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Local History News
November 14, 2012Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants

Upcoming Small Grants Rounds?
The Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program is coming to the end of the biennium for funding. The Grants Office has a tentative small grants deadline scheduled for Friday January 11, 2013. Watch the grants website's deadlines page and Local History News for updates.

Final Reports
Does your organization have a final report coming due for the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program? If so, make sure to save the final report form to your computer, fill it out and resave, and upload to the appropriate grant project listed under Reports in your grants portal. Don't forget the digital signature!

Don't forget to upload a copy of your project product (what did your project produce for the public?) and photos. If you have a mid/large grant, remember to include copies of invoices and/or receipts for all expenditures. Questions? Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Spotlighted Project: Litchfield Opera House Interior Planning Documents

Recipient: Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc.
Funding Amount: $7,000
Project Details

The Greater Litchfield Opera House Association contracted with an experienced historical architect to design and create a work plan to properly guide interior restoration and preserve remaining historic fabric of the Litchfield Opera House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

From the Blog

Facebook Findings

Facebook fans, you rock! Minnesota Local History is up another 16 to 962! Only 38 'likes' to go until that coveted 1000 mark. In the news this week:

Job Opportunities

Development/Social Media Associate
Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn IA, seeks . Deadline: November 30, 2012.

Assistant Director for Grants and Contracts
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN, seeks Assistant Director for Grants and Contracts. Two full-time probationary positions available. Deadline: December 9, 2012.

Do History Here

On Display Now
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts the traveling exhibit "Commemorating Controversy: the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862" from November 7 through December 19, 2012. The exhibit was produced by Gustavus Adolphus College in conjunction with Nicollet County Historical Society. Contact , 320-235-1881, for more information.

Civil War Series
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, presents the second in a series of talks commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Thursday November 15, 2012, 6 p.m., Carleton College's Weitz Center for Creativity. Jim Stark will present "Fort Sumter to Fredricksburg, 1861-1862." Free. Call NHS, 507-645-9268, for more information.

Why Treaties Matter
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts Mary Favorite, who will speak on the traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations," Saturday November 17, 2012, 1 p.m. Call CCHS, 218-879-1938, for more information.

Autonomous Tractor Talk
Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, hosts Terry Anderson, who will speak on the SPIRIT autonomous tractor, Tuesday November 20, 2012, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Free, but space is limited. Call Sally Stevens, 763-682-7323, for more information.

Kandiyohi Christmas
Due to construction, Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, will not host the Festive Forest this year. However, KCHS is open during construction; the research library and office are open M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join them for Christmas at the Sperry House, Sundays November 25 through December 30, 2012, 2-5 p.m. Free. Great Northern Engine #2523 decorated and lit each evening until 11 p.m. Contact Jill Wohnoutka, 320-235-1881, for more information.

MNSAH Program
Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) announces its annual Works in Progress program, Tuesday November 27, 2012, 6-8 p.m., Hosmer Library, Minneapolis MN. Free and open to the public.

Ancestry.com Available
Stearns History Museum and Research Center, St. Cloud MN, announces that it will offer Ancestry Library Edition to its members and visitors beginning December 1, 2012. They will launch this exciting venture with two kick-off events, Saturday December 1, 2012, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to members; $5/nonmembers. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

U.S.-Dakota War Talk
KVSC Radio presents "Dakota Conflict and Exile: 150 Years Reflected," Thursday December 6, 2012, 7 p.m., Miller Center Auditorium, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN. Free. Call 320-308-5337 for more information.

Continuing Education

Call for Proposals
Last chance to submit a session proposal for the AASLH 2013 Annual Meeting, Birmingham AL, September 18-21, 2013. The theme is "Turning Points: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change." Deadline: Friday November 16, 2012. Contact Bethany Hawkins, 615-320-3203, with questions.

Grantseeking Workshop
Minnesota Council on Foundations offers a workshop on "Tips and Tools for Grantseeking Success," November 29, 2012, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Children's Home Society and Family Services, St. Paul MN. Cost: $95 if registered before November 22.

Free PowerPoints
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, offers free PowerPoint presentations from their 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.

Fund Your Mission

Give to the Max Day
Give to the Max Day 2012 is tomorrow, November 15, 2012.

School Library Grants
The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries seeks to provide books and reading materials to school libraries and students who most need them. Funds are available for library books and magazine/serial copies and subscriptions. Proposals due December 1, 2012.

MAP Deadline
Museum Assessment Program helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer. Applications due December 1, 2012.

State Arts Board Grants
In the coming months, the Minnesota State Arts Board will announce its FY 2014 grant application deadlines and begin posting application materials. They are moving to an online grants management system, WebGrants. Registration is a requirement of the application process--to access online registration and registration training, visit the Arts Board website. If you have questions, contact the .

Field Note
Directors Brian Schulz of Yellow Medicine County Historical Society, Granite Falls MN, and Carrie McHugh of Cook County Historical Society, Grand Marais MN, accept the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum's Minnesota History Award on behalf of their organizations at the 2012 MALHM Annual Meeting.

Awards are an important part of a project's success. Further recognition can be achieved through the American Association for State and Local History's Leadership in History Awards program. Nominations for this program are due March 1, 2013. 

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In this Issue...
-Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission

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