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May 14, 2014                                                                                   Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants

2002 flooding response, Roseau County Historical Society. Former Executive Director, Charleen Haugen.
MayDay continues--what is your organization doing for emergency preparedness?
Join museums around the country in setting aside time in the month of May to do at least one thing to improve your museum's disaster preparedness. Society of American Archivists has a list of suggestions on their website, as does Heritage Preservation's Heritage Emergency National Task Force.
MHCHG offers a "Develop a Disaster Plan" structured grant option to encourage small organizations to prepare disaster plans for their collections and museums so they will be equipped to respond in an organized and productive manner in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Spotlighted Project: Small-scale Food Initiatives in Southwest Minnesota: Oral History

During 2012-13, the Institute for Advanced Study (lAS) at the University of Minnesota carried out an oral history project focusing on small-scale food initiatives in southwest Minnesota. During eleven research trips in that area, twenty interviews were taped with articulate participants in the Minnesota food system who are outside of large-scale, mainstream agriculture.
Funding Amount: $6,900
Recipient: Regents of the University of Minnesota (Institute for Advanced Study)



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History's 1357 colleagues have something to muse about this week:

Around the Blogosphere


Job Opportunities


Director of Education

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Philadelphia PA, seeks Director of Education and Public Engagement. Deadline: May 31, 2014. 


Museum Registrar

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ, seeks Museum Registrar, Cultural History. Email cover letter and resume to Nicholas Ciotola. Deadline: June 6, 2014. 


Collections Manager

Oberlin Heritage Center, Oberlin OH, seeks Collections Manager. Deadline: June 20, 2014. 


Vice President

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington D.C., seeks Vice President of Historic Sites


Museum Curator

Goodwill Computer Museum, Austin TX, seeks Museum Curator



Do History Here


Mural Viewing

Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, will host an exclusive display of a large Charles Kapsner military mural. The mural is part of the Veterans Educational Historic Project, sponsored by the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Association, and will be on view May 15-19, 2014 at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center. Call 218-733-7500 for more information. 


Civil War Roundtable

Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable meets Thursday May 15, 2014, 7 p.m., Faribault Senior Center, Faribault MN. Guest speaker Brandon Peeters will speak on the Battle of Shiloh. Contact Dan Peterson, 507-459-3140, for more information. 



Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, announces their annual Cox House Plant Sale, Saturday May 17, 2014, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the E. St. Julien Cox House. Contact NCHS, 507-934-2160, for more informtion. 


History Meeting

Hamline Midway History Corps, St. Paul MN, meets Saturday May 17, 2014, 2-4 p.m., Ginkgo Coffeehouse


Vintage Base Ball Begins

The St. Croix Base Ball Club (Washington County Historical Society), Stillwater MN, will take on the Afton Red Socks (Afton Historical Society), Afton MN, Sunday May 18, 2014, 2 p.m., Pettit Park, Lake St. Croix Beach MN. Call 651-439-5956 for more information. 


Urban Expedition

Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, hosts Urban Expedition: Journey to Brazil, Sunday May 18, 2014, 1-3 p.m. Call 651-292-3063 for more information. 


Baseball Talk and Book Signing

Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, welcomes Stew Thornley, Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Timberwolves official scorer and author of more than 40 books, who will read from his new book "Minnesota Twins Baseball: Hardball History on the Prairie," Tuesday May 20, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m. Call 763-682-7323 for more information. 


National Guard Talk

Minnesota Air National Guard Colonel Loren Hubert will present "From the Militia to the National Guard: 377 Years in Defense of our Nation," Wednesday May 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Golden Vally City Council Chambers


Watergate Exhibit

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces the opening of "Watergate: The Scandal that Rocked the Nation," Thursday May 22, 2014, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 952-445-0378 for more information. 


U.S.-Dakota War Talk

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, announces a program and battlefield tour at Fort Ridgely, Fairfax MN, "Causes of the U.S.-Dakota War and Battlefield Tour," May 24, 2014, 1 p.m. Call 507-766-0994 for more information. 


Rhubarb Festival

LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, hosts their first Rhubarb Festival, Saturday May 24, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 651-437-7055 for more information. 


Family History Program

Sherburne History Center, Becker MN, invites the public to a program on family history research, led by Executive Director Mike Brubaker, Saturday May 24, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 763-261-4433 or 763-262-4433 (metro) for more information. 


Music Program

Harkin Store, New Ulm MN, announces "Music for all Ages," Sunday May 25, 2014, 1-4 p.m. Musician Bill Cagley leads the program. Call 507-354-8666 or Nicollet County Historical Society, 507-934-2160. 


Baseball Presentation

Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, hosts Fred Budde, who will speak on the evolution of baseball gloves, 1890-1990, Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Call 763-682-7323 for more information. 


Evening Talk

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, hosts JoAnn Magnuson, who will lecture on "Escaping Europe Only to Arrive in Minnesota," a discussion of Jewish-Christian relations, Thursday May 29, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 507-451-1420 for more information. 


Traveling Exhibit

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, announces that they will host the traveling children's literacy exhibit "Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites" June 7-September 20, 2014.



Continuing Education


AASLH Workshops

American Association for State and Local History will offer two collections care workshops in June:




Nominations Due!

The deadline for nominations to the 2014 Minnesota Preservation Awards, run by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, is Friday May 16, 2014, 4:30 p.m. Get your nominations in now! Honorees will be recognized at the Minnesota Preservation Awards Gala, September 25, 2014. 


National Exhibit Recognition

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces that the exhibit "Old Country Memories," art by Albin Zaverl of Virginia MN, has opened at the Embassy of Slovenia, Washington D.C. The exhibit is on display now through June 20, 2014. Call Tom Sersha, 218-780-2847, for more information. 


Oral Histories Online

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces that they have completed an oral history project on Scott County residents from the 1930s to the 1950s. Listen to audio samples online


Traveling Exhibit Available

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, has a traveling exhibit available. The exhibit, "Los manos invisibles que nos alimentan/The Invisible Hands That Feed Us," focuses on the history of agricultural migrant labor in Carver County, and includes Spanish and English labels. Contact Eve Weipert, 952-442-4234, for more information.


Nominations Sought

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits seeks nominations for individuals to represent their communities and serve on the MCN board of directors. Deadline for nominations: July 30, 2014. 



Fund Your Mission


Arts Tour Minnesota Grants

Minnesota State Arts Board announces that the FY 2015 Arts Tour Minnesota grant program is now open for application. Deadline: Friday July 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m. 


Field Note



Local History Staff Update

The History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, has a new Executive Director. Lisa Baldus stepped into the position in February 2014. Welcome to Minnesota's history community!






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