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October 30, 2013                                                                                 Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services


Thinking about proposing a session and attending American Association for State and Local History's Annual Meeting in St. Paul next September? Deadline for sessions is November 15, 2013. 


Save the date for this not-to-be-missed meeting--September 17-20, 2014! Watch for an announcement on scholarships to the meeting.


Minnesota's larger-than-life fish frolic in Lake Como in front of the Como Lakeside Pavilion, St. Paul. 


Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


HRAC Application Deadline

Have you wanted to help the history community decide how Legacy grant dollars should be spent? Consider applying to serve on the Historic Resources Advisory Committee. Short periods of intensive reading and effort required. See page 484 of the State Register for more information. Nomination packages due November 15, 2013.


Spotlighted Project: Pierre Bottineau House Interpretive Exhibit Fabrication and Installation
Recipient: Three Rivers Park District
Funding Amount: $47,850
Three Rivers Park District had fabricated and installed interpretive exhibits within the historic Pierre Bottineau House (1854), located within Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove MN.



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

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Around the Blogosphere


Job Opportunities



Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire WI, seeks Editor. Review of applications begins November 5, 2013. 


Archivist-Oral Historian

Montana Historical Society, Helena MT, seeks Archivist-Oral Historian. Deadline: November 6, 2013. 


Conservation Services Manager

Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh PA, seeks Conservation Services Manager


Conservation Specialist

The Henry Ford, Dearborn MI, seeks part-time, grant-funded Conservation Specialist



The Henry Ford, Dearborn MI, seeks full-time, grant-funded Conservator.



Do History Here


Who Built Our Capitol?
Le Sueur County Historical Society, Le Center MN, presents the new documentary "Who Built Our Capitol?," Saturday November 2, 2013, 1:30 p.m., Kasota Community Center, Kasota MN. Contact LCHS, 507-267-4071, for more information. 


Book Talk

NWA History Centre, Bloomington MN, hosts author Jack El-Hai, who will speak about his book "Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines," November 2, 2013, 1-3 p.m. RSVPs recommended, 612-627-1932.


Marysburg Area History

Join the Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, for a presentation by Larry Kortuem on "The History of the Marysburg Area," Tuesday November 5, 2013, 6-8 p.m. Contact BECHS, 507-345-5566, for more information. 


Book Discussion

Ramsey County Library-Roseville will hold their final World War II book discussion Thursday November 7, 2013, 7 p.m. The talk will focus on Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five." Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 


Annual Meeting

Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, will hold their Annual Meeting Thursday November 7, 2013, 6 p.m., at the Hormel Historic Home banquet facilities. Corky "Goose" Gaskell will discuss the early days of base ball in the Midwest, 1840s-1860s. Tickets: $15/person. Call 507-437-6082 by October 30 to RSVP. 


Annual Meeting

Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm MN, will hold their annual meeting Thursday November 7, 2013, 6 p.m. at Turner Hall. Cost: $15/person. Deadline to RSVP: Monday November 4, 2013. Call 507-233-2616 for more information. 


Children's Programming

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, announces children's programming for Thursday November 7, 2013. Preschool children meet at 10:15 a.m. for The History Detectives; children grades K-6 meet at 6:30 p.m. for The Time Travelers. Call 507-451-1420 for more information. 


Musical History

Ramsey County Library-Maplewood hosts vocalist/historian Lee Engele and friends, who will present a musical program on "The Stage Door Canteen: The Songs of World War II," Tuesday November 12, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 


Coffee Chat

Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, holds their next Coffee Chat on "Holiday Traditions," Tuesday November 12, 2013, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Call 763-682-7323 for more information. 



Ramsey County Library-Mounds View will host a talk on the World War II homefront, Thursday November 14, 2013, 6 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 


Prohibition Dinner

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, invites the public to experience "Stills & Swills: A Taste of Prohibition," Monday November 18, 2013, 5:30 p.m., Anton's Restaurant, Waite Park MN. Tickets: $50/museum members; $60/non-members. Call 320-253-8424 or go online to reserve tickets. 


Holiday Trip

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, offers a holiday-themed trip to St. Paul to see the Alexander Ramsey House and Minnesota History Center, Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Call 507-451-1420 for more information or to make reservations. 


Where Were You?

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, commemorates the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination by holding a round table event, Friday November 22, 2013, 1 p.m. The public is invited to share memories to post on the web; deadline to email story submissions is November 11, 2013. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. 



Continuing Education


PastPerfect Training

PastPerfect Training offers the chance to register for both upcoming online training classes (a $172.50 value) for $99. Call 800-562-6080 by November 1, 2013 to sign up for this offer. 


New Deal Symposium
Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission and Chatfield Center for the Arts host "Legacies of the New Deal in the Upper Midwest: A Symposium," Saturday November 2, 2013, Historic Potter Auditorium, Chatfield MN. Contact Robert Vogel, 507-498-3810, for more information.


NAPC Forum

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) requests proposals for Forum 2016. The upcoming Forum 2014 will be held in Philadelphia PA, July 16-20, 2014.





NCPH Awards

National Council on Public History awards recognize excellence in how public historians apply their skills to our world. Send in your nominations now--book award nominations are due November 1, 2013; all other award nominations are due December 1, 2013. 


Birth and Death Records

Northfield History Collaborative, Northfield MN, announces that they have posted online birth and death records (1871-1907) from Bridgewater Township, Rice County. 


Project Passenger Pigeon

The coalition Project Passenger Pigeon is using the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, September 1, 2014, as an opportunity to tell its story. 



Fund Your Mission


Deadline Change for NEH Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities announces that December 12, 2013 is the new deadline for the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program. 


Source for Grant Information

Check out Fundsnet Services, a free directory with information on grants and fundraising. 


Battlefield Preservation Grants

Proposals are now being accepted for the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) Battlefield Planning Grants. Application and guidelines available online. Deadline: January 16, 2014.



Field Note




About Place

Historic sites help define a sense of place, and, according to state and federal government, are part of the natural environment.


Three Rivers Park District manages parks in many of the Twin Cities metropolitan counties, and within them manage numerous historic and archaeological sites including the Grimm Farm Historic Site (Wendelin Grimm Farmstead) and the Pierre Bottineau House. 


This is another example of preserving a system of historic places. There are a number of others organizations that also do this, from Murray County Historical Society to Winona County Historical Society to Clearwater County Historical Society and many places in between.


Photo: Three Rivers Park District staff members Jefferson Spilman and Bill Walker chat with David Grabitske during a recent site visit.







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