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February 5, 2014                                                                                Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services



Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Upcoming Grants Deadlines

Mark your calendars for upcoming Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants deadlines:

  • Small grants: Friday April 11, 2014
  • Mid/Large grants pre-applications: Friday May 2, 2014

Contact the Grants Office with questions. 


Spotlighted Project: History of Educating Children with Disabilities in Minnesota, Pre-1840 to 1960

Recipient: MN Administrators of Special Education
Funding Amount: $46,450

The grantee researched the earliest educational services, or lack thereof, to children aged birth to 21 who had disabilities according to the policies, professional journals, and practices of each decade in Minnesota's history. 



From the Blog


Podcast: Building Codes and Preservation
From Preserve Minnesota, the Statewide Preservation Conference held September 2013 in Lanesboro:
Rehabilitating and adapting historic buildings for new uses can create conflicts between code requirements (and officials) and preservation ordinances and guidelines. This session  provides strategies towards creating a successful collaboration between all the stakeholders including the code official, the preservation commission, the building owner, and the designers. Case studies are used to illustrate successful projects that met the intent of the applicable codes while still preserving the historic fabric of the buildings.

Facebook Findings

There are 1337 of us keeping track of Minnesota Local History. News of note:

  • The local history community mourns the passing of Claudia Pratt.

Around the Blogosphere



Job Opportunities


Assistant Curator

Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita KS, seeks Assistant Curator. Deadline: February 7, 2014.


Museum Educator

St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation, Clayton MO, seeks Museum Educator. Deadline: February 10, 2014. 


Regional Manager

State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck ND, seeks Historic Sites Regional Manager at Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site, Cooperstown ND. Deadline: February 11, 2014. 


Grants Office Manager

Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Grants Office Manager. Deadline: February 14, 2014. 


Collections and Education Assistant

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale AR, seeks Museum Collections and Education Assistant. Email cover letter and resume by February 21, 2014. 


Historian Manager

Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing MI, seeks Historian Manager. Deadline: February 26, 2014. 


Paid Internships

Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville MO, seeks Interns. Email cover letter and resume to Anna Mullen. Deadline: March 3, 2014.


Historic Site Manager

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, seeks seasonal part-time Historic Site Manager for the Hay Lake School Complex, Scandia MN. Deadline: March 31, 2014. 



Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady NY, seeks Curator


Director of Collections

Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Jackson MS, seeks Director of Collections (Special Projects Officer IV)


Volunteer Opportunities

Somali Artifact & Cultural Museum, Minneapolis MN, invites volunteers to be Museum Guides and Catalog Interns. Contact Somali Artifact & Cultural Museum for more information. 



Do History Here


Opening Reception

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, invites the public to their opening reception for "Faces of the First: Contemporary Civil War Portraits of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment," Thursday February 6, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m. Call 651-222-0701 for more information. 


Open House

Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts their annual Open House on Sunday February 9, 2014, noon-4 p.m. Family-friendly afternoon with free admission and lots of activities. Call 507-454-2723 for more information. 


Tapping History

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Excelsior MN, hosts author Paul Maravelas, who will talk about his research on Minnetonka's Native Americans, February 10, 2014, 7 p.m., Jake O'Connor's, Excelsior. Call 612-805-2397 for more information. 


Oral Histories Wanted

Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, are seeking stories and memorabilia via an oral history project on the Willmar Auditorium and War Memorial Room. Come to the museum on one of three dates to share your stories: Monday February 10, 2 p.m.; Tuesday February 11, 10 a.m.; Wednesday February 19, 2014, 2 p.m. Call LeAnne, 320-231-9797, or Jill Wohnoutka, 320-235-1881, for more information. 


Pullman Porters

Ramsey County Library--Maplewood hosts a program on The Pullman Porters of St. Paul in honor of Black History Month, Thursday February 13, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 



Music History

Ramsey County Library--Maplewood hosts Mixed Blood Theatre, who will present a program about African-American female singers, past and present, from Lena Horne to Queen Latifah, Sunday February 16, 2014, 2 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 


Black Baseball in Minnesota

Bloomington Civic Plaza, Bloomington MN, will host Frank M. White, who will speak on "Black Baseball in Minnesota and the Beginning of the Minnesota Twins," Thursday February 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Call 952-563-4944 for reservations.



Traditional Weaving Classes

Somali Artifact & Cultural Museum, Minneapolis MN, will hold traditional Somali weaving classes on Wednesday afternoons, beginning in February. Classes will be taught in English and Af-Soomaali by women weavers from the community. Contact the museum to pre-register. 


Save the Date

Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, will hold a Fundraiser Dinner on March 27, 2014, 5 p.m., American Legion Post #71. Tickets: $15/person. Seating is limited; contact John Marshall, 218-348-2929 for more information. 



Continuing Education


AASLH Training

American Association for State and Local History offers online training:




Free Benefits Webinar

Internal Revenue Service issued a reminder to sign up for the free Employee Benefits webinar, February 6, 2014, 2 p.m. ET.


Save the Date

History Matters Day at the Capitol will be Monday March 10, 2014. Come advocate for Minnesota history!


Save the Date

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, invites the public to participate in the VMH 5K Fun Run, a fundraiser for its Veterans' Memorial Hall program, Saturday May 17, 2014, 9 a.m. Early registration fee (by May 1, 2014): $20. Call 218-343-8849 for more information. 


Nicollet CHS Names New Director

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, announces that Alyssa Auten is their new Executive Director. 









Olmsted CHS Names New Director

History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, announces that Lisa Baldus is their new Executive Director.








Special Common-Place Issue

Common-place announces the launch of its latest special issue, "The Civil War at 150: Memory and Meaning."



Field Note




Students from Tim Lovell's interpretation class at Vermilion Community College, Ely MN, were at the Dorothy Molter Museum on January 28, 2014 to walk through their "Whirlwind!" presentations (and enjoy some DMM root beer!). "Whirlwind!" is a free community event to be held at the museum on Saturday February 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of the Ely Winter Festival. Call 218-365-4451 for more information.


Submission courtesy Dorothy Molter Museum.




Apply for an AASLH Leadership in History Award. Contact the AASLH MN State Representative, Joe Hoover, for more information.




Scholarships are available to the 2014 AASLH Conference, St. Paul, MN. Deadline: April 11, 2014.



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