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October 8, 2014                                                                            Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants


Spotlighted Project: Interactive App and Touch Screen Illustrating History of Landscape Change in Minnesota
Digital maps were created depicting landscape change in Minnesota from the 1850s to today as well as maps that show predicted change in forest tree composition in northern Minnesota due to climate change. A prototype app was developed for a touchscreen computer that allows the museum visitor to explore this new content in an interactive environment as a new interpretive feature of the Bell Museum's historic Francis Lee Jaques moose habitat diorama.
Recipient: Regents of the University of Minnesota (Bell Museum of Natural History)
Funding Amount: $7,000



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Job Opportunities


Development and Communications Director
SteppingStone Theatre, Saint Paul MN, seeks a Full-Time Development and Communications Director. Deadline: October 15, 2014.
Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon MI, seeks a Full-Time Archivist. Deadline: October 30, 2014.
The Smithsonian seeks a Full-Time Director to lead the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) Deadline: October 24, 2014.
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL, seeks a Full-Time Director.
Senior Graphic Designer
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore MD seeks a Full-Time Senior Graphic Designer.
Museum Director
Museum of the Fur Trade, Chadron NE, seeks a Full-Time Museum Director.
Head of Collection Information and Digital Assets



Do History Here


Cinema in the Cemetery
Friends of the Cemetery, Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, MInneapolis MN, announces its last in a series, Cinema in the Cemetery: The Thing From Another World, Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 5:30 p.m. (Showtime: dusk).
Annual Meeting and Presentation
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts guest speaker and local author Michael Eckers who will present in character, a World War II correspondent's story of the 34th U.S. Divison, aka the "Red Bulls,"  October 9, 2014. Open house at 6 p.m. and SCHS annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information call: 952-445-0378.
Holiday Traditions
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, invites the public to their second in the "Branching Out" series. Jenni Corbett will present some ideas for celebrating holidays, recipe ideas and some special ways to keep your generations connected. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Open and free to the public.

Cemetery Tour
Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing MN, invites the public for a tour of Red Wing’s Oakwood Cemetery to learn about gravestone symbolism and the history of Oakwood Cemetery. Saturday, October 112014. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  For more information call: 651-388-6024.
Remembrance Event
Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force will host a remembrance event that will include commemoration ceremonies honoring Rice County’s Michael Cook, Major in the Tenth Minnesota Infantry, who was mortally wounded on December 16, 1864, while leading a charge at the Battle of Nashville in Tennessee. The event will be held in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Faribault, MN and is open to the public. Saturday, October 11, 2014 10 a.m.
Blue Grass Concert
Isanti County Historical Society hosts a blue grass concert by the husband/wife duo of Jerry and Shirley Spanhanks on Saturday, October 11, 2014 2 p.m. For more information e-mail or call: 763-689-4229.

Harvest Celebration
Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, announces their Harvest Celebration is back. Wearing a costume is optional, but definitely encouraged! Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. 
Woodlawn Cemetery Walk
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, This year's walk will feature people that were involved in War both on the battlefield and home front. Winona goes to War! – the 2014 Cemetery Walk is dedicated to all the U.S. Military service men and women of Winona County. October 11 and 12, 2014, Noon - 3 p.m. For more information call: 507-454-2723 ext. 3
History Program
Nicollet County Historical Society, St Peter MN announces it's Horses-Horseshoes-Leather & Transportation Program at the Harkin Store. Leather worker, Dan Cochran, will have a display of his ware and talk about his work. Information and pictures of the different types of transportation will be on display, Sunday, October 12, 2014, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information call: 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160.
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, invites the public to a special presentation on Evangeline Whipple and her legacy in Rice County and beyond. Research Consultant, Tilly Laskey will present research findings culled from Minnesota archives. This event will be hosted at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior, Sunday, October 12, 2 p.m. For more information call: 507-332-2121.
Vintage Machinery and Tool Show
Denmark Township Historical Society, Hastings MN, invites the public to a free Vintage Machinery and Tool Show Sunday, October 12, Noon to 4 p.m. at the Denmark Town Hall. For more information call: 612-823-4934
Lecture Series
Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena MN, hosts author Gordon Fredrickson who will talk about his book, “A Farm Country Harvest”, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Wadena Elks Lodge. For more information call: 218 631-9079
Book Club
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, invites the public for the monthly Granite City Book Club where author Michael Norman will lead the discussion and answer questions about his book "The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories & Legends." Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30-8 p.m.
Speaker Presentation
Cannon City Civil War Roundtable, Faribault MN, will feature speaker Lou Stender who will speak at the Faribault Senior Center on “A week at Gettysburg,” Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7 p.m. For more information call: 507-459-3140.
Author Lecture
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, Presents former Social Studies teacher Rhonda Fochs who will share her passion for regional history in “Minnesota’s Lost Towns.” Rhonda’s presentation highlights her book, which encapsulates more than 125 towns in Minnesota that no longer exist. Thursday, October 16, 2014, from Noon – 1 p.m. For more information call: 218-733-7568.
Orm Øverland, professor emeritus of American literature at the University of BergenBiennial Members Meeting
Norwegian-American Historical Association annouces their Biennial Members Meeting which will features three speakers; Orm Øverland, professor emeritus of American literature at the University of Bergen; Karen V. Hansen, Professor of History, Sociology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandais University; Dennis Gimmestad, historian with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (retired). Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rediscovering the Pond Dakota Quilt
Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN, hosts Jean Bellefeuille who will share brief biographies of the white missionaries and Dakota women whose names are inked on the blocks of a reproduction of the 1893 signature quilt in the Bloomington Historical Society’s collection. 
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2 p.m. For more information call: 952-563-8674.
Author talk
Linden Hills History Study Group, Minneapolis MN, hosts author Sue Leaf who will dicuss her book "A Love Affair with Birds: Thomas Sadler Roberts" Monday, October 20, 2014, 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. For more information Email or call: 612-926-0646.
Annual Meeting & Dinner
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, annouces its Annual Meeting, Dinner & Program, Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lakeside Club.Program follows by Krista Finstad Hanson, author of "Minnesota Open House: A Guide to Historic House Museums". Registration required. For more information call: 651-407-5327.
Flashlight Tours
Glensheen Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth MN, announces the return of Flashlight Tours. Flashlight tours will be offered every Monday and Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through the end of December 2014. Pre-purchase of tickets online is highly encouraged.
Featured Veterans
Minnesota Military Museum, Camp Ripley MN, is proud to honor Minnesota Veterans Merl Fletcher of Randall and Ken Buettner of Avon, MN as their featured Veterans of the Month during October. These Veterans continued to serve fellow veterans as volunteers at the Military Museum. 
Working with Horn
Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN, hosts David Vavreck, one of America's few remaining horn workers. See a wide variety of horn products, and try using a horner’s hand tools, including a pump drill. Sunday, November 2, 2014. Drop-in program, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information call: 952-563-8674.
Gales of November Maritime Conference
Lake Superior Marine Museum Association, Duluth MN, presents 27th Annual Gales of November Maritime Conference and Fundraiser Benefit. The two day educational and networking event begins Friday, November 7, 2014. For more information call: 218 727-2497.



Continuing Education


Labor History
The East Side Freedom Library, St. Paul MN, announces opportunities to learn labor history
For more information e-mail or call: 651-774-8687:
  • Labor Movement and the Struggle for Democracy in Minnesota, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The History of Labor in Minnesota, October 16, 2014 – November 20, 2014.
  • Four Voices for Labor: Making St. Paul Work for Working People, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11am – 1 p.m.

2014 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference

Only one month left until the 2014 MCN Annual Conference kicks off in St. Paul. Designed around the theme Nonprofits in Motion: Momentum for a New Minnesota, this year's gathering of nonprofit, philanthropic and public-sector leaders is jam-packed with learning opportunities, resource sharing and peer networking—including more than 45+ breakout sessions, a timely plenary panel discussion exploring the impact of the 2014 election results on nonprofits, new Townhall Meetings, an exhibitor showcase featuring over 70 resource providers, and plenty of opportunities to connect with nonprofit peers from across the state. 




New Website

National Park Service's Historic Preservation Planning Program website has a new home and a new look. Please visit them for information about preservation planning laws, regulations, policies, standards, and guidance.

New Museum seeks Board Members

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota (CMM) is seeking applicants to their Board of Directors. CMM is a newly incorporated museum located in Northeast Minneapolis with a mission to celebrate how cycling has shaped our culture and communities and to provide us with tools to transform the future. 





Fund Your Mission


Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
TAP combines funding for Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School infrastructure, and Scenic Byways - separate programs under the previous federal transportation bill - into one grant program. Minnesota will be soliciting approximately $7.5 million across the state. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project by October 31, 2014. 
The TAP solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area will be conducted by the Metropolitan Council and its Transportation Advisory Board.



Field Note



Carolyn Veeser-Egbide began as Grants Manager at Minnesota Historical Society on October 1, 2014. Carolyn comes to the Society with 14 years' experience in managing government grant programs in Washington County. She's a native of Little Falls and is eager to meet applicants and grantees. Contact Carolyn at carolyn.veeser-egbide@mnhs.org or call 651-259-3469. 
Welcome, Carolyn!


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Minnesota Remembers Nashville
Join Minnesota's Civil War Task Force on a trip to Tennessee to retrace the steps of several MN
regiments and commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of Franklin & Nashville. Round-trip 
transportation, lodging, meals and guides all included in an affordable travel package. Full Itinerary.
Departure: November 13, 2014
Return: November 17, 2014


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Haunted Heritage: The Cultural Politics of Ghost Tourism, Populism, and the Past, by Michele Hanks.


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