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Local History News
January 6, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Updates

HRAC Winter Meeting Set
Historic Resources Advisory Committee will meet at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul on January 11-12, 2010, 9 a.m. to consider Mid-Size and Large grant applications received on November 23, 2009. Testimony from grant applicants will be heard first. Committee deliberations will follow. Recommendations will be forwarded to the MHS Executive Committee for final action.

Further information about the review process is available in the grant guidelines. Contact the with questions.

January Small Grants Deadline
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program deadline for the Small (Fast Track) grants is Friday, January 29, 2010. Contact the with questions.

From the Blog

Cremated Public History (new post) - The rise in cremations presents a challenge to the commonly requested cemetery records at local historical organizations. What are you noticing in your community? What steps are you taking to document this trend and data?

Making History Count (new post) - The State Demographer forecasts that Minnesota will lose one congressional seat by approximately 1,100 people after Census 2010. Historical organizations are in touch with snowbird members and could help ensure an accurate count of Minnesotans in 2010. What are you doing to help?

Local History News Check Up (new post) - Any way one benchmarks use of enewsletters, readers of Local History News surpass them all.

(1 new comment) - Don't forget about search engines in your electronic marketing.

How Many Nonprofits are Appropriate? (5 new comments) - Why does forming a 501(c)(3) seem to be the default for so many groups in your community?

Memorials for Volunteers (1 new comment) - Monetary donations in the name of longtime volunteers can add up to significant projects.

Identity is a Key Message (2 new comments) - Emergency funding for Minnesota Discovery Center was overturned.

Job Opportunities

Museum Director
Dodge County Historical Society in Mantorville MN seeks Museum Director. Requirements: computer, technical skills, and knowledge of museum management and administration. 30 hours/week. Send resume to Personnel Committee by January 11, 2010.

Museum Preparator
Figge Art Museum in Davenport IA seeks Museum Preparator. Email cover letter and resume to . Deadline: January 15, 2010.

Executive Director
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County in Moorhead MN seeks Executive Director. See the Hjemkomst Center website for details. Deadline: January 31, 2010.

Marketing Coordinator
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County in Moorhead MN seeks Marketing Coodinator. Deadline: open until filled.

Digital Media Intern
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library seeks Digital Media Intern. Unpaid, for-credit opportunity.

Do History Here

Breakfast Club Program
Stearns History Museum hosts Larry Tillemans at their January Breakfast Club on Wednesday January 13, 2010, 9 a.m. Tillemans will speak on the Nuremberg Trials, and will relate his experiences as a clerk typist during the court proceedings that followed World War II in Germany. Admission: $5 nonmembers. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.

History of Point Douglas
Denmark Township Historical Society hosts Wayne Boyd on Tuesday January 19, 2010, 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church Guild Hall. Boyd will speak on Point Douglas, a former lumbering town at what is now the intersection of County Road 21 and Highway 10. Free. For more information contact at 651-436-8031.

Kids Kraft
Join Scott County Historical Society in Shakopee for their January Kids Kraft on Saturday January 30, 2010, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Story: Great Day for Up by Dr. Seuss. Craft: wind socks. Free, but reservations required. Call 952-445-0378 or the museum.

Grant Deadlines

Fellowships for the 2010 AAM Annual Meeting
Small Museum Administrators Committee offers four $750 fellowships to the 2010 American Association of Museums Annual Meeting. Login to the AAM website for more information. Applications must be postmarked by January 15, 2010.

Pepsi Grants
Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away millions in grants each month in several categories, including arts and culture. Begin submitting ideas on January 13, 2010.

Continuing Education

Basics of Archives Online Course
American Association for State and Local History has extended the registration deadline to Thursday, January 7, 2010 for the Basics of Archives online course. Contact with questions.

Professional Grant Development Workshop
Grant Training Center holds an intensive grant writing workshop January 27-29, 2010 at the University of Minnesota. Fee: $595 including tuition, materials, and breakfast. Register online or call 866-704-7268.

Masonry Workshop
Mortar Matters: A Joint Masonry Workshop will be held in Ames IA on March 26, 2010 and in Mount Vernon IA on March 27, 2010. Check the Iowa Museums Association website for more information, available soon.

Online Collections and Preservation Classes
Upstate History Alliance offers several online classes for collections care and preservation. More information and registration information available online.

Field Note


Many historic sites and historical societies shorten their hours or close during the winter. Some regular volunteers and board members are 'snowbirds,' wintering in warmer climes. Others remain and often use the 'down time' to catch up on lengthy to-do lists. Or, are there ways to make your organization accessible throughout the winter months, too?

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

A Hard-Water World, Photographs by Layne Kennedy; Essays by Greg Breining. 

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