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August 28, 2013                                                                                   Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

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Local History News will not be published next week, September 4, 2013. It will return to your inboxes on Wednesday September 11




Still time to string together an AASLH session proposal

American Association for State and Local History is holding their 2014 Annual Meeting in St. Paul, MN. Session Proposals are due November 15, 2013. Showcase your skills and professional knowledge to a national audience!


This week, St. Paul's Irvine Park hosts the World's Largest Ball of Twine (Rolled by One Man) from Darwin MN. Watch for more of the state's Larger Than Life Residents to visit St. Paul preparing us all for our national colleagues to arrive next September for AASLH.



Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Grants Reports
Grantees can now view all reports due for their grants and submit required information via the grants portal. When logged in, scroll down to Reports to view your list of milestones, conditions, and final reports statuses.


To fill out a report, click on the pencil icon next to the grant number. Fill in the fields, attach (upload) any supporting documents in the Report Documents section, click Save Report, then click Submit. When you go back to the dashboard, the status for that report will show 'Submitted.' 


If the Grants Office needs more information or clarification on a report, we will send it back to you via the portal. You will receive an email alerting you that your report has been returned. Remember to check for grants staff comments at the bottom of the report. When you have made your revisions, click Save and Resubmit. 


Questions? Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459.



From the Blog


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Job Opportunities


Objects Conservator
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis MO, seeks Objects Conservator. Submit letter of interest and resume to Missouri History Museum. Deadline: August 30, 2013.


Manager of Community Outreach & Partnerships

Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Manager of Community Outreach & Partnerships. Deadline: September 7, 2013.


Director of Museum Education

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown NY, seeks Director of Museum Education. Deadline: September 20, 2013. 


Museum Director

Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Haines AK, seeks Museum Director. Deadline: September 30, 2013. 


Program Coordinator

Department of Arkansas Heritage, Little Rock AR, seeks Program Coordinator. Position open until filled. 



Do History Here


"I Have a Dream" Event
Watch the live stream of Humphrey School of Public Affairs' 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the March on Washington, TONIGHT, August 28, 2013, 7 p.m. 


Program Cancelled

Minnesota African American Museum, Minneapolis MN, announced that they are cancelling the Martin Luther King Bell Ringing program scheduled for August 28, 2013, due to high heat and humidity. The bell ringing will take place at 3 p.m. as planned. Call 612-872-1655 for more information.


Harkin Store Program

Harkin Store, operated by Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts Lonesome Ron, King of the Valley Yodelers, Sunday September 1, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Call 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160 for more information. 


Open House

Mayo House Historic Site, Le Sueur MN, hosts an open house, September 2, 2013, 2-4 p.m., to celebrate new management by Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN. Free house tours, live music, refreshments. Call 507-665-3250 for more information.


James-Younger Gang Talk

Independent historian Del Begalka will present "Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang in Minnesota," Thursday September 5, 2013, Orchard Hill Assisted Living, New Ulm, 3 p.m.; and New Ulm Public Library, 6 p.m. call 507-359-8334 for more information.


Civil War Lecture Series

Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, announces the first in a series of Civil War lectures, "Soldiers Aid Society," Thursday September 5, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 763-421-0600 for more information.


Breakfast Club

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts Ray Tuholsky, who will speak about his book "All Fishermen Are Liars," at Breakfast Club, Wednesday September 11, 2013, 9 a.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.


Book Talk

St. Cloud Area Genealogists welcome author Candace Simar, Tuesday September 17, 2013, 7 p.m., Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. 


Archaeology Exhibit
Join Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena MN, for the opening of their new exhibit, "Five Years of Archaeology in Wadena County," Wednesday September 18, 2013, 5-7 p.m. Call 218-631-9079 for more information. 


Archaeology Talk

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts a research presentation by Mark Muniz, Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department, St. Cloud State University. He will speak on "Searching for the First Minnesotans: New Discoveries from the Knife Lake Paleoindian 'Daughter District,'" Wednesday September 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. 



Lac qui Parle County History Center, Madison MN, invites the public to Mystery at the Museum, Sunday September 22, 2013, 5:30 p.m. Dinner, dessert, and the chance to solve a mystery--prizes for top sleuths. Tickets: $10/members; $12/nonmembers. Call 320-598-7678 for more information or to purchase tickets.


Cemetery Crawl

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, presents a new program, "Beyond the Grave...Historic Cemetery Crawls.' Tour cemeteries and meet historical figures along the way. Includes dessert bar and coffee at the museum. Tickets: $25/each or $45 for both crawls. Space is limited; call 320-253-8424 for more information. Scheduled crawls:

  • Northstar Cemetery, St. Cloud, September 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
  • Calvary Cemetery, St. Cloud, October 5, 2013, 1 p.m.

German Culture Day

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, hosts a brand new event, German Culture Day, Saturday September 28, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center. Call 218-299-5511 for more information. 


Continuing Education


AASLH Online Conference
Registration is open for the 2013 AASLH Online Conference, September 19-20, 2013. If you can't come to Birmingham AL, you can attend six hot topic online sessions instead!





Logo Contest

Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, invites county residents to design a creative, innovative, and professional logo for the historical society. Submissions accepted through October 11, 2013. Contact KCHS, 320-235-1881, for more information or to receive an entry form. 


History Survey
Erin Cassidy, Associate Professor at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX, requests history instructors' opinions concerning digital history projects and their appropriateness for use in undergraduate research. Read the consent form, then complete the voluntary, anonymous survey online.


"New" Historical Society

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces their new look with a new brand identity and website.



Fund Your Mission


National Trust Funds
Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are available now. Deadline: October 1, 2013. 


GRAMMY Foundation Grants

Letters of inquiry for the GRAMMY Foundation Grants for archiving and preserving music and recorded sound heritage, are due October 1, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PST.


Site Preservation Grants

Archaeological Institute of America offers a Site Preservation Grant. Deadline: October 15, 2013.


Excavation Grants

Archaeological Institute of America offers Cotsen Excavation Grants. Deadline: November 1, 2013.


Field Note



Preserve Minnesota

Sign up now for the 33rd Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, September 12-13, 2013, Lanesboro MN. Registration deadline: September 4, 2013. 




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Featured Past Article
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