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Local History News
May 9, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Grant Deadline
Pre-applications for the Fiscal Year 2013 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Mid/Large cycle are due in less than a month! Mandatory pre-applications are due by midnight on Friday June 1, 2012. Questions? Contact the , John Fulton, 651-259-3467, or Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Spotlight Project: Minnesota Psychiatry Oral History

Recipient: Minnesota Medical Association Foundation
Funding Amount: $2,914
Twelve oral histories, discussing the history of psychiatry in Minnesota, were recorded in the late 1970s on audiotape. To preserve them, they were digitized, transcribed and archived along with two other oral histories taken in 1996. Forty years later twenty-three more interviews of senior MN psychiatric leaders were conducted, digitized and transcribed. These additional oral histories were added to the archives.

From the Blog

Featured local history museum
Minnesota Museums Month 2012 Saint Louis CHS Museum

St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center
(The Depot) Duluth, MN

Saint Louis County Historical Society, is a full service history organization. In addition to its own exhibits on lumbering, mining, and many other locally significant stories, SLCHS operates Veterans' Memorial Hall on behalf of the Saint Louis County Commissioners. SLCHS has won national awards for a number of its exhibits.

Local History Newsletter Digest:
Nation and Stevens County Go Underground

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

Facebook Findings

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Job Opportunities

Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, seeks Curator. Deadline: June 1, 2012.

Collections Intern
Fort Des Moines Museum, Des Moines IA, seeks unpaid summer Collections Intern.

Marketing and Development Intern
Fort Des Moines Museum, Des Moines IA, seeks unpaid summer Marketing and Development Intern.

Do History Here

Genealogy Meeting
Olmsted County Genealogical Society, Rochester MN, meets Thursday May 10, 2012, 7 p.m. for a presentation on "Family Research and Medical History" with Jessica Chavey, Certified Genetic Counselor. Call 507-282-9447 for more information.

Civil War Roundtable
Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable meets Thursday May 17, 2012, 7 p.m. at Faribault Senior Center, Faribault MN. Guest speaker Representative Dean Urdahl will discuss "The Dakota War, a Clash of Cultures." Call Dan Peterson, 507-459-3140 or Jan Stevens, 507-244-0500, for more information.

1912 Presidential Election
Riverland Generations and Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, present "The Four Way Race for President in 1912," Thursday May 17, 2012, 6:30-8 p.m., Riverland Community College. Cost: $5; preregistration due by Monday May 14, 2012. Contact Peggy Young, 507-433-0602.

Annual Meeting
History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, holds its Annual Meeting Thursday May 17, 2012, 7 p.m. Stephen Elliott, Executive Director of the Minnesota Historical Society, is the guest speaker. Doors open 6 p.m. for social time and members' preview of the new exhibit "The Story of Us." Call 507-282-9447 for more information.

Lincoln Dramatic Play
Lincoln's Traveling Troupe will perform "...We Cannot Escape History..." dramatic play, Saturday May 19, 2012, 7 p.m. and Sunday May 20, 2012, 2 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church Dining Room, Mankato MN. Tickets $12/adult, $6/ages 5-16; available for purchase at the door.

Care of Books Lecture
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MN, hosts "Don't Love Your Books to Death!" with Dianna Clise, Saturday May 19, 2012, 11 a.m., Friends Community Room.

Authors' Sundays
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, hosts authors Rhoda Gilman and Dr. Elden Lawrence, Sunday June 3, 2012, 1-3 p.m. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Book Talk
Kandoyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts author Corinne L. Marz, who will speak on the "U.S.-Dakota Conflict and the Aftermath," Thursday June 7, 2012, 7 p.m. For more information contact , 320-235-1881.

Join Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, at the Faribault American Legion Friday June 8, 2012, 5 p.m., for the Summer Sizzler: dinner/dance, silent auction, and entertainment. Proceeds support Rice County Historical Society's ongoing programs and activities. Tickets: $25/person. Contact RCHS, 507-332-2121, for more information.

Sustainable Gardening
Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, hosts local master gardeners who will speak on sustainable farming practices, Saturday June 9, 2012, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and any plants you would like to swap with neighbors. Call 763-477-5383 for more information.

Continuing Education

Listening Sessions
The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) will host a series of workshops across Minnesota to ask members and friends from the local history field how they can better serve them. Three sessions are scheduled:

Contact with questions or to RSVP.

Country School Conference
Country School Association of America will hold their annual conference at Faith Baptist College, Ankeny IA, June 17-20, 2012. Contact , 800-434-2039, for more information.

MAP Deadline Announced
American Association of Museums offers Museum Assessment Program (MAP) to small and mid-size museums. Deadline for applications: July 1, 2012. Contact MAP, 202-289-9118, for more information.


Statehood Day
Minnesota's Statehood Day is this Friday May 11, 2012. Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858. What is your organization doing to observe the day?

Volunteer Open House
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, will host an open house Tuesday May 22, 2012, 6-7:30 p.m. to honor their Volunteers of the Year. Congratulations to Devyn Gardner and Debby Larsen! For more information contact Hayes Scriven, 507-645-9268.

Small Museums Online Community
American Association for State and Local History recently launched a social networking site for colleagues working at small museums, Small Museums Online Community. Membership is free! Contact Terry Jackson, 615-320-3203, for more information.

Museum to Open Saturdays
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, announces that they will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information, contact RCHS, 507-332-2121.

Field Note

May Day Celebration
Denmark Township Historical Society, Washington County MN, celebrated May Day at Valley School, District #34, which was built in 1852 in the former village of Point Douglas. Dean Peterson, whose family had owned the school since 1972, officially transferred ownership to DTHS on May 1, 2012. DTHS plans to offer free public events and historical programs at the schoolhouse.

Photo courtesy Denmark Township Historical Society.

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-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
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-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
Honor the Grandmothers

Honor the Grandmothers, compiled and edited by Sarah Penman.

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