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September 26, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants
New MHCHG Funds Awarded Across the State
In this latest round of grants, MHS awarded 56 mid- and large size grants (over $7,000) and 33 small grants ($7,000 and less) to more than 80 organizations in 37 counties. 

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)

Spotlighted Project: Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration - Foundation Restoration

Recipient: City of Belle Plaine
Funding Amount: $71,725
Project Overview
The restoration of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration restored the building to a condition that is suitable for occupancy and prevented the building from becoming unsafe.

From the Blog
Video: Archaeology of the John Orth & Germania Breweries

A paved parking lot and the lawns of a city park hide from sight the remains of two of Minneapolis' foremost breweries. In 1890, the John Orth and Germania breweries merged with two other breweries to form the Minneapolis Brewing Company (aka Grain Belt). The presentation provides an overview of the history of these breweries and how documentary and archaeological research led to the identification and evaluation of these sites. It also discusses how these significant discoveries are being integrated into development plans. Originally presented at the 2012 Review and Compliance Seminar.

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Job Opportunities

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul MN, seeks part-time, seasonal ARTwalk Curator 2013. Deadline: October 1, 2012. 

Marketing Assistant
Figge Art Museum, Davenport IA, seeks part-time Marketing Assistant.

Executive Director
Terrace Hill Society Foundation, Des Moines IA, seeks Executive Director.

Curator of Education
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, seeks Curator of Education. Position open until filled. 

Cultural Resources Specialist
Wyoming Territorial Prison/Park, Laramie WY, seeks Cultural Resources Specialist (Curator). Position open until filled.

Do History Here

Open House
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, housed in Winona's 1915 Armory and contemporary 2012 Laird Norton Addition, hosts an open house on Thursday September 27, 2012, 4-6 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the summer-long restoration of the
Armory's battlements and repointing of its facade.
Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Exhibit Opening
Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, announces its newest intern exhibit, "Allie's Picks," named after Allie Melander, the intern who created it. The opening reception will be held on Thursday September 27, 2012, 5:30-8 p.m., St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot). Free. Contact Dan Hartman, 218-310-5356, for more information.

Cemetery Walk
Blue Earth County Civil War Memorial Project presents "Remembering the Boy in Blue," Glenwood Cemetery Walk, Mankato, Saturday September 29, 2012. Guided tours 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 p.m. Admission: $5/adult; $2/child (ages 5-16). Contact Julie for more information.

Museum Day Live!
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, announces its participation in the eighth annual free admission Museum Day Live!, Saturday September 29, 2012, sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. Download your admission ticket before you go!

More Museum Day Live!
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, will open its doors free of charge to participate in the Smithsonian Magazine's 8th Annual Museum Day Live!, Saturday September 29, 2012. Remember to bring your admission ticket. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Archaeology Events and Demonstrations
The Minnesota Archaeological Society hosts Kathio Archaeology Day, a day of activities highlighting the archaeology of the Mille Lacs area, Saturday September 29, 2012 at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, 8 miles north of Onamia MN.

Historic House Tours
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, announces that the Historic R.D. Hubbard House, one of the finest Victorian-style homes still left in Mankato, will close for the season on Sunday September 30, 2012. Hubbard House will now be open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. for tours. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

On Sunday September 30, 2012, 2-4 p.m., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities will celebrate the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest's gift of its archives to the University of Minnesota Libraries. To attend please register TODAY with Patricia Hall.

Nooks & Crannies Tour
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, provides a self-guided tour of the nooks and crannies of Landmark Center, one of St. Paul's most historic buildings, September 30, 2012, 1-3 p.m. Free.

Fingerprints and Footnotes Club
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, presents the next Fingerprints and Footnotes Club's program "Keep Up to Speed: the history of the vehicles in the R.D. Hubbard Carriage House," with Larry Kortuem, Tuesday October 2, 6 p.m. Contact , 507-345-5566, for more information.

Documentary Screening
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to a free screening of the documentary "The City Dark," at the Treaty Site History Center, Thursday October 4, 2012, 7 p.m. Contact NCHS, 507-934-2160, for more information.

Minnesota LGBT History Talk
Stewart Van Cleve, author of "Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota," will be at Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis MN, Wednesday October 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m. for a talk and book signing.


Civil War Talk
Ramsey County Library--Roseville will present the second meeting in the discussion series "Making Sense of the American Civil War," October 10, 7 p.m. Professor Jim Stewart will lead the group in a discussion of selections from "America's War," edited by Edward Ayers.

Corrected Contact Number
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, hosts "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. Tickets: $35. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 218-733-7586.

Murder Mystery
Greater Litchfield Opera House, Litchfield MN, presents "Knock 'em Dead," Murder Mystery Dinner Reader's Theatre, October 12-13, 2012, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10; call Litchfield Community Education, 320-693-2354, to purchase.

Exhibit Opening
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, in partnership with the Range Fiberart Guild, announces the opening of a rag rug exhibit. Join them for the opening ceremony on Saturday October 13, 2012, 12:30-2:30 p.m., with guest speaker author Janet Meany of "The Rag Rug Handbook." Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

U.S.-Dakota War Discussion
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, presents "A Dakota Perspective on the Dakota War of 1862," with Tamara St. John, October 13, 2012, 2 p.m., Hjemkomst Center. Free. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

History in a Pint
Veterans' Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces the next "History in a Pint" at Carmody Irish Pub & Brewing, Tuesday October 16, 2012, 6 p.m. Free. Dwight "Deac" Nelson will speak on the story of the Navy during the Vietnam War. Contact Dan Hartman, 218-733-7500, for more information.

Civil War Soldier Re-enactment
Ramsey County Library announces the appearance of Civil War re-enactor Ken Martens at two of the Ramsey County Libraries next month. North St. Paul Library hosts the program Thursday October 18, 2012, 6 p.m. Mounds View Library hosts on Saturday October 20, 2012, 2 p.m.

Save the Date
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, will host the traveling exhibit "Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862," November 7-December 19, 2012. The exhibit was produced by Gustavus Adolphus College students, in conjunction with Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN. Contact Jill Wohnoutka, 320-235-1881, for more information.

Save the Date
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums holds their Annual Meeting Friday November 9, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake MN. Cost: $35/MALHM members; $50/nonmembers. Register by November 2, 2012.

Save the Date
Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, invites the public to the Veterans Remembrance Dinner, Thursday December 6, 2012, 5-8 p.m. The event will honor the local Global War on Terror veterans, including veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Keynote speaker will be retired Command Sergeant Major John Werner. Tickets: $35; call 218-733-7500 to reserve. Contact Dan Hartman, 218-733-7500, for more information.

Continuing Education

AASLH Online Conference
There is still time to register for the 2012 AASLH Online Conference, October 4-5, 2012. Deadline for registration: Thursday September 27, 2012. Cost: $55/individual members; $95/group.

CAP Application Coming Soon
The release of the 2013 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) application is next week! If your museum is in need of an up-to-date assessment of preventive conservation practices and procedures, CAP may be right for you. Contact , 202-233-0800, to be added to the application notification list.

SMUG To Meet
Iowa Museum Association Small Museum Group (SMUG) will meet at America's French Icarian Village, Corning IA, Monday October 1, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. Cost: $10, includes refreshments and lunch. Contact , 641-322-4717, for reservations.

Genealogy Classes and Workshops
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, offers four opportunities this fall for genealogists to get more help to work on their family trees. Classes are scheduled for October and November; see full listing for registration information. Contact Dustin Heckman, 507-437-6082, for more information.

Fund Your Mission
Maintaining Momentum: Fundraising Beyond Project Support
Join the Minnesota Historical Society’s Local History Services and Access Philanthropy in St. Cloud MN on Friday October 12, 2012 for this free all day conference. This not-to-miss opportunity is limited to the first 100 participants.

Grantwriting expert Sarah Brophy, author of
Is Your Museum Grant Ready?, will be the keynote, speaking about why constant monitoring of work quality, commitment to professional standards, refreshing messages about innovation and relevance, and bragging about accomplishments is crucial to success.


Ohio History Fund
Ohio Historical Society, Columbus OH, announces the Ohio Historical Society's History Fund, a matching grants program funded by voluntary contributions via Ohioans' state income tax returns and by gifts to the Ohio Historical Society designated to the History Fund.

Heritage Preservation Receives Grant
Heritage Preservation announces the receipt of a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant will support the development of statewide cultural heritage emergency networks by strengthening the relationships among state libraries, state archives, state museums or museum associations, and state and federal emergency management agencies to more effectively prepare for and respond to disasters. For more information contact project director .

Flood Recovery
Minnesota's State Historic Preservation Office has posted information on flood relief to assist historic properties damaged by this summer's flooding in Minnesota.

Field Note
Randal Dietrich, Civil War Program Specialist, now serves as the primary Minnesota Historical Society contact person for the sesquicentennial commemoration (2011-2015). The Civil War program will hold a series of History Forums from October 2012 to March 2013. The exhibit opening will be in March 2013.

Dietrich will also convene a stakeholder discussion in the near future to encourage further collaboration statewide. For more information on the stakeholder group or to explore Civil War program plans, please contact Randal Dietrich, 651-259-3113. 

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-Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
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Lincoln and the Indians: Civil War Policy and Politics, by David A. Nichols.

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Grain Belt Beer Sign on Minneapolis’s Nicollet Island
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