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October 17, 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 November 9, 2012
  • Friday January 11, 2013 (pending funding)

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Job Opportunities
Assistant Professor
The Department of History at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls IA, seeks Assistant Professor, Public History. Deadline: December 3, 2012.

Do History Here

American Indian Artwork
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, will host a new art exhibit opening Thursday October 18, 2012, at the Heritage Center, 5-7 p.m. In association with the "Discover the Dakota Culture & Heritage" series, BECHS is showcasing some amazing American Indian artisans. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

Annual Meeting
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, holds their Annual Meeting and Dinner Thursday October 25, 2012, 6-9 p.m. Guest speaker Paul Chapin on "Travel Back Through Time at Bald Eagle Lake." Tickets: $29/members; $34/nonmembers. Reservations required; call 651-407-5327.

Untold Stories Tour
Learn about mysteries at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges on the "Untold Stories" tour, Friday October 26, 2012, 6 p.m. Limited tickets available at $20 each. Call Northfield Historical Society, 507-645-9268, to reserve your spot.

Fall Barn Awards Banquet
Friends of Minnesota Barns announces the annual Fall Barn Awards Banquet, Saturday October 27, 2012, 1-3 p.m., Gorman's Restaurant, Lake Elmo MN. Coffee will be available; lunch choices under $10. Call 612-338-2276 for more information.

Kids Kraft
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts Kids Kraft, Saturday October 27, 2012, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Listen to a reading of "Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin" by Mary Serfozo, then paint-decorate gourds and small pumpkins to take home. Free, but . Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

DAR Meeting
Daughters of the American Revolution invites northeast metro area women to their informational session, Saturday October 27, 2012, 2 p.m., Shoreview Library.

Harvest Haunting
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, promises new twists on old themes when Harvest Haunting returns, Saturday October 27, 2012, 5-9 p.m. Cost: $7/person. This is a family-friendly event. Call 651-437-7055 for more information or to reserve a Cellar Tour.

Cemetery Walk
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, hosts a Discovery Walk through Union Cemetery, Saturday October 27, 2012, 10 a.m. Cost: $15/person; $12/WBLAHS members. Reservations required; call 651-407-5327.

Fall Tour
Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) announces its Fall Tour "Behind the Scenes at the Grain Exchange and Beyond," Saturday October 27, 2012, 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $25/MNSAH members; $30/nonmembers; $15/students. Includes lunch. Deadline for registration: Monday October 22, 2012.

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit
Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, hosts "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, on view October 27-December 7, 2012. WCHS is one of five Minnesota communities to host this exhibit. Join them at the free Grand Opening Event, Saturday October 27, 2012, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 763-682-7323 for more information.

Cemetery Stories
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, will hold their 8th annual Cemetery Stories, Saturday October 27, 2012, 3:40-8 p.m. at the historic Northfield Cemetery. Call 507-645-9268 for more information or to reserve a tour and time.

Then & Now
Join White Bear Lake Area Historical Society at Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake for a talk on "Then & Now: Downtown White Bear Part 1," Monday October 29, 2012, 6-7 p.m. Free. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.

Annual Meeting
Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls MN, holds their 85th annual meeting/dinner, Thursday November 1, 2012, Legacy Hall, MState Fergus Falls campus. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., program to follow. Scholar, author, and performer Clay Jenkinson will be the speaker. Tickets: $25/members; $30/nonmembers. Call 218-736-6038 for more information or to make reservations.

Annual Meeting
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, invites its members and the public to their Annual Meeting, Thursday November 1, 2012, 6 p.m., Hormel Historic Home. Business meeting will be followed by a presentation by Nancy Vaillancourt on the history of the Ku Klux Klan in southern Minnesota. Cost: $15/person, includes catered meal. RSVP by October 24 to MCHS, 507-437-6082.

New Kids' Program
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, invites 5-10 year olds to the new Kids Discovery! program designed to inspire, create, and ignite a love of learning. Adult supervision required. This session: papier mache imagination time, Saturday November 3, 2012, 1-2 p.m. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

Author Talk and Book Signing
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts local author Tom Melchior, who will speak on his experiences while gathering oral history interviews and writing "Never Forgotten: Stories by Scott County World War II Veterans," Thursday November 8, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

History Program
Maplewood Area Historical Society, Maplewood MN, offers a talk on "Growing up in South Maplewood in the 1950s and the 1960s," Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7 p.m., Ramsey County Library-Maplewood.

Continuing Education

Free PastPerfect Webinar
Free webinar "Introduction to Nomenclature 3.0 for PastPerfect Users," Tuesday October 23, 2012, noon ET. Register online.

Session Proposals Due
Reminder: the deadline for submitting a session proposal for the 2013 Association of Midwest Museums conference is Wednesday October 31, 2012. Download a proposal form. The conference "Locally Grown, Community Created" is scheduled for July 14-17, 2013, Madison WI.


Neighborhood Nominations Sought
"This Old House" magazine and PreservationDirectory.com seek nominations for the 6th Annual "Best Old House Neighborhoods" feature. TOH is looking for 64 nominations (one in each state, one in Puerto Rico, and one in each of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories) to add to its list of Best Old House Neighborhoods. Deadline: Friday October 19, 2012.

NCPH Awards
National Council on Public History awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. Several categories of awards available; nominate a colleague or yourself. Submissions for book prize due November 1, 2012; nominations for other awards due December 1, 2012.

Give to the Max
Save the date--Give to the Max Day is November 15, 2012. Get the word out!

Minnesota Travel Blog
Pat Dodds, Fresno CA, is writing "Every County: Minnesota," a blog that will include snippets of information about all 87 counties in Minnesota.

Field Note

MDC Fiber Art

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, in partnership with the Range Fiberart Guild, has displayed the art of local fiber artists, now through April 13, 2013. The exhibit highlights the historical importance of rag rugs in the settlement of Northeastern Minnesota while showcasing diverse techniques of rug making. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

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In this Issue...
In this Issue...
-Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten: Stories from Scott County World War II Veterans, by Tom Melchior.

Reprinted and available at Scott County Historical Society, 952-445-0378.

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