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June 12, 2013                                                                        Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Legacy Grants Updates

Visit the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants website to view updated information for the 2014-15 biennium. The Grants Office has revised the grants guidelines, so be sure to read through the categories before completing the application. 


Small grants thresholds have been changed from $7,000 to $10,000. This means that the lower limit for the mid-size grants is now $10,001. The large grants remain the same--all requests over $50,000. The first small grants deadline will be Friday July 12, 2013.


Since the Grants Office will be rolling out these changes to the website and portal over the coming weeks, you may wish to wait until later in June to begin your application.


Questions? Contact the Grants OfficeMelinda Hutchinson651-259-3459; or John Fulton651-259-3467.


Spotlighted Project: Minnesota Aviation Innovators, 1910-1945
Recipient: Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation
Funding Amount: $5,830

Project Details

Creation of a traveling exhibit that highlights the early years of Minnesota aviation, and the impact of the people, inventions, and trends that drove innovation.



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Job Opportunities


Education Program Coordinator
History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, seeks Education Program Coordinator. Email application, cover letter, and resume. Deadline: June 19, 2013.


Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Mahomet IL, seeks Curator. Deadline: June 28, 2013. 


Curator of Interpretation

Deadwood History, Inc., Deadwood SD, seeks Curator of Interpretation. Send resume and writing sample to Carolyn Weber. Deadline: July 3, 2013.



Do History Here


Open House

Westonka Historical Society, Mound MN, invites the public to tour their new Westonka History Museum, Saturday June 15, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 952-472-9800 for more information. 


Exhibit Opening

Maplewood Area Historical Society, Maplewood MN, celebrates the grand opening of their milk house dairy exhibit during "Dairy Day," Saturday June 15, 2013, Bruentrup Heritage Farm, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Call 651-900-3539 for more information.


Slavery at Fort Ridgely

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to a talk by author Walt Bachman, who will discuss his book "Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey," and slavery at Fort Ridgely, June 15, 2013, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Fort Ridgely Historic Site, Fairfax MN. Call 507-426-7888 or 507-934-2160 for more information.


History in a Pint

Veterans' Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, will host the next History in a Pint at Carmody Irish Pub & Brewing, Tuesday June 18, 2013, 6 p.m. Steve Saari, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, will be the guest speaker. Call 218-733-7586 for more information.


Book Signing
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts Walt Bachman, who will speak about his book "Northern Slave Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey," Wednesday June 19, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 320-235-1881 for more information.


Walking Tour

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, announces a Seminary Fen Walking Tour, Saturday June 22, 2013, 10 a.m. Free, but reservations required; call 952-442-4234.


Beer Tasting Event

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, hosts their annual Beer Tasting Event on Saturday June 22, 2013, 4-7 p.m., Hay Lake School Museum. Call 651-433-4014 for more information.


Dorothy Molter Day

Join Dorothy Molter Museum, Ely MN, in celebrating "Dorothy Day," Sunday June 23, 2013, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Documentary Screening

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, will show "Alaska Far Away," a film about the Matanuska Colonization Project of 1935, Monday June 24, 2013, 10 a.m.; and Saturday July 13, 2013, 1 p.m. Free. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.



Cultural Festivals
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Nordic Culture Clubs present the Midwest Viking Festival and 36th Annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, June 28-29, 2013, Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead MN. Call 218-299-5952 for more information. 


Youth Summer Camps
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, holds "Life with the LeDucs," for children ages 8-10, June 25-27, 2013; and "Music & Art of the 1800s," for children ages 11-13, July 16-18, 2013. Call 651-437-7055 to register.


Bus Trip
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts a bus trip to Morris MN, Friday July 12, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the University of Minnesota West Central Research & Outreach Center gardens and Stevens County Historical Society. Call 320-235-1881 by July 5 to sign up.


Continuing Education


Proposals Due
National Council on Public History holds its Annual Meeting March 19-22, 2014, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey CA. Submit conference proposals by July 15, 2013. 


Nonprofit Leadership

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs host the 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 25, 2013, McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis MN. Register by Monday June 17, 2013 to avoid late registration fees!


PastPerfect Online Training
PastPerfect offers "Research and Reporting with PastPerfect 5.0 Online Training Class," July 24-25, 2013, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Cost: $69/person for AASLH members! Call 800-562-6080 to reserve a space.





CDP Survey
Cultural Data Project (CDP) has created a survey to kick off their strategic planning process, and seeks public input to help inform their future plans. Complete and return the survey by 5 p.m. PT, June 14, 2013, and be eligible for a drawing for a $350 gift card. Survey closes 5 p.m. PT, June 19, 2013, at which time a second respondent will be chosen to receive a $150 gift card. 


Fund Your Mission


Arts Grant Applications Due
Minnesota State Arts Board announces that applications are now available for the FY 2014 Arts Tour Minnesota grants. Deadline: Friday August 9, 2013 before 4:30 p.m.



Field Note




Stearns History Museum Names New Director
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, has named Tim Hoheisel as its new Executive Director. Hoheisel, a native of Morrison and Mille Lacs Counties in central Minnesota, will begin his duties on July 1, 2013.


Photo courtesy Stearns History Museum.




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