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Local History News
April 25, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Final Reports
Final reports are now part of the online grants process. When you login to the grants portal, you will see a heading for Reports on the main page. The Reports area tracks your grants reports due to the Grants Office. To submit a report, fill out your Final Report Form and upload it by clicking on the green circle next to the appropriate grant number under Reports.

When you have uploaded all the required documents (including photographs and a copy of your project product, if applicable), click "Submit Now." After staff review, you will receive an email from the Grants Office closing your grant. Questions? Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Spotlighted MHCG Project

Fort Snelling West District Historic Building Inventory
Recipient: Hennepin County
Funding Amount: $7,000
Project Overview
A survey of 15 historic building interiors of the West District of Fort Snelling to supplement the Historic Context Study of the Light Rail Transit Station Area.


From the Blog

Featured local history museum

Tri River Pioneer Museum - Plummer, Minnesota
The Tri-River Pioneer Museum is the only building built to be a museum in Red Lake County. As the video shows very well, it is a fairly typical local history museum led by a very dedicated group of volunteers who have sacrificed much in order to make the history of the Plummer area much more accessible.

Blog Debate

"Are Some Buildings Too Ugly to Survive?" Read the debate on both sides. What's your opinion?

Facebook Findings
Minnesota Local History is up to 785 'likes.' What's to like? Check this out:

Job Opportunities

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks Curatorial Assistant Intern. Deadline: May 4, 2012.

Executive Director
La Crosse County Historical Society, La Crosse WI, seeks Executive Director. Include resume with completed application form and questionnaire. Deadline: May 11, 2012.

Do History Here

Lincoln Exhibit PosterLincoln Exhibit
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts new traveling exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," opening today, April 25, 2012. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Neighborhood History Day
Join Hamline Midway History Corps, St. Paul MN, for their annual open house, a celebration of neighborhood history, Saturday April 28, 2011, 1-3 p.m., Hamline Midway Library, 1558 Minnehaha Avenue, St. Paul MN.

Movie Matinee
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, announces its first monthly Movie Matinee, Saturday April 28, 2012, 1 p.m. at the museum. View two 1930s 8 mm films from the CCHS collections. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Poetry Reading
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, hosts poet Bill McCarthy, who will share his own poems and some of his favorite poems by others, Tuesday May 1, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

May Day Celebration
Denmark Township Historical Society, Washington County MN, invites the public to celebrate May Day, Tuesday May 1, 2012, 4 p.m. DTHS will also celebrate their purchase of the Valley School, built in 1852 and still on its original site at the southern tip of Washington County. For more information call 612-823-4934.

Desert Medics Exhibit
Veterans' Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces the opening of their newest exhibit, "Desert Medics," created by student interns, Thursday May 3, 2012, 5 p.m. at the Depot. Contact , 218-733-7500, for more information.

Dakota Stories
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, continues its 12-part series commemorating the sesquicentennial of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict with Lloyd Keoke presenting stories in the Dakota language, Saturday May 5, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

Hubbard House to Open
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, announces that the Historic R.D. Hubbard House will open for the season on Saturday May 5, 2012. For more information call 507-345-5566.

Victorian Courtship
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, hosts Jaclyn Theis, who will present a program on Victorian courtship, Tuesday May 8, 2012, 7 p.m. at the historical society. Reservations encouraged. Call 507-332-2121 for more information.

Friends of LeDuc Meeting
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings meets Tuesday May 8, 2012, 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Estate. After a short business meeting, gardening will be the topic of discussion. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Dakota Culture
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts Anthony Morse, Lower Sioux Community Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Lower Sioux Historic Site manager, who will give a presentation on Dakota life and culture, Thursday May 24, 2012, 7 p.m. Call 320-235-1881 for more information.

Pie and Ice Cream Social
Join Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, for a Memorial Day Pie and Ice Cream Social, Monday May 28, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours of the Ames-Florida-Stork house, family games, and more. Call 763-477-5383 for more information.

Continuing Education

AAM Conference
American Association of Museums Annual Meeting and Conference starts Sunday April 29 and runs through Wednesday May 2, 2012.

House History Workshop
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, hosts House History Workshop, Tuesday May 1, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the museum. For more information contact , 507-345-5566.

Collections Care
Iowa Museum Association offers "Collections Care for Beginners" workshop at the Buena Vista County Historical Society, Storm Lake IA, Monday May 7, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 712-732-4955 for more information.

Archival Collections Workshop
Johnson County Historical Society, Coralville IA, hosts "Cataloging & Storing Archival Collections," 9 a.m. to noon, Friday May 11, 2012.

Digital Archives and Libraries
Society of American Archivists (SAA) hosts Digital Archives and Libraries workshop, Thursday June 14, 2012, Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Early registration deadline: May 14, 2012.

Encoded Archival Context
Society of American Archivists (SAA) hosts Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families workshop, Friday June 15, 2012, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN. Early registration deadline: May 15, 2012.

Diagnosing Existing Buildings
Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) hosts "Diagnosing Existing Buildings" hands-on workshop at Taliesin, Spring Green WI, June 14-16, 2012. Registration deadline: June 1, 2012.


Photo Competition
National Historic Landmarks program has announced its annual photo competition and will accept entries through Wednesday June 13, 2012. Subject of the photo must be a National Historic Landmark.

MALHM logoLocal History Awards
The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) seeks nominations for the fourth annual Minnesota History Awards. Contact Todd Mahon, 763-421-0600, for more information. Deadline: July 29, 2012.

Minitex Listserv
Libraries observe Preservation Week this week, April 22-28, 2012. To celebrate, Minitex and the University of Minnesota Libraries introduce a new email list dedicated to discussions and announcements related to preservation. Join the Minitex Preservation Forum today!

Field Note

Catherine Sandlund
New Grants Office Staff
Please help the Grants Office welcome our newest staff member, , Preservation Program Specialist. Catherine attended the University of Minnesota, acquiring Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture Heritage Preservation degrees. She will be reviewing historic preservation grants and taking on responsibility for the Letters of Agreement and monitoring reports for the grants programs.

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