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Local History News
January 9, 2013Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants

Small Grants Deadline
The next deadline for small Legacy grants ($7000 and less) will be Friday January 11, 2013. Applications must be submitted via the grants portal by the end of day on Friday. Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459, or John Fulton, 651-259-3467, for more information or for assistance with your application.

Final Reports
As your organization wraps up its Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants (Legacy Grants), keep in mind that the final reports you complete must be uploaded to the grants portal. The Grants Office can no longer accept paper reports. Materials for final reporting include:

The Grants Office has received a number of reports on the State Capital Grants-in-Aid form for the Legacy Grants. Please be sure that you are using the correct form(s) for reporting on your grant project. If you have questions, contact the or Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.

Spotlighted Project: Interpretive Plan for E. St. Julien Cox House

The Society worked with Nancy O'Brien Wagner from Bluestem Heritage group to develop a new interpretive plan for the Eugene St. Julien Cox House's exhibits and programs. The National Association of Interpretation's recommendations were used as the framework for the new plan for this home that is listed in National Register of Historic Places.
Funding Amount: $7,000
Recipient: Nicollet County Historical Society
Project Details

From the Blog

Local History Newsletter Digest: Nicollet County Historical Society featured on This American Life National Public Radio

The article was originally printed in "The Crossing" October, 2012, Volume 17, Number 3. Reprinted with permission from the Nicollet County Historical Society.

The following Local History Newsletter Digest teaser which appeared in the last LHN was missing a link to the main article and has been included again.
Local History Newsletter Digest: Break-Ins and Alarms
The article was originally printed in "Pioneer Crier" December 2012, Volume 20 Number 12. Reprinted with permission from the Chippewa County Historical Society.

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Job Opportunities

Community Relations Coordinator
Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, Council Bluffs IA, seeks Community Relations Coordinator. Deadline: January 11, 2013. 

Associate Registrar
History Colorado Center, Denver CO, seeks Associate Registrar. Deadline: January 14, 2013.

Executive Director
Des Moines County Historical Society, Burlington IA, seeks Executive Director. Deadline: January 15, 2013.

Office Support Specialist 
Long Range Planning Division, Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED), City of Minneapolis MN, seeks Office Support Specialist II. Deadline: January 18, 2013. 

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago IL, seeks Director. Deadline: January 28, 2013.

Minnesota Historical Society and the Oversight Board of the Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites seek a qualified consultant to investigate historic dams in Minnesota. Contact Mary Green-Toussaint for the Request for Proposals. Deadline: Thursday January 31, 2013, 2 p.m. CT.

Paid Internships
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur IL, seeks two interns for 28-week internships beginning May 2013. Deadline: March 8, 2013.

Museum Educator
Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira NY, seeks Museum Educator. Submit letter of interest and resume to Bruce Whitmarsh, Director.

Museum Director and Curator
National Buffalo Museum, Jamestown ND, seeks Museum Director and Curator. Email inquiries.

Do History Here

History Day Workshop
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts a free History Day Workshop for teachers, parents, scout leaders, and anyone helping a 6th-12th grader prepare for History Day, Thursday January 10, 2013, 4-7 p.m. Register online or call 507-454-2723 x3.

Documentary Film Screening
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to the Treaty Site History Center to view the documentary film "Dakota 38," Thursday January 10, 2013, 7 p.m. Contact , 507-934-2160, for more information.

Traveling Exhibit
Mower County Historical Society and Austin Public Library, Austin MN, are partnering to bring a traveling exhibit to Austin from the Minnesota Historical Society. "Uncle Sam's New Deal" focuses on how New Deal programs affected Minnesota. View it at the Austin Public Library January 12 to March 10, 2013.

Swedish History
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to the Treaty Site History Center for folk tales and stories of 19th century Sweden, Saturday January 12, 2013, 1 p.m. Contact , 507-934-2160, for more information.

Junior Historian Club
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, is starting a Junior Historian Club for students ages 12-14. Come to the orientation meeting at the museum on Sunday January 13, 2013, 1 p.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.

Pioneer Women
Ramsey County Library-Roseville hosts Terry Swanson of Gibbs Farm Museum, Ramsey County Historical Society, who will speak on the first European women to live in Ramsey County, Thursday January 17, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.

Civil War Roundtable
Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable will meet Thursday January 17, 2013, 7 p.m. at the Faribault Senior Center, Faribault MN. Quintin Pettigrew, a retired educator, will discuss aspects of the U.S.-Dakota War, including Lake Shetek and Slaughter Slough. Call 507-459-3140 for more information.

Genealogy 101
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, holds their popular Genealogy 101 class on Saturday January 19, 2013, 10 a.m. to noon. Fe: $15, includes class, handouts, and museum admission. Call 952-445-0378 for more information.

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, holds an at Stillwater's Mulberry Point, Saturday January 19, 2013, noon to 4 p.m. Call 651-439-5956 for more information.

Dakota War Talk
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Dr. Annette Atkins, who will speak on the multifaceted Dakota War in her talk "Walk a Few Years in My Boots, Moccasins, Shoes?," Sunday January 20, 2013, 2 p.m. Call 952-484-0477 for more information.

Annual Meeting
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday January 20, 2013, 1 p.m. Featured speaker will be Curtis Dahlin, independent historian and author. Cost: $15/members; $20 nonmembers; $5 program only. Reservations due by January 14, 2013. Call Ben or Kris, 507-934-2160, for more information.

Fiber Spinners
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, hosts a spin-in on January 26, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Learn about the ancient craft of turning wool into yarn. Free. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Kids Kraft
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts a Valentine-themed Kids Kraft on Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free, but registration required for supplies. Contact , 952-445-0378.

DAR Chapter Meeting
Daughters of the American Revolution is forming a new chapter in the Northeast Metro. For more information, attend an informational meeting on Saturday January 26, 2013, Ramsey County Library--Shoreview, 2 p.m. Contact DeeDee Edlund with questions.

White Bear Lake Talk
Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake hosts Sara Markoe Hanson, director of White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, who will speak on "Downtown White Bear Lake Part II," Monday January 28, 2013, 6 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.

Cold Case Talk
Ramsey County Library Roseville presents William Swanson, who will discuss his book "Black White Blue: The Assassination of Patrolman Sackett," about one of the best-known cold cases in Minnesota history, Thursday January 31, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.

Burnsville History Exhibit
Burnsville Historical Society, Burnsville MN, a chapter of Dakota County Historical Society, has installed "Stories of Burnsville" exhibit at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center Gallery. It will run the month of January 2013. Contact BHS, Len Nachman, 612-670-3785, or Jeff Jerde, 612-743-0037, for more information.

Ladies' Night In
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts the second annual Ladies' Night In, "Wine, Chocolate & Bling," at the museum, Thursday February 7, 2013, 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $10; SCHS members $8. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information.

Continuing Education

Cultural Data Project Orientation
Minnesota Cultural Data Project has set up new user orientation sessions:


  • Minneapolis, January 15, 2013, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • St. Paul, January 17, 2013, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Disaster Preparation Program
Midwest Art Conservation Center, Minneapolis MN, presents "Alliance for Response--Twin Cities," February 1, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Learn about disaster planning and preparation. Free, but space is limited; register now!

Northern Lights Seminars
Minnesota Historical Society offers the Revised Second Edition of "Northern Lights" to help teachers meet the new Minnesota Studies benchmarks at grade 6. Sign up today for one of three seminars to learn more:

Fund Your Mission

Operating Support Grants
Minnesota State Arts Board announces that applications for the Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Support grants will be due Friday January 11, 2013.

Arts Grants Deadline
Minnesota State Arts Board announces that applications for the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Arts Schools and Conservatories grant program are due Friday February 15, 2013.


Small Museum Pro! News
In a collaborative agreement effective January 1, 2013, American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will take ownership of Small Museum Pro!, a practical and affordable online professional certification program.

The program will be on hiatus while ownership transfers to AASLH. Current enrollees can complete the program and retain all credits earned by the end of December 2012. AASLH expects the program to resume by January 2014. Contact Bethany Hawkins, 615-320-3203, for more information.

Invitation to Submit Papers
Curator: The Museum Journal will publish a special issue on museums and people with disabilities. To submit papers; or book, media, and digital reviews relevant to this issue, contact guest editors Christine Reich, Anna Lindgren-Streicher, and Editor Zahava Doering. Submissions must follow Curator's standard guidelines. Deadline: February 1, 2013 for articles requiring review; February 15, 2013 for articles not requiring review.

Save the Date
History Matters Day at the Capitol will be held Presidents' Day, Monday February 18, 2013, in the Capitol Rotunda, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking and shuttle service from the Minnesota History Center. Bring the kids or grandkids for fun family activities! Call Jackie Swanson, 651-259-3130, for more information.

Board Vacancies
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces several openings on its Board of Governors. If you are interested in serving, please call St. Louis County Historical Society administration, 218-733-7586, for more information.

Grant Awarded
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announced that they received a Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Grant (SMSC) of $50,000 in support of the SCHS exhibit space redesign project. Contact , 952-445-0378, for more information.

Genealogy Honor
Family Tree Magazine recently named Minnesota Discovery Center's Iron Range Research Center genealogy database in their annual list of "Top 75 State Sites of 2012." Call 800-372-6437 for more information.

AASLH Leadership in History Awards
AASLH AwardsDid Your Organization Do Something Amazing This Year?
Every year, AASLH bestows the Leadership in History Awards in recognition of excellence in the field of state and local history.

The Leadership in History Awards program was established to encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field.
View past award recipients.

AASLH recognizes excellence in the following areas:

  • Projects: programming, civic engagement, exhibitions, restoration projects, etc.
  • Individual Achievement
  • Organizational General Excellence
  • Publications
Applicants can self-nominate or nominate another project.
Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2013.

For more information, visit the website or contact:
Joe Hoover, State Leadership Team Leader

Field Note

Historic linear resources--such as rail lines, roads, byways, ridges, rivers, and more--are just as important to interpret as historic places. The Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program has funded several projects to interpret linear resources during the first two biennia of the Land, Clean Water and Legacy Amendment.

Two useful online and free guides to help you design historical markers are:
Pictured above, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Pope, and Swift Counties recently had signage installed by Minnesota Department of Transportation as part of the Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway, a 375-mile road tour. It's designed to include something of interest for everyone--historical, cultural, recreational, or even a scenic drive.

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-Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
-AASLH Leadership in History Awards
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