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January 16, 2013Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants

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 , 651-259-3459.

Spotlighted Projects: Township Records Microfilming Projects
Microfilm records from county townships to provide for preservation and access to local government records.

Mower County Historical Society
Funding Amount: $7,000

MCHS Township Records Microfilming Implementation
Funding Amount: $1,518
Kandiyohi County Historical Society
Funding Amount: $5,995


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The following article was originally printed in "RAHS News" October/November, 2012, Volume 26, Number 2. Reprinted with permission from the Rockford Area Historical Society.

Job Opportunities

Assistant Curator/Collections Manager
World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis MO, seeks Assistant Curator/Collections Manager. Deadline: January 25, 2013.

Champaign County Forest Preserve District's Museum and Education Department, Mahomet IL, seeks Director. Deadline: February 1, 2013.

Membership and Marketing Manager
Museum Education Roundtable, publisher of the "Journal of Museum Education," seeks part time Membership and Marketing Manager. Deadline: February 4, 2013.

Do History Here

Lincoln Program
Boy in Blue Memorial Project, Mankato MN, hosts author John "Jack" Koblas, who will speak on his book "Abe Lincoln's Graveyard Ghouls," Saturday January 19, 2013, 1 p.m., Summit Center, Mankato MN. Lincoln's Traveling Troupe presents a reenactment based on Koblas' book, 2 p.m. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.

History Meeting
Join Hamline-Midway History Corps, St. Paul MN, for their first meeting of the new year, Saturday January 19, 2013, 2 p.m., Gingko Coffeehouse.

Steve Stark Programs
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, announces that Steve Stark will continue his storytelling and illustrating with a program on Pioneer Power Couples: The Comstocks and the Probstfields," Sunday January 20, 2013, 1 p.m. at the museum. Visit HCSCC online or call 218-299-5511 for the full program schedule.

Women Artists Exhibit
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, announces the opening of a new exhibit "Prairie Daughters: the Art and Lives of Annie Stein and Orabel Throtvedt," January 22, 2013, 4-6 p.m. Free. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Hospital History
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, will host a physician panel on the history of St. Francis Hospital as part of the St. Francis Regional Medical Center Lecture Series. Join them for this informative talk at the historical society, January 24, 2013, 7 p.m. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information.

USO Dance
Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, will host a USO-themed fundraiser at the History Center, January 25, 2013, 4-8 p.m. Tickets: $20/adults; $5/children, includes dinner, entertainment, and activities. Call Laura or Dodie, 507-451-1420, for more information.

Guest Speaker
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, announces that Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, will speak at Alumni Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College, Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:30 p.m. Call 507-934-2160 for more information.

Minnesota Weather
Ramsey County Library-Mounds View will present a program on weather in Minnesota by meteorologist and public radio guest Mark Seeley, Monday February 4, 2013, 6 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.

World War I Lecture Series
Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, hosts a World War I lecture series beginning February 9, 2013, 10 a.m., Lion's Building, Riverside Park. Other lectures to follow on March 9, April 13, and May 11. Call 763-477-5383 for more information.

Authors' Sundays Return
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings and Dakota County Historical Society, Hastings MN, announce that Authors' Sundays return to the Estate on February 10, 2013, 1 p.m. with presentations by Susan Amundson, David Geister, and Pat Bauer. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Exhibit Extended
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, announces that the traveling exhibit "Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862," is currently on display at the historical society, and will be available for viewing until March 2013. Contact Shelley, 507-345-5566, for more information.

Continuing Education

Free Webinar on Energy Savings
ENERGY STAR program will offer a free program "Save Energy and Save Money: Best Practices in Energy Management for Museums," for museums, museum associations, and other interested parties, Wednesday January 20, 2013, noon CT. Register online.

Genealogy Workshop
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, hosts an in-depth genealogy research workshop, Saturday January 26, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: $30/nonmembers; $25/members. Reservations required. Call 507-332-2121 for more information.

New Minitex Online Workshop
Minitex offers a new online workshop, "Managing Digital Content Over Time: An Introduction to Digital Preservation," in three sessions beginning February 6, 2013, 10 a.m. to noon. Classes continue on February 20 and March 6, 2013. Register for individual classes or the series.

Call for Papers
Society for Industial Archeology invites proposals for papers and poster displays to be presented at the 42nd Annual Conference, Saturday June 1, 2013, St. Paul MN. Deadline: February 28, 2013.

PastPerfect Webinars
Free webinars available online from PastPerfect.


History Matters at the Capitol
Save the date for the annual History Matters Day at the Capitol, Monday February 18, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking and shuttle from the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul MN. Fun family activities! Call Jackie Swanson, 651-259-3130, for more information.

Board Members Sought
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, seeks volunteers to serve on the Board of Trustees beginning March 2013. For more information, contact Jessica, 507-345-5566. Applications accepted until February 22, 2013.

Library and Museum Survey
Primary Research Group, publisher of research reports and surveys about libraries and museums, is surveying libraries and museums world wide for a report on their collection digitization practices, including print, audio, film, photographs, and other media. Take the survey.

Kandiyohi Museum Open
Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum, Willmar MN, is now open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks to everyone for their patience during construction! Come see the newest exhibit "Kandiyohi County and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862." Call 320-235-1881 for more information.

Baby Boomers
Read some interesting statistics on Baby Boomers and their travel habits. How is your organization catering to this group of visitors?

Oral Histories
University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center completed an oral history project on the history of the Academic Health Center.

Field Note
Photo: Construction of addition, Autumn 2012.
The Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum is now open as construction on its new multi-purpose room addition is nearly complete. The floors in the depot and research room was recently completed. “They have been refinished and look beautiful,” said Jill Wohnoutka, direct of KCHS. Also completed is its newest display, "Kandiyohi County and the U.S. Dakota War of 1862." “We welcome everyone to come and visit us,” said Wohnoutka. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
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Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History, by Joseph A. Amato.

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