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July 9, 2014                                                                                 Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Heritage Partnership Program


Partnership Funds Available

Heritage Partnership Program, the external grants program funded by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and administered by the Minnesota Historical Society's Grants Office, seeks proposals for its FY 2015 grant round. Mandatory preapplications are due Friday July 18, 2014. 


Funds from the Heritage Partnership Program are meant to build and strengthen the network among organizations responsible for preserving and providing access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage resources. Partners should consider how their proposal, if funded, will improve their individual and collaborative organizational infrastructure and systems, increase public engagement, and develop better leaders within Minnesota's history and cultural heritage organizations. 


Take a look at the program guidelines prior to preparing your proposal. Questions? Contact Melinda Hutchinson, Grants & Field Programs Associate.



Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Grants Update

Final applications for the FY 2015 mid/large Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants round were due last Friday, June 27. Grants staff and Historic Resources Advisory Committee members, and peer reviewers (when applicable) will review the applications ahead of the HRAC public meeting, to be held August 14-15, 2014, 3M Auditorium, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul. Grant awards from this round will be made in the fall. Contact the Grants Office with questions. 


Spotlighted Project: Johann Friedrich von Schiller Sculpture: Restoration and Preservation

A qualified sculpture conservator (selected through an open qualifications-based process) was commissioned to undertake the conservation treatment of the Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller bronze sculpture in Como Park, Saint Paul MN. The conservation played out in a highly visible public location at the primary gateway to Como Park, publicly demonstrating the Sculpture conservation process.
Recipient: Public Art Saint Paul
Funding Amount: $35,000
Project Details



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

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Job Opportunities


Southeast Partnership Coordinator

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM), St. Paul MN, seeks Southeast Partnership Coordinator. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume. Deadline: July 15, 2014. 


Registrar/Tour Manager

History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, seeks Registrar/Tour Manager. Deadline: August 1, 2014. 



Do History Here


Night at the Museum

Dorothy Molter Museum, Ely MN, invites the public to "Night at the Museum," Thursday July 10, 2014, 8-10 p.m. Free. Call 218-365-4451 for more information. 


Vintage Base Ball

Sherburne History Center, Becker MN, invites the public to a free vintage base ball game between the Becker Buzzards and St. Croix Base Ball Club, Sunday July 13, 2014, 1 p.m., Becker Athletic Complex, Becker MN. Call 763-261-4433 or 763-262-4433 (metro) for more information. 


Trading Post Talk

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, hosts Melanie Thornberg, who will speak on the life of Antoine Blanc Gingras, Sunday July 13, 2014, 2 p.m. Call 218-299-5511 for more information. 


Runk Film on TPT

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, announces that their film "An Ode to Stillwater: The John Runk Films," will be aired on TPT Minnesota Channel, Sunday July 13, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 651-439-5956 for more information. 


Bird Identification

Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, hosts Mark Stevens, who will present a session on Minnesota bird identification and bird calls, Tuesday July 15, 2014, 1:30-2:45 p.m. Free. For more information or to register, contact WCHS, 763-682-7323. 


Political History Lecture

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, hosts Tim Penny, who will speak on "Political Potpourri," a political history of southern Minnesota, Thursday July 17, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 507-451-1420 for more information. 


Art/Photography Exhibit Opening

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, announces an exhibition of artwork and photography, "Reflections on Ramsey." Opening reception will be held July 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m., RCHS Exhibit Gallery, Landmark Center. Call 651-222-0701 for more information. 


History Program

Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis MN, hosts author Bryan Palmer, who will speak about the 1934 Teamsters strike and his new book "Revolutionary Teamsters," Thursday July 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Minneapolis Central Library. Call 612-543-8203 for more information. 


History After Hours

Minnesota Military Museum, Camp Ripley, Little Falls MN, will host the social "History After Hours," on Thursday July 17, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Theme: "Hands-on Military History." Tickets: $20/person. Call 320-616-6050 for more information or for advance tickets. 


Civil War Soldier Recognition

The Governor's Civil War Commemoration Task Force and Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, will host a remembrance event at Greenhill Cemetery that will include commemoration ceremonies honoring Nicollet County's Asgrim Skaro, Captain in the 9th Minnesota Infantry, Company D, on Saturday July 19, 2014, 10 a.m. Captain Skaro lost his life at the Battle of Nashville, December 16, 1864. Call 507-934-2160 for more information. 


Vintage Base Ball

Six Vintage Base Ball Clubs from Minnesota and Wisconsin will gather in Stillwater MN on Saturday July 19, 2014 to exhibit the game as it was played in the 19th century. Games begin at 11 a.m. at the Old Athletic Field, Stillwater. Contact Washington County Historical Society, 651-469-5956, for more information. 


U.S.-Dakota War Talk

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Franky Jackson, who will speak on the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, including the exile of the Dakota and the plight of the half-breeds, Sunday July 20, 2014, 2 p.m. Call 952-484-0477 for more information. 


Book Talk

Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, will host author Rhonda Fochs, who will speak on her book "Minnesota's Lost Towns," Tuesday July 22, 2014, 1 p.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information. 


Garden Camp

Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, hosts a garden-based camp with Connie Carlson from Local Roots Food Coop, Tuesday July 22, 2014, 1:30-2:45 p.m. Free. For more information or to register contact WCHS, 763-682-7323. 


Make a Mini Tipi

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, invites the public to make and decorate their own canvas model tipis. Learn some Dakota words and more, Sunday August 3, 2014, drop-in program, 2-4 p.m. Call 952-484-0477 for more information. 


Family Day

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, invites the public to Family Day at Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague MN, Saturday August 9, 2014, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Stephanie, 952-445-0378, for details


Tapping History

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Excelsior MN, hosts historian and author Scott McGinnis, who will discuss hotels and boarding houses around Excelsior during a cruise on the steamer Minnehaha, Monday August 11, 2014, 7 p.m. Board by Bayside Grille. Cost: $20/members; $30/nonmembers. Register online


Dakota Day

Gibbs Museum of Pioneer & Dakota Life hosts Dakota Day, August 16, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dakota Day celebrates the friendship between the Gibbs family and their Dakota neighbors. Call 651-646-8629 for more information. 


Save the Date

Friends, family, and supporters of Renville County victims impacted by the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 are invited to attend a day of commemoration, August 23, 2014, sponsored by Family and Friends of Dakota Uprising Victims. Includes lunch and bus tour. Contact Joyce Kloncz, 623-215-2397, for more information or for registration forms.


Save the Date

CulturFest will be held this year at Wilson Elementary School, Owatonna MN, Saturday September 27, 2014. Their new event is "The Amazing CultuRace," based on the popular CBS series "The Amazing Race." Check out the CulturFest website for more information or to register for the race. Deadline for registrations: August 28, 2014.



Continuing Education


NCPH Submission Deadline

National Council on Public History issues a reminder that the deadline for proposals for the 2015 annual meeting, "History on the Edge," April 15-18, 2015, Nashville TN, is July 15, 2014.


Historic Tax Credits
Presented by the Cornerstone Academy program of Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, in partnership with MNHS the class, Understanding Historic Tax Credits,  is limited to 25 participants and will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lower Post at Historic Fort Snelling. Cost: $79.00



Fund Your Mission


Capital Grants Deadline

The State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid program will distribute approximately $800,000 in matching grants for the fall grant round to county and local jurisdictions for historic preservation projects of a capital nature. The minimum request is $10,000, with no request cap. Grants must be matched on at least a 1:1 basis. Buildings must be publicly owned and must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or have been determined eligible for listing.


Pre-applications are required and are due by July 18, 2014. Final applications are due September 5, 2014. Information on eligibility requirements and application materials is available online. Questions? Contact Mandy Skypala, 651-259-3458.




Public Comments Sought

Minnesota State Arts Board will undertake a rulemaking project in 2014. As a government agency, the Arts Board is governed by legislative statutes which require that the board create rules governing how the board conducts its business, including how and to whom grants are awarded. Sign up for Agency rulemaking notices. The rulemaking process is transparent and open to the public; therefore, the Arts Board seeks public comments on this project


Board Members Sought

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Nominating Committee seeks nominations for individuals to represent their communities and serve on the MCN board of directors. Nominate yourself or a colleague by July 31, 2014. Contact Shelly Chamberlain, 651-757-3068, for more information. 


Volunteers Needed

Veterans' Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, seeks volunteers for their Oral History Project. The Project collects first-person accounts of military service through in-person recorded interviews with local veterans. Interviewer training session will be held August 2, 2014, 9 a.m. to noon, St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center. Contact Harry Cottrell, 218-733-7500, for more information or to register. 


New Staff

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, announces that Samantha Bossman is their new Associate Development Officer. She officially joined RCHS on June 16, 2014.


Field Note



Pop-up Gallery

Somali Artifact & Cultural Museum, Minneapolis MN, hosted a tour of its new pop-up gallery on Monday July 7, 2014. The pop-up gallery was made possible through a partnership with the Somali Museum, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and Made Here initiative. Great partnerships can do great things for Minnesota's historical and cultural organizations!




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