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September 5, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Department Closures in September

Minnesota's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will be closed on Thursday and Friday, September 13-14, 2012, for the 32nd Annual Minnesota Historic Preservation Conference in Fergus Falls. The office will also close on Thursday September 27, 2012 for a staff planning retreat. The office will be open regular business hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of that week.

Also, while the department will be open tomorrow and Friday, Grants Staff will be unavailable because they will be attending the Historic Resources Advisory Committee meeting.

Please make your plans accordingly.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
Final Reports
Grantees--final reporting for Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants is now part of the electronic, online process. From the grantee home page in the grants portal, scroll down to Reports--you will see all reports listed with their due dates. Click the green circle to attach final report documents--including the final report form! Once you have everything uploaded, don't forget to click the "Submit Now" link to send the report for review. Questions? Contact , 651-259-3459.

Spotlighted Project: Providing the Public with Early Issues of the 'Range Facts'

Recipient: Virginia Area Historical Society
Funding Amount: $7,000
Project Overview

The grant helped microfilm and make available the early issues of the 'Range Facts,' a weekly newspaper that was published from 1934 to 1941 by W.A. Fisher and edited by George A. Perham. It covered the Mesabi and Vermilion range towns as well as adjacent rural areas and gave extensive coverage to state, county, and local affairs; sports; social news; farming; obituaries; and Depression programs.

From the Blog

Saint Paul Municipal Grain Terminal

Our own National Register Historian, Denis Gardner, talks about the history of the Saint Paul Municipal Grain Terminal. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, the remains of the Saint Paul Municipal Grain Terminal (the head house and sack house) sit on piers over the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, MN. 

2012 has been designated the International Year of Cooperatives by the United Nations. This is the second of three videos featuring historic cooperatives in Minnesota.

Facebook Findings
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Job Opportunities

Volunteer/Membership Coordinator
Cedar Falls Historical Society, Cedar Falls IA, seeks part-time Volunteer and Membership Services Coordinator. Deadline: September 17, 2012.

Tenure Track Teaching Position
The History Department at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL, invites applications for a tenure-track position in U.S. History and Historical Administration. Review of applications begins November 16, 2012 and continue until position is closed.

Executive Director
Hormel Historic Home, Austin MN, seeks Executive Director.

Do History Here

Harvest Moon Festival
Come to Ely MN for the 19th Annual Harvest Moon Festival, September 7-9, 2012. Remember to visit Dorothy Molter Museum's Booth (#32) while you're there!

Teenage Richfield
Exhibit opening at the Richfield Historical Society Saturday September 8, 2012, 7 p.m. Dress up in prom clothes, read yearbooks, rummage though lockers of yesteryear and compare your teenage years to the ones on display.

Historic House Tour
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, announces the Stillwater Historic Homes Tour, Saturday September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $15; available the day of the tour at the Warden's House Museum. For more information call 651-439-5956.

Smithsonian Exhibit
Come to Minnesota's Machinery Museum, Hanley Falls MN, to view "The Way We Worked," a special Smithsonian traveling exhibit from the Museum on Main Street program. On view September 8-October 20, 2012. Call 507-768-3522 for more information.

C.B. Cooper Hijacking Talk
NWA History Centre presents "Hijacked" a program presenting First Officer Bill Rataczak of Northwest Airlines Flight 305, who recalls the events of the D.B. Cooper Hijacking. Saturday
September 8, 2012, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Civil War Talk
Maplewood Area Historical Society, Maplewood MN, sponsors a Civil War talk by Jeffrey Williams, Maplewood Library, Tuesday September 11, 2012, 7-8 p.m. Call 651-748-9009 for more information.

Dakota War Programs
Beginning Tuesday September 11, 2012, 7 p.m., Hennepin County Library offers a program series about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Minneapolis Central Library.

Book Signing
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, announces a book signing and program by Paul Fahlstrom, Wednesday September 12, 2012, 1 p.m. at the museum. Fahlstrom will discuss his new book "Burnished by Fire: The Rebuilding of Cloquet, MN." Call CCHS, 218-879-1938, for more information.

Fall Harvest Festival
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, invites the public to their Fall Harvest Celebration, Saturday September 22, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of activities for the whole family. Free. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.

U.S.-Dakota War Talk
Ramsey County Library, Maplewood, hosts Stephen Osman, who will speak on "Minnesota's Other Civil War: the Dakota Conflict of 1862," Wednesday September 26, 2012, 7 p.m.

Continuing Education

Wisconsin Conference Registration
Conference hotel registration has been extended to September 6, 2012 for the 2012 annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Madison WI. Mention the Wisconsin Historical Society to get the conference rate.

Register Now!
Minnesota Association of Museums holds its Annual Meeting, Tools, Templates & Take Aways, Monday September 10, 2012 at the Historic Union Depot, Duluth MN. Come early for a Sunday night reception at the Tweed Museum of Art. Cost: $40 MAM members; $65/nonmembers; $5 at the door for the Tweed reception.

Preserve Minnesota Conference 2012
Don't forget to register for Minnesota's 32nd Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference to be held September 13-14, 2012 at A Center for the Arts and the Kaddatz Galleries in historic downtown Fergus Falls MN.

AASLH Workshop Correction
For those of you planning to attend the AASLH half-day workshop on training front-line staff and volunteers at the annual meeting in Salt Lake City UT, the workshop is not the last of the workshop, as listed in the program. It will actually be held the afternoon of Wednesday October 3.

Disaster Preparedness
Joslyn Castle Trust Archive Education Program presents "Disaster Preparedness and Response for Archive, Library, and Museum Collections: Organizing Your Toolkit," Friday October 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Joslyn Castle, Omaha NE. Contact Anne Sibbernsen Johns with questions.

Section 106 Seminar
National Preservation Institute and Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, announce an advanced seminar, "Section 106: Agreement Documents," focusing on memoranda of agreement and programmatic agreements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, November 14-16, 2012, Madison WI. Register online.

Fund Your Mission

Historic sites, photos, and prizes!
Wiki Loves Monuments USA is a photo contest on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons that will run throughout September 2012. In the U.S., the contest will focus on photographing sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

State Capital Grants-in-Aid
The pre-application deadline for State Capital County and Local Preservation Grants is Friday September 21, 2012. The State Capital program funds the preservation of publicly-owned historic properties. Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 and must be matched on at least a 1:1 basis. Approximately $450,000 is available for award. Contact Mandy Skypala, 651-259-3458, with questions.

CHS Foundation Grants
CHS Foundation is accepting proposals for their funding categories on an ongoing basis, with the exception of Cooperative Education applications, due September 30, 2012.

Verizon Grants
Verizon Foundation provides support to nonprofits that are using technology for several education, health, and sustainability initiatives. See their website for more information on grants programs. Applications due October 14, 2012.

Entrepreneurial Challenge
Northwest Minnesota Foundation, in partnership with other investors, is hosting the 2013 IDEA Competition, which will award $10,000 in cash prizes along with technical advice to support up to five promising local entrepreneurs. Applications due November 30, 2012.

Field Note
Building Museums: a handbook for small and midsize organizations (MHS Press, 2012) continues to enjoy wide acclaim and demand. Already in September, the book has reached 134 percent of projected sales with only 330 copies left in stock. Reviews continue to be posted to Amazon.com and other venues--each with a different perspective, but all effusive with praise.

All of this success would not have been possible without the experience of Minnesota's local history community. Thank you for all the great work that you do--and keep up that great work!

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