show "American Diggers" on Spike TV. The show advertises that they will "scour ... battlefield and historic sites, in hopes of striking it rich by unearthing and selling rare pieces of American history."

Model to Benefit Local Historical Society
Proctor Area Historical Society, Proctor MN, has been named as a charity recipient in Maurice's Main Street Model Search 2012. Kendall Thudin of Proctor named PAHS as her charity, in memory of her father, if she wins the online modeling contest. If she wins, PAHS will receive $7500 from Maurice's.

Magazine Box in ActionMagazine Files Available
Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office has deluxe magazine file boxes available--free! Contact , 651-259-3450, for more information or to arrange pickup.

Field Note

Announcement of the MN Civil War 150 logo.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Rep. Dean Urdahl, co-chairs of the Minnesota Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Task Force, announced the winning design in the task force's logo competition. The winning design was created by Michael Campbell, pictured right.

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

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