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Local History News
January 27, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Update

Last Call for FY 2010 Fast Track Grants
Funding expected to run out after February 26 deadline

The enthusiasm with which applicants have embraced the Small (Fast Track) grant tier of the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants program has been tremendous. There are already 86 Fast Track projects awarded across Minnesota. The response means that there is only $322,264 left for awards in FY 2010. If the quality of projects continues at the same rate, the Minnesota Historical Society anticipates these funds will be exhausted at the end of February. Therefore, potential applicants for Fast Track grants should plan accordingly. It is likely there will not be deadlines for March and April 2010.

The Fast Track grant program will begin again with the May 28, 2010 deadline, to begin awarding FY 2011 money for projects beginning in July 2010.

Continue to monitor the grants website for updates, or contact Grants Office staff.

ACHF Report is online
The required
report on a ten-year plan and twenty-five year framework for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund is posted online.

History Funds Report
Minnesota Historical Society delivered a report on the use of Legacy Amendment dollars for history to the Legislature on January 15, 2010.

January Fast Track Deadline
The monthly deadline for the Small or Fast Track grants from the
Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants program is January 29, 2010.

From the Blog

Attracting Gen X Families (new post) - A new study from the Pew Charitable Trust highlights changes in marriage for Generation X families. Does the report remind you of trends you are seeing in usership and visitation at your organization?

Finding eTime with Children (new post) - Given the amount of time children spend with electronic media gadgets, what is your organization's strategy to reach children?


Job Opportunities

Interpreter I
Minnesota Historical Society seeks applicants for Interpreter I positions at Historic Fort Snelling and Sibley Historic Site. Applications due February 4, 2010.

Associate Visitor Relations/Security Supervisor
Science Museum of Minnesota seeks Associate Visitor Relations/Security Supervisor. Applications due February 10, 2010.

Site Manager
Taylors Falls Historical Society seeks Site Manager for Historic Folsom House.

Program Coordinator
History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester MN seeks full time Program Coordinator. Send resume and salary requirements to James Lundgren. Open until filled. Application review begins February 15, 2010.

Visitor Assistant
Minnesota Childrens Museum in St. Paul seeks Visitor Assistant.

Minnesota Childrens Museum in St. Paul seeks President/CEO.

Paid Collections Internship
Wisconsin Maritime Museum seeks Collections Intern for 12 weeks of work, June through August 2010. $12 per hour.

Swedish American Museum in Chicago seeks Curator. Email letter of interest, comprehensive resume, writing sample, and salary requirements to .

Do History Here

Farm History in Photographs
Stearns History Museum opened its new exhibit, "Dedicated to the Land: Celebrating Century Farms in Stearns County." The exhibit runs January-August, 2010.

Traveling Exhibit in Duluth
St. Louis County Historical Society opens "Preserving the Old Country: The Experiences of Croatians, Serbians, and Slovenians in St. Louis County" on February 1, 2010.

Breakfast Club Program
Stearns History Museum presents Jim Barkley, owner of Sonant History, on "Your Story in Your Voice," Wednesday February 10, 2010, 9-10 a.m.

Ice Harvest
Waseca County Historical Society hosts an Ice Harvest on Wednesday February 10, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stock Car Racing in Duluth-Superior
St. Louis County Historical Society hosts its popular "Lunch with the History People" series on Thursday February 11, 2010, noon-1, at the Depot in Duluth, featuring Paul Lind on stock car racing, 1950-1962.

Romance with the Past
Join the Steele County Historical Society for its annual Valentine's Day fundraiser Friday February 12, or Saturday February 13, at 6 p.m. Contact Laura Resler, 507-451-1420.

Victorian Valentine Teas
Scott County Historical Society hosts a pair of Victorian Valentine teas on Saturday February 13, 2010, 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Sherlock in Minnesota
Scott County Historical Society presents Jeff Falkingham on his new book, "Sherlock Holmes - In Minnesota?" Thursday Feburary 18, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Continuing Education

Stronger Applications for Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants
North West Company Fur Post in Pine City MN hosts a workshop to help applicants fine-tune proposals for the Minnesota Historical & Culutral Grants program on Monday February 1, 2010, 10-2. RSVP required. Lunch provided.

Fellowship Deadline Extended
American Association of Museums Curators' Committee extended the application deadline for their annual fellowship competition. New deadline: February 10, 2010.

Call for Papers
Iowa Museum Association will hold its Annual Meeting & Conference October 17-19, 2010. The theme is "Celebrating Community Partnerships." Questions, or outlines for roundtables, classes, or seminars should be submitted to by Tuesday March 9, 2010.

Project Management Workshop
American Association for State and Local History offers free workshop, "Project Management for History Professionals" at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth NH, March 16-18, 2010. Other dates and locations available; see AASLH website for more information or to apply.

Writing Grants for Preservation and Conservation
Midwest Arts Conservation Center provides a 2-day Writing Grants for Preservation and Conservation training program in Minneapolis, March 29-30, 2010.


Marriage Index
Check out the Minnesota Official Marriage System index. Approximately 80 percent of all marriages recorded in Minnesota are currently listed, with more being added.

Bill Kepler
Minnesota history community was saddened by the unexpected passing of Bill Kepler, the familiar voice and face of the Living History Society of Minnesota, which has performed at many local history museums in the region.

Have you filed Form 990?
Not only is it time for individuals to file personal income tax returns, but now is the time when most nonprofits will file Form 990. Which 990 depends on the amount of income the organization received. Organizations that fail to file for three consecutive years will automatically lose its tax exempt status.

Fund Your Mission

Library Lottery
Sisters in Crime announce their "We Love Libraries" lottery. Monthly grants of $1,000 will be awarded from January through December 2010. All U.S. libraries are eligible.

Minnesota Beautiful
Valspar Corporation in Minneapolis will fund a coatings grant program through regional initiatives for a 13th year. Formerly known as "Picture It Painted," many local historical organizations have made good use of the program:

Ham Lake Fire 2 years later

Field Note

When the Ham Lake fire swept through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in May 2007, nearly 40,000 acres burned. Local history museums document human activity in many aspects, including management of natural resources and recovery from natural disasters. In what way do you show the interaction between human activity and the environment?
In this Issue...
In this Issue...
-Legacy Amendment Update
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
-Fund Your Mission
Baseball in Minnesota
Featured Book
Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History by Stew Thornley
"The Boys of Summer" for a number of Major League clubs begin spring training on February 17 (Minnesota Twins begin on February 21). Gear up for your summer by reading Baseball in Minnesota.
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