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April 24, 2013                                                                         Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Grants Workshops

In anticipation of legislative funding for the next biennium, the Grants Office has scheduled several Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants training sessions this spring.  


Spotlighted Project: Quatrefoil Library Collections Preservation Project


Recipient: Quatrefoil Library

Funding Amount: $6,264

This grant helped Quatrefoil Library meet archival storage guidelines through proper storage and preservation for a significant collection of LGBT materials. In addition to the physical moving of the periodicals,  community outreach was also done through a presentation at professional conferences and the creation of a project blog.



From the Blog


Oral History Tidbit: Minneapolis Commercial Redevelopment with George Kissinger Part 1

In this first video clip, George describes the local government’s role in creating a large tax increment financing district to facilitate redevelopment of entire blocks which now contain City Center, Gaviidae Common, and the Block E complex.  Community pressure to rid downtown of the seedy influence of degraded properties and bars prompted city officials to get involved.


Facebook Findings
Minnesota Local History's 1144 fans have much to think about this week:



Job Opportunities


Paid Internship

Caponi Art Park, Eagan MN, seeks Nature-based Art Instructor Intern. Deadline: April 25, 2013, 5 p.m.


Development Associate
Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul MN, seeks Development Associate. Deadline: April 29, 2013.


Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, Mankato MN, seeks Accountant. Deadline: April 30, 2013.


Manager of Service Excellence

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MN, seeks Manager of Service Excellence. Deadline: May 10, 2013.


Assistant/Associate Curator 
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MN, seeks Assistant or Associate Curator of Japanese Art. Deadline: May 30, 2013.


Exhibit Developer
Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul MN, seeks Exhibit Developer. Position open until filled.


Maintenance Engineer
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MN, seeks Maintenance Engineer. Position open until filled.




Do History Here


Minnesota Archaeology
New Ulm Public Library and Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm MN, welcome Guy Gibbon, professor emeritus of anthropology, University of Minnesota, for a presentation related to his book "Archaeology of Minnesota," Thursday April 25, 2013, 6 p.m. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.


Watercolor Class
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces a watercolor class held by local artist Sue Melchior in conjunction with the "Paintings by Sue Melchior" exhibit, Thursday April 25, 2013, 7-8 p.m. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, to register.


Dakota Event

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts "Dakota Kinship, Values, and the U.S.-Dakota War," April 27, 2013, 2-4 p.m. Call 507-934-2160 for more information.


Documentary Screening

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to the screening of "Camelina: Seed to Oil," a short documentary from Minnesota filmmaker Lucas Bryce, April 27, 2013, 7 p.m.


Documentary Film
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to the screening of "Brother Towns," Thursday May 2, 2013, 7 p.m. at the Treaty Site History Center. Contact NCHS, 507-934-2160, for more information. 


5K Run
Join Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, in kicking off the 2013 summer season with a 5K Run/Walk from Hay Lake School Museum, May 4, 2013, 9 a.m. Pre-race registration: $15; day-of registration: $20. Register online or call David Sandager, 651-433-4014.


Oldest Soldier

Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library, hosts local author and historian Stephen Chicoine, who will give a talk on Henry Mack, a Civil War veteran who lived to the age of 108; Saturday May 4, 2013, 1-2 p.m. Call 612-543-8203 for more information.




Walking Tour

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, invites the public on a walking tour of historic Front Street, Mankato, May 7, 2013, 6 p.m. Meet at City Center Hotel Pedestrian Mall. Contact Shelley Harrison, 507-345-5566, for more information.


Rural Education
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, hosts author Steve Grineski, who will talk about his latest book, "We Were Pretty Darn Good: A Story of Rural Education in America," Hjemkomst Center, May 7, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 218-299-5511 for more information.




Ghosts of Anoka
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, announces that the popular "Ghosts of Anoka" tours are back for the season, Thursday May 9 and 23; and Saturday May 11 and 25, 2013. Additional tours held first and third Thursdays and Saturdays each month through October. Call 763-421-0600 for reservations. 


Exhibit Opening

Depot Preservation Alliance, Baudette MN, announces the opening of a new exhibit, "If These Bricks Could Talk," in conjunction with the opening of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit "The Way We Worked," Baudette Depot, Saturday May 11, 2013. Contact DPA, 218-600-0735, for more information. 


Lunch with the History People
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, hosts author Tony Dierckins, who will speak on "Duluth's Lost Grand Old Stage Theaters," Thursday May 16, 2013, noon-1 p.m., Ruth Maney Room, St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center. Call 218-733-7568 for more information.


History of Your House
Ramsey County Library-Roseville hosts Tracey Baker, who will show you how to use public records and library resources to learn the history of your own house, Thursday May 16, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.



River History

To help celebrate Minnesota River History Weekend, PlaceBase Productions and performers from the Upper Minnesota River Valley will stage a Paddling Theater Production, May 18, 2013. More information available on Clean Up the River Environment's website.


Afternoon with Agnes
Join the Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, for an afternoon in May 1880 with Agnes Hopkins Pond (portrayed by Sheila Strobel Smith), who will discuss her life story as a missionary, Sunday May 19, 2013, 2 p.m. Call 952-484-0477 for more information.


Dred Scott Program
U.S. District Court-District of Minnesota, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Bloomington Human Rights Commission, and Bloomington Parks and Recreation invite the public to "Legacy of Courage and Freedom: Dred and Harriet Scott," Wednesday May 22, 2013, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Bloomington Civic Plaza. Call 952-563-4948 for more information or to make reservations.




Casino Night

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, invites the public (21+) to the opening of a new exhibit "Outside the Law" with Casino Night at the Museum, Thursday May 23, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets available at the historical society or online. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information. 




Continuing Education


AAM Annual Meeting
American Alliance of Museums issued a reminder that the deadline for advance registration for the 2013 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo, Baltimore MD, May 19-22, 2013, is April 26, 2013. 





TAP Focus Groups

Minnesota Department of Transportation seeks stakeholder insight to successfully implement the Transportation Alternatives Program. Attend a focus group discussion at one of three locations or online. 


Vicksburg Proclamation
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed that May 1, 2013 will be Minnesota Courage at Vicksburg Day, to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Vicksburg Campaign during the American Civil War.









Festival of Nations
"Children, Our Past and Our Future," the 2013 Festival of Nations celebration, will be held May 2-5, 2013 at St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul MN.


Tribal Consultation Meeting
Bureau of Indian Affairs announces a Tribal Consultation Meeting, "Tribal Consultation on the Draft Regulations Governing the Tribal Transportation Program," Bloomington MN, Crowne Plaza MSP Airport, May 21, 2013. 


Photo Contest
National Park Service announces that the 2013 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest is open for entries, now through July 9, 2013.


DPLA Launched
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) lauched on Thursday April 18, 2013. As part of the DPLA launch, Minnesota Digital Library, under the direction of curator Leah Bowe from Minnesota Historical Society, created an online exhibit on American Indians, "History of Survivance: Upper Midwest 19th Century Native American Narratives."


New SHRAB Appointee
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, announces that archivist Christopher Welter was recently appointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB).




Fund Your Mission


Civil Rights Project
National Endowment for the Humanities has developed "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Apply now to receive free film sets and grants to develop public programming on civil rights issues. Deadline: May 15, 2013. 



Field Note



New Staff
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces the appointment of Stephanie Herrick as their full-time Curator of Education. She has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies with an emphasis in museum education. Stephanie is responsible for public programs as well as recruiting and managing volunteers. 






Featured Book



Minnesota Gardens: An Illustrated History, by Susan Davis Price.


April is National Garden Month! Published by Afton Historical Society Press.



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