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September 10, 2014                                                                      Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services


Ole wore both of his winter jackets when he painted his house this July.  The directions on the can said "put on two coats". The 10-day forecast for the conference shows no need to wear a coat!


Registration now stands at a 1,000 and nearing record territory. Come make history with your history colleagues from across the country. They are coming here because AASLH has recognized numerous projects from Minnesota over the years. You need to be here to welcome those who stand in awe of your accomplishments!



Biking during the AASLH Annual Meeting


The Twin Cities offer bicyclists world-class bicycling facilities and Saint Paul has over 140 miles of bike lanes, bicycle boulevards and off-street paths. Are you coming to Saint Paul and don't have a bike or leaving yours at home? Not to worry!

Nice Ride
Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system. Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It's fast, easy and affordable. Rent a bike and take in the beautiful fall sights of one of Minnesota's oldest cities! 
Riding without a membership pricing:
24 Hour pass is $6.00 + Usage Fees
(the first 30 minutes are free per trip)



Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants


Small Grants Deadline
The next small grants deadline for the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program is Friday October 10, 2014. Applications must be submitted via the grants portal by midnight on the deadline date. Contact the Grants Office, 651-259-3467, with questions.


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Job Opportunities


Office Manager

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, seeks an Office Manager.




Collections Management

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, has openings for two contractor positions in collections management.





Do History Here

Exhibit Opening
Winona County History Center, Winona MN, will be hosting national exhibition on the U.S. Civil War. Exhibit Opening, Tuesday September 16, 2014, 5 to 7 p.m. (6 p.m. presentation). For more information call: 507-454-2723 ext. 3
Documentary Film
Fort Ridgely Historic Site, Fairfax MN, will host Tribal Spiritual Leader Jim Miller along with a viewing of the documentary “Dakota 38” Sunday September 20, 2014, 1 p.m. Jim Miller will introduce the film and answer questions afterward. For more information call 507-934-2160.
Presentation on Primary Sources
Hay Lake School Museum, Marine on St. Croix MN, hosts Mary Smith who will present on The Story Objects Tell: The Importance of Primary Sources, Sunday September 21, 2014, 2 p.m. For more information call 651-433-4014.
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake invite the public to learn about techniques to preserve and organize your family history and put it in a traditional scrapbook to share your family stories, Monday September 22, 2014, 6 p.m. For more information call 651-407-5327. Free to the public.
Membership Dinner
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, announces that Frederick Johnson, author of the book "The Sea Wing Disaster," will be the featured speaker for their Membership Dinner, Thursday September 25, 2014 at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater.
The event is open to the public. Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information call 651-439-5956.
Museum Day Live
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, asks you to join them for a day of fun, Saturday September 27, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., courtesy of the Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live” program. Free to the public.
House Tour
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, announces their 2014 House Tour Sunday September 28, 2014, noon to 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets call 651-407-5327.
National Register Celebration
Sacred Heart Area Museum, Sacred Heart MN, announces that the community will hold a program to celebrate the Sacred Heart Public School admittance into the National Register of Historic Places, Thursday October 2, 2014, 7 p.m. For more information call 320-765-2274
Pints & Plates Fundraiser
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, is partnering with Turtle’s 1890 Social Center and Badger Hill Brewing for “Pints & Plates,” a special dinner event in support of the Historical Society, Thursday October 2, 2014, 7-10 p.m. For more information or to purchase ticket(s) call 952-445-0378 or buy online
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, invites the public to an open reception celebrating the completion of new interpretive signs at the Bergquist Cabin, Friday October 17, 2014, 1 to 3 p.m. For more information call 218-299-5511.



Continuing Education


Genealogical Conference

Minnesota Genealogical Society, South St. Paul MN, annouces that registration is now open for the 7th Annual North Star Family History Conference, October 3-4, 2014, Edina MN. Featured speaker is Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist blog



Traditional Building Conference Series will take place in St. Paul MN, at Rice Park, September 24-26, 2014. For registration information call 781-779-1560.



Field Note



Visiting the Twin Cities for the AASLH Annual Meeting and want to get in a few visits to local historical societies and musems? Use our handy Google Map showing the locations of historical organizations in the Twin Cities area. Before visiting, please call the phone number listed for the museum to find out hours and make sure they will be open during your visit. 


The map was automatically created by aggregating Twin Cities history musems listed in Google Business. Can't find your museum on the map? Then you will need to create and claim your business listing for your museum. Help folks find your museum by getting on the map! 


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2014, the AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul

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Restaurant District Guide


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Your helpful guide to finding restaurant districts in Downtown St. Paul and the surrounding neighborhoods. 



Transit Guide


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Looking at getting between major districts like downtown St. Paul, Minneapolis, The Mall of America and the Airport? This transit map makes it simple to find and use the bus and Blue Line LRT.



LRT Green Line Guide


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The Light Rail Transit Green Line opened this summer running between Minneapolis and St. Paul making travel between the downtowns simple. This detailed guide shows the stops along the route. 





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