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October 3, 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)
Spotlighted Project: Updated Electrical System

Recipient:Grace Memorial Episcopal Church
Funding Amount: $3,466
Project Overview
This church, built in 1901 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, had its electrical service updated. The main circuit breaker and subfeed panels were replaced. An outdoor electrical outlet was replaced and several more outlets were added to the interior. Larger supply wires were installed to improve capacity for future handicap accessible improvements to the building.

From the Blog

Video: Ancient Footpaths traced by Ground Penetrating Radar at Petaga Point

Presenter: David Maki, Archaeo-Physics. Originally presented at the 2012 Review and Compliance Seminar.





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Job Opportunities

Exhibits Curator
State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines IA, seeks Exhibits Curator. Deadline: October 9, 2012.

Project Archivist
Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis MN, seeks Project Archivist for grant-funded, part-time position. Deadline: October 10, 2012.

Assistant Registrar/Preparator
Figge Art Museum, Davenport IA, seeks Assistant Registrar/Preparator.

Do History Here

Traveling Exhibit
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, will display the traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter" for the month of October. Related programs include John LaBatte, who will speak on "Causes of the Dakota War of 1862," October 3, 2012, 12:05 p.m.; and Colette Hyman, who will speak on "Why Treaties Matter to Women's Work," October 25, 2012, 7 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Trial Reenactment
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, announces a trial reenactment "Crime of the Ages: the Doc Barker Story," October 4-6, 2012, 7 p.m. Tickets: $5. Seating limited; call 651-292-3276 to purchase tickets.

Docomomo House Tour
The Minnesota Chapter of Docomomo is proud to announce Tour Day 2012: Cerny Survey and West Cedar Lake Walking Tours, Saturday October 6, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reserve tickets online.

Dakota Culture Lecture
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, will screen the film "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie," Saturday October 6, 2012, 10 a.m. Free. This is the tenth event the "Discover the Dakota" series. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, will present the movie "Gangsterland" at the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia MN, Saturday October 6, 2012, 6 p.m. Free. Call 651-433-4014 for more information.

Author Talk
Friends of the Brookdale Library--Brooklyn Center hosts author Carla Hagen, who will speak on her 2011 novel "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane," about life on the Minnesota-Canada border during Prohibition, Saturday October 6, 2012, 11 a.m. Call 612-543-5600 for more information.

BOOseum Volunteers Needed
Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Excelsior MN, seeks volunteers to help set up for this year's BOOseum and Ghost Trolley fundraiser, Saturdays in October. Contact , 612-516-1958, if interested.

Barns of Minnesota Program
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts photographer Doug Ohman, who will present a slide program called "Barns of Minnesota," Sunday October 7, 2012, 1 p.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Ghost Story Author Talk
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet Tuesday October 9, 2012, 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN. After a brief business meeting, author Christopher Sterling Larsen will discuss his award-winning books about science fiction, fantasy, and ghosts. Free. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Breakfast Club
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, presents Dr. Lloyd Peterson, who will speak on "World War II: What You Didn't Learn in Textbooks," at the next Breakfast Club meeting, Wednesday October 10, 2012, 9-10 a.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

Exhibit Opening
Join Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis MN, for the opening of "My Own Environment," an exhibit of paintings, drawings, and monoprints by Hennepin County artist Bettye Olson, October 13, 2012, 6-9 p.m. Call 612-870-1329 for more information.

Cemetery Walk
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings and Dakota County Historical Society, South St. Paul MN, present "More Grave Truths Cemetery Walk: Ghosts and Gossip," at the LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, Saturday October 13, 2012, 2-9 p.m. Tickets: $7. Reservations required; call 651-437-7055.

Traveling Exhibit
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, presents "Peter Bergstrom: Swedish Immigrant Worker and Entrepreneur," a traveling exhibit about a Swedish immigrant's pursuit of the American Dream. Opening reception Tuesday October 16, 2012, 5-7 p.m., Hjemkomst Center. Free. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Austin History Talk
Hormel Historic Home and Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, present "Remembering Downtown Austin," Thursday October 18, 2012, noon, Hormel Historic Home. Free to HHH and/or MCHS members; $5 nonmembers. Space is limited; register by calling the HHH office, 507-433-4243.

U.S.-Dakota War Talk
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, is sponsoring a talk in conjunction with its newest exhibit "1862 Through Rice County's Eyes." Amateur historian Tim Madigan will speak on "The Fog of War: Perceptions and Realities of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862," October 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at the historical society. Call 507-645-9268 for more information.

Haunted House
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, is hosting a Haunted Stans House event, Saturday October 20, 2012, 1-4 p.m. Family-friendly entertainment. Free with general admission to SCHS. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

Civil War Talk
Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake will host historian Stephen Osman, who will speak on "Minnesota and the Civil War," Wednesday October 24, 2012, 6 p.m. Call 651-724-6007 for more information.

Annual Meeting
Hubbard County Historical Society, Park Rapids MN, announces their Annual Meeting, Monday October 29, 2012, 7 p.m. at the new courthouse. Call 218-732-5237 for more information.

Then & Now
Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake hosts Sara Markoe Hanson, Executive Director of White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, Monday, October 29, 2012, 6 p.m. She will speak on "Then & Now: Downtown White Bear Part I." Call 651-724-6007 for more information.

Pangea Celebration
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, announces the next "Pangea--Cultivate Our Cultures" event, Saturday November 10, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hjemkomst Center. This is a free, indoor, one-day family-friendly celebration of the cultural diversity in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Continuing Education

Genealogy Conference
Minnesota Genealogical Society reminds the public that there is still time to register for MGS's 5th Annual North Star Family History Conference, featuring D. Joshua Taylor, October 5-6, 2012.

Genealogy Detectives
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, hosts two Genealogy Detectives workshops this fall, Friday October 12, 2012, 5:30-11 p.m.; and Saturday November 3, 2012, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MCHS Research Library. Registration and payment due by October 8 for the first session and October 29 for the second session. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.

Genealogy Classes
Mower County Historical Society and Austin Community Education, Austin MN, offer two exciting genealogy classes this fall: "Family History 101" and "How to Use Ancestry.com." Register through Austin Community Education, 507-460-1706.

Small Museum Pro! Class
Small Museum Pro! offers online "Collections Management: Managing and Organizing Museum Collections," October 15-December 7, 2012. Deadline for registration: Monday October 15, 2012.

MDL Webinar
Minnesota Digital Library offers a new webinar "Collection Analysis of Minnesota Reflections," Tuesday October 16, 2012, 10-11 a.m. Greta Bahnemann will give an overview of her recent work analyzing the Minnesota Reflections digital library collection. Read the full report "Collection Analysis of the Minnesota Digital Library's Minnesota Reflections." For information on how the report impacted Phase 9 Call for Proposals, view "The Minnesota Digital Library, Minnesota Reflections, and Digitizing Your Collections."

MAP Applications Available
Museum Assessment Program (MAP) application now available. Application deadline: December 1, 2012.

CAP Application Available
Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) staff announces that the 2013 CAP application is available. Application deadline: December 3, 2012.

IPI Webinars
Image Permanence Institute (IPI) offers webinars on a variety of topics, Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. EDT, January-September 2013. Free. Register online.

Fund Your Mission
Maintaining Momentum: Fundraising Beyond Project Support
Join the Minnesota Historical Society’s Local History Services and Access Philanthropy at Stearns History Museum, 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. Register with John Fulton, 651-259-3467, by Tuesday October 9, 2012. 

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.


NARA Fee Schedule Changes
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) issued an amended fee schedule for reproduction of archival materials, effective October 1, 2012.

Meander Weekend
The Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl, 2012 Meander, runs October 5-7, 2012.

MCHS Forums and Tours
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, is beginning the process of examining its collection and exhibits to align with its mission and museum standards. MCHS offers a series of public forums and tours to educate the public about the process. See the MCHS website for dates and times. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.

MGS to Honor Local History Leader
At the Awards Banquet during the North Star Genealogy Conference, Minnesota Genealogical Society will honor Debra J. Richardson, executive director of the Fillmore County Historical Society, with the Pioneer Explorer Award for contributions to the development of Minnesota resources for genealogy and family history research. Congratulations!

Board Position Open
Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, seeks leader within the Rockford-Greenfield community who has an interest in historic structures, fundraising, and working with existing board members to achieve large goals. Apply in person at the AFS House office or via . Position open until filled.

Inaugural Award Program
Iowa Museum Association (IMA) Board of Directors has established a Leadership Award to recognize outstanding contributions to the museum field through visionary leadership. The inaugural ceremony will be held Monday October 22, 2012 during the IMA's Annual Meeting and Conference. Professor Willard "Sandy" Boyd will be honored with the inaugural award. Tickets for the luncheon and ceremony are $25, .

Field Note

Stephen Osman

Annual Meeting
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, welcomes historian Stephen Osman as guest speaker at the Society's Annual Meeting, October 11, 2012. Mr. Osman will speak on "Minnesota and the Civil War." Open house begins 5:30 p.m., followed by the SCHS business meeting at 6:30 p.m., and guest speaker at 7 p.m. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

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-Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
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Asian Flavors: Changing the Tastes of Minnesota since 1875, by Phyllis Louise Harris with Raghavan Iyer.

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