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August 8, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Small Grants Deadline
The next small grants deadline is just over a week away--Friday August 17, 2012. Applications must be submitted via the grants portal by midnight on the deadline date. See the grants website for more information. Questions? Contact the Grants Office.

Mid/Large Grants
Mid and Large-size grants are undergoing staff review and will be sent to the Historic Resources Advisory Committee soon for the next level of review. HRAC meets September 6-7, 2012 at the MHS History Center, St. Paul, to make award recommendations. Awards will be announced in October.

Spotlighted Project: ADA Access to the Gosen School

Recipient: City of Winger
Funding Amount: $2,900
Project Overview

An Americans With Disabilities Act compliant access ramp was added to the front of the two-room Gosen School/Museum to provide access for all who want to enter.


From the Blog

Local History Newsletter Digest: Thoughts from the Director...

The following article was originally printed in "Clearwater County History News" May/June 2012, Volume 22 Number 3. Reprinted with permission from the Clearwater County Historical Society.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans have boosted their numbers to 866, a gain of eight over last week. We'll hit the 1000 mark yet! Of interest this week:

Cultural Data Project Launches in Minnesota
Minnesota has become the 12th state to join the Cultural Data Project. The launch will allow the state’s arts, cultural, and historical sectors to begin using hard data to make the case for their impact throughout the state. The Cultural Data Project is an online management, research, and advocacy tool for the arts and cultural sector.
  • It helps history, arts and cultural organizations measure, track, and understand their financial and program data;
  • Provides researchers and advocates with accurate, comprehensive data to make the case for arts and culture; and,
  • Helps grantmakers better understand the impact of their funding in their community.
The Cultural Data Project is an emerging national standard for data collection in the arts and cultural sector, with 13,000 nonprofits in 12 states and the District of Columbia participating. Across the country, it’s helping cultural groups, grantmakers, and researchers move beyond words to make a fact-based case for the importance of arts and culture to individuals, economies, and communities. “The more we know about ourselves and our community,” said Steve Elliot, director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society, “the better we will serve Minnesotans, who care deeply about and have wholeheartedly supported arts, culture and history.”

Learn More
Free orientation sessions are scheduled as follows. Be sure to register online.
  • August 21 | Duluth Public Library
  • August 22 | William and Flora Hewitt Foundation, Bemidji
  • August 23 | Lake Region Arts Council, Fergus Falls
  • August 24 | Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Paul
  • October 30 | Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall
  • October 31 | Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • November 1 | Rochester Public Library
Note: Although the Minnesota Historical Society is a proud member of Cultural Data Project, MHS is not coordinating these orientation sessions. Please direct questions to the Cultural Data Project.

Job Opportunities

Curator of Public Programs
City and Borough of Juneau AK seeks Curator of Public Programs. Deadline: August 16, 2012.

Collections Assistants
State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck ND, seeks two temporary Collections Assistants. Deadline: August 31, 2012. 

President and CEO
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington DC, seeks President and CEO, National Trust Main Street Subsidiary.

Do History Here

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, will host the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, Sunday August 12, 2012, 2-4 p.m. Tickets: $10. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

Costumed Event
Come learn about characters from the past at Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, Saturday August 18, 2012, 1-4 p.m. Costumed interpreters introduce visitors to the colorful world of medicine show hucksters, riverboat gamblers, and other charlatans at the "Flim-Flam, Snake Oil and Ballyhoo" event. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

Summer History
Ramsey County Library--White Bear Lake, hosts Sara Markoe Hanson, Executive Director of White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, who will speak on "White Bear's Resort Era," Monday August 20, 2012, 6 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.

Book Talk
Mower County Historical Society, Hormel Historic Home, and Austin Public Library, Austin MN, present author John Christgau, who will speak on his book "The Battle of Birch Coulee: The Epic Battle of the Dakota War," Wednesday August 29, 2012, noon, Hormel Historic Home. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.

Centennial Celebration
Petrell Hall Centennial Celebration takes place September 1-2, 2012 in Brimson MN. Free admission. Contact Petrell Hall Centennial Committee, 218-848-2622, for more information.

Coffee & Conversation
Join NWA History Centre, Bloomington MN, for "Hijacked!," the true story of the only unsolved American airplane hijacking, Saturday September 8, 2012, 1-3 p.m. Tickets $10; space is limited. RSVP to Mary Fryer, 651-699-8833.

Civil War Series
Ramsey County Library will hold a Civil War Series, beginning with a book talk September 12, 2012, 7 p.m. at the Roseville Library. See the Ramsey County Library website for a full list of events.

Continuing Education
Online Workshops
Small Museum Pro! is offering online workshops this fall:

Historic Preservation Conference
Wisconsin Historical Society hosts the 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, September 28-29, 2012, Madison WI. Early bird registration must be postmarked by August 17; standard registration postmarked September 14, 2012.

Fund Your Mission

IMLS Grants
Institute of Museum and Library Services has upcoming grant deadlines:

NEH Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities has several grant deadlines coming up August 15, 2012:

NARA Grants
National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of the nation's most valuable archival resources. Apply to Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records Projects. Deadline: October 4, 2012.


Leadership Applications Due Today!
Applications are due today, August 8, 2012, for the 2012-2013 Connecting Nicollet County Local Leadership Program. The program's mission is to connect people, create awareness of resources, and build leadership throughout Nicollet County. Space is limited to 24 participants; brochures and applications available online. Contact , 507-276-7919, or , 507-389-6749, for more information.

Board Openings
Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, seeks enthusiastic people willing to serve on the RAHS board of directors. There are three positions for two-year terms beginning October 2012. Send letter of interest and qualifications to RAHS by August 27, 2012. Call 763-477-5383 for more information.

Nominations Due
Nominate a museum or library for the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Deadline: October 15, 2012.

Historic Truss Bridge Video
Do you have historic truss bridges in your state that are being looked at for their value as historic resources? Do you have experts on your staff to look at grantwriting opportunities for these bridges? Learn more through a documentary video available through the N. Skunk River Greenbelt Association, Grinnell IA.

Field Note

Celebrating Milestones
Richfield Historical Society, Richfield MN, threw an "Outside the House Party" to celebrate the Bartholomew House Museum's 160th birthday on Saturday August 4, 2012. Live music, games, food, and an edible replica of the Bartholomew House were part of the festivities.

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-Do History Here
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