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March 12, 2014                                                                                  Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Small Grants Deadline

The next deadline for the small Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program is Friday April 11, 2014. Grant applications must be submitted via the grants portal by the end of the day on the deadline. Questions? Contact the Grants Office


Final Reports

If you have an outstanding Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant, don't forget the final piece of the project--the final report. All reports must be submitted via the grants portal, and a copy of the final project product (report, exhibit text/photos, construction photos, etc.) must be uploaded to the Report Documents section.


If you have a mid- or large-size grant, you must also include receipts or invoices for all project expenditures. If you have questions about filing your final report, please contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459. 


Spotlighted Project: Our Lady of Victory Chapel ADA Project

The project provided a crucial first step in the work to make the Our Lady of Victory chapel,constructed in 1924 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, fully accessible to those with mobility challenges.  The plans take a long-term view, reflecting lasting changes that will provide a solid long-range investment.  Growing enrollment at St. Catherine, combined with a strong priority of ensuring that higher education is accessible to people of all backgrounds and ability levels, means that these changes will be appreciated even more in the future. 
Recipient: St. Catherine University
Funding Amount: $19,970



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

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Job Opportunities


Paid Internships

Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort KY, seeks Museum Collections and Exhibitions Interns. Deadline: March 15, 2014. 


Collections Manager

Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston SC, seeks Collections Manager. Deadline: March 21, 2014. 


State Historian

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield IL, seeks State Historian. Deadline: March 24, 2014, 5 p.m. CT.


Project Manager

National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks Project Manager for America Saves!, Chicago IL. 


Assistant Director

Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon MI, seeks Assistant Director


Site Coordinator

End O Line Museum, Currie MN, seeks Site Coordinator. Position open until filled. 



Do History Here


Quebecois Heritage Celebrated

Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts De Temps Antan, a musical group celebrating Quebecois heritage and the history of French settlement, Friday March 14, 2014, 12:05 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information. 


History Corps Meeting

Hamline Midway History Corps meets Saturday March 15, 2014, 2-4 p.m. at Ginkgo Coffeehouse, St. Paul MN. 


Immigrant Music

Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts Arna Rennan, who will present a program on "Music of the Immigrants," Saturday March 15, 2014, 11 a.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information. 


The Dakota Diaspora

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, invites the public to a lecture by John Isch, who will speak on the dispersion of the Dakota people after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and their return to Minnesota, Sunday March 16, 2014, 2 p.m. Call 952-484-0477 for more information. 


Open House

Cokato Museum & Historical Society, Cokato MN, invites the public to an Open House, Sunday March 16, 2014, 1-4 p.m. to celebrate the 136th birthday of the Village of Cokato. Call 320-286-2427 for more information. 


Civil War Talk

Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table hosts independent historian Dale Blanshan, who will present "Mathew Brady: America's First Photojournalist," Tuesday March 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m., New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm MN. Call 507-359-8334 for more information. 


Book Talk

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts author Joel Arnold, who will speak on his book "Ox Cart Angel," Thursday March 20, 2014, 7-8 p.m. Free with paid museum admission. Call 952-445-0378 for more information. 


Book Talk

New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm MN, hosts Dr. Gary Clayton Anderson, who will speak on his new book, "Ethnic Cleansing and the Indian: The Crime That Should Haunt America," Thursday March 20, 2014, 6 p.m. Call 507-359-8334 for more information. 


Civil War Roundtable

Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable will meet Thursday March 20, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Faribault Senior Center, Faribault MN. Featured speaker will be M. Stoney Stonecipher on "The Campaign of 1864: Grant vs. Lee in Virginia." Contact Dan Peterson, 507-459-3140, for more information. 


Spring Lecture

Waseca County Historical Society, Waseca MN, hosts author Jim Jensen, who will speak on his book "Threads of Evidence," March 20, 2014. Call 507-835-7700; paid reservations due March 18.


Finnish Genealogy

Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, hosts Audrey Tack, who will speak on Finnish genealogy, Thursday March 20, 2014, 1:30-3 p.m. Call 763-682-7323 for more information or to reserve a seat. 


Barn Lecture

Friends of Minnesota Barns will host Doug Ohman, photographer and author, at their Annual Meeting, Saturday March 22, 2014, 10 a.m. at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River MN. Free. 


Archaeological Show

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, will host Gopher State Archeological Society artifact show, Saturday March 22, 2014, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Gregg, 507-676-1095, or Laura, 507-451-1420, for more information.


Historic Fashion Show

History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, invites the public to a "Historic Fashion Show" and tea, March 23, 2014, 2-4 p.m., Ramada Hotel, Rochester. Cost: $30; call 507-282-9447 to reserve your seat. 


Hockey History

Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake hosts Sara Markoe Hanson from White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, who will speak on the history of ice hockey in Minnesota, Monday March 24, 2014, 6 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 




Annual Meeting

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, invites the public to their 92nd Annual Meeting, March 25, 2014, 5 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m.; cost: $35/person. RSVP by Tuesday March 18, 2014, 218-733-7586. 


MAM Sampler

Minnesota Association of Museums will hold their next Sampler at the Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis MN, Thursday April 10, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free for MAM members. Register online


Lunch Talk

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, presents "Lunch with the History People," Thursday April 17, 2014, noon-1 p.m. Gina Temple-Rhodes will discuss "Birthing Process: The History of Giving Birth in Duluth." Call 218-733-7568 for more information. 


Save the Dates

Minnesota Military Museum, Little Falls MN, will honor Minnesota veterans with a Featured Veteran of the Month Exhibit, featuring 8-10 veterans per year. Donald Frederick is the current Featured Veteran. Call 320-616-5060 for more information. 


Summer Day Camps

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, offers several History Day Camps this summer:

  • Childhood Favorites: June 23-27, 2014
  • Mystery Mayhem: July 7-11, 2014
  • Genres Galore!: July 21-25, 2014

Cost: $20/members; $30/non-members. All camps run from noon-4 p.m. Space is limited! Call 952-442-4234 for more information or to register. 



Continuing Education


Call for Presenters

Minnesota Digital Library issues a Call for Session Presenters for MDL's 12th Annual Meeting, June 3, 2014. Deadline: March 14, 2014. 


Vital Records Workshop

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, will hold a Research Center Workshop on "Vital Records 101," Wednesday March 19, 2014, 9:30 a.m. Cost: Free/members; $7/nonmembers. RSVP to Sarah, 320-253-8424.


Call for Proposals

National Trust for Historic Preservation announces a Call for Proposals for their 2014 National Preservation Conference in Savannah GA, November 11-14, 2014. Deadline: March 17, 2014. For more information contact conference staff, 202-588-6100.


Civil War Symposium
The Annual Civil War Symposium will be held at Fort Snelling History Center, Saturday April 5, 2014, 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Free, but advance registration recommended due to limited seating. Buffet lunch: $15.


Scholarship Applications

National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks emerging preservation professionals to apply to the Diversity Scholarship Program. Deadline: May 1, 2014. 







HALS Challenge

National Park Service offers the 2014 Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Challenge: Documenting Landscapes of the New Deal. Submission deadline: July 31, 2014. 


AAM News

American Alliance of Museums announced its 2014 slate of candidates for their Board of Directors. Kaywin Feldman, Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, has been nominated for Chair. 


NPS Competitions

National Park Service's Heritage Documentation Program sponsors several annual competitions. Visit their website for more information.



Field Note



What happens when history and democracy grapple mano-a-mano under the big dome? History Matters Day! This past Monday, March 10, 2014, history supporters came together in the Capitol Rotunda to rally for Minnesota history during the 2014 History Matters Day at the Capitol.  


Thanks to everyone who came to support Minnesota history and talk to their legislators. If you weren't able to come to the Capitol, but still want your voice to be heard, write to your legislators via the Minnesota Historical Society History Matters website. 





Annual Spring Local History Workshops Return!

These one-day workshops held at convenient locations around the state offer practical information about best practices on a variety of topics.



Scholarships are available to the 2014 AASLH Conference, St. Paul MN. Deadline: April 11, 2014.



Featured Book



Women's History in Minnesota, compiled by Jo Blatti.


Available from Minnesota Historical Society Press.
March is Women's History Month!



Featured Past Article
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