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Local History News
September 9, 2009
Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Updates

Advisory Committee To Meet
Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) will hold its first meeting on Tuesday September 15, 2009 from 9 to 2 in the Irvine Room at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. This is the initial organizational meeting of the committee.

Advisory Committee Members Announced
Fifteen members have been appointed to the Historic Resources Advisory Committee. Members come from a variety of disciplines and from all areas of the state. The committee consists of thirteen active and two ex-officio members: Ram Gada (Chair), New Brighton; Abbot Apter, Duluth; Brenda Child, Minneapolis; Patricia Conley, St. Paul; Tamara Edevold, Bagley; Martha Kaemmer, St. Paul; Kris Kiesling, Roseville; William Latady, Tower; Mark Peterson, Winona; Peter Reis, White Bear Lake; Chris Schuelke, Fergus Falls; Carolyn Sundquist, Duluth; Benjamin Vander Kooi, Luverne; and ex-officio members Edward Stringer, MHS President, St. Paul; Missy Staples Thompson, MHS Treasurer, St. Paul.

Legacy Grants Comment Area (1 new comment) - We welcome your comments and suggestions on the Legacy Amendment and grants program.

From the Blog

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Job Opportunities

Reference Assistant
Minnesota Historical Society seeks part-time Reference Assistant to serve Library patron needs through retrieval, duplication and re-filing of materials in the MHS collections. Located at the History Center in St. Paul. Must be available to work Tuesday nights and weekends. Salary $11.33 hourly minimum. Deadline: September 17, 2009. Application available on MHS website or call MHS Job Line, 651-296-0542.

Education Coordinator
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art seeks dynamic, passionate individual to serve as Education Coordinator. Administer volunteer docent program and work with area school districts. Must have excellent communication and organizational skills. Open until filled. Apply to , CRMA. 

Volunteer Opportunity
Lodi WI resident seeks oral historian to take her history and help her write a book. If you are interested, contact , Head, Oral History Program in Madison WI.

Do History Here

Civil War Weekend at LeDuc
LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings MN hosts Civil War Weekend, September 12 to 13, 2009 from 10 to 5. Free admission to members, military personnel with ID, and children under 5. Adult admission $10; seniors $9; students to age 18, $5.

Genealogist at Reads Landing
Wabasha County Historical Society hosts Frances Passe, genealogist, at Reads Landing School Museum, Reads Landing MN. She will provide tips on doing family research, especially German and Dutch ancestry. Sunday September 13, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. Contact Mary DeRoos for more information.

Czech and Slovak Festival
Czech & Slovak Sokol Minnesota holds its 20th Annual Festival on Sunday September 20, 2009 from 11 to 4 at the CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan Street, in St. Paul. Call 612-822-6147 or 651-290-0542 for more information.

T-Rex Traveling Exhibit in Stearns County
Stearns History Museum will host "A T-Rex Named Sue," a traveling exhibit from the Field Museum in Chicago IL. Exhibit opens September 20, 2009 and closes January 3, 2010. The museum will host expanded hours during the exhibit run. Call toll-free 866-253-8424 for more information.

Bus Trip to Titanic Exhibit
Stearns History Museum hosts a bus trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota to see "Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition" and Omnitheater presentation "Titanica." Bus departs Stearns History Museum at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday September 22, 2009. Cost: $65 members, $70 nonmembers. Includes transportation, tickets to the exhibit and Omnitheater, and lunch at the historic St. Paul Hotel. Call Diane at 320-253-8424 for reservations.

September Kids' Kraft
Scott County Historical Society announces their September Kids' Kraft, "Sweet September" on Saturday September 26, 2009, 10:30 a.m. Featured book is "Paul Bunyan's Sweetheart" by MaryBeth Lorbiecki. Plus, make a seed art project. Reservations required, call 952-445-0378.

Eastman Johnson Opening Gala
Join St. Louis County Historical Society at the Eastman Johnson Opening Gala on Saturday September 26, 2009, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Great Hall, St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, Duluth. Enjoy an intimate presentation of rare historic artifacts and historic and contemporary works of art. Tickets are $50 each and are selling fast; call 218-733-7586 by September 23 to make your reservations.

Chief Wabasha Talk
Wabasha County Historical Society hosts Michael and Jan Ebersold, who will speak about Chief Wabasha at Reads Landing School Museum, Reads Landing MN on Sunday October 11, 2009, 1 to 4 p.m. Contact Mary DeRoos for more information.

Continuing Education

Genealogy Conference
Second Annual North Star Genealogy Conference and MGS (Minnesota Genealogical Society) Awards Banquet takes place September 18 and 19, 2009 in South St. Paul MN. Register online or call 651-455-9057 for more information.

AAM Online Advocacy Training
American Association of Museums offers a free, four-part online series to help the museum field learn about advocacy for museums. Sessions are offered once per month, September through December 2009. Get more information and register online.

Iowa Museum Association Conference
Join Iowa Museum Association at their 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference in Waterloo IA, October 4 to 6, 2009. Register now! Rates increase after September 14.

Wisconsin Local History and Historic Preservation Conference
Mark your calendar for Wisconsin Historical Society's Annual Conference, October 9 to 10, 2009 in Wausau WI. This year's focus is Connecting to the Past. Deadline for registration: Friday September 18.

Call for Papers
Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council (MOMCC) and Mountain-Plains Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) are soliciting papers and session proposals for the Spring 2010 conference "Are we there yet? Traveling the trails of yesterday and today." Conference will be held in Olathe KS, March 4, 5, 6, 2010. Send proposals to no later than November 1, 2009.

Grant Deadlines

Fellowship for Registrars Symposium
Small Museum Administrators' Committee of the American Association of Museums (SMAC-AAM) offers one fellowship to the 3rd International Registrars Symposium in Chicago IL, November 6 to 8, 2009. Award includes registration plus $300 to assist with travel and hotel costs. To apply submit a letter (maximum 2 pages) discussing current responsibilities, activities and career goals. Include resume, proof of museum's budget size, and letter of support from your institution. Deadline: September 25, 2009. Mail to , 1103 East Redondo Circle, Tempe AZ 85282.

Fellowship for Webinar Series
Small Museum Administrators Committee of AAM offers one $25 fellowship for each of the 2009 AAM Museum Essentials webinar series. Fellowships also good for on-demand version of previous webinars. Submit online application.

CAP Applications Available
Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) applications are now available online. CAP provides small to mid-size museums of all types with a general conservation assessment of their collections, environmental conditions, and facilities. Contact , 202-233-0800, for more information.


New Library Hours at MHS
To serve visitors better in the midst of a reduction in the Minnesota Historical Society's operating budget, hours for the library will change to reflect highest demand visitation times. Effective Tuesday September 8, 2009, new hours will be Tuesdays, noon to 8; Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 5; Saturdays, 9 to 4; and Sundays, noon to 4. Closed Mondays and holidays.

Adopt-a-Picket Fundraiser
Friends of the Cemetery, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery announce the kickoff of the Adopt-a-Picket Fundraiser. They hope to raise $100,000 toward the restoration of the cemetery's steel and limestone pillar fence. 

Field Note

 gift shop

Blue Earth County Historical Society renovated their office space and made room for a more open, inviting gift shop. Making space for interesting merchandise displays can boost sales and boost your organization's income. According to the Museum Store Association, the median net sales per square foot for museum stores is $212.

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