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August 18, 2010Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants

Fast Track Grants Deadline
The next small grants deadline is Friday August 27, 2010. If your organization has a project that could be completed by the end of June 2011 for $7,000 or less, apply now! Contact the with questions and check out the Legacy Grants website for more information.

New Structured Option
Want to make sure your community is properly listed in the new online Encyclopedia of Minnesota? Apply for a structured fast track grant to have entries created. This option was requested by a number of organizations over the last couple months. Questions? Contact Erica Hartmann, 651-259-3250.

Missing Counties
So far 73 counties have had grants awarded in them. If your organization or project is in Benton, Douglas, Houston, Isanti, Jackson, Kittson, Le Sueur, Norman, Pine, Pipestone, Red Lake, Steele, Watonwan, or Wilkin, contact the Grants Office to explore ways that the grants program could create a legacy in these 14 counties. 

Final Reports
Is your grant project almost complete? Don't forget the last step--final reports are due in the Grants Office within 30 days of the project end date. Complete an online final report and submit with photos via the Drop Box with the subject line "Final Report" and your grant number. Contact the with questions.

From the Blog

When 1991 is Ancient History (new post) - Get a taste of life from the perspective of the Class of 2014. What hints do college freshmen provide about American material culture? How can historical organizations use this knowledge to shape their collections? 

Electronic Access for Rural Minnesota (1 new comment) - Pam Lehmann with the Lac qui Parle EDA would like to see virtual tours of museum exhibits and get area attractions to help promote each other. What can your community do with updated electronic abilities?

Job Opportunities

Events Coordinator
Historic Ushers Ferry, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks Events Coordinator. Deadline: 4 p.m. August 27, 2010. 

Assistant Executive Director
National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis IN, seeks Assistant Executive Director. Deadline: September 15, 2010.

Project Manager
Northfield History Collaborative seeks Project Manager. Contract position for nine months, full time.

Do History Here

Village of Yesteryear Events
Steele County Historical Society in Owatonna hosts special events at the Village of Yesteryear August 18-22, 2010. Join them for music, food, farm demonstrations and more. Call 507-451-1420 for more information.

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society hosts a full day of scrapbooking on Saturday August 21, 2010 at the White Bear Lake Armory. $30 includes meals and door prizes; all proceeds benefit WBLAHS. Pre-register online or call 651-407-5327.

Farm, Food & Fun Fair
LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings hosts Farm, Food & Fun Fair on Saturday August 21, 2010, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family-friendly and free. Contact LeDuc Historic Estate, 651-437-7055, for more information.

Book Talk
Doug Ohman will discuss his new book "Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota State Parks" at the Nicollet County Historical Society on Sunday August 22, 2010, 5 p.m. Call Jessica or Ben, 507-934-2160, for more information.

Rural School Memories
If you attended a one-room rural school, you are invited to share your school days memories at the Rice County Historical Society on Tuesday August 31, 2010, 7 p.m. Free, informal guided group conversation. Refreshments served. Call 507-332-2121 to reserve your spot.

Scenic Byway Tour
Register now for the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway Tour, Friday September 24, 2010, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Gilfillan Estate in Morgan MN. Deadline for registration: September 10, 2010.

Vintage Baseball
Denmark Demons face St. Croix Base Ball Club on Sunday September 12, 1 p.m. at the Denmark Town Hall in Washington County. Free. The teams are sponsored by Denmark Township Historical Society and Washington County Historical Society, respectively. Contact Jean Boyd with questions, 651-436-8031.

Wood Lake Symposium
Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Wood Lake Battlefield Symposium, Saturday September 25, 2010 in Granite Falls. Deadline for registration: September 13, 2010.

Sperry House Tea
Kandiyohi County Historical Society hosts the sixth annual "Taste of Autumn" Tea at the Sperry House on Friday October 8, 2010 at 1 and 3 p.m. Seating is limited, so stop by the museum or call 320-235-1881 to register.


Collection Care for Beginners
Iowa Museum Association offers their final sponsored workshop of 2010, Collection Care for Beginners, on Monday August 30 at Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence IA, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Registration deadline: August 23, 2010.

This Place Matters
National Trust for Historic Preservation announces the 2010 This Place Matters Community Challenge. This year, the nonprofit organization that gets the most people to register their support through their PreservationNation page by September 15, 2010 will win a cash award of $25,000.

Champlin History Book
The city of Champlin will get an updated history in September. Revised from the 1979 edition, "Champlin on the Mississippi Revisited" by Mike Brey will be available for $36. Contact Champlin Historical Society for more information.

Economy and Nonprofits
Download a free copy of a new GuideStar report, The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector.

Field Note

Mt Lake Marker

With the assistance of a small grant from the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants program, people have better access to the story of how the current Mountain Lake in Cottonwood County was created during the Great Depression. Do you have similar projects that could make history more legible? Consider applying for a small grant while funds remain. Hurry, both time and money are in short supply.

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