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July 17, 2013                                                                       Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Big Numbers for Small Grants
The Grants Office received 110 requests, totalling $880,162 from the July 12, 2013 small grants deadline. That's the largest small grants cycle to date for the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program.


The next small grants deadline will be Friday October 11, 2013. Contact the Grants Office with questions. 


Mid/Large Grants Round

Organizations planning to apply for the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants mid/large grants round have just over two weeks to do so. Mandatory pre-applications are due Friday August 2, 2013. Questions? Contact the Grants Office


Spotlighted Project: Digitize Black & White Negative Collection


Funding Amount: $5,516

Cass County Historical Society, Walker MN, provided better access to the public and staff  by scanning and cataloging 1,012 of their 35mm black & white negatives documenting Cass County history through a digitization project. A further benefit was the preservation of their negative collection by having multiple high-resolution backup copies with one kept off site.



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Job Opportunities


Manager of Government Programs & Compliance
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Manager of Government Programs & Compliance. Applications received or post-marked by July 25, 2013 will be considered first; position to remain open until filled.


Executive Director

Macon County History Museum, Decatur IL, seeks Executive Director. Mail resume and cover letter to Macon County History Museum, Attn: Karen Anderson, 5580 North Fork Road, Decatur IL 62521. Deadline: August 1, 2013.



Heritage Preservation, Washington DC, seeks Director of Heritage Health Index II. Email resume and cover letter to Lawrence Reger, President, Heritage Preservation. Deadline: August 8, 2013.


Museum Director
Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, College Park MD, seeks Museum Director for College Park Aviation Museum. Deadline: August 19, 2013.



Do History Here


Art Exhibit
Join the Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, as they welcome their new artist of the quarter, Craig Groe, July 18, 2013, 5-7 p.m. Groe's work will be on display through the end of September. Call Shelley, 507-345-5566, for more information. 


Book Talk

New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm MN, hosts author Dr. Erika Vora, who will discuss her latest book, "Silent No More: Personal Narratives of German Women Who Survived WWII Expulsion and Deportation," Thursday July 18, 2013, 6 p.m. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.


Book Talk

Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar, MN, hosts author Biloine (Billie) W. Young, who will discuss the life and contributions of Louis Hill Sr., the second son of James J. Hill, in a presentation of her book "The Dutiful Son: Louis W. Hill, Life in the Shadow of the Empire Builder, James J. Hill," Thursday July 18, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 320-235-1881 for more information.


History Meeting

Hamline-Midway History Corps, St. Paul MN, meets Saturday July 20, 2013, 2-4 p.m., Ginkgo's Coffeehouse


Pioneer Women

Harkin Store, New Ulm MN, operated by Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to their event "Day in the Life of a Pioneer Woman," Sunday July 21, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Call 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160 for more information.


House Tours

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake, offer tours of the historic Fillebrown House on July 21 and August 4, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Call 651-407-5327 for more information. 


CCC/WPA Exhibit

Olmsted County Fair, Rochester MN, will feature exhibits on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progess Administration (WPA), Floral Hall (Building 31), mezzanine level, July 22-27, 2013. Call 507-280-6888 for more information. 



White Bear Water Ski Company

Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake, hosts Dennis Zerwas, Jr., who will discuss the history of the White Bear Water Ski Company, August 19, 2013, 6 p.m. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.


Continuing Education


Disaster Workshops

State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck ND, is hosting free one-day, hands-on disaster response recovery workshops, August 5-8, 2013. Locations and registration information online. Call 701-355-4458 for more information.


Local History/Historic Preservation Conference
Wisconsin Historical Society will hold their annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, October 11-12, 2013, Wisconsin Rapids WI. Register by August 16, 2013 for a discounted rate.


Nonprofit Conference
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits announces their 2013 MCN Annual Conference "North Star Nonprofits: Charting Our True Direction," October 24-25, 2013, Duluth MN. MCN members who register by July 26, 2013 receive the Super Saver rate of $149. 





Nominations Due
Minnesota Genealogical Society encourages members to submit nominations in several categories for service and achievement in genealogy. Email nominations, including name of nominee, name of award, and short statement of why the nominee is deserving of the award. Deadline: August 1, 2013.


Museum Advocacy at Home
American Alliance of Museums announces "Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum" Week, August 10-17, 2013. Connect with your legislators during the August recess. 


MHS Library Resources
Minnesota Historical Society Library, St. Paul MN, no longer offers classes in researching house and building history. However, check out their new web-based resource that explains House and Building History Research



Field Note




When Disaster Strikes
Afton Historical Museum, Afton MN, sustained storm damage on June 21, 2013, with damage to their building's roof, interior ceiling, and original 1868 windows. They called MHS Local History Services for assistance.


Local History Services provides help with disaster response and recovery, plus many more services. If you have questions or need assistance, contact David Grabitske, Manager of Outreach Services, 651-259-3460, or Bob Herskovitz, Outreach Conservator, 651-259-3465.




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