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Local History News
January 30, 2013Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services
Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants
More Grant Rounds?
Will there be another Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants small grants round in the 2013 fiscal year? It depends upon the outcome of the January grants round. If funds are left, there will be another small grants round in the spring. Check the legacy grants website for updates.

Spotlighted Project: New Faces of Minnesota Oral History

Recipient: Sabes Jewish Community Center
Funding Amount: $7,000
Project Details

A multi-media oral history exhibit was developed to preserve the memories of diverse Twin City immigrant communities and to promote dialog between recent immigrants and native-born citizens. Thirty eight interviews were filmed and photographed. 

The exhibit, displayed in the Tychman-Shapiro Art Gallery, included thirty-three photographs and two accompanying sign boards, one with selected quotes from the interviewees and the other with a project description. 

From the Blog

Local History Newsletter Digest: Collections and Exhibits...

The following article was originally printed in "The Historian" Fall 2012, Volume XIX, Number 4. Reprinted with permission from the Blue Earth County Historical Society.

Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History gathered another 6 fans, bringing numbers up to 1081! In the news this week:

  • Check out the latest Legacy Report. Congratulations to all grantees over the past four years!

Job Opportunities

Traffic & Production Manager
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Traffic & Production Manager. Deadline: February 8, 2013.

Contract Position
Preserve Minneapolis, Minneapolis MN, seeks Walking and Biking Tour Coordinator. Contract position. Deadline: February 8, 2013.

Executive Director
History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, seeks Executive Director. Email resumes to , Board of Directors President.

Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul MN, seeks Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving. Position open until filled.

Exhibits Registrar
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis MO, seeks Exhibits Registrar. Email cover letter and resume.

Do History Here

Sandy Mochal ThalmanMilitary Genealogy
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts Sandy Mochal Thalmann, who will speak on "Military Genealogy: Finding Accidental Heroes," Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7 p.m. Call Jennifer Weaver, 507-454-2723 x3, for more information.

Traveling Exhibit
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, hosts a traveling exhibit from the State Historical Society of North Dakota, "Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders," January 30-March 6, 2013. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Urban Expedition
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, hosts Urban Expedition: Netherlands, Sunday February 3, 2013, 1-3 p.m. Free. Explore another country's culture and history! Call 651-292-3225 for more information.

U.S.-Dakota War Talk
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, hosts a talk on the the years 1863-65 in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War, Tuesday February 5, 2013, 6 p.m. For more information contact Shelley Harrison, 507-345-5566.

Rockwell Kent Festival
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, announces the opening of a new exhibit, "Rockwell Kent in Winona," February 1-March 31, 2013. Come view it as part of the Rockwell Kent Centennial Festival, February 6-10, 2013, Winona. Progressive Exhibit Opening kicks off the event on February 6. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.

Documentary Film Screening
Treaty Site History Center, St. Peter MN, invites the public to view the documentary film "The Loving Story," about an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, Thursday February 7, 2013, 7 p.m. Free. Contact , 507-934-2160, for more information.

Reader's Theatre
Historic Litchfield Opera House, Litchfield MN, hosts Reader's Theatre Play: Anywhere, MN, February 8-9, 2013, 7:30 p.m.; February 10, 2013, 2 p.m. Tickets: $5 at the door.

Friends of LeDuc Meeting
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet on Tuesday February 12, 2013, 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN. The purpose will be to plan programs for 2013; members and guests invited to attend. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.

Music History Day
Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, hosts Music History Family Day, Saturday February 16, 2013, noon to 3 p.m. Learn how music players have evolved, from victrolas to records. Call 952-442-4234 for more information.

Summer Camps
Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, offers several summer camps. Space is limited, so register early! Contact Heidi Gould, 952-442-4234, for more information.

  • Arts in Carver County Camp, June 24-28, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Junior Archaeologist Camp, July 8-12, 2013, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Pioneer Camp, July 22-26 and July 29-August 2, 2013, noon to 4 p.m.

Continuing Education

Disaster Preparation Workshop
Midwest Art Conservation Center presents "Alliance for Response-Twin Cities," February 1, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join other arts and cultural heritage organizations, police, fire, emergency management, Homeland Security, and National Guard members at this day-long forum to discuss emergency response systems and practices. Free, but space is limited to 100 participants. Register now!

Call for Proposals
The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) requests proposals for session speakers for its 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held in June 2013. Proposals due March 1, 2013.

Fund Your Mission
MDL Digitization Projects
Applications will be due April 1, 2013 for Phase 9 Minnesota Reflections digitization projects with the Minnesota Digital Library. Contact Marian Rengel, 320-308-5625, for more information.

From the IRS

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (TRA) of 2012 passed in early January that affects charitable history organizations:

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 contained several time-limited provisions for favorable tax treatment of certain contributions. These provisions generally expired at the end of 2007 and have been extended several times for two-year periods, most recently in 2010. Some, but not all, of these provisions are extended by the TRA. Specifically, TRA extends the following through the end of 2013:

  • IRA Charity Contribution (Code Section 408(d)(8)(F), permitting a distribution of up to $100,000 tax-free from an IRA to a qualifying charity by those over 70 1/2 years old. As in the previous extension, taxpayers have the month of January 2013 to elect to make charitable distributions treated as effective in 2012. See related article and IRS news release.
  • Contribution of Conservation Easement (Code Section 170(b)(1)(E)(vi)), permitting favorable deductions for donating conservation interests in capital gain real property to charity.

Two provisions for enhanced charitable deductions--contributions of book inventories to public schools and corporate contributions of computer inventory--were not extended. These were in Code Sections 170(e)(3)(D)(iv) and 170(e)(6)(G), respectively.

- Adapted from the Exempt Organizations Update.


Museum Closed for Week
Stearns History Museum and Research Center, St. Cloud MN, announces that they will be closed to the public January 28-February 1, 2013 to do some winter housecleaning and catch up on projects. They will resume regular hours on Saturday February 2, 2013, 10 a.m.

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.

Challenge Match
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, announces that an anonymous donor has offered up to $25,000 to the historical society toward the purchase of a building for the new Washington County Heritage Center. The amount matched will depend upon the amount the Board of Directors can raise before March 1, 2013. For more information, contact Executive Director Brent Peterson, 651-439-5956.

AASLH Awards
Did your organization do something amazing recently? Every year, American Association for State and Local History bestows the Leadership in History Awards in recognition of excellence in the field of state and local history. Applicants can self-nominate or nominate another project; deadline is March 1, 2013. Contact State Leadership Team Leader Joe Hoover, 651-259-3461, for more information.

Field Note

Strong networks = strong organizations 
Periodic gathering of colleagues reinforces relationships and trust that strengthens operations of historical organizations. The gathering above was this morning in White Bear Township, and it brought together the executive directors of 16 history organizations in the Twin Cities area, plus four MHS staff. 

Next week, Minnesota's Historic Northwest will meet in Crookston. Other regional groups include the Northland History Coalition often coordinated by the Saint Louis County Historical Society, North Shore Historical Assembly, the Area Museum Meeting coordinated often by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, and another in Southeast Minnesota often coordinated by the Mower County Historical Society

Best practice for staff - both volunteer and paid - is to prioritize and prize these kinds of meetings for the many benefits they provide to your organization.

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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
-Fund Your Mission
-From the IRS
Red River Rising

Red River Rising, by Ashley Shelby.

Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Magazine Cover

Winter 2013

Featured Past Article
Archaeology at the Riverfront: Unearthing the Invisible
Volume 58, Issue 5, 2003

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