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April 11, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

MHCG Update
With the first year of the 2012-2013 biennium wrapping up, here's a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program summary:

  • Small grants: 380 applications requesting $2.2 million; the remaining Fast Track awards will be considered by MHS Council in the coming weeks. Final number of awards will be available at that time.
  • Mid/large grants: 101 applications requesting $8.3 million; 59 grants awarded totaling $3.8 million.

Statewide Representation
In the interest of following the Minnesota State Legislature's direction, the Grants Office hopes to have at least one awarded grant in each of our 87 counties in the state by the end of fiscal year 2013. To date, 68 counties have received awards. Two years ago at mid-biennium the program had made awards in 56 counties, and did make an award in each county during that biennium. Counties yet to apply or receive a grant in this biennium:

Big Stone
Red Lake

Spotlighted MHCG Project
Akerlund Studio Glass Plate Scanning Project

Recipient: Cokato Historical Society
Funding Amount: $4,494
The grant allowed the Cokato Historical Society to hire a vendor to scan 8x10 glass plate negatives from the Gust Akerlund Photographic Studio's negative collection, housed at the Cokato Museum.

From the Blog

Local History Digest: Young Historians
The following article was originally printed in "The Blue Earth County Historian" Winter 2012. Reprinted with permission from Blue Earth County Historical Society.

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Job Opportunities

Executive Director
Johnson County Historical Society, Coralville IA, seeks half-time Executive Director. Deadline: April 20, 2012.

Director of Operations
Johnson County Historical Society, Coralville IA, seeks part-time Director of Operations. Deadline: April 20, 2012. 

Paid Internship
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, seeks Summer Intern. Deadline: April 25, 2012.

Family Museum, Bettendorf IA, seeks Director. Deadline: April 27, 2012.

Museum Director
Shawnee Town 1929, Shawnee KS, seeks Museum Director. Deadline: April 30, 2012.

Executive Director
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, Jackson Hole WY, seeks Executive Director. Contact , 307-733-2414, for job description. Deadline: April 30, 2012.

Museum Education Intern
National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville IA, seeks Museum Education Intern. Deadline: May 1, 2012.

Visitor's Center Clerk
Living History Farms, Urbandale IA, seeks part-time, seasonal Visitor's Center Clerk.

Cafe Worker
Living History Farms, Urbandale IA, seeks part-time, seasonal Cafe Worker.

Student Apprentice Program
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, seeks students in 8th to 12th grade to volunteer in the Museum Apprentice Program. Learn about what it takes to work in a museum. Training begins May 17, 2012. Interested students should fill out and return an application to the museum. Contact , 507-332-2121, for more information.

Do History Here

Photo Exhibit
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, is exhibiting the photography of Winona Senior High School students, now through April 22, 2012. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Photo Exhibit
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, presents the gallery exhibition of "Jill Carlson, Solo Photographic Exhibition: Random Joy," April 11-June 24, 2012. Opening reception April 14, 1-4 p.m. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

Interesting Conversations
Dakota County Historical Society, Hastings MN, announces the second "Interesting Conversations with Interesting People," which will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, at Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights MN, April 12, 2012, 3-4:30 p.m. Free, but register by calling 651-450-3000 or email .

Lunch Film Showing
Freelance filmmaker Wendy Grethen will show her film "Early Days of the West End/Lincoln Park of Duluth," Thursday April 19, 2012, noon to 1 p.m. at the St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN. Free. Call 218-733-7568 for more information.

Art Exhibit
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, will host an opening reception for artist Sue Mueller-Story, Thursday April 19, 6-7 p.m. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

War of 1812 Lecture
Riverland Generations and Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, present "America's First Forgotten War: A History of the War of 1812," Thursday April 19, 2012, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Riverland Community College. Cost: $5; preregister by Monday April 16, by calling Peggy Young, 507-433-0602.

Wildwood Park Talk
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, hosts a discussion on the location of Wildwood Amusement Park at the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake, Monday April 23, 2012, 6-7 p.m. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Book Talk
New Ulm Public Library hosts historian John LaBatte, who will present his new book "The New Ulm Pioneers and the Indians, 1858-1862," April 26, 2012, 7 p.m. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.

Grand Opening
Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, announces the grand opening of their new History Center, Thursday April 26, 2012, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Guests receive free admission on Saturday April 28, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 507-451-1420 for more information.

Prohibition and Organized Crime
Minneapolis Central Library hosts author Beth Johanneck, who will speak on her book "Twin Cities Prohibition," Saturday April 28, 2012, 3 p.m. Call 612-543-8203 for more information.

Victorian Tea Party
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, hosts Victorian Afternoon Tea Party at St. John's Episcopal Church, Mankato, followed by tours of the Historic R.D. Hubbard House, Saturday April 28, 2012. For more information or to purchase tickets call 507-345-5566.

Fundraising Breakfast
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, hosts fundraising breakfast on Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at White Bear Country Inn. Contact for more information or to make reservations, 651-407-5327.

Continuing Education

Online PastPerfect Training
PastPerfect offers Spring 2012 Online Training Classes. Call 800-562-6080 to register.

Genealogy Workshop
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts Genealogy 101, Saturday April 14, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon. Register through Shakopee Community Education; $12/person or $10/SCHS members. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

Preservation/Risk Assessments
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) seeks applicants for its Preservation Needs Assessment and Risk Assessment programs. Through funding from National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), CCAHA offers a limited number of subsidized assessments for $350. Deadline: April 30, 2012.


Cultural Data Project
Minnesota Cultural Data Project will launch on June 1, 2012. The Cultural Data Project is an online management tool meant to strengthen arts and cultural organizations.    

Emergency Response App
Heritage Preservation's "Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel" is now available free of charge on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad as the "ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage" app.

Field Note

Red River History Museum, Shelly, Minnesota
May is Museums Month in Minnesota! This is the Red River History Museum in Shelly, in northwestern Norman County. Exhibits feature the story of education in the Red River Valley. 

Field Note is always looking to feature the good work done by local history organizations. If you have a story and some photos of a project, new exhibit opening, published book, new staff or volunteers to introduce, public event, etc., etc., consider sending the details and photo that can be published. 

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-Do History Here
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