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Local History News
August 5, 2009
Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Updates

Input Survey online
Your voice needs to be heard! Don't miss your opportunity to complete a brief survey on the Legacy grants. 

Legacy Grants Comment Area - (1 new comment) Pose questions and discuss the proposed draft guidelines for Legacy Grants from the Minnesota Historical Society.

From the Blog

Making Membership Matter (0 new comments) Membership matters to stabilize organizations in tough times. What must you think about before starting a drive to increase membership in your organization?

Job Opportunities

Marketing & Public Programs Director
Salisbury House & Gardens in Des Moines IA seeks Marketing & Public Programs Director. Bachelors degree and two years' experience required. Send letter of interest, resume, references, and salary requirements by August 17, 2009 via or to 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines IA 50312.

Do History Here

Keith Laumb Exhibit Opening
Stearns History Museum premieres a special exhibit of Keith Laumb's photography, "Portraits of a Community 1970-1975" on Sunday August 9, 2009 from 1-2:30 p.m. Contact , 320-253-8424 for information.

Lunch with the History People
Join St. Louis County Historical Society at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center in Duluth for a showing of local filmmaker Wendy Grethen's film "Early Lakeside." Tuesday August 18, 2009 from noon to 1 p.m. Free. Contact , 218-733-7568, for more information.

Glacial Ridge Fall Bus Tour
Join Stearns History Museum for a day-long Glacial Ridge Tour on Friday September 18, 2009. Cost is $37 for members; $42 for nonmembers. Space is limited; call John Decker at 320-253-8424 for reservations.

Labor History Walking Tour
Join the Minneapolis Public Library on Thursday August 6, 2009, 6:30 p.m., at Central Library Hall to walk in the footsteps of the 1934 labor strikes with historian David Riehle.

Continuing Education

Museum and Library Grants Workshop
Institute for Museum and Library Services invites you to a free grants workshop at the Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul MN on Tuesday August 25, 2009 from 2-4 p.m. RSVP to .

Local History and Historic Preservation Conference
Connecting to the Past, Wisconsin Historical Society's Annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, takes place October 9-10, 2009 in Wausau WI.

Grant Deadlines

American Heritage Preservation Program
Apply now to the Bank of America/IMLS Charitable Foundation for an American Heritage Preservation Program grant. Grants of up to $3,000 can be used toward stand-alone projects for conservation and collections storage/environment. Application deadline: September 15, 2009.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities announces a new preventive conservation grants program, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections. Two categories are offered: planning and evaluation grants and implementation grants. Deadline: December 8, 2009. Guidelines to be posted September 2009. Contact , 202-606-8570, for more information.

Museum Assessment Program
Strengthen your museum and add ammunition to your next grant proposal by participating in the Museum Assessment Program. These are free to organizations with less than $125,000 in budget, and require modest match for those above. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through November 30, 2009.

Internet Resources

Marketing effectively with Twitter?
New York Times demonstrated the power of Twitter in marketing small businesses, including implications for nonprofits.

History of Names
Curious about the history of names? This site provides background on names, such as frequency and dates of popularity over time. The site may be useful to genealogists and to those analyzing history.

Field Note

Cemetery fence

Cemeteries are a rich resource for and often a strong partner of local history organizations. Cemeteries often host local history programming from fun "ghost tours" to practical workshops on caring for grave markers and furniture (such as the iron fence above). 

In this Issue...
- Legacy Amendment Updates
- From the Blog
- Job Opportunities
- Do History Here
- Continuing Education
- Grant Deadlines
- Internet Resources

Opening Goliath

Opening Goliath: Danger and Discovery in Caving, by Cary J. Griffith.

Order from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

In Past Issues

Discussions and Questions

Job Announcements

Grant Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Other Resources

Local History Resources

Minnesota Historical Organizations

History Matters Take Action

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