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February 19, 2014                                                         Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Legacy Report Available

The Legacy Strategic Report that many colleagues in the local history community contributed to in 2012 was published late last week. 


Spotlighted Project: Index, Printing, and e-book for Northern Slave, Black Dakota

This grant completed the publication phase of Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey by Walt Bachman in a hardcover first edition of 1,000 copies. The book was released in February 2013. E-book and accessible-format versions like Large Print and Braille were released in March 2013.
This book is a thoroughly researched account of the events of 1862 through the eyes of Joseph Godfrey, cites many primary sources not previously examined by scholars, and will be essential reading for many years to come for anyone wishing to study Minnesota’s early African-American history, slavery in a supposedly free territory, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, or the trials that followed that war. 
Recipient: Pond Dakota Heritage Society
Funding Amount: $6,900



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History's 1339 colleagues have much to consider in the local history world this week:


Around the Blogosphere




Job Opportunities


Exhibit Coordinator

Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington MN, seeks part-time Exhibit Coordinator. Email cover letter and resume by end of day on Sunday February 23, 2014. 


National Register and Survey Specialist

Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, Jefferson City MO, seeks National Register and Survey Specialist. Deadline: March 4, 2014. 


Program Manager

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, seeks part-time Program Manager for Veterans' Memorial Hall. Deadline: March 7, 2014. 


Development Officer

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Development Officer. Email cover letter, resume, and a minimum of three references (in confidence). Position open until filled. 



Chippewa County Historical Society, Montevideo MN, seeks summer Caretaker. Call June, 320-269-7636, for more information. 


Unpaid Internships

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, seeks several summer interns. Deadline: April 19, 2014. 



Do History Here


Civil War Roundtable

Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday February 20, 2014, 7 p.m., Faribault Senior Center, Faribault MN. Guest speaker Brandon Peeters will discuss the Battle of Shiloh. Contact Dan Peterson, 507-459-3140, for more information. 


Kids Kraft

Join Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, for a Wonderful Winter Kids Kraft, Saturday February 22, 2014, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free, but registrations required for supplies. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information or to register.


Annual Fundraiser

Join Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing MN, for the 8th Annual Bling & Chocolate Fundraiser, February 23, 2014, 2-4 p.m. Seating limited; call 651-388-6024 to purchase advance tickets. 


Civil War Re-enactors

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, hosts Arn Kind, who will present "Kindred Spirits: Civil War Re-enactors," Thursday February 27, 2014, 6 p.m. Call 507-345-5566 for more information. 


Cowboy Music History

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, welcomes Ron Affolter, "Lonesome Ron," for a presentation on western and cowboy songs, Thursday February 27, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 507-451-1420 for more information. 


Annual Meeting

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, will hold their annual meeting on Sunday March 2, 2014, 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Jack Madsen will present "Reflections of the Past." Call 507-345-5566 for more information. 


Civil War Women

Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, hosts a program on Civil War women, Thursday March 6, 2014, 7 p.m., Chomonix Golf Course, Lino Lakes MN. Call 763-421-0600 for more information. 


Chocolate Tour

Explore the history of chocolate with Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, at the "Laketown Chocolates Tour and Tasting," Saturday March 8, 2014, 2 p.m., Laketown Chocolates. Registration limited to 15; call 952-442-4234. 


Maple Sugaring

Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN, hosts a maple sugaring event on Sunday March 9, 2014, 2-4 p.m. Call 952-563-8674 for more information. 


Gangster Talk

Ramsey County Library-Maplewood presents "Gangsters of Ramsey County: a Hair-Raising History," Tuesday March 18, 2014, 7 p.m. Presented by Sara Markoe Hanson of White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with Maplewood Area Historical Society. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.


Author Talk

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces an Author Talk with Joel Arnold, author of "Ox Cart Angel," Thursday March 20, 2014, 7-8 p.m. Call 952-445-0378 for more information. 


Swanky Fundraiser

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, celebrates the end of Prohibition (exhibit) with "Art of the Cocktail" at Turtles 1890 Social Centre, Friday March 21, 2014, 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $15; must be 21+ to attend. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information. 


Annual Fundraiser

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, invites the public to their annual fundraiser "Surrounded by History: Banking in Blue Earth County," March 21, 2014, 6 p.m., Centennial Student Union Ballroom, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Tickets: $50/person; available through March 7, 2014 at the Heritage Center or online. Call 507-345-5566 for more information. 


A Logger's Life

Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, announces an interactive program about the history of logging and life in a logging camp, Saturday March 22, 2014, 2 p.m., Johnsville Library, Blaine MN. Program open to all ages; craft time limited to 30 people. Call 763-421-0600 for more information. 


Save the Date

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, announces that chef Amy Thielen will be the speaker for their 3rd Annual Fundraiser, Thursday April 24, 2014, 5:30-9 p.m., Gorecki Center, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph MN. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. 


Save the Date

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, invites the public to participate in the VMH 5K Fun Run, a fundraiser for its Veterans' Memorial Hall Program, Saturday May 17, 2014, Twig Bakery, Duluth. Early registration fee (by May 1, 2014): $20.



Continuing Education


Call for Proposals

The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums requests proposals for session speakers for its 2014 Annual Meeting, June 19-20, 2014, Mankato MN. Deadline: March 1, 2014. 




American Indian Museum Fellows
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, offers a 2 1/2-week residential summer internship designed to expose American Indian undergraduates to the possible career opportunities and challenges of historical interpretation and cultural preservation within museums. Priority deadline: March 14, 2014. 


Call for Presenters

Minnesota Digital Library seeks session topics and presenters for their annual meeting, June 3, 2014. Email informal proposals to Sara Ring by Friday March 14, 2014. 


Post-Secondary Scholarships

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, offers scholarships to graduating seniors enrolled in a Washington County high school or students in a college or university program currently residing in Washington County who are focusing on history, American studies, architecture, or history-related field. Contact your counselor's office or WCHS, 651-439-5956, to receive an application. Deadline: April 15, 2014. 





MAM Managing Director

Minnesota Association of Museums announces that Todd Wright has been hired as the first Managing Director of the 39-year-old organization. 


Fund Your Mission


State Arts Board Grant

Minnesota State Arts Board announces that the FY 2015 Arts Learning grant program is now open for application. Deadline: Friday April 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m.



MNHS and Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps seek to evaluate the volume of work on historic properties, the manner in which you pay for work, and your impression of corps-type labor for such work. Your responses from the survey will shape a more coordinated response and, hopefully, better care of historic resources in the state. 
Click the link below to access the survey; expected time of completion is 10-15 minutes. 
Two surveys completed by Friday February 28 will be randomly selected to win a $50 Gift Card each.
The survey is completely anonymous, unless you choose to share your name and contact information with us either seeking assistance or to enter the drawing. 
Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us with our study. 
Feel free to forward this to others who would have valuable input.
For questions, contact:


Field Note



Itasca County Historical Society, Grand Rapids MN, drives interest and following through its "Throwback Thursday" vintage photo postings on Facebook. "People call me wanting to know what the next photo is going to be," says Lilah Crowe, ICHS executive director. "I tell them to tune in on Thursday!"





Apply for an AASLH Leadership in History Award. Contact the AASLH MN State Representative, Joe Hoover, for more information.



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



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