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November 20, 2013                                                                                Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

AASLH Leadership Awards in History

The Leadership in History Awards program was established to encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field. 
AASLH recognizes excellence in the following areas:
  • Projects: programming, civic engagement, exhibitions, restoration projects, etc.
  • Individual Achievement
  • Organizational General Excellence
  • Publications
Applicants can self-nominate or nominate another project. Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2014.
For more information, visit the website or contact:
Joe Hoover, State Leadership Team Leader



Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


New Structured Grant Option

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program will offer a Structured Grant for a Scholarship to the AASLH Conference, to be held September 17-20, 2014 in St. Paul. Important note: the scholarships will be available only in the January 10 and April 11, 2014 deadlines. Contact the Grants Office with questions.


Spotlighted Project: MNopedia Carver County Entries


Recipient: Carver County Historical Society

Funding Amount: $4,800

​Carver County-related articles on historic sites, topics, or people were completed, submitted for editing, and published through MNopedia.






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Job Opportunities



Johnson County Museum, Franklin IN, seeks Director. Deadline: November 25, 2013.


Senior Historian

New York State Education Department seeks Senior Historian for the New York State Museum, Albany NY. Deadline: November 27, 2013.


Research and Collections Technician

New York State Education Department seeks Research and Collections Technician for the New York State Museum, Albany NY. Deadline: November 27, 2013.  


Historic Preservation Specialist

South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office seeks Historic Preservation Specialist. Deadline: November 28, 2013. 


Deputy SHPO
State of Nevada seeks Historic Preservation Specialist 3--Deputy SHPO. Deadline: December 10, 2013. 


Collections Assistant

DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago IL, seeks Collections Assistant. Deadline: December 12, 2013. 



South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum at South Dakota State University, Brookings SD, seeks Director. Deadline: December 16, 2013. 



Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN, seek American History/Digital Humanities Librarian. Deadline: February 1, 2014. 


Director of Material Culture

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores MI, seeks Director of Material Culture


Director of Education & Programs

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores MI, seeks Director of Education & Programs.


Do History Here


JFK Remembrance

Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, will hold a remembrance for President John F. Kennedy, Friday November 22, 2013, 1 p.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information. 


Kids' Kraft

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts a harvest-themed Kids' Kraft, Saturday November 23, 2013, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free, but registration requested. Contact Stephanie, 952-445-0378. 


Civil War Christmas

Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, invites the public to visit the History Center for a Civil War Christmas, Thursday December 5, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 763-421-0600 for more information. 


Village Christmas
Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, announces its 2013 Christmas in the Village celebration, December 6-7, 2013. Call 507-451-1420 for more information. 


Candlelight Tour

Join Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, for a Christmas Candlelight House Tour, Sunday December 8, 2013, 3-8 p.m. Tickets: $10/WCHS members; $12/general public. Call 507-454-2723 for more information. 


Free Tours

Tour the historic Landmark Center, downtown St. Paul MN, for free! Tours meet at the Information Center, 12 p.m. Sundays and 11 a.m. Thursdays. 




Continuing Education


Advocacy Webinar

American Alliance of Museums offers a webinar "Small Museums, Libraries and Archives Advocating to Preserve our Heritage," Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2-3:30 p.m. ET. 





Museums' Economic Impact

University of Minnesota Extension conducted a study to determine the economic impact of Minnesota museums. Total impact in 2011: $674 million.  






Form 990
Internal Revenue Service notes that the 2012 Form 990 on the Prior Year Forms & Pubs List. New 2013 Form 990 will be on the Current Forms & Pubs List



Fund Your Mission


Professional Awards

National Council on Public History offers several awards recognizing excellence in the many ways public historians apply their skills.



Field Note



D. Stephen Elliott, director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society, recently visited with Minnesota's Historic Northwest at the Kittson County Historical Society in Lake Bronson.


With a strong turnout from the region, Steve provided insights concerning his vision for the Minnesota Historical Society and engaged in conversation with his colleagues.


Following the meeting, three of the longest serving executive directors of county historical societies in the state gathered for a photo with Steve. Pictured with him are (l to r) Cindy Adams (Kittson County Historical Society), Marlys Hirst (Lake of the Woods County Historical Society), and Tamara Edevold (Clearwater County Historical Society). All have at least 25 years of service in the cause of history!





Featured Book



Shadows of Time...Minnesota's Surviving Railroad Depots, by Bill Schrankler.


Published by Woodbury Heritage Society. Contact the author for purchase information.



Featured Past Article
Volume 48, Issue 1, 1982




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