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March 24, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Update

Spring Grants Round Update
MHS Grants Office received 117 pre-applications for the spring mid- and large size grants round. Approximately $12.5 million was requested with just under $3 million available to grant. Applicants should receive reviewers' feedback soon leaving time to strengthen proposals before the final deadline on April 12.

Brief Fiscal Year 2010 Summary for Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants
The Society received 359 applications requesting $18,968,547. There were 46 awards for historic preservation totalling $1,083,434 and 134 for history projects totalling $1,109,691.

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Job Opportunities

Associate Curator
Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks Associate Curator of Latin American Art. Full time. Resume and references or application due by March 27, 2010.

Collections Manager
Cedar Falls Historical Society (IA) seeks Collections Manager. Resume and references due by March 31, 2010.

Development Administrative Assistant
Charles H. MacNider Museum, Mason City IA, seeks Development Administrative Assistant. Deadline: 4:30 p.m. March 31, 2010.

Associate Visitor Relations/Security Supervisor
Science Museum of Minnesota seeks part time Associate Visitor Relations/Security Supervisor for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. Apply online. Deadline: April 7, 2010.

Membership Coordinator
American Swedish Institute seeks Membership Coordinator. Email or mail cover letter and resume by 5 p.m., Monday April 19, 2010.

Do History Here

Book Talk
TODAY! March 24, 2010, 7 p.m. History Center of Olmsted County hosts Dr. Eldon Lawrence, author of "The Peace Seekers: Indian Christians and the Dakota Conflict." Dr. Lawrence will discuss his book and be available to sign copies. Meet in the Crawford Room, History Center Main Building. Free admission; refreshments provided.

Victory Memorial Drive
Hear Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein on the project to preserve Victory Memorial Drive on Saturday April 3, 2010, 8:30 a.m. at Brooklyn Center Embassy Suites. RSVP to Diane Sannes, 763-560-8893, by April 2. $10 breakfast buffet available.

Build a Mini Log Cabin
Pond Dakota Heritage Society and Bloomington Parks and Recreation invite you to create your own mini log cabin on Sunday April 11, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. Donation: $2; youth through high school free. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Civil War Roundtable
Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable meets on Thursday April 15, 2010, 7 p.m. to hear Debbie Gnemi speak on "Petticoat Patriots: Women on the Homefront During the Civil War." Meeting will be held at the Faribault Community Center. Free; refreshments provided.

Eatonville Talk
Join speaker Thomas Shaw at the historic Pond House in Bloomington on Sunday April 18, 2010, 2-3 p.m. Shaw will give a talk on Eatonville, a Euro-American farming village at Lake Calhoun led by Dakota Chief Cloud Man. Donation: $2; youth through high school free. Call 952-563-8693 for more information.

Continuing Education

Engage Families
USS Constitution Museum and the Minnesota Historical Society present a free workshop on how to serve present and future family audiences on Monday April 26, 2010, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Register by April 12, 2010.

MALHM Workshop
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums and Minnesota's Historic Northwest host a workshop for small and mid-sized museums on Friday May 21, 2010 at Bemidji State University. Registration due May 17; call Theresa Norman at 952-445-0378 for more information. Session titles include:

  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grants
  • National Register of Historic Places Nominations
  • Oral History Best Practices
  • MNOPedia Project
  • Working With an Exhibit Designer
  • Museums of Minnesota Website
  • Minnesota History Awards Program

Grant Deadlines

MDL Grant Deadline
Minnesota Digital Library announces that Friday March 26, 2010 is the deadline for Phase 6. If you are planning to submit an application for a digitization project as part of Phase 6, contact immediately.


Nominations Sought
Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department seeks nominations for the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards to be held May 20, 2010. Nominations are due Friday April 30, 2010. Contact John Smoley, 612-673-2830, for application materials.

Disaster Response
Has your organization been preparing for the potential spring floods? Minnesota Historical Society Conservation Department has information posted online for disaster response and recovery. See the State Emergency Operations Center for updates on the Spring 2010 flood.

Since 2003, tens of thousands of ordinary people have interviewed and recorded friends and family through StoryCorps. This nonprofit provides Americans of all walks of life with a way to preserve history through one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.

Internet Fundraising
Some museums are turning to social networking and the Internet to reach out to potential donors, and finding that the money is coming from current donors as well as complete strangers. This fundraising process is known as "crowd funding" and relies on larger numbers of small donations, rather than a few large donations.

Field Note

Tracy Behrendt

The MHS Grants Office welcomes a new temporary staff member, Tracy Behrendt, who will fill in for Melinda Hutchinson while she is on leave. With experience as a curator at a number local historical organizations, Tracy will be a terrific resource for State Grants-in-Aid and Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants questions via or phone, 651-259-3459.

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