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Local History News
August 19, 2009
Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Updates

Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Seeks Nominees
Minnesota State Legislature gave responsibility to the Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Historical Society, and Minnesota Humanities Center to lead a process developing a "10-year plan and a 25-year framework for the use of the money" available in the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Representatives from various other organizations are invited to join this effort. View the selection criteria and nominate a deserving individual today! Nominations due September 15, 2009.

Legacy Grants Comment Area - (2 new comments) Your comments on the Legacy Grants program are welcome. Join the discussion!

From the Blog

Website Redesign Using WordPress (new post) - Mary Warner blogs about setting up the new and improved Morrison County Historical Society website. What have you done to keep your organization's website fresh and inviting?

Making Membership Matter (1 new comment) - What do members appreciate most about their membership in your organization?  

Job Opportunities

Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center seeks full-time curator. Four-year degree in related field required, plus two to five years of experience. Send cover letter, resume, salary history, and three references by August 31, 2009 to , Executive Director.

Project Manager
Museum Association of Arizona (MAA) seeks proposals to develop a new strategic plan for the organization that covers the next three years of planning. Project position, $3,500 all-inclusive. Must be completed by June 30, 2010. Submit your proposal by 5 p.m. on September 7, 2009 to , 417 West Roosevelt, Phoenix AZ 85003.

Hennepin History Museum in Minneapolis seeks part-time bookkeeper. Flexible hours. MBA in Accounting, Finance, or related field and minimum three years of relevant experience required. Experience with nonprofits and/or museums a plus. Send cover letter, resume, and references to , Executive Director.

Oral History Volunteer Opportunity
Oldest living person with Muscular Dystrophy complicated by Werdnig Hoffman Disease seeks oral historian to help him make a videotaped interview for his family. Contact in Jefferson WI, 920-674-8035.

Project Director/Museum Developer
Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) seeks experienced Project Director/Museum Developer. Qualifications include appropriate academic and professional credentials and minimum 10 years of experience in management and development. Arabic language proficiency a plus. Three-year contract with tax-free compensation and benefits. Apply to ADACH with CV and cover letter before September 10, 2009.

Do History Here

Woodstove Cooking Class
Visit the Grimm Farmhouse and try your hand at cooking on a woodstove. Learn about life on a 19th century Minnesota farm. Saturday August 22, 2009 at Carver Park Reserve; several times available. Reservations required, $5 fee. Ages 6 and up.

Lincoln Bicentennial Play
Honor President Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday at The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee MN on Sunday August 23, 2009, 6 p.m. Guest youth performers from Mankato MN will be performing the bicentennial play in the Town Hall. Suggested donation $3.

Doorstep Democracy Talk
Stearns History Museum presents a Breakfast Club program on September 9, 2009 at 9 a.m. Join them for Doorstep Democracy with James Read. Free for members; $5 for nonmembers. Contact , 320-253-8424, for more information.

Footsteps of La Crosse Walking Tours
Join the La Crosse Public Library for a series of fall tours highlighting historic and architecturally significant buildings in La Crosse, WI. The tours celebrate the completion of the Footsteps of La Crosse website. The series kicks off with a bus tour of historic North La Crosse on Wednesday September 9, 2009, 4 p.m. Free. Call 608-789-7189 or 608-789-4912 to register.

Vermillion Falls Walking Tours
Join the LeDuc Historic Estate for fall walking tours of Vermillion Falls Park on September 5 and October 3, 2009, 10 a.m. Free for members. Reservations required, call 651-437-7055.

Horse Power Event in Montevideo
Join Chippewa County Historical Society at the 5th Annual Horse Power Event at the Swensson Farm Museum, September 12, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact , 320-269-7636, for more information.

Historic Base Ball Game
Join Denmark Township Historical Society for an 1860s-style base ball game on Sunday September 20, 2009 at 1 p.m. Denmark Demons take on the St. Croix Base Ball Club at the Denmark Town Hall in South Washington County MN. Free. Call Jean Boyd, 651-436-8031 for details.

Continuing Education

Grant Writing Workshop
Initiative Foundation hosts a grant writing workshop in Little Falls MN on Friday August 21, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Professional writers and reviewers present techniques for researching funders and creating effective grant proposals. Fee: $55, includes lunch, refreshments, and program materials. Contact , 877-632-9255. Register now!

Wisconsin Oral History Day
Do you want to keep up with Wisconsin Oral History Day? Read a summary of this year's event and be in the know about next year's WI OH Day with their new blog.

Grant Deadlines

American Heritage Preservation Program
Institute of Museum and Library Services and Bank of America Charitable Foundation are partnering in a grant program. Fundable projects include conservation treatment, collections storage and collections environment improvements. Visit the IMLS website for full information and application guidelines. Deadline: September 15, 2009.

Jeffris Heartland Fund Grants Available
Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting applications for Jeffris Heartland Fund grants for Historic Structure Reports and other advanced planning studies. Applications due October 1, 2009. Contact the with questions or for assistance.

NEH Preventive Conservation Grant Program
Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities announces a new preventive conservation grant program, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections. Deadline: December 8, 2009. Guidelines to be posted on the NEH website in early September. Contact the for more information, 202-606-8570.


Open House at Carver County Historical Society
Carver County Historical Society is holding an open house going away event in honor of Education Coordinator Erin Anderson. Join them at the CCHS granary on the Carver County Fairgrounds on Friday August 21, 2009 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Rain location: CCHS museum in Waconia. Contact Wendy Biorn, 952-442-4234, for more information.

Dozen Distinctive Destinations
Nominate your city or town to be part of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations program. Deadline: September 1, 2009.

AASLH Elects New Council Member
David Grabitske was one of four colleagues recently elected to the American Association for State and Local History Council. The Council is elected by members of the Association.

Field Note

Three Sharps, Goodhue

Goodhue County Historical Society celebrates its 140th anniversary with an Age of Style Gala on September 26, 2009. Although they are looking back over 140 years, they still collect in the present. Recording history as it happens allows organizations to collect accurate records of their communities.

The lovely ladies pictured above are The Three Sharps: (from left) Ione Carlson Martin, Helen Tebbe Smart, and Jeanne Elander Combs. They were from Red Wing and performed in the 1940s. Photo by Maurice Seymour, courtesy of Ron Seymour.

In this Issue...
- Legacy Amendment Updates
- From the Blog
- Job Opportunities
- Do History Here
- Continuing Education
- Grant Deadlines
- News
Cabins of Minnesota

Cabins of Minnesota, photography by Doug Ohman. Text by Bill Holm.

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