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

Legacy Amendment Updates

Grant Application Reminders
With the December Small (Fast Track) Grants deadline approaching in a couple weeks, December 28, check out the application strategies and checklist online. The helpful tips and reminders guide you through the application process. 

When you're ready, the Drop Box instructions lead you through the online submission of your application.

As always, Grants Office staff is available for your questions, so feel free to !

Local History News over the Holidays

As usual, content this time of year slows due to the holiday season when staff and volunteers at local historical organizations take time for their families. Therefore, as has been tradition with Local History News, the publication will not be produced for December 23 and 30, 2009, and will return to your inboxes on January 6, 2010.

If you have time-sensitive announcements for that period, please send them by Monday December 14, 2009, for inclusion in the December 16 issue, the final one of 2009.

From all your colleagues at the Minnesota Historical Society, have a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to a productive New Year in local history with you.

-David Grabitske and Melinda Hutchinson

From the Blog

(new discussion; 1 new comment) - How might historical organizations document change in visitation based on social media?

Indentity is a key message (new discussion) - Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm offers some insights about how an institution's identity is a key message.

Collecting Christmas Letters (3 new comments) - Morrison County Historical Society and Roseau County Historical Society have been collecting these, also. Do you? If so, how long have you collected them? What's been the reaction from your users?

Give to the Max for History (4 new comments) - This was the number one most read item in last week's Local History News. For those who haven't yet registered their experiences, please add your voices to this conversation.

Offsite Data Storage (1 new comment) - Scituate Historical Society in Massachusetts has begun considering this. Any further encouragements from our local history community in Minnesota?

Civil War Uniform Sought - Wendy Petersen-Biorn at the Carver County Historical Society seeks a reproduction federal uniform for an upcoming military exhibit. Donation is preferred, but CCHS is willing to discuss a loan or purchase.

Job Opportunities

Event Assistant
Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul seeks part-time Event Assistant. Must be available weekends. Deadline: Wednesday December 16, 2009.

Historic Mount Vernon seeks Curator. Deadline: Friday January 29, 2010.

Database Manager
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids IA seeks Database Manager. Send resume, letter of interest and salary requirements to .

Major Gifts Officer
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids IA seeks Major Gifts Officer. Send resume, letter of interest and salary requirements to .

Do History Here

Christmas Teas
Join Scott County Historical Society on Thursday December 10 (Adults), Saturday December 12 or Thursday December 17 (Girls and American Girl Dolls), 2009, to experience a German Christmas at the Stans House.

Point Douglas Program
Denmark Township Historical Society invites the public to a free program on the history of Point Douglas, a pioneer village. Join them at St. Mary's Episcopal Church Guild Hall in South Washington County on Tuesday January 19, 2010, at 7 p.m. Contact , 651-436-8031 or , 651-436-5664, with questions. 

Grant Deadlines

AAM Annual Meeting Fellowships
The Curators' Committee of American Association of Museums offers two fellowships for curators who have not previously attended an AAM Annual Meeting. The 2010 meeting will be held in Los Angeles CA in May. Recipients must agree to attend CurCom Business Luncheon. Deadline: January 15, 2010. See application information online.

FAIC Conservation Lecture Grants
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) offers grants of up to $500 to support the presentation of public lectures to advance public awareness of conservation. Deadline: February 15, 2010. Guidelines and application forms available online.

Minnesota Digital Library
Minnesota Digital Library is still accepting applications for Phase 6 of Minnesota Reflections. The applications are due March 26, 2010, or until funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). Contact Marian Rengel to have your project considered.

Alderson Internship Grant
American Association for State and Local History is accepting applications for its Alderson Internship Grant. The grant provides up to $1,000 to fund an internship, and needs to be matched 1:4 ($1 for every $4 from the grant). Applications due December 9, 2009.


Nonprofit Funding Models
Stanford Social Innovation Review published "Ten Nonprofit Funding Models" in Spring 2009.

Board of Governors Vacancies
St. Louis County Historical Society announces openings on its Board of Governors. It also seeks one or more candidates for immediate appointment to interim service. Call the historical society, 218-733-7586, or Board President Vern Zacher, 218-879-7041, if you are interested or have questions.

Betsy-Tacy Society Wins Award
Greater Mankato Convention & Visitors Bureau presented the 2009 "Bring It Home" Award to the Betsy-Tacy Society for hosting the annual Maud Hart Lovelace convention.

New Heritage Tourism Study Available
Check out the highlights from a new study of heritage tourists. Complete report availble for purchase.

Nonprofit Funding Models
Stanford Graduate School of Business published a paper, "Ten Nonprofit Funding Models" this past spring.

Houston County Historical Society breaks ground
Spring Grove Herald from December 8, 2009, describes the history of the Houston County Historical Society and the groundbreaking ceremony for its new 10,620 square foot addition.

Field Note

Roseau flood

Does your organization have a disaster plan? If not, give some serious consideration to developing one this winter. The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program can help--one of the structured grant options focuses on developing a disaster plan. The application process is simple, so don't delay!

In this Issue...
In this Issue...
-Legacy Amendment Updates
-Holiday Schedule
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Grant Deadlines
Pioneer Women

Pioneer Women: Voices of Northfield's Frontier (1856-1876), compiled and edited by Jeff M. Sauve.

Order from Northfield Historical Society. 

In Past Issues

Discussions and Questions

Job Announcements

Grant Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Other Resources

Local History Resources

Minnesota Historical Organizations

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