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Local History News
February 3, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Update

Fast Track Grants
The last Fast Track grant deadline for FY 2010 will be Friday February 26, 2010. Grant rounds are expected to resume with a May 28, 2010 deadline for FY 2011. Contact the with questions.

New Workshops Offered
"Writing a Better Grant Application" is a new workshop being offered by the Grants Office staff. Learn to write strong project descriptions, establish compelling need and rationale, craft meaningful measurable outcomes, and articulate enduring value and sustainability in order to increase your project’s competitiveness.

Thanks to MINITEX we will again be able to offer a webinar (sit in the comfort of your office and participate via your computer), or come to a workshop in person.

  • Webinar: Friday February 12, 10 a.m. Register by February 10.
  • In-person workshop: Wednesday February 17, 9 a.m. at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin. Register by February 15.
  • In-person workshop: Friday February 26, 10 a.m. at Lake of the Woods School, 1 mile west of Baudette on Highway 11. Register by February 22. Refreshments available for $5 per person.

The workshops are about an hour long, with time afterwards to discuss your project(s) one-on-one with grants staff. Be sure to bring details of your project. Register by e-mailing the Grants Office.

Watch this space for upcoming workshop dates and places.

From the Blog

Taglines Create Connections (new post) - Do you use a tagline for your history organization? Why or why not? How effective do you think your tagline is?

Finding eTime With Children (1 new comment) - A new report came out recently from the Kaiser Family Foundation about media in the lives of 8- to 18-year-olds.

Job Opportunities

Development Director
American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis seeks full time Development Director. Send a letter of interest, resume, and reference list to .

Historic Site Interpreter
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life is hiring part time Historic Site Interpreters (Guides). Send cover letter and resume to Gibbs Museum, 2097 W. Larpenteur Ave., St. Paul, MN 55113. Start date: April 2010.

Do History Here

Civil War Talk in Winona
Patrick Felci will speak on Civil War General A.P. Hill at the Winona County History Center on Thursday February 11, 2010, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

Family History Scrapbooking
McLeod County Historical Society offers Preserve Your Family History Scrapbooking Day, Saturday February 27, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $25/table. Space is limited, so register now! Contact , 320-587-2109.

Continuing Education

AAM Webinars Available at DCHS
Dakota County Historical Society offers AAM webinars to local history museums, free of charge. Please RSVP at least one day in advance to , 651-552-7548. All webinars held at the museum offices in South St. Paul.

MACC Regional Workshops
Midwest Art Conservation Center has several workshops scheduled for the spring and summer. Contact for more information.

Wisconsin Local History Workshops
Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Federation of Museums announce the Spring 2010 Local History and Museums Workshops. Register online.


National Trust Seeks Nominations
Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. Deadline for all award categories is March 1, 2010. Nomination brochure available online.

AASLH Awards
American Association for State and Local History 2010 Leadership in History awards are due March 1, 2010 to the State Team Leader. Nominate an organization or individual you know who has achieved excellence in history. Questions? Contact State Team Leader  or at AASLH.

Field Note

Pine City workshop

A new round of workshops for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program have begun. Twenty-two people joined MHS Grants Office staff in Pine City this week for an hour-long talk on "Writing a Better Grant Application."

Watch the Legacy Amendment Update section for updated webinar and workshop information. Contact the with questions or offers to host a workshop in your area.

In this Issue...
In this Issue...
-Legacy Amendment Update
-From the Blog
-Job Opportunities
-Do History Here
-Continuing Education
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