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Local History News
May 23, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Attention: Local History News will be going on vacation for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday but will return Wednesday, June 6.

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.

Small Grants
Looking to accomplish a smaller project quickly? Consider a grant under $7,000 and submit on June 15, August 17, or October 5, 2012. Additional deadlines contingent upon funding.

Spotlighted Project: Museum Security System

New and old camerasRecipient: Minnesota's Machinery Museum
Funding Amount: $5,575
Project Overview
To improve the organization's ability to secure collections held in the public trust, Minnesota's Machinery Museum replaced the outdated video security system with a digital recording system.

From the Blog

Featured local history museum
Minnesota Museums Month 2012SwiftCHS Museum

Beltrami County Historical Society – Bemidji, Minnesota
Beltrami County History Center is located in the restored 1912 Great Northern Depot. As the video shows, the museum maintains both long term exhibits and some shorter term rotating exhibits developed either in house by the Beltrami County Historical Society or statewide traveling exhibits. These frequently changing smaller exhibit allows visitors something new to see when returning to the museum.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History has now pasted 800 members. With 801 its good to know we're loved (or at least 'liked').

Job Opportunities

Development Officer
The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis, MN has an immediate opening for a Development Officer. Closing Date: Jun 9, 2012

Executive Director
Geneva Historical Society, Geneva, New York is seeking an Executive Director. Email the society for additional information and detailed job description.

Special Events Planner/Coordinator
Antique Auto Museum, Hershey, PA is seeking a
Special Events Planner/Coordinator.

The Hennepin Medical History Center, Minneapolis, MN seeks a Curator. Closing Date: May 24, 2012

Assistant Museum Educator
Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison, Wisconsin seeks an Assistant Museum Educator

Do History Here

Lunchbox History Series
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, invites the public to the 2012 Lunchbox History Series. The June speaker will be Laura Helle, executive director of the Hormel Historic Home, who will speak on "The History of East Side Lake," Thursday June 28, 2012, 12-1 p.m., at the historical society. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.

Ag Mini-Camp
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, invites children entering grades 4-6 in the fall to attend the 2012 History Mini-Camp, July 12-13, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Campers will explore Rice County agriculture "then and now." Applications available at the history center. Contact , 507-332-2121, for more information.

Lundie Tour
Schroeder Area Historical Society, Schroeder MN, will hold their 8th annual North Shore tour of vacation homes and cabins designed by architect Edwin Lundie, Saturday July 14, 2012. Call 218-663-7706 for more information or to make reservations.

Play a Tune
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, seeks piano players of all skill levels to perform during the Rice County Fair in the Museum of History, July 18-22, 2012. Pianists will play on an 1890s Schimmel Piano, made in Faribault. Sign up for a 15-minute slot or just stop by; walk-ins welcome. Call 507-332-2121 for more information or to schedule a time/day.

Chocolate, Shakespeare & Champagne
Winona County Historical Society’s summer fundraiser event will be held on June 9, 7-9 p.m. at the Historic Huff – Lamberton House.

Fair Weddings
Tie the knot or renew your vows at the 2012 Rice County Fair! Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, will sponsor the 6th Annual Fair Weddings, Saturday July 23, 2012. Contact , 507-332-2121 for more information.

Summertime Concert at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery
Low and Zoo Animal to play the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery Saturday, June 9, 2012

Town Reunion
St. Vincent, Kittson County MN, will celebrate 155 years with a Town Reunion, Saturday July 28, 2012. Check out their blog for more information.

Civil War Program
Hubbard County Historical Society, Park Rapids MN, hosts Civil War Sunday, July 29, 2012, 1-4 p.m. on the front lawn of the museum. Call 218-732-5237 for more information.

Manners, Social Standards, Clothing & Food of the Edwardian Era
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings hosts a presentation by Kevin Geraghty & Sarah French of the Living History Society Tuesday, June 12, 7 p.m at the LeDuc Historic Estate.

Dakota Conflict - Battle Sites Bus Tour
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee, MN, hosts a Battle Sites Bus Tour Sat, June 9, 2012.

Dakota Conflict Talk
Hubbard County Historical Society, Park Rapids MN, hosts author and State Representative Dean Urdahl, who will speak on the U.S.-Dakota Conflict, Monday July 30, 2012. Call 218-732-5237 for more information.

Continuing Education

DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop
The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Train-the-Trainer workshop, Midwest region will take place August 21 - 24, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There is no charge to participate in the workshop for selected applicants. Travel and lodging during the workshop will be provided free of charge.Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, June 8, 2012 to the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program.

AASLH Collections Management and Practices
The Collections Management and Practices workshop is scheduled for June 13-14, 2012 at the Historic New Orleans Collection in New Orleans. Participants will learn about their institution's responsibility toward its collection, the necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management.

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.

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.

Contact with questions or to RSVP.

Fund Your Mission

IMLS Grant Guidelines Available for Public Comment
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced new draft guidelines for two of its grant programs and is requesting public comment.

Museum Assessment Program (MAP)
MAP provides guidance in meeting priorities and goals and understanding how your museum compares to standards and best practices. The next application deadline is July 1.


WCHS Executive Director seeking higher office
Mark Peterson, executive director of the Winona County Historical Society is running for Mayor of Winona.

Old school gets new life
Denmark Township Historical Society raising funds to purchase and restore school house.

‘Company Town’ book about Silver Bay's history released
The book “Company Town: An Oral History about Life in Silver Bay, Minnesota, 1950s-1980s” was released at an event at Carefree Living residence in Silver Bay earlier this month, with more than 100 people in attendance. The book is a project of William M. Kelley High School was made possible by grants  from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Forest Lake Historical Society incorporates
Sets a temporary museum in a downtown storefront displaying artifacts and memorabilia showcasing the history of Forest Lake.

Roseau County Historical Society celebrates milestones
Milestones include the organization's 85th anniversary; Executive Director Charleen Haugen retiring after 17 years and Britt Dahl as new incoming Executive Director.

Field Note

Congratulations to the Lyon County Historical Society!

LCHS organized in the Marshall-Lyon County Public Library (pictured above), but moved its exhibits as both organizations grew their programs. After the library relocated a couple years ago, the public considered a number of potential reuses for this 19,000 square foot facility.

LCHS was recently granted exclusive use of the former library building, built in 1967, after decades of renting storefront retail spaces. The former library building, in the heart of Marshall's commercial and cultural districts, will enable LCHS to address museum standards in ways that rented facilities could not.

History has a bright future in Lyon County.

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In this Issue...
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
War and Reflection

War and Reflection, by Walter W. Benjamin.

Remember our fallen service members on Memorial Day. Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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Job Announcements

Grant Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

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