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Local History News
June 16, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

New Prices for Microfilm
The Minnesota Historical Society recently raised prices on microfilm copies. The new prices are $60 for black and white microfilm reels and $75 for silver negative reels. MHS members still receive a 10 percent discount on their orders. These changes will take effect for Structured Grants beginning with the June grants cycle. Contact Bob Horton at 651-259-3240 with questions.

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

Your Input Needed!
Minnesota History Coalition seeks your thoughts on history activities supported by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Legacy Amendment. Don't miss your opportunity to shape the next round of investment in history. RSVP or contact John Fulton at 651-259-3467.

  • Preston, July 14
  • Moorhead, July 20
  • Virginia, July 21
  • Windom, July 27
  • North St. Paul, August 2
  • Edina, August 3

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 a quick way to establish need and rationale for additional projects!

From the Blog

More Heritage = More Security (0 comments) - Author Thomas Savage wrote that knowing one's heritage produces meaning and a feeling of security. How might local historical organizations build on this sense of security found through the knowledge and preservation of one's heritage?

Sentimentally Significant (7 new comments) - While sentimental associations bring objects to museums, sentiment is not a lasting quality. The difference between donating a collection item and donating money may be a source of confusion for the public - is it?

Do History Here

Scott County Exhibit Opening
Scott County Historical Society will open its newest exhibit, "Great Scott! Mysteries of Scott County" on Thursday June 17, 2010. Michael Norman, author of "Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories and Legends," will speak at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 students, SCHS members free.

Behind the Scenes Tour
Explore the nooks and crannies of the Scott County Historical Society on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Stans Museum and House on Tuesday June 22, 2010, 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, $5 for SCHS members. Register online or call 952-445-0378 for more information.

We Played with the Boys
Ramsey County Historical Society continues to trace the history of Negro Baseball Leagues and local African American baseball players in its third panel discussion, "We Played with the Boys." Discussion will be held on Thursday June 24, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at the Landmark Center in St. Paul MN. Free.

3rd Annual Beer Tasting
Raise your glass in support of the Washington County Historical Society at the third annual Beer Tasting on Saturday June 26, 2010, 4-7 p.m. at the Hay Lake Museum Complex in Scandia MN. Doug Hoverson, author of "Land of Amber Waters," will speak about the history of brewing in Minnesota. Tickets are $10, ages 21 and over. Contact WCHS at 651-439-5956 for more information.

Chatfield Boys at Fort Ridgely
Civil War historian Roger Breckenridge will share his research and stories of the Chatfield Boys of Company B of the Fifth Minnesota on July 4, 2010, 1:30 p.m. Program will be held at the commissary building at Fort Ridgely Historic Site. Refreshments provided. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for children and seniors, 5 and under free.

Dig LeDuc
Children ages 13-18 can be archaeologists for a day as they help the Dakota County Historical Society dig up the history of Hastings and the LeDuc family at Dig LeDuc. The day camp will be held July 8 and 9, 2010, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register online or call LeDuc Historic Estate at 651-437-7055 for more information.

National Embroidery Competition
The Dakota County Historical Society and LeDuc Historic Estate will hold a juried arts competition based on embroidery designs from the Hastings Needle Work Company. Twenty-one patterns, designed by Florence and Alice LeDuc, have been selected for the competition. Deadline for entry applications is March 31, 2011. Rules and patterns available online or by calling the LeDuc Historic Estate at 651-437-7055.

Job Opportunities

Communications Intern
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits seeks a part-time Communications Intern. Submit cover letter and resume by July 2, 2010.

Continuing Education

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.


2010 MN Preservation Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Minnesota Preservation Awards, a program run by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Awards recognize outstanding projects, groups and individuals that contribute to Minnesota's preservation accomplishments. Nominations due Wednesday July 21, 2010. Forms available online or via email.

Ted Moline Scholarship Awarded
The Nicollet County Historical Society recently awarded the 2010 Ted Moline Scholarship to Mankato West High School graduate Katelyn Goettl. Goettl will attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to study Elementary Education, Mathematics and Spanish. Congratulations, Katelyn!

Your Vote Needed
United States Department of the Interior hosts an online forum where you can vote on ideas that should be included in America's Great Outdoors Initiative. This is an opportunity to urge full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund. Register with the website, search on Historic Preservation Fund, and then select "Promote" in order to elevate the HPF as a national priority.


Field Note

The Minnesota Digital Library held its annual meeting on June 10, 2010 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Meetings and workshops like this provide continuing education on a variety of topics and offer opportunities to network with museum professionals from around the state.

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

The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories and Legends by Michael Norman
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