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March 26, 2014                                                                                Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants


Spotlighted Project: Hofmann Honey Farm Evaluation for National Register Eligibility
The information compiled in the Historical Evaluation provides the Waseca County Historical Society and the Hofmann family the opportunity to proceed with the application process for the National Register nomination.
Recognizing the life work of Emil Hofmann couldn't be timelier. The business plan for the property includes getting the extracting house (Honey House) back in operation for regional bee keepers to use, tours for area visitors and schools, planting a "bee garden", and replanting clover with the help of the Waseca County Soil and Water District. The Waseca County Historical Society will be developing the public programs and assist the family in the preservation of the property.
Recipient: Waseca County Historical Society
Funding Amount: $6,500



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Job Opportunities


State Program Administration Coordinator, Historian
Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking a State Program Administration Coordinator, Historian
Museum Director/Administrator
Hubbard County Historical Society, Park Rapids, MN, seeks Museum Director/Administrator. Enter Job ID 7591981 at Minnesota Works  to fill out application.
Historic Adams House, Deadwood, SD seeks docents. Please email cover letter, resume and  references.
Carver County Historical Society, Waconia, MN, is seeking a half time genealogist/researcher. Applications will be taken until April 25, 2014, with interviews to follow early May. Interns are encouraged to apply.  To apply please email cover letter with salary requirements, and resume. Email questions preferred.
Executive Director
Mower County Historical Society, Austin, MN, seeks an Executive Director. Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references by Friday, April 25, 2014 by 4 PM with the subject line of “Executive Director Position."  Questions about the position can be referred to same.
Eidem Homestead
Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park, MN, seeks both Site Interpreter and Site Staff.  Interested applicants can view both positions and apply online. Open until April 15, 2014 with the possibility of an extension and re-opening later in the year. 
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer



Do History Here


Quilt Show
The Dakota County Star Quilters present their annual quilt show, “A Shower of Quilts and More!”, at the Dakota County Historical Society March 26May 2, 2014. Call 651-552-7548 for more informantion.
Veterans’ Memorial Hall Fundraiser Dinner
The Executive Director of the St. Louis County Historical Society, will provide an overview of the Veterans’ Memorial Hall Program, on March 27, 2014 starting at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post #71. Cost: $15. Seating limited; call  218-348-2929 for more information or to purchase tickets.


Ukrainian Egg Painting
Learn the fine art of Ukrainian Egg Painting at the Carver County Historical Society, Saturday, April 12, 2014, 12-3pm with your children 10 and up. Pre-registration and payment required by March 28. To register call 952-442-4234.
Friday Movies at the Museum
Carlton County Historical Society hosts the March Friday Movies at the Museum on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. This month’s selection starts with a slide show and music of the Normanna and Viking Make Choirs followed by an interview with a Norwegian immigrant family. 
Screening of Heartland Table
Get a preview of the Stearns History Museum’s keynote speaker, Amy Thielen, and watch two episodes of Heartland Table on Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is Free. For more information call 320-253-8424.
Panel Discussion
Goodhue County Historical Society has partnered with the Red Wing League of Women Voters and the Red Wing Public Library to present: "Lean In: A Community Conversation about Women and Leadership" which will feature a panel discussion around the book "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg. Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the Goodhue History Center. For more Call 651-388-6024.
Meet the Executive Director
Join Goodhue County Historical Society Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 at the History Center for an open house to meet the Historical Society's new Executive Director, Dustin Heckman. For more information call 651-388-6024.
Book Reading
Every Man Did His Duty: The First Minnesota Infantry
7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, Anoka County History Center, Anoka, MN hosts a book reading by Wayne D. Jorgenson of his new book, "Every Man Did His Duty." This program is part of the ACHS Civil War series. Call 763-421-0600 for more information.
Documentary Film Series
"A Good Day to Die" is showing at the Treaty Site History Center on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.  The film presents an intimate look at Dennis Banks' life beginning with his early experience in boarding schools, through subsequent founding of a movement that, through confrontational actions in Washington DC, Custer South Dakota and Wounded Knee, changed the lives of American Indians forever. For more information please contact 507-934-2160.
History of Bicycling
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet on Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m. 2014 at the LeDuc Historic Estate, for a presentation on the History of Bicycling in Hastings by Cindy Thury-Smith, Curator of the Pioneer Room housed in Hastings City Hall. Call 651-437-3365 for more information.
Minnesota Star Watch Class
WCCO Radio’s Mike Lynch will be at the Treaty Site History Center, St. Peter, MN, Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8 – 10 p.m. Registration deadline is April 7. Please contact 934-3048 for more information and to register. Cost is $8.00 per person or $20.00 per family.
Smithsonian Saturdays
Stearns History Museum, as part of their new Affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, will be offering weekly web-based programs
  • April 12, 2014  1 p.m.: Paleobiology: Unearthing Fossil Whales
  • April 19, 2014  1 p.m.: Forensic Ornithology: Bird Detective
Cost of Smithsonian Saturdays is $7 per adult, $3 per child and free for SHM members.Contact 320-253-8424, for more information.  
Civil War Re-enactment
Civil War re-enactors will recreate the life of a soldier away at camp, while the ladies hold an Aid Society meeting back home. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Rum River Library, Anoka. Call 763-576-4695 for more information. No registration required. 
Butch Thompson in Concert
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3 p.m. hear pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson in concert at the LeDuc Historic Estate,
reservations must be made by calling 651-437-7055.  
Donation of $7 requested.
Save the Date
Fillmore County Historical Society hosts the talk "Interesting Aspects of the Dakota Uprising" presented by historian and author Curtis Dahlin, an independent historian, Saturday April 26, 2014,  1 p.m. Contact 507-268-4449 for more information.
2014  Heritage Family
The Cyrille & Marie Agnes LaBarre Demars family has been chosen as this year's Heritage Family by the Shoreview Historical Society who will be honored at an event scheduled for April 27, 2014, 3 - 6 p.m. at the Shoreview Community Center.


Continuing Education


Help a Colleague with their Dissertation Study

A historian requests that others take a survey to provide data for their dissertation. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a link between use of reflective practice and work engagement among museum exhibit developers and why the link exists. 
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous. 
Cultural Data Project's National Forum
Save the date for the Cultural Data Project's National Forum - Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, TN.
Questions, please contact: events@culturaldata.org
Germanic Genealogy Society of Minnesota Spring Conference
The Spring Conference of the Germanic Genealogy Society of Minnesota will be on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, 2014 at Inver Hills Community College, Inver Hills, MN.  Speaker is Warren Bittner.  Pre-registration due April 3.  For more information visit the GGS web site or call  612-920-8118.
Folk and Traditional Arts Webinar  
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Folk and Traditional Arts grant programThe webinar is free of charge, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged. 




Museum Announces New Staff
The Pope County Museum announces the addition of Brent Gulsvig, a receptionist and archivist, to their staff.
Gebhard Award Winners
The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) announced winners of the tenth biennial David Stanley Gebhard Award, for best book and article on historical aspects of Minnesota’s built environment, at its annual meeting at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul on.



Fund Your Mission


NEH PAG Grants Available

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access has offered Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions to help small and mid-sized historical societies, among other repositories.  Awards up to $6,000. For more information, contact via email or 202-606-8570



Field Note



Minnesota has a rich history of blacksmithing. Historically, goods, tools, and implements were manufactured elsewhere and brought to the state. Blacksmiths were an integral part of most communities for many years as they were the mechanics who repaired things transported to Minnesota. Curious about blacksmith history? Check out this short video with Tom Sanders.


Several places preserve the history of blacksmithing such as the Cook County Historical Society's Bally Blacksmith Shop in Grand Marais, the City Blacksmith Shop in Lamberton, the blacksmith shop at Historic Fort Snelling, and in many demonstrations at numerous pioneer villages and threshing shows. Above, the Duluth Armory Annex held a beginning blacksmith workshop on Saturday March 22, 2014.





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, or June 13, 2014.


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