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Local History News
May 5, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Next Fast Track Deadline
The next deadline for Small Grants of $7,000 or less is Friday May 28, 2010.

Social Media
Check out the grants program group pages on Facebook and Linkedin to stay current with news and notes. Need help signing up? Contact Kathryn Otto, 651-259-3461.

From the Blog

New Website for Edina Historical Society (3 new comments) - WordPress does not work for everyone. How do you go about evaluating what software is appropriate for your needs?

Looking Ahead (5 new comments) - Nurturing the local history network in the state is a high priority for the next director of the Minnesota Historical Society, according to readers. What else should the hiring committee desire?

LED Lighting and Museums (2 new comments) - Narrow bands of light from LED are dangerous for museum objects, and motion-activated switches serve two purposes: conservation and energy savings.

Do History Here

Book Signing and Presentation
Candace Simar, writer and poet from Pequot Lakes MN, will be presenting and signing her book, "Abercrombie Trail," on Friday May 7, 2010 at 3 p.m. at the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
La Union Latina invites the community to its inaugural Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Saturday May 8, 2010 at Minnesota Square Park in Saint Peter from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event features authentic foods, music, games and a screening of the documentary, "Papers."

Free Admission for Mothers
The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center will offer free admission to mothers on Mother's Day, Sunday May 9, 2010.

Your Tales of the Road-Hwy 61
Come share your stories and photos of Minnesota's iconic Highway 61 at the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake on Monday May 10, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Free but donations welcome. Presented by the White Bear Reads Program and White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.


Stearns History Museum's Breakfast Club

Alexander Ames, a St. Cloud State University graduate student, will present, "Claiming a Heritage, the Downside of Growth," at the Stearns History Museum Breakfast Club on May 12, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Non-members are $5, members are free.


Archaeological Understanding of Pond Dakota Mission Park

Steven J. Blondo will present a discussion and walking tour of the Pond Dakota Mission Park, highlighting more than four decades of archaeological and historical research on Sunday May 16 at 2:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $2.


New exhibit in Anoka
Join the Anoka County Historical Society on Tuesday May 18, 2010, to open its new exhibit, "Safe for Democracy," 7 p.m. Free.


Antique Appraisal

Bring your antiques or collectibles to the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center for a free appraisal on Wednesday May 19, 2010 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. by Dan Sershon of Northland Estate Services. Contact Julie Bolos at 218-733-7568 for more information.


Civil War Round Table

The Cannon Valley Civil War Round Table will hold its next meeting on Thursday May 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Faribault Community Center. Costumed interpreter Thomas Hosier of Rochester will speak on "The Battle of Wood Lake." Contact Dan Peterson at 507-332-8250 for information.


Lunch with the History People

Join Michael Jankovec and March Cich of ElyTV at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center for a viewing of their documentary, "Resorts of Old Ely," on Thursday May 20, 2010 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Bring a bag lunch for this free event. Contact Julie Bolos for more information.


Preserving the Old Country
St. Louis County Historical Society's new traveling exhibit, "Preserving the Old Country: The Experiences of Croatians, Serbians, and Slovenians in St. Louis County," is on display at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing through June 28, 2010. For availability, contact the Society.


Old Tyme Country School

Kanabec History Center will again offer three one-week sessions of Old Tyme Country School this July and August for students grades 1 through 8. Registration forms available online.

Job Opportunities

Executive Director
The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance seeks a full-time Executive Director. Applications due May 10, 2010.

Sales Assistant
The Minnesota Historical Society seeks a part-time Sales Assistant I at the History Center. Applications due May 14, 2010.

Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison WI seeks full time Librarian. Applications due May 24, 2010.

Andrew County Museum & Historical Society in Savannah, Missouri seeks a full-time Curator.

Continuing Education

MALHM/MHN Spring 2010 Workshop
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums and Minnesota's Historic Northwest will host a workshop for small and mid-sized museums on Friday May 21, 2010. Conference costs $30, $25 for MALHM and MHN members. To register, contact Theresa Norman at 952-445-0378 or mail a registration form. Register by May 17.

2010 Wisconsin Oral History Day Archives
Miss the 2010 Wisconsin Oral History Day in March? Summaries, images and audio from the event can be found at the Wisconsin Oral History Day blog.


"Preserving the American Historical Record Act"
Read about this new legislation, introduced on May 3, 2010 in the U.S. Senate to support archives and the preservation of historical records at the state and local level. If you're a Facebook member and want to show your support for PHAR, join the group "Support the Preserving the American Historical Record Bill (HR 2256)."

WCHS Scholarships Awarded
Kathleen Burns of Woodbury High School and Lindsay Nelson of Lakeland, who attends UW-Eau Claire, were awarded $1,000 academic scholarships by the Washington County Historical Society. Scholarships are given annually to Washington County students pursuing careers in history or related fields. Congratulations!

Nashville Flood
Our colleagues at American Association for State and Local History are all well, despite the flooding that has gripped Nashville the past couple of days. AASLH's ISP suffered damage, and as a result AASLH's website has been unavailable.


Field Note

May is National Preservation Month and one reader is searching for information on a razed Minnesota barn. Jon Willand writes, "Built in Lac qui Parle County, this barn was claimed to be the first gothic roof barn in the state. I am trying to verify that claim. I hope you can insert a photo and brief inquiry about any other barns that claim to be the first of this type or any information on the 1931 University of Minnesota agricultural engineering study on barns."

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

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