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Local History News
June 30, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Small Grants Deadline
The July Fast Track grants deadline will be Friday July 30, 2010. Grants Office staff expect that funding will be available for a few more months, so if your organization has a small project that could benefit from grant funding, get your application in now! Contact the Grants Office with questions.

From the Blog

Another Measure (0 comments) - When reports about the state are released, do you use those in any way to plan for the future?

Looking Ahead (7 total comments so far) - With the announcement of Nina Archabal's retirement, and the passing of former director Russell Fridley two weeks ago, now more than ever is a good time to share your thoughts on the qualities that the next director of the Minnesota Historical Society should possess.

Job Opportunities

Museum Curator
Fallon County in Baker MT seeks full time Museum Curator. For questions, applications and complete job description contact Fallon County Clerk and Recorder's Office, 406-778-7106. Deadline: July 6, 2010, 5 p.m.

Assistant Director, Visitor Services
Walker Art Center in Minneapolis seeks Assistant Director, Visitor Services. Deadline: July 9, 2010.  

Museum Curator
U.S. Department of the Interior seeks Museum Curator for the Indian Arts and Crafts Board's Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City SD. Deadline: July 14, 2010.

Director & Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul MN seeks full time Director & Chief Executive Officer. Open until filled, but priority given to applications by July 19, 2010.

Program Specialist, 1862
Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul MN seeks full time project position of Program Specialist, 1862. Open until filled.

Development Assistant
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul seeks Development Assistant. Application materials online.

Do History Here

Mining Exhibit
"The Story of Reserve Mining" will be on exhibit the weekend of July 3-5, 2010, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pioneer Mine Shaft House, now the Ely Arts and Heritage Center. Call Anne Swenson at 218-235-1721 or 218-365-5917 for more information.

History Round Table
Brooklyn Historical Society hosts Stearns History Museum Executive Director Charlene Akers at the next History Round Table on Saturday July 3, 2010, 8:15 a.m. RSVP to Diane by noon, Friday July 2, 763-560-8893.

Olmsted County Open House
History Center of Olmsted County hosts a free open house from noon to 4 p.m. on July 4, 2010 to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit honoring heroes.  

Kanabec Open House
Kanabec History Center in Mora will hold an Open House on Thursday July 8, 2010 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to visit the research library, view the new book collection, and have refreshments. Contact , 320-679-1665, for more information.

Club Book Author Talk featuring Patricia Hampl
Patricia Hampl will be speaking gray areas of memoirs and history at the Southdale Library in Edina on Thursday July 8 at 7 p.m. and the Chaska Community Center on Friday July 9, 2010 at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6:15 and the programs are free to the public. Questions?  Contact Leanne Brown.

Twin Cities History Tour
Begin at the Gideon Pond House at 9 a.m. Friday July 9, 2010 and visit several area historical sites, returning 5 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. Cost: $10, which includes handouts and cold drinks. Fee waived if you are willing to drive and take passengers. Call , 651-423-9004, for more information or to register.

"Cheep Entertainment"
LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings invites you to meet the LeDuc chickens and the 4-H students who care for them. Free open house on Saturday July 10, 2010, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 651-437-7055 with questions.

Exhibit Opening
Anoka County Historical Society announces the opening of "Strings, Things, and Notable Staff." The third exhibit in the "Sounds of Anoka County" series focuses on orchestra conductors and music educators. Free admission to exhibit on Saturday July 10, 2010, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Safety Display
Anoka County Historical Society will host a public safety display during Riverfest on Saturday July 10, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission to the museum. Call 763-421-0600 for more information.

Jordan Walking Tour
Scott County Historical Society hosts a walking tour of historic Water Street in downtown Jordan on Saturday July 10, 2010, 9 a.m. Cost: $10. Registration required. Contact , 952-445-0378.

Frontier Woodworking
Pond Dakota Heritage Society hosts a woodworking event on Sunday July 11, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. Watch demonstrations of 19th century building techniques by Fred Livesay. Hands on activities available. Call 952-563-8738 for more information.

Heritage Home and Garden Tour
Anoka County Historical Society offers tickets to the Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour, July 11, 2010, 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: $15. Call ACHS at 763-421-0600 to purchase.

Steele County Extravaganza
Join Steele County Historical Society for the 24th Annual Extravaganza and Chuckwagon Supper, Sunday July 11, 2010. Call 507-451-1420 for more information.

"Oy Vey is Jewish for Uff-da"
Elisa Korenne returns to ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham on Sunday July 11, 2010, 7 p.m., to perform her latest one-woman show "Oy Vey is Jewish for Uff-da." Free. Call 218-346-7678 for more information.

Living History Summer Camp
Rice County Historical Society holds History Camp, July 12-16, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Applications available at RCHS. Contact , 507-332-2121, for more information.

Hibbing Exhibit
Hibbing Historical Society recently opened the exhibit "Constructing Howard Street - 1921" at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing. Contact , 218-262-4450, or for more information.


Minnesota History Awards
Get the recognition for your work to engage funders for future work by nominating outstanding accomplishments to the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum's Minnesota History Awards. Nominations due July 30, 2010.

New Staff at MTM
Minnesota Transportation Museum announces that Caitlin Adams assumed the position of MTM's Executive Director effective June 6. Former Executive Director Pat Kytola took on the new role of Railroad Operations Director.

Cokato Historical Society Receives Grant
Cokato Historical Society received a grant for $5670 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board for restoration work on a mural on the west exterior wall of the Cokato museum. The mural stands as the only significant piece of public art in western Wright County.

HCSCC Receives Grant
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County received a grant for $16,110 from the Minnesota State Arts Board for "Pangea--Cultivate Our Cultures" annual multicultural event. This year's event will take place November 13, 2010 at Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.

Vote for Preservation
President Obama's FY 2011 budget request makes significant cuts to the Historic Preservation Fund, including the elimination of Save America's Treasures and Preserve America programs. Learn more from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Voice your opinion on the America's Great Outdoors Initiative website.

Mannequins Available
Washington D.C. museum has eleven professional museum-grade mannequins for sale. Purchased new for $800 each in 2008, all are in excellent condition. All reasonable offers considered. Contact for more information. Buyer must pick up/ship the mannequins by July 9, 2010.

Field Note

Russell Fridley, former director of Minnesota Historical Society, passed away June 17, 2010 after a battle with cancer. He was 82. He became director in 1955 (date of the photo) at age 27, and retired in 1986. Fridley not only lobbied for the support of the state historical society, but also helped build local historical societies around the state. Photo Minnesota Historical Society Collections.

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-Do History Here
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