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Local History News
May 16, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Grant Deadline
Reminder: the Fiscal Year 2013 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants mid/large grants deadline is just over a week away. Pre-applications are due before midnight on Friday June 1, 2012. Pre-applications are REQUIRED for all mid/large grant applications. Looking ahead, final applications will be due on Friday July 27, 2012.

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee will award grants in September and successful grantees will be able to start their projects in late Fall 2012. Questions? Contact the Grants Office; John Fulton, 651-259-3467; or Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Spotlighted Project: Collections Care: Quilts and Women's Clothing
Recipient: Rice County Historical Society
Funding Amount: $4,431
Project Overview
Over the course of several months, the women's textiles and all quilts were evaluated based on condition; then inventoried, photographed, rehoused, and stored appropriately. This included textiles in boxes, on a make-shift clothing rack, in drawers in the gallery, and textiles kept at the Alexander Faribault House.

From the Blog

Featured local history museum
Minnesota Museums Month 2012 SwiftCHS Museum

Firefighters Hall and Museum - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Firefighters Hall and Museum, in Northeast Minneapolis, is dedicated to preserving vintage firefighting equipment as well as running a research library and a meeting hall for area firefighters.

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Job Opportunities

Director of Development
Preservation North Dakota, Fargo ND, seeks Director of Development. Open until filled; application review begins the end of May 2012.

Program and Outreach Coordinator
Fort Des Moines Museum, Des Moines IA, seeks Program and Outreach Coordinator.

Assistant Manager/Director
Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando FL, seeks Assistant Manager/Director.

Do History Here

Quilt Exhibit
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces the opening of a new exhibit, "Quilts," in the Fesler Gallery of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot). Call 218-733-7586 for more information.

Military Tea
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, will host a Military Tea to celebrate Armed Services Day, Saturday May 19, 2012, 2 p.m. Wear U.S. military apparel or accessory and receive a free recipe from the U.S. Armed Forces recipe collection. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Spring Planting
Come to Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood Area Historical Society, Maplewood MN, for Spring Planting Day, Sunday May 20, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Call 651-748-9009 for more information.

Vintage Base Ball
The St. Croix Base Ball Club, which plays by the rules of 1860 and is a program of the Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, begins its season in Lake St. Croix Beach MN, Pettit Park, Sunday May 20, 2012, 2 p.m. See the complete schedule. Call 651-439-5956 for more information.

Battlefield Talk
Hubbard County Historical Society, Park Rapids MN, hosts Dave Anderson, who will talk about his trip to the battlefields of World War II Europe, Monday May 21, 2012, 7 p.m. at the new courthouse. Call 218-732-5237 for more information.

Civil War Program
Minneapolis Central Library hosts local historian Darryl Sannes, who will present "Hennepin County Residents and the Civil War," Tuesday May 22, 2012, 7 p.m., Pohlad Hall. Call 612-543-8000 for more information.

Exhibit Reception
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, invites members of the public to see several automata by Cecilia Schiller, on exhibit for a reception in the Musser Cortile, Tuesday May 22, 2012, 5-7 p.m.

Garden Celebration
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, invites people of all ages to attend the Heritage Harvest Garden Celebration, Saturday June 2, 2012, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Presentation and Book Signing
Luxembourg American Cultural Society, Belgium WI, invites the public to a presentation and book signing with Fausto Gardini, Luxembourg American historian/researcher/author, Monday June 4, 2012, 4-7 p.m. at Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN. Free. Contact , 262-476-5086, for more information.

Online Event
Small Museums Online Community invites colleagues to an online discussion, "Deaccessioning: It's Not a Four-Letter Word," Thursday June 7, 2012, 2-3 p.m. Eastern (1-2 p.m. Central) Time. Sign in online, 15 minutes prior to the event start time. Contact Kathy Lang with questions.

Living History Summer Camp
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, hosts the 2012 History Camp June 11-15, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to noon, extended to 3 p.m. on Thursday for a field trip. Participants must be entering 4th-6th grade in the fall. Applications available at the historical society. Contact , 507-332-2121, for more information.

Ghosts of Anoka
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, announces that "Ghosts of Anoka" tours will be available the first and third full week on Thursday and Saturday of each month, now through October. Tickets: $7/adults ($5 ACHS members); $5/children. Call 763-421-0600 to order in advance.

Continuing Education

Annual Meeting/Conference
Minnesota Digital Library announces its 10th Annual Meeting, Monday June 18, 2012, 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Continuing Education & Conference Center, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, St. Paul Campus. Cost: $25. Registration deadline: Friday June 8, 2012.

Annual Conference
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Minnesota Council on Foundations will hold a Joint Annual Conference, "Allied for Action: Bridging Differences for the Greater Good," November 1-2, 2012 at St. Paul Rivercentre. Deadline for Super Saver Rate: July 13, 2012.


Free to Good Home
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, has one carousel slide projector and carousels, all in working condition. Free, but must pick up at the History Center in St. Paul. Contact Local History News if your organization is interested.

Draft Museum Grant Guidelines
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) seeks public comments on the draft guidelines for the Fiscal Year 2013 Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. The guidelines for these programs have been revised to align with the IMLS Strategic Plan. by Friday July 6, 2012.

Blue Star Museums
Many Minnesota museums are participating in the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check out the online map for a list of participating museums.

Cultural Data Project
Arts and cultural organizations in Minnesota will now have access to state-of-the-art technology to help them strengthen their management capacity and demonstrate their value and impact in communities. The Minnesota Cultural Data Project, a web-based data collection tool for arts and cultural organizations and their advocates, launches June 1, 2012.

Field Note

PAM Executive Director to Step Down in June
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, announced late last week that Executive Director Bonnie McDonald has resigned and will transition from her leadership role with PAM in June 2012 when she will join Landmarks Illinois, Chicago IL, as its president. She has been with PAM since November 2005, then the organization's only staff member. Since that time, she has grown the organization to four staff members with five times the budget.

Preservationists statewide are encouraged to wish Bonnie well, and toast her leadership and accomplishments, at PAM's annual (Anti)Wrecking Ball, Friday May 18, 2012, at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, 7-10:30 p.m. This year it is a free event; pre-register to be eligible to win door prizes.

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-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
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