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July 18, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants
Grants Program Updates
Successful applicants to the June small grants round will be notified within the next week. Looking ahead, the next small grants deadline is Friday August 17, 2012. Applications must be submitted via the Grants Portal before midnight on the deadline date.

Mid/Large final applications are due in the Grants Office before midnight, Friday July 27, 2012. Questions on either grants round? Contact the Grants Office.

Spotlighted Project: Architect Services Odeon Renovation

Recipient: City of Belview
Funding Amount: $6,000
Project Details
As preparation for additional historic preservation work on the Odeon Theatre, the City of Belview hired a qualified historical architect to inspect and evaluate the building.

From the Blog

Local History Newsletter Digest: Duluth Union Depot; Celebrating 120 Years of Service

The following article was originally printed in "Rootprints" Spring 2012, Volume 54, Issue 1. Reprinted with permission from the St. Louis County Historical Society. Article by Kimberly Schande, Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

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Job Opportunities

Historic Program Specialist
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Des Moines IA, seeks Historic Program Specialist. Deadline: July 23, 2012.

Office Coordinator
Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, seeks Office Coordinator, Warner Nature Center. Deadline: July 25, 2012.

Program Planner
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Des Moines IA, seeks part-time Program Planner. Deadline: July 26, 2012.

Weekend Visitor Services Assistant
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks part-time Weekend Visitor Services Assistant II. Deadline: July 27, 2012.

Visitor Assistant Lead
Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester seeks Visitor Assistant Lead. Deadline: July 31, 2012.

Human Resources Manager
Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul MN, seeks Human Resources Manager. Deadline: July 31, 2012.

Curator of Collections and Education
University Museums at Iowa State University, Ames IA, seeks Curator of Collections and Education. Deadline: August 1, 2012.

Box Office Coordinator
Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul MN, seeks Box Office Coordinator. Deadline: August 5, 2012.

Do History Here

Electrifying Minnesota
Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, announces the opening of the traveling exhibit "Electrifying Minnesota," presented by the Minnesota Historical Society and The Bakken Museum. Join SCHS for a special lecture by Randy Sobrack on the history of Steele Waseca Co-op Electric, Thursday July 19, 2012, 7 p.m. in the Wenger Room, History Center.

Regional Gathering
"Regional Paul Bunyanland" Historical-Cultural-Preservation Gathering will be held at Historic Madden's Inn, Viking Room, Brainerd MN, Saturday July 21, 2012, 10 a.m. Light lunch to follow. Email to inquire if seats are still available.

Anniversary Celebration
Join the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, for an open house celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Hjemkomst Expedition, Saturday July 21, 2012, noon to 5 p.m. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Talk
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Park MN, presents Darryl Sannes, who will discuss the Battle of Acton and Brooklyn Township soldiers and settlers during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Tuesday July 24, 2012, 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park Library. Free. Call 763-607-1150 for more information.

Museum Garage Sale
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, is clearing out exhibit props and excess education items at its first ever Garage Sale fundraiser, August 3-4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Allison, 952-445-0378, for more information.

Fillebrown House Tours
Join White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, for tours of the Fillebrown House, Sunday August 5, 2012, 1-5 p.m. Tickets: $5 adults; $3 ages 12 and under; members free. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Walking Tour
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, hosts Historic Wildwood Walking Tour, Triangle Park, Mahtomedi MN, Tuesday August 7, 2012, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person; $12 members. Reservations required; call 651-407-5327.

New Art Frontiers
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, offers an art workshop for children ages 10-14 in which they will learn about the important role artists played by documenting life on the frontier. Offered August 7-9, 2012, 8 a.m. to noon. Register through Hastings Community Education, Sec 584208A, or call LeDuc Historic Estate, 651-437-7055.

Historic Pub Crawl
Back by popular demand, it's White Bear Lake Area Historical Society's Historic Pub Crawl, Wednesday August 15, 2012, 6-9 p.m. Stroll downtown White Bear Lake and hear about the area's historic buildings. Price: $25 members; $30 nonmembers. Reservations required; call 651-407-5327.

Brewery Pub Crawl
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts "Brewery History - Pub Crawl" throughout Scott County, Saturday August 18, 2012, 2-6 p.m. Bus leaves SCHS promptly at 2 p.m. Tickets: $30; $25 for members. To register contact SCHS, 952-445-0378.

History Program and Tour
Lac qui Parle County Historical Society, Madison MN, hosts "1862 - A Fateful Year for America," Saturday August 18, 2012. Program begins 10 a.m. at the Lac qui Parle County Annex Media Center, Madison MN. Bring a box lunch for a picnic at the Madison City Park Shelter; bus boards for the tour 12:30 p.m. Contact , 320-598-7678, for reservations or for more information.

Resort Era Talk
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, holds a discussion of White Bear Lake's Golden Resort Era at the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake, Monday August 20, 2012, 6-7 p.m. Free. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Lunchbox History Series
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, presents the next Lunchbox History Series discussion "Who Was John Mower?" with Mary Smith, Thursday August 23, 2012, noon-1 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets call 507-437-6082.

Summer Concert Series
LeDuc Historic Estate and Hastings Concert Association, Hastings MN, announce a free outdoor concert series at the LeDuc Historic Estate, Sundays August 5-26, 2012. See the Dakota County Historical Society website for more information.

Ghosts of Anoka
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, reminds the public that the popular "Ghosts of Anoka" tours are available the first and third full weeks of the month, Thursdays and Saturdays, through October.Call 763-421-0600 for more information.

Continuing Education

Dakota Event
"Legacy of Survival--Coming Home" is a two-and-a-half day event August 15-17, 2012 held in Flandreau SD to highlight the cultural resiliency of the 14 Dakota tribal communities who live in exile in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Montana, and Canada and call for amending the 1863 Removal Act banning them from their Minnesota homeland. Contact JB Weston, 605-997-3891 x1213, or Melvin Houston, 402-373-2108, for more information.

Historic Preservation Conference
Online registration is now open for Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office's 32nd Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, Preserve Minnesota 2012, hosted September 13-14, 2012, by A Center for the Arts and Kaddatz Galleries, Fergus Falls MN.

History Conference
Northern Great Plains History Conference will be held September 26-29, 2012, Fargo ND. Register by September 12, 2012 for special rate.

Call for Proposals
New York State's "Museums in Conversation: What Does It Mean to be Diverse?" will be held April 14-16, 2013, Doubletree Syracuse, New York. Sponsored by Museumwise: The Museum Association of New York. Topic proposal deadline: July 20, 2012. Full proposal deadline: September 14, 2012.


Board Member Openings
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, seeks enthusiastic people willing to share their time and talents by serving on the SCHS board of directors. There are three open positions for three-year terms beginning November 2012. Send letter of interest and qualifications to SCHS by September 1, 2012. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

Public Historian Survey
National Council on Public History (NCPH) is conducting a readers survey to learn how public historians at all stages of their careers use various venues to stay informed about the field of public history. Deadline: August 15, 2012.

Proctor Area Historical Society, Proctor MN, announces that the daughters of Mark Thudin are running a benefit raffle for the new museum, Sunday August 19, 2012. Tickets: $5/each.

Save Our School Project
Denmark Township Historical Society, Washington County MN, continues to receive donations for Valley School through their SOS: Save Our School project, having recently received $1000 from the Hastings VFW, honoring the memory of Walter Pechacek--a World War II veteran, former VFW Commander, and former president of DTHS. Contact Wayne and Jean Boyd, 651-436-8031 or Sharon Lewandowski, 651-436-5664, for more information.

Swensson Farm Break In
Chippewa County Historical Society, Montevideo MN, reported that on June 29, 2012, two individuals attempted to break into the Swensson Farm Museum. Fortunately they triggered the silent alarm and authorities were on the scene shortly. The individuals did not gain access to the house, but kicked in the front door's etched glass window. If anyone has a clear photo of the window, please contact , 320-269-7636, as they would like to recreate the pattern and have a new glass installed.

Field Note

There is a history of everything, and historic places and museums make great venues for cross-disciplinary events. Often historical organizations feature other cultural heritage offerings, such as this presentation from the Terrace Mill Children's Theatre, music festivals, and art shows. In what way does your organization offer its facilities for non-history events?

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