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March 14, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Small Grants Deadline
Just a reminder that the last deadline for small grants funding in fiscal year 2012 is only 9 days away. Applications are due by end of day, Friday March 23, 2012. Funding is very limited with approximately $65,000 available. Contact the Grants Office with questions about submitting your project proposal. 

From the Blog

Image from WikicommonsUsing your iPhone/iPad to Record Oral History
What a difference a couple of years can make in technology. Prices go down, megapixels and device and app quality go up. We look at some of the software and equipment options available to make your iPhone or iPad into a powerful device to record video and audio oral histories.

Stan FukaiLocal History Newsletter Digest
The following article, "Stan Fukai Recalls NWA Career With Much Gratitude" was originally printed in "Reflections" Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 2012. Reprinted with permission from NWA History Centre.

Facebook Findings
Minnesota Local History celebrates 754 fans; join them to keep up on the latest local history news!

  • Dustin Heckman, executive director of Mower County Historical Society, gets good press.
  • Brenda Child publishes a history of Ojibwe women.

Job Opportunities

Museum Director
James H. Andrew Railroad Museum & History Center, Boone IA, seeks Museum Director. Deadline: April 2, 2012.

Children's Services Librarian
Austin Public Library, Austin MN, seeks Children's Services Librarian. Deadline: Friday April 13, 2012, 5 p.m.

Do History Here

Exhibit Closing
Last chance to see "Pieced and Patched" quilt exhibit at Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN; the exhibit closes Saturday March 17, 2012. Bring a quilt of your own on March 17, 2 p.m., and learn how to preserve it to keep as an heirloom. Call 763-421-0600 for more information.

Annual Meeting
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, hosts its 37th Annual Meeting on Saturday March 17, 2012, 6 p.m., at the Great Hall, Carleton College. Contact , 507-645-9268, for more information.

Civil War Talk
Jeff Williamson will present the life of Andrew Woods Williamson at Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, Sunday March 18, 2012, 2 p.m. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Appalachian Trail Talk
Lakeville Area Historical Society, Lakeville MN, hosts Freeman Wicklund, who will speak on "Adventures on the Appalachian Trail," Monday March 19, 2012, 7 p.m. Call 952-985-4403 for more information.

New Traveling Exhibit
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, announces a new traveling exhibit, "The Seeds of Victory: Home Gardening Posters from the World Wars," on display March 20 through June 18, 2012. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Ramsey County Poor Farm
Join Maplewood Historical Society at Ramsey County Library - Maplewood, for a talk by Pete Boulay on the Ramsey County Poor Farm, Tuesday March 20, 2012, 7 p.m. Call Kristi Saksvig, 651-486-2208, for more information.

Sausage Making Program
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts Tom Bislow, who will give a presentation on sausage making, Wednesday March 21, 2012, 2 p.m. Bring a recipe to share, if you wish. Refreshments served. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Genealogy and Fiction
Join New Brighton Historical Society at the Ramsey County Library - New Brighton for a talk by author Mary DesJarlais, who will discuss her novel "Dorie LaValle," inspired by a great-aunt who was a bootlegger in Osseo MN during Prohibition, Thursday March 22, 2012, 2 p.m. Call Kristi Saksvig, 651-486-2208, for more information.

John and Abigail Adams
Mower County Historical Society and Riverland Community College, Austin MN, host a talk on "Partners in Life & Politics: The Marriage of John & Abigail Adams," Thursday March 22, 2012, Riverland Community College, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $5; preregistration required by Monday March 19. Call Peggy Young, 507-433-0600 x2220, to register.

March Museum Sampler
Join the Minnesota Association of Museums for its March Museum Sampler at the Scott County Historical Society in Shakopee, Thursday March 22, 2012, 3:30-5:30. Free to members of MAM.

Interesting Conversations
Academy for Lifelong Learning of Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove MN, offers "Interesting Conversations with Interesting People," celebrating with Dakota County Historical Society, South St. Paul MN, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. All sessions take place at the college; to register, call 651-450-3000 or email Lifelong Learning.

Annual Meeting
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, invites the public to their 90th Annual Meeting of the Membership, with featured speaker Jim Oberstar, former U.S. Representative, Tuesday March 27, 2012, 5 p.m., St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center. Tickets: $40, includes buffet dinner. RSVP to Susan, 218-733-7586, by Tuesday March 20.

Anniversary Celebration
Dakota Wicohan, Morton MN, celebrates its 10th year in operation with a Wopida celebration, Friday March 30, 2012, 5 p.m. Call 507-697-6272 for more information.

Design-a-Doll Day
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts historic seamstress Pauline Bold, who will show participants how to make corn husk dolls, cloth dolls, and yarn dolls, Sunday April 1, 2012, 2-4 p.m. All materials provided, $2 donation suggested. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Continuing Education

Museum Store Workshop
Iowa Museum Association hosts "Museum Store Basics," at Living History Farms, Urbandale IA, Monday April 16, 2012, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Genealogy Workshop for Librarians
Join Minnesota Genealogical Society for "Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century," with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., Thursday April 26, 2012, 9:30-noon, Minneapolis Central Library. Early bird registration through April 19.

Historic Preservation Conference
Iowa Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, "Time as a River Flows," will be held April 27-28, 2012 in Decorah IA. Early registration, due April 10, is strongly encouraged.

Genealogy Conference
Minnesota Genealogical Society hosts Central & Eastern European Genealogy Conference, April 27-28, 2012, Inver Hills Community College, Fine Arts Building. Early bird registration available through March 17.

Marketing Workshop
Iowa Museum Association hosts "Tips from a Newspaper Professional - Marketing Your Museum," Monday April 30, 2012, 9 a.m. to noon, Salisbury House & Gardens, Des Moines IA.

Fund Your Mission

Needs and Risk Assessments
The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) seeks applicants for its Preservation Needs Assessment and Risk Assessment programs. Deadline: April 30, 2012.


Help a Grad Student
Help out a graduate student doing museum research! Amanda Wilkening is investigating the use of long-term financial planning as part of strategic planning. Please take her short survey. Respond by end of day, Sunday March 18, 2012.

MN Museums Month
Minnesota Association of Museums invites your historical organization to celebrate Minnesota Museums Month, May 2012. Minneapolis Star Tribune will publish a special section on Minnesota Museums. Visit the Minnesota Museums Month website for updates!

Join the Posse
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, seeks tour guides--the Adult Posse--to tell the story of the bank that was robbed by the James and Younger Gang. If you are interested, or for more information, call Earl Weinmann, 507-645-9488.

Valley View SchoolWanted: One-room School Memories
Denmark Township Historical Society, Washington County MN, seeks former students and teachers who attended and/or taught in one-room schools. DTHS is in the process of puchasing one of the oldest one-room schoolhouses in the state, Valley School District #34, built in 1852 and still on its original site. Contact Jean and Wayne Boyd, 651-436-8031 or Sharon Lewandowski, 651-436-5664, for more information.

New Collections
Minnesota Digital Library announces two new collections available to the public in Minnesota Reflections: Minnesota Department of Transportation "Minnesota Highways," and Minnesota Geological Survey maps and reports.

U.S.-Dakota War Website
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, just launched a new website about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. If your organization is planning related events, feel free to post on the events page.

Membership Quest
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, is launching a 1,000 Member Campaign to help boost the museum and programs to a new level of excellence in the region. Contact Hayes Scriven, 651-645-9268, for more information.

New MDL Information
Minnesota Digital Library just posted new Digital Delights. Enjoy!

Field Note

Stillwater Lift Bridge
Documenting significant change for communities is something that history organizations are best equipped to do. 

Washington County Historical Society executive director Brent T. Peterson marked the passage of the St. Croix River Crossing bill, which will allow construction of a bridge that meets modern transportation needs. He holds a copy of the Stillwater Gazette newspaper from July 1, 1931, the day the Stillwater Lift Bridge, since listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was dedicated. Peterson and the Washington County Historical Society have carefully documented this lengthy story up to this latest milestone.

With Peterson are State Representative Kathy Lohmer (left) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (center). 

Photo courtesy of Stillwater Patch.

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