AASLH Seeks Session Proposals
In the spirit of the theme "Greater than the Sum of Our Parts," the Program Committee seeks proposals that meet one or more of these seven goals:
Share strategies for building sustainable networks that enhance resources and community impact
Analyze a collaboration that met, exceeded, or fell short of expectations and share lessons learned
Leverage local, national, and international initiatives and anniversaries to generate renewable partnerships and audiences
Illustrate marketing and fundraising strategies—especially those that involved partner organizations and can be scaled or replicated
Encourage community involvement and interest in our work
Connect personal and community histories to larger themes and current concerns
Demonstrate successful advocacy at the local, state, and national level
Preference is given to proposals that center on truly collaborative, innovative, replicable efforts that respond to the theme.
Now is the time if you ever wanted to present at a national convention. Demonstrate your professional knowledge and help showcase Minnesota by making this AASLH's best Annual Meeting ever.
Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants
Final Report Form Online
Please note that final report forms must be submitted via an online form (accessed through the Reports area of the grants portal dashboard). Check your grant contracts for your project end date! Contact Melinda Hutchinson, 651-259-3459, with questions.
Spotlighted Project: Sacred Heart Cathedral Roof and Tower Restoration
Recipient: City of Duluth
Funding Amount: $168,525
Grant money was used to stabilize structural elements and repair the roof of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and used as a music venue within the city. Substantial work was done to secure the bell tower and spire to restore the structural integrity.
Murray County MN seeks part-time Museum Coordinator. Deadline: August 30, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Walnut Grove MN, seeks Office Assistant. Call 507-859-2358 or stop by the museum gift store for an application.
Gift Store Attendant
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Walnut Grove MN, seeks part-time, seasonal Gift Store Attendant. Call 507-859-2358 or stop by the museum gift store for an application.
Wright on the Park, Mason City IA, seeks Executive Director.
Visitor Services Coordinator
University of Iowa, Pentacrest Museums, Iowa City IA, seeks Visitor Services Coordinator.
Do History Here
Lunchbox History Series
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, invites the public to the fifth installment of the 2013 Lunchbox History Series. Author Dave Kenney will discuss his book "Minnesota Goes to War," Thursday August 22, 2013, noon to 1 p.m. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, announces the opening of a new exhibit, "If War Comes, I'm Going!: Northfield and the Civil War." Opening reception August 22, 2013, 6 p.m. Call 507-645-9268 for more information.
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts a screening of the Civil War documentary "From Wasioja to Washington," Thursday August 22, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.
Movies at the Museum
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts its August Friday at the Movies program, Friday August 23, 2013, 1 p.m. Come see "Fire on the Land" and "1962 Dairy Days in Grand Rapids." Call 218-879-1938 for more information.
Johnny Appleseed Day
Maplewood Area Historical Society, Maplewood MN, invites the public to the Bruentrup Heritage Farm for Johnny Appleseed Day, August 24, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Early Schools Program
Harkin Store, operated by Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, will host a program on early schools in Nicollet County, Sunday August 25, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Call 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160 for more information.
Fort Ridgely Event
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to a ceremony at Fort Ridgely Cemetery, south of Fairfax MN, at 3 p.m. August 25, 2013, to remember the soldiers and settlers who lost their lives in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The ceremony is under the auspices of the Civil War Commemorative Task Force. Contact Ben, 507-934-2160, for more information.
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, invites you to Story Time with the Hubbard Girls, Friday August 30, 2013, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Historic R.D. Hubbard House. Call 507-345-5566 for more information.
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet on Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7 p.m., LeDuc Historic Estate. Topic will be planning for Civil War Weekend, September 7-8, 2013.
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, invites the public to the next screening in their documentary film series, "Queen of Versailles," Thursday September 5, 2013, 7 p.m. Contact NCHS, 507-934-2160, for more information.
Fall Membership Meeting
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, hosts Judge Jack Tunheim at their Fall Membership Meeting, September 19, 2013, 5:30 p.m. Reservations required; call 651-439-5956.
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, offers the very popular "Ghosts of Anoka" tours every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening in September and October, 7:30 p.m. Register in advance by calling 763-421-0600 or ordering tickets online.
Online Collections Care Courses
Heritage Preservation offers free, online collections care courses in the Caring for Yesterday's Treasures--Today series. Register online.
Minnesota Association of Museums announces that registration is now open for their 2013 Annual Meeting, Sunday-Monday October 6-7, 2013, St. Joseph and Collegeville MN.
Iowa Museum Association will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting & Conference, "Building Bridges: Growing Resources," October 6-8, 2013, Sioux City IA. Registration deadline September 28, 2013.
Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Museums & Mobile online conference, Tuesday October 15, 2013. Early bird registration ends September 24, 2013.
Save the Date
The 2014 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference will be held February 4-5, 2014, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), Canal Park, Duluth MN.
The 24th Annual War of 1812 in the West Symposium will be held March 22-23, 2014, Old Courthouse NPS, St. Louis MO. Now soliciting presentations regarding War of 1812 west of the Appalachians, specifically regarding the year 1814. Send abstracts to David Bennett by December 31, 2013.
The competitive space between maintaining a brand and someone else's creative use can be challenging to discern. This is true of Bemidji's 1937 Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and now stars of MnSure's awareness campaign for the new state health insurance exchange. The campaign has Paul demonstrate some of the "10,000 reasons" to have health insurance, but his danger-prone antics caused Bemidji City Councillor Reed Olson to remark, "He's not Homer Simpson."
In the spirit of this discussion, check out the photo at the top and stay tuned to this newsletter over the course of the next year as some of Minnesota's larger-than-life residents Visit St. Paul to help us all get ready for the 2014 AASLH Conference.
Community Oral History Toolkit, by Nancy MacKay, Mary Kay Quinlan, and Barbara W. Sommer.
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