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Local History News
April 4, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Planning Ahead
If your organization is planning to apply for a fiscal year 2013 mid/large Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant, put the following dates on your calendar:

  • June 1, 2012: MANDATORY pre-applications due
  • July 27, 2012: final applications due
  • September 6-7, 2012: Historic Resources Advisory Committee meets

Awards will be made in Fall 2012, so plan your project timeline accordingly. Contact the Grants Office with questions.

Spotlighted MHCG Project

Recipient: Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Funding Amount: $5,900
Project Overview 
The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District completed the fabrication and installation of an exhibit in the reception area of the main Administration Building that chronicles the history of the Sanitary District and the St. Louis River using photographs, text and three-dimensional objects.


From the Blog

MHCG: Planting the Seeds of the Green Revolution
On site review of the 
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants funded project with Elisabeth Kaplan, Head, University Archives & Co-Director, University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota Libraries. Filmed June 17, 2011.

Local History Digest: County Courthouse — 100 Years Old
The following article was originally printed in "Overlook" Spring 2012. Reprinted with permission from Cook County Historical Society.

Facebook Findings

What are our 770 Minnesota Local History fans reading about this week?

  • The 1940 census is now available!
  • Randee Hokanson, director of Stevens County Historical Society, receives environmental education award.

Job Opportunities

Collections Intern
MacNider Museum, Mason City IA, seeks Collections Intern. Paid position. Deadline: April 13, 2012.

The Henry Ford, Dearborn MI, seeks Manager of Archives and Library Services. Deadline: April 27, 2012.

The HistoryMakers, Chicago IL, seeks Research/Writer. Send resumes to The HistoryMakers, c/o , 1900 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60616. Deadline: June 19, 2012.

PR and Events Manager
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City IA, seeks Public Relations and Events Manager.

Do History Here

Ole and Lena
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, hosts the annual Ole and Lena Joke Night, Saturday April 14, 2012, 7 p.m., Grand Event Center. Tickets: $10. Call 507-645-9268 for more information.

Wapakute Discussion
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, hosts Jeff Jarvis and Dr. Roy Anderson, who will present a program on the Wapakute Indians that inhabited the Cannon River watershed, Tuesday April 17, 2012, 7 p.m. Reservations recommended; call 507-332-2121.

Ghost Towns
Hormel Historic Home, Austin MN, presents "Social Concerns: Ghost Towns of Mower County by Dustin Heckman, Mower County Historical Society, Tuesday April 17, 2012, 10 a.m. Free, but please RSVP by Monday April 16, 4 p.m. to Laura, 507-433-4243.

MAM Sampler
Join Minnesota Association of Museums and enjoy an evening Sampler at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis MN, Thursday April 19, 2012, 3:30-5:30 p.m. RSVP today!

Coffee and Conversation
NWA History Centre, Bloomington MN, invites the public to the next Coffee & Conversation event, "Tails from the Past," honoring Wisconsin Central/North Central Airlines, Saturday April 21, 2012, 1-3 p.m. Space is limited, RSVP to Mary Fryer, 651-699-8833.

Hamline United Methodist Church, St. Paul MN, will celebrate the building's new listing in the National Register of Historic Places, Sunday April 22, 2012; 10 a.m. worship, 2:30 p.m. open house. All are welcome; call 651-645-0667 for more information.

Tea Tasting
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, hosts "Tasting Tea Throughout History," Thursday April 26, 2012, 6:30-9:15 p.m. Register online through Hastings Community Education.

mystery paintingNew Museum Mystery
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, invites the public to solve a collections mystery. Who is the man in this portrait? The painting is currently on exhibit at CCHS. If you have information on this man's identity, contact CCHS, 218-879-1938.

Continuing Education

Collections Care
Small Museum Pro! offers online workshop, "Collections Care: Caring for Museum Collections," April 11-May 30, 2012. Earn 3 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Tuition: $210.

Historic Preservation Workshop
Michigan Historic Preservation Network and State Historic Preservation Office are sponsoring a free two-day workshop on historic preservation of homes and small commercial buildings at the Peter White Public Library, Marquette MI, April 13-14, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Michigan Historic Preservation Network, 517-371-8080.

Black Hawk War Symposium
The Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin will host a symposium commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Black Hawk War of 1832 at the Kenosha Civil War Museum, Kenosha WI, Saturday April 14, 2012, 1-4 p.m. Call 262-653-4140 for more information.

NCPH Annual Meeting
National Council on Public History will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting "Frontiers of Capitalism and Democracy," April 18-22, 2012, Milwaukee WI.


Preservation Awards
Preserve Minneapolis, American Institute of Architects Minneapolis, and Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission invite nominations of outstanding projects for the 21st Annual Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards. Nominations accepted through Friday April 6, 2012. Awards held on Thursday May 17, 2012, 11:30 a.m., International Market Square, Minneapolis. Contact Tammy Lindberg, 612-251-8167, for more information.

Colleague Needs Support
Local history colleague Cheryl Finnegan is one of 67 out of 605 people who made it to the next round of the MN Idea Open. Her idea: Absent Narratives in Small Museums. "Like" her idea and input your suggestions and questions by Friday April 6, 2012.

Field Note

Photo courtesy Anoka County Historical Society.
Volunteer Appreciation

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 15-21, 2012. Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, plans to celebrate with a program and refreshments on April 21, 2012, 1-3 p.m. They have over 120 volunteers who have contributed 5,165 hours of service to the historical society. The photo above shows some of the volunteers carving mannequins for the new exhibit opening May 1. 

What is your organization doing to honor your volunteers? Let know, and we'll run comments in next week's issue!

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

Riding to Washington, by Gwenyth Swain; illustrated by David Geister.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who died April 4, 1968. Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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