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August 6, 2014                                                                                      Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants


June Grant Recipients Announced
Sixty-eight Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants of up to $10,000, totaling $420,777 in 35 counties, were awarded from the June round of grant applicationsA number of grants in this cycle were awarded to support scholarships to attend the national meeting of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), which will be held in St. Paul September 17-20, 2014.
Spotlighted Project: Smith Lake Townsite & Cemetery Marker
Creation and placement of an historic marker to denote the site of the former settlement of Smith Lake, Minnesota and the Smith Lake Cemetery, located between Cokato and Howard Lake in Middleville Township (along the BNSF railroad line).
The project created and placed a historic marker to note the location of the former townsite of Smith Lake, Minnesota. This marker also serves to note the Smith Lake Cemetery, the final resting place for over ninety residents of the community and surrounding area, the gravestones and related makers were destroyed in the mid-1940s, with the location now being a farm field.
Funding Amount: $500
Recipient: Cokato Historical Society



Job Opportunities


Office Manager 
Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth MN, is looking for an Office Manager. Deadline: Friday August 8, 2014.
Program Coordinator
Armory Arts & Music Center, Duluth MN, seeks a Program Coordinator for its Music Resource Center program. Contact Tom Hollenhorst for more information. Deadline: Friday August 8, 2014.
Collections Move Intern
Molly Brown House MuseumDenver CO, seeks a Collections Move Intern. Temporary position for 15 weeks. Deadline: Friday August 8, 2014.
Membership & Programs Coordinator
Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, Saratoga Springs NY, seeks Membership & Programs Coordinator. Deadline: Friday August 22, 2014
Preservation Specialist and Communications Coordinator
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia PA, seeks two positions, Preservation Specialist and Communications Coordinator. Deadline: Friday, August 22, 2014.
Iowa State UniversityAmes IA, seeks Director for Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University botanical garden. Deadline: Monday September 15, 2014.



Do History Here


Veteran Exhibit
Minnesota Military Museum, Little Falls MN, is proud to honor Minnesota Veteran Norman A. Sterrie as their featured Veteran of the Month during August. The public is invited to view the entire exhibit on Norman Sterrie at the Minnesota Military Museum located at Camp Ripley. 
Family Day 
Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, presents Family Day at Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague MN, Saturday August 9, 2014, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 952-445-0378 or email for more information. 
Book Talk
Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis MN, hosts author Peter James Ward Richie who will speak on his book "Robbinsdale" at 2 p.m., Sunday August 10, 2014. Call 612-870-1329 for more information.
Dorothy Molter Museum, Ely MN, invites the public to the 2nd Annual Donuts at Dorothy's, Sunday August 10, 2014 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 218-365-4451 for more information. Free and open to the public.
Song and Dance
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, presents the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, a multicultural song and dance company, Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Loon Talk
Isanti County Historical Society, Cambridge MN, hosts Larry Backlund, originator and host of the LoonCam, as he presents "Amazing Loons" on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 1 pm.
Steele County at the Fair
The Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, announces its activities and entertainment at the Village of Yesteryear and History Center during the 2014 Steele County Fair. August 13-17, 2014. Call 507-451-1420 for more information.
Presentation on Fargo's House of Assignation
Comstock House, Moorhead MN, features Dr. Angela Smith (NDSU) who will talk about subject of her documentaryProstitution and Fargo’s Most Famous Madam.” Thursday August 14, 2014, 6 p.m. Call 218-291-4211 for more information.
Opening Reception
Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, announces Quilt National 13 Exhibit - Opening Reception, Saturday August 16, 2014, 3-5 p.m. Free and open to the public. 
Dakota Day
A Celebration of Minnesota’s First People in Partnership With the Gibbs Museum, St. Paul MN, and the Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington MN, Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This two-site event features presentations, mini-language seminars, walking tours, crafts, games, Dakota-inspired food, and much more.
Free parking and free shuttle bus transportation provided between sites. Call 952-484-0477 for more information.
Closing reception
Closing reception for the "Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux" exhibition at the Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, Saturday August 16, 2014, 2 to 5 p.m. with a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Reception is free.
U.S.-Dakota War Commemoration
Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm MN, is hosting a number of events to commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War August 18-23, 2014, including van tours of Milford and Leavenworth Rescue areas; historical presentations; walking tours of downtown New Ulm.
Lectures on White Bear Lake
Ramsey County Library presents Schools Around the Lake and White Bear Lake – Land of Lakes and Legends with Sara Markoe Hanson, Executive Director of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. Monday August 18, 2014, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2 p.m.


Continuing Education


Oral History Annual Meeting

Online registration is now open for the 2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting, October 8-12, 2014, Madison WI. 

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. 
IMA Annual Meeting
Iowa Museum Association, Cedar Falls IA, 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference, October 12-14, 2014. Cost: $160 non-members.
Reserve the date
National Association for Interpretation, Fort Collins CO, presents 2014 National Workshop, the national conference for the interpretation community, November 18-22, 2014, Denver, CO.




Parks and Trails Designation

Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission announces August 31, 2014 is the deadline to submit your park or trail for regional designation by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. 

Minnesota Reflections Hits 200,000
Minnesota Reflections reached 200,000 digital objects this summer. Two new contributors brought us over 200,000: The Saint Paul Almanac and Quatrefoil Library. More than 160 cultural heritage organizations helped reach this milestone.


Fund Your Mission


Legacy Research Fellowship 

Minnesota Historical Society announces Legacy Research Fellowship applications are due October 1, 2014. The fellowship is designed to support research on Minnesota history that is conducted at the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center. Fellows will work at the library and interact with MNHS staff. 



Field Note



Yesterday, Tuesday August 5, 2014, the American Swedish Institute reached out to their surrounding community and hosted a "Night to Unite" (known in many communities as National Night Out) block party which reminds us that events like this are a great opportunity for historical organizations to reach out to their communities. Did your historical organization participate in "National Night Out" this year?


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