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May 1, 2013                                                                          Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and 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.  


End of Biennium Reporting
Organizations that received Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants at the beginning of fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012)--check your grant agreements for your project end dates! Make sure you get your final reports in on time; projects due to expire in June 2013 are not eligible for extensions. Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459, with questions.  


Spotlighted Project: Museum HVAC Assessment

Recipient: Lake of the Woods County Historical Society
Funding Amount: $6,600


The Lake of the Woods County Museum was originally constructed in 1979 and has served as a valuable historical and cultural resource ever since. The museum was subsequently expanded by the addition of Gallery 2 to accommodate the growing collections. The Museum is embarking on its second expansion project which will add approximately 2,900 square feet to the building, bringing the total floor space to 9,000 square feet. The purpose of the assessment is to provide an evaluation of the proposed HVAC system and to identify and recommend enhancements and/or alternatives for the new system. 



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Job Opportunities


Historical Program Specialist

State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines IA, seeks Historical Program Specialist (Historic Architecture). Deadline: May 4, 2013.


Interpretive Specialist
Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville IL, seeks Interpretive Specialist. Deadline: May 13, 2013.


Desktop Support Technician 
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MN, seeks Desktop Support Technician I. Deadline: May 24, 2013.


Director of Development and Communications
Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids IA, seeks Director of Development and Communications. Position open until filled.  


Administrative Assistant

Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, seeks part-time Administrative Assistant. Email resume, cover letter, and references.


Manager of Interpretation

Heritage Hill State Historical Park, Green Bay WI, seeks Manager of Interpretation



Do History Here


Civil War Documentary
Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, will show the Civil War documentary "From Wasioja to Washington," Thursday May 2, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Call 507-451-1420 for more information.









Time Travelers Club

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, announces the introductory meeting for their children's program "Time Travelers Club," Thursday May 2, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Call 507-451-1420 for more information.


Civil War Commemoration
The Governor's Civil War Commemoration Task Force and Groveland Cemetery will host the first Civil War Battle Commemorative Remembrance Event, Battle of Chancellorsville, Saturday May 4, 2013, 10 a.m., Groveland Cemetery, Minnetonka MN. Contact Ken Flies, 651-207-6275, or Shelley Duoos, 952-847-0011, for more information. 




Open House
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, invites the public to the grand opening of their Multi-Purpose Community Room, Saturday May 4, 2013, 2-5 p.m. Contact KCHS, 320-235-1881, for more information.


5K Run and Walk
Join the Washington County Historical Society in kicking off the 2013 summer season with a 5K Run and Walk from the Hay Lake School Museum Saturday May 4, 2013, 9 a.m. Call (651)-433-4014, to register or for more information.







Amazing History Race
Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, and Lowry Nature Center, Victoria MN, invite the public to 'race' through five exciting activities at Carver Park Reserve, Saturday May 4, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $5; bring a picnic lunch. Contact Heidi Gould, 952-442-4234, for more information.


Exhibit Opening

Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, announces the opening of their exhibit "Never Forgotten," Tuesday May 7, 2013, 5:30 p.m. The exhibit details the life of Major Henry A. Courtney, Jr., one of Duluth's World War II Medal of Honor recipients. Contact Dan Hartman, 218-310-5356, for more information. 




Breakfast Club

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts Ben Welter, who will discuss his book "Minnesota Mayhem," Wednesday May 8, 2013, 9 a.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. 


WWI Discussion

Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, holds the last discussion on Clinton Stork and the end of World War I, Saturday May 11, 2013, Lion's Building, Riverside Park, Rockford. Contact RAHS, 763-477-5383, for more information.


Railroad History Talk
Linden Hills History Study Group, Minneapolis MN, invites the public to a talk by John Wickre on railroad history, Monday May 13, 2013, 7 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church. Contact Linden Hills, 612-926-0646, for more information.


Civil War Roundtable

Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable meets Thursday May 16, 2013, 7 p.m., Faribault Senior Center. Bill Harris will discuss the Zouaves. Free. Contact Dan Peterson, 507-459-3140, for more information.


(Anti)Wrecking Ball
Join Preservation Alliance of Minnesota for their 4th Annual (Anti)Wrecking Ball fundraiser, Friday May 17, 2013, 7-10:30 p.m., Soap Factory, Minneapolis MN. Come celebrate Minnesota's historic preservation activity! Advance registration requested; sign up online or call 651-293-9047.


Community Resources

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, invites the public to find out more about the various types of resources the historical society has available to local communities, Monday May 20, 2013, 6-7 p.m., Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. Call 651-407-5327 for more information.


Build a Model Cabin 

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, invites you to create your own mini log cabin, learn about frontier construction, and hear stories about the Pond brothers' first log cabin and first log mission house, Sunday June 2, 2013, 2-4 p.m. Call 952-563-8738 for more information.


Charlie Maguire
Join Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, at the Faribault American Legion, Friday June 7, 2013, for dinner, silent auction, and entertainment by Charlie Maguire. Social hour begins 5 p.m. Tickets: $25; available at RCHS. Call 507-332-2121 for more information.


Registration Open
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts the 2013 Bloomington Dakota Language Camp, June 11-13, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee: $40, includes lunch and materials. Register by June 4, 2013.


Walking Tour

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, announces an Historic Carver Walking Tour through beautiful, historic downtown Carver, Saturday June 8, 2013, 8-10 a.m. Free; recommended for ages 12 and up. Contact Heidi Gould, 952-442-4234, for more information. 


Walking Tour

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, announces a Seminary Fen Walking Tour. Walk through Seminary Fen Scientific and Natural Area with Steve Eggers, Saturday June 22, 2013, 10 a.m. Free, but reservations required. Call 952-442-4234 to sign up.


Free Museums
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, invites the public to come visit their free museums: The Schubert Club Museum, Gallery of Wood Art, and Landmark Gallery.



Continuing Education


HR Conference
Arrowhead Human Resources Association (AHRA) hosts their 8th Annual All-Day Conference, focusing on Health, Safety, and Wellness in the Workplace, Wednesday May 22, 2013, Mesabi Range Community College, Virginia, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Donna Johnson, 218-254-1234 for more information.


MDL Annual Meeting
Minnesota Digital Library invites organizations with new or current Minnesota Reflections collections to share them at the annual meeting, Tuesday June 4, 2013. Provide the following to Marian Rengel by May 17, 2013: 

  • Your institution's name
  • Title of collection to be highlighted
  • Summary of collection or topic
  • List of 4-5 items in Minnesota Reflections; provide MDL identifier number


Save the Date

Association for Living History, Farm & Agricultural Museums will hold its annual meeting June 14-18, 2013 at University of Akron (OH). Sponsored by Hale Farm & Village, Western Reserve Historical Society. 





Museums Month

May is Minnesota Museums Month! Download your free MN Museums app and start the celebration!


New Staff
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, announces that Blanche Mlakar has been hired as Visitor Services Supervisor. 











National Tourism Week
National Tourism Week takes place May 4-12, 2013.


Sustainable Tourism

University of Minnesota Extension seeks non-metro communities and townships of fewer than 1500 residents for a special project aimed at boosting a community's long-term destination appeal. Applications due by noon on May 15, 2013.


Historic Desks Available

Champlin Historical Society, Champlin MN, has historic schoolroom desks available. Contact Champlin Historical Society for more information. 



Fund Your Mission


Arts Access Grants
Minnesota State Arts Board announces that they are now accepting applications to the Arts Access grant program. Deadline: Friday June 7, 2013, 4:30 p.m.



Field Note



At a photo identification event, Pine Island Area Historical Society, Pine Island MN, asked for help from the community to identify people and places from their photo collection. This is win-win situation--involve area residents in local history and get some collections pieces identified!  More Photos...






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