If this email does not display properly, please view our online version.
To ensure receipt of our email, please add localhistorynews@mnhs.org to your address book.
Send to a Friend. Please do not reply to this automatic e-mail.

Local History News
September 19, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants

Grants Deadlines
Upcoming grants deadlines for the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants small (Fast Track) grants are as follows:

  • Friday October 5, 2012
  • Friday November 9, 2012
  • Friday January 11, 2013 (pending funding)

Questions on your grant proposal or the application process? Contact the Grants Office, Melinda Hutchinson, or John Fulton for assistance.

Project Spotlight: Inventory Lac qui Parle County Museum

Recipient: Lac qui Parle County Historical Society
Funding Amount: $2,984
Project Overview

The Lac qui Parle County Historical Society/Museum purchased a laptop computer and a PastPerfect software program to facilitate the inventory of their entire historical collection.


From the Blog

Local History Newsletter Digest: Shingle Our Structures

The following article was originally printed in "Chippewa County Historical Society" September 2012, Volume 20 Number 9. Reprinted with permission from the Chippewa County Historical Society.

Facebook Findings

Less than 100 to go to get to that coveted 1000 mark! Minnesota Local History picked up 11 fans over the past week, sliding right past 900 to 904! News of note:

Job Opportunities

Administrative Specialist
University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames IA, seeks part time Administrative Specialist II. Deadline: September 30, 2012.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks Registrar.

Do History Here

Walking Tour
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, announces that the very popular "Ghosts of Anoka" walking tour will be held September 20, 22; and October 4, 6, 13, 20, 23-27, 30-31, 2012. Call 763-421-0600 for reservations.

Commemorating Controversy
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts "Commemorating Controversy," a traveling exhibit exploring the causes, voices, events, and consequences of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. It was produced by Gustavus Adolphus College students in conjunction with Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN. On view now through September 28, 2012. Call 507-454-2723 ext. 3 for more information.

River Rendezvous
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts River Rendezvous Public Night at Pond Dakota Mission Park, Thursday September 20, 2012, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Cemetery Walk
Join History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, for the 15th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk, September 22, 2012. First tour starts 1 p.m.; last tour starts 4 p.m. Tickets: $6/adults, $2/children; on sale now at the History Center.

Fall Harvest Celebration
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, invites everyone to join in the Fall Harvest Celebration, Saturday September 22, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., east side of the fairgrounds. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.

Fall Dinner
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, announces its Fall Dinner and program, Thursday September 27, 2012, 5:30 p.m., Water Street Inn, Stillwater. Steve Elliott, Executive Director of the Minnesota Historical Society, will speak on "Wedding Dresses, Concussions and Saving the Planet." Contact WCHS, 651-439-5956, for more information or to make reservations.

New Exhibit at BECHS
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, announces the opening of its newest exhibit, "Remembering Front Street: Rediscover Mankato's Hidden Street from the 1930s-1960s," September 28-29, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

Fall Barn Tour
Friends of Minnesota Barns presents their Fall Barn Tour, Saturday September 29, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration deadline: September 22, 2012.

Dakota Game Day
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Dakota Game Day, Sunday October 7, 2012, 2-4 p.m., Pond Dakota Mission Park. Play the Dakota Stick Game and make your own game to take home. Learn simple Dakota words and phrases to use while playing. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

B is for Battle Cry
Ramsey County Library-New Brighton hosts illustrator Dave Geister, who will present a program on the Civil War through drawings and poems in the book "B is for Battle Cry," by Patricia Bauer, Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Italian-American History and Heritage
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces a Culture and Cuisine dinner program event "Italian-American History and Heritage in Duluth and St. Louis County," October 11, 2012, 5:30 p.m., Great Hall, St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center. Event includes social hour, dinner, program, and silent auction. Tickets: $35. For more information call 218-733-7568.

Haunted Minnesota Talk
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, presents a special evening edition of "Lunch with the History People," Friday October 12, 2012, 6-7:30 p.m. Minnesota Paranormal Study Group (MNPSG) of Hibbing MN will speak about "Haunted Minnesota." Free. Call 218-733-7568 for more information.

Cemetery Tours
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, holds their "Monuments to Life" cemetery tours in three locations this year:

  • Twitchell Cemetery, Lino Lakes MN, Thursday October 11, 2012
  • Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Anoka MN, Saturday October 13, 2012
  • Constance Cemetery, Andover MN, Tuesday October 16, 2012

Tours begin 7 p.m. Tickets are limited; call ACHS, 763-421-0600, to purchase in advance.

Dakota Women's Work
Pond Dakota Heritage Society invites the public to join Professor Colette Hyman, author of "Dakota Women's Work," at Pond Dakota Mission Park, Sunday October 14, 2012, as she discusses how Dakota Indian women continued the traditions of their people. Book signing to follow. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Northfield Fundraiser
Northfield Historical Society is giving the public the opportunity to become the proud owner of a handsome handmade quilt. Raffle tickets are $2 or six for $10 and are available now through October 15, 2012. Call 507-645-9268 for more information.

Civil War Class Series
Rice County Historical Society and Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable, Faribault MN, co-sponsor a four-week course on Rice and Steele County during the Civil War. Speaker will be Barry Adams, a retired Licensed Gettysburg Battlefield Guide, now living in Owatonna. Cost: $18/members; $20/nonmembers for the series. Call 507-332-2121 for more information or to make reservations.

Anniversary Celebration
Join NWA History Centre, Bloomington MN, as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary, Saturday October 20, 2012, 5 p.m., Best Western Plus Motel, Bloomington. Advance admission: $10. RSVP by October 17 to , 651-699-8833.

Book Talk
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Bruce White and Gwen Westerman as they discuss their book "Mni Sota Makoce," about the history of Dakota people in Minnesota, Sunday October 21, 2012, Pond Dakota Mission Park. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Continuing Education

MDL Webinar
Interested in working with the Minnesota Digital Library on a digitization project for Phase 9? Attend a free informational webinar to get started! "The Minnesota Digital Library, Minnesota Reflections, and Digitizing Your Collections" will be held Tuesday September 25, 2012, 2-3:30 p.m. Free.

Call for Posters
National Council on Public History announces a call for posters. The Annual Meeting Poster Session is a format for presentations about projects that use visual evidence. Proposals must be received by November 1, 2012.


Suspect pictured in photo.Iowa Museum Burglarized
Living History Farms, Urbandale IA, reported a burglary at their site on September 12/13, 2012. Collections pieces, including vintage coins and currency, were stolen. Police questioned a man, but have not charged him. Some of the coins have been recovered. Contact Urbandale police, 515-331-6803, if you have any additional information.

Brooklyn Brainery Atlas
Need some 19th century statistics on just about any topic? Check out The Amazing and Incredible Statistitcal Atlases of the United States of America compiled in the final decades of The Nineteenth Century.

Free Reader-Printer Available
Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, has a working 3M "500" Reader-Printer, available free to an interested organization. Must be picked up. Call Wendy Petersen-Biorn, 952-442-4234, for more information or to arrange pick-up.

History Event Calendar
The History List is an event calendar dedicated to history-related events such as exhibits, walks, talks, reenactments, programs, professional meetings, and conferences. Check out this SlideShare presentation for more information.

Field Note
Arrrrr, Matey! It be , don't ye know. Though shippin' lanes are safe for treasure ships of ore, relive the adventures of the lawless if ye brave The 25th Annual Gales of November next month. Frederick Stonehouse, author and gentleman he be, knows a thing or two about "low-lifes willing to rob and plunder" on the Great Lakes, an' he'll be sayin' so on Saturday November 3, 2012, on "DECC" in historic Canal Park, Duluth. Arrr!!!
Image source: Collage of images from Wikimedia Commons.

Follow MN Local History

In this Issue...
In this Issue...
-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
Great Lakes Crime

Great Lakes Crime: Murder, Mayhem, Booze and Broads, by Frederick Stonehouse.


Magazine Cover


Featured Past article
B. B. Inman, the Commodore of Duluth
Volume: 54 Issue: 5, 1995

In Past Issues

Discussions and Questions

Job Announcements

Grant Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Other Resources

Local History Resources

Minnesota Historical Organizations

September 19th is
International Talk
Like a Pirate Day

Talk like a pirate day


Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard W. St. Paul, MN 55102
localhistorynews@mnhs.org | 651-259-3000
MHS web site | Privacy Policy | Send to a friend
Manage your preferences | Unsubscribe all newsletters | Subscribe

To make changes to your profile information, go here.
If you would prefer not to receive emails from us, go here.
Please send any comments about this email to historymatters@mnhs.org