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Local History News
March 28, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Final Reports
The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants final reporting process is now online. After completion of your grant project, login to the grants portal and scroll down to Reports. Find the Final Narrative line for the grant you are completing, and upload your completed final report form and any additional materials (e.g. photos, receipts, invoices) by clicking the green circle. When you are ready, click on "Submit Now." Questions on how to complete your final report? Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

From the Blog

The Crew
The following article was originally printed in "The Prairie Outlook" Volume 29, Number 2, March/April 2012. Reprinted with permission from Stevens County Museum and Historical Society.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans kicked it up a notch, settling at 766 for this week. In the news:

Job Opportunities

Visitor Services Assistant
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks Visitor Services Assistant.

Program Coordinator
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks Program Coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunity
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, seeks tour guides for the Historic R.D. Hubbard House. Training will take place Tuesday April 10, 2012, 4-6 p.m. and Saturday April 14, 2012, 1-3 p.m.; attendance is required at one of the two sessions. Contact , 507-345-5566, if you plan to attend.

Do History Here

Landmark CenterHistory Conversation Series
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, hosts "Uncle Sam's New Deal: Boon or Bust?" History Conversation Series, Saturday March 31, 2012, 10:30 a.m. Guest speakers Jenny Bourne, Ph.D. and Tom Boyd. CLE credit approved. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. for a tour at the Visitor Information Center. Free, but reservations required. Contact Kristin, 651-292-3063, for more information or to reserve your space.

Exhibit Opening
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, announces the April 1, 2012 opening of "10 Objects That Define Us," an exhibit that will tell the story of the Stearns County area in ten objects. Contact Ann Meline, 320-253-8424, for more information.

Lavina Eastlick Talk
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, hosts John Isch, who will speak on Lavina Eastlick and the attack at Lake Shetek during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Tuesday April 3, 2012, 6-8 p.m. Contact Shelley Harrison, 507-345-5566, for more information.

Civil War Remembrance Event
Governor's Civil War Sequicentennial Committee hosts its inaugural Civil War Soldier's Remembrance Event, Saturday April 7, 2012, 11 a.m. The event will be held at Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, where the only Minnesota soldier killed at the Battle of Shiloh (April 7, 1862), Capt. William Acker, is buried. Contact , 651-207-6275, for more information.

Dakota Culture and Heritage
Blue Earth County Historical Society and Minnesota State University, Mankato, American Indian Affairs Program, Mankato MN, hosts The Maza Kute Drum Group with Dancers, Saturday April 7, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon, Ostrander Auditorium at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Free. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

Friends of LeDuc Meeting
Next meeting of the Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will be Tuesday April 10, 2012, 7 p.m., LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN. Guest speaker: Dennis Nygaard, who will present a program on Red Wing Pottery. Free. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Book Talk
Saint Peter Public Library and Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, welcome author Diane Wilson to the Saint Peter Senior Center, Thursday April 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m., for a talk on her creative nonfiction writing. Call the library for more information, 507-934-7420.

Titanic Talk and Exhibit
Greg Isola will present his research on the Titanic's voyage and its connection to Cokato at the Dassel History Center, Dassel MN, Saturday April 14, 2012, 1-4 p.m. As a companion to Isola's work, the Cokato Museum, Cokato MN, is pleased to announce the opening of "April 1912: Life Aboard the Titanic," April 3-May 28, 2012.

World War II Talk
Nicollet County Historical Society, Saint Peter MN, welcomes JosMarie Vanderspek to the Treaty Site, Saturday April 14, 2 p.m. She will speak about her experiences during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Contact , 507-934-2160, for more information.

Pictorial History
Historian Curtis Dahlin will share his research on the pictorial history of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, April 19, 2012, 7 p.m. at the New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm MN. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.

Authors' Sundays
Join authors Lois Glewwe and State Representative Dean Urdahl, who will speak on their books at the next Authors' Sundays program at LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, April 22, 1-3 p.m. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Lincoln Exhibit
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts a temporary exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," April 25 to June 8, 2012. Member Preview Reception, April 24, 5-7 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Book Signing
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts historian Curtis Dahlin, who will speak on his book "The Dakota Uprising: A Pictorial History," Thursday April 26, 2012, 7 p.m. Free. Contact , 320-235-1881, for more information.

Endreson Cabin To Be Open
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, announces that the Guri Endreson Cabin will be open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, KCHS will have a site interpreter at the cabin site one weekend a month from May to September. Contact , 320-235-1881, for more information.

History CampHistory Camp
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, will hold a week-long Living History Summer Camp, June 11-15, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to noon; Thursday until 3 p.m. Open to children entering 4th through 6th grade in the fall. Applications available at the historical society. Contact , 507-332-2121, with questions.

History Mini-Camp
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, will hold an agriculture mini-camp, "Then and Now," July 12-13, 2012, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open to children entering 4th through 6th grade in the fall. Applications available at the historical society. Contact RCHS, 507-332-2121, with questions.

Fund Your Mission

Conservation Grant
Tru Vue Inc. has partnered with the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) to offer grants to support projects in glazing applications for preservation of museum and library collections. Deadline: May 1, 2012.


AASLH logoSmall Museums Online Event
American Association for State and Local History Small Museums Online Community hosts an Opening Event, Friday March 30, 2012, 1 p.m. CT. Before you attend, give your computer a technical check. 15 minutes prior to the event.

Nomenclature Survey
AASLH Nomenclature 3.0 Committee is working on a help manual for PastPerfect users converting from Revised Nomenclature to Nomenclature 3.0 and requests your input. Complete a short survey to help tailor the manual to fit the needs of collections staff cataloging with Nomenclature 3.0.

Minitex Survey
Minitex seeks input from library staff regarding interest in subscribing to a Minitex email discussion list dedicated to preserving print, media, and digital resources. Please take a short survey to help focus the discussions.

New e-conservation issue
Issue No. 23 of e-conservation magazine is now available online to read and download.

History Pin
Check out a new social media channel, History Pin.

Field Note

Chris Welter

Minnesota Discovery Center New Hire
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, announces that they hired Christopher Welter as the new archivist at the Minnesota Discovery Center's Iron Range Research Center. He is responsible for providing access to the organization's maps, photographs, personal papers, business and government records. He will also be responsible for maintenance and care of the collections, as well as adding new materials to them.

Photo courtesy Minnesota Discovery Center.

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-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Fund Your Mission
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