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Local History News
June 2, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Legacy Amendment Update

Next Fast Track Deadline
The next deadline for Small Grants of $7,000 or less is Friday June 25, 2010.

New Structured Options Added
Two new structured options have been added for FY 2011 Fast Track grants: StEPs and General Conservation Assessment with Long Range Plan. Take advantage of these new tools to improve your organization.

Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund Celebration
Minnesota Association of Museums invites museum professionals to the "Summit at Summit (Brewery)" (Summit Brewery) on June 3, 2010, 6 to 9 p.m. for an Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Celebration. Listen to brief presentations by representatives of funding agencies, followed by a moderated discussion and hors d'oeuvres. MAM members free, non-members $10. Registration required.

Statewide Input Meetings
Minnesota History Coalition seeks your ideas on future history funding as the Coalition prepares for the next round of legislative appropriations from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. RSVP or contact John Fulton at 651-259-3467.

From the Blog

Is Public History Women's Work? (2 new comments) - Gender and quality of work do not relate, but there is potentially compensation or a stigma to consider. What might be done to attract more men to work in social sciences like pulbic history?

Sentimentally Significant (new post) - Do you remove sentimental attachments to donations when making a judgment as to whether something is historic? If so, how have you communicated that with donors?

Do History Here

What's New!?!
Check out Morrison County Historical Society's new exhibit, "What's New!?!," which celebrates the renewal of history and features recent donations to the collection. Exhibit is open now at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls MN. Call 320-632-4007 for more information

Ghosts of Anoka Tours
The Ghosts of Anoka Tours, offered by the Anoka County Historical Society, will be offered the first and third Thursdays and Saturdays in June. All tours begin at the Anoka County History Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Contact Maria King at 763-421-0600 for tickets.

Ellis Island Portraits Exhibit
The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center welcomes the traveling exhibit, "Augustus Frederick Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits, 1905-1920," from June 4 through September 12, 2010. Sherman, an immigration agent, captured images of new immigrants entering the United States through Ellis Island. Admission charged. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.

Rice Park Tour
Become a tourist in your own city and join the next Rice Park Tour in St. Paul MN on Wednesday June 9, 2010 at 10 a.m. The historical and architectural tour features an exclusive look into each building surrounding the park. Call Jen Hernandez at 651-292-3276 for reservations.

Historic Pill Hill
History Center of Olmsted County presents Jean Williams on "From Nursery Hill to Pill Hill: The Evolution of a Neighborhood," Wednesday June 9, 2010, in the Princess Cafe at HCOC.

RCHS Research Center Opening
Explore the spacious new Ramsey County Historical Society Research Center at the Grand Opening Reception on Thursday June 10, 2010 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Landmark Center in St. Paul MN. Tour the archival collections storage room, learn document preservation techniques and enjoy light refreshments. Free, but reservations required by June 8. Call 651-222-0701 for reservations.

Museum Re-Dedication
The Grant County Historical Society in Elbow Lake MN will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its museum with a re-dedication program on Saturday June 12, 2010 at 1 p.m. The program, featuring speaker David Grabitske, will be held at the Sanford Room at the Elbow Lake Community Building. Call 218-685-4864 for more information.

Austin Family Fun Day
Mower County Historical Society, Hormel Historic Home, Historic Paramount Theatre, and SPAM Museum will participate in this first annual event on Saturday June 12, 2010, beginning at 9 a.m. Admission to all venues is free for the event.

Vintage Pan Automobiles
Join Stearns History Museum on Saturday June 12, 2010, for its barbecue fundraiser featuring Pan Automobiles.

History in a Pint
Veterans' Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces the third installment of the local history lecture series, "History in a Pint." Join them at Carmody's Irish Pub in Duluth MN on Tuesday June 15, 2010 at 6 p.m. to listen to Charlie B. Wolden, a Vietnam War veteran. Free. Contact Dan Hartman for more information.

Free Admission to Dakota County Historical Society
The Dakota County Historical Society in South St. Paul MN will participate in Blue Star Museums, a national partnership to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2010. Free admission will run through Labor Day.


Job Opportunities

Executive Director
The Military Historical Society of Minnesota and Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley in Little Falls MN seek a half-time Executive Director. Call 320-632-7374 or email for full job description. Resume and letter of application by June 30, 2010.

Historical Curator
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque IA seeks a full-time Historical Curator.

Continuing Education

Grantseeking Basics
The Brainerd Public Library in Brainerd MN will host a free workshop on grantseeking basics for nonprofit organizations on Friday July 9, 2010 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Kief Schlandweiler, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections with the Foundation Center, will lead the session. Call 218-829-2906 for reservations.

Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting
The Minnesota Digital Library will hold its annual meeting on Thursday June 10, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Free, but registration is required.

Nonprofit Essentials Conference
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will hold this conference at University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis on July 20, 2010. Check out the sessions.

AASLH Annual Conference
American Association for State and Local History annual meeting and conference registration is now open. The meeting is in Oklahoma City, September 22-25, 2010.

Cultural Collections Workshop
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, in partnership with Midwest Art Conservation Center, will present "A Space Odyssey: Storage Strategies for Cultural Collections" in St. Paul MN on October 12-13, 2010.


Host a Smithsonian Exhibit
"New Harmonies" will tour Minnesota in 2011. Answer the RFP from Minnesota Humanities Center to apply to host the exhibit. Letter of Intent is due June 7, 2010, and final applications are due June 25, 2010. Questions? Contact Elizabeth de Soto, 866-268-7293 ext. 263.

New resource for Women's History
Women's History Sources is a new blog on primary materials.

CAP awards announced
Heritage Preservation announced the 2010 recipients of Conservation Assessment Program grants, which includes four Minnesota institutions.

Oil Spill Disaster Response
National Park Service posted information about cultural and natural resources potentially affected by the Gulf oil spill. See also maps of potentially affected resources.


Field Note

Join your museum colleagues at the Minnesota Association of Museums' Summit at Summit (Brewery) on June 3, 2010, 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This event is a great opportunity to network with representatives from organizations charged with allocating funds to projects around the state. MAM has worked for more than 30 years to provide forums like these for individuals in museums across Minnesota. Register for the event, and MAM, today!

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

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