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October 9, 2013                                                                                      Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services


Help the American Association for State and Local History take over St. Paul on September 17-20, 2014. Here's the plan -


Phase I: propose a session by November 15, 2013.

Phase II: watch for an opportunity for Minnesotans to get a scholarship by applying to the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program on either January 10 or April 11.

Phase III: advance American heritage in St. Paul next September with a superior force of history professionals.


Let's make history, people!


This week German hero Hermann left his perch on the New Ulm Denkmal for St. Paul's Highland Park Water Tower. It's OK, both are listed in the National Register of Historic Places!  



Save the Date for GiveMN


Mark your calendars for Give to the Max DayNovember 14, 2013. Get the word out now--tell your supporters how easy it is to donate online!


Did you know that all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Minnesota are listed on the GiveMN.org website? If you haven't claimed your site yet, get started! It's easy and it's free.


Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Fall Small Grants Round

The next application deadline for Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants Program small grants is this Friday October 11, 2013. Completed applications must be submitted via the grants portal beforemidnight on October 11. Contact the Grants Office with questions.



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans number 1259, a historic number, as 1259 is the year the frescoes of the Boyana Church in Bulgaria were completed. The church and its murals are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. News from here at home, modern day:


Around the Blogosphere



Job Opportunities


Executive Director

History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, seeks Executive Director


Assistant Registrar

Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis MO, seeks Assistant Registrar. Position open until filled. 



Do History Here


Cocktails with Culture

Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, announces Cocktails with Culture, an evening event featuring live music and woodturning demonstrations provided by The Schubert Club and American Association of Woodturners, October 10, 2013, 5-7 p.m., Second Floor Galleria.


Brewers Festival

Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls MN, holds their annual Brewers Festival on Friday October 11, 2013, 7-10 p.m., VFW Hall, Fergus Falls. Tickets: $12/advance; $15/at the door. Call 218-736-6038 for more information. 


Book Talk

Landmark Literati, St. Paul MN, host Tim Mahoney, author of "Silent Partners: Big Tom Brown and the Barker Gang," October 12, 2013, 10:30 a.m., Courtroom 326, Landmark Center. Free. 


Handwriting Exhibit

Folsom House Historic Site, Taylors Falls MN, invites the public to a special open house to view an exhibit of over 65 examples of the Folsom family handwriting in their 1855 home. "In Their Own Words: The Folsom Family" will be open Saturday October 12, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Call Alyssa, 651-465-3125, for more information. 


Archaeology Event

Le Sueur County Historical Society, Le Center MN, presents "Afternoon with an Archaeologist," with Ron Shirmer, October 12, 2013, 1-3 p.m., Sportsmen's Club, Le Center. Contact Kathy Burns, 507-267-4091, for more information. 


Music Concert

Lenora United Methodist Church, Canton MN, invites the public to hear Brad and JulAnn Boice in concert at their historic 1856 church, October 13, 2013, 3 p.m.


Transportation Information

Come to the Harkin Store, New Ulm MN, to learn about different modes of transportation in the 1870s, and hear a talk by leather worker Dan Cochran, Sunday October 13, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Call 507-934-2160 or 507-354-8666 for more information.


1918 Fire Discussion
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts author Francis Carroll, Sunday October 13, 2013, 1 p.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.


Annual Meeting

Waseca County Historical Society, Waseca MN, will hold its Annual Meeting & Supper on Monday October 14, 2013, 5:30 p.m. at the historical society. Paid reservations, $15/person, due October 10, 2013. Contact Sheila Morris or Joan Mooney, 507-835-7700, for more information. 


Book Talk

Minnesota Valley Civil War Roundtable hosts Rep. Dean Urdahl, who will discuss his novel "Conspiracy! Who Really Killed Lincoln?," Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., New Ulm Public Library. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.


School Discussion

Denmark Township Historical Society, Hastings MN, invites the public to a free presentation about the historical significance of Valley School, built in 1852, and the process of nominating it for the National Register of Historic Places. Join DTHS at the Denmark Town Hall, Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7 p.m. Contact Wayne Boyd, 651-436-8031, for more information.


Heirloom Preservation

Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, will present a program on preserving family heirlooms, Thursday October 17, 2013, 2 p.m., Mower County Senior Center. Call 507-437-6082 for more information.


Slavery Lecture

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts author Walt Bachman, who will speak on "Northern Slaves: How the U.S. Army Brought Slavery to Minnesota," Saturday October 19, 2013, 3 p.m., Treaty Site History Center. Call 507-934-2160 for more information.


Grand Opening Reception

The Somali Artifact and Cultural MuseumMinneapolis MN, is holding a Grand Opening Reception Saturday October 19, 2013, 3–9 p.m. at 1516 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. Call 612-998-1166 for more information.


Lonesome Ron's Round-up

Harkin Store, New Ulm MN, will host folk, country, and bluegrass musicians on Sunday October 20, 2013, 1-4 p.m. All musicians are invited to come and participate. Call 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160 for more information. 


Dessert Social
Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, holds their 7th Annual Dessert Social on Tuesday October 22, 2013, 6:15-7 p.m. Tickets: $10/person or $15/two tickets; children 7 and under are free. Call 763-682-8945 to purchase tickets. WCHS Annual Meeting follows the Dessert Social, 7 p.m.


Halloween Events

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Excelsior MN, and Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Minneapolis MN, invites the public to their family-friendly BOO-seum and Ghost Trolley Tour, October 25-26, 2013. Tickets: $7/adults; $5/children ages 10 and under. Call 952-221-4766 for more information. 


Kids Kraft

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces their next Kids Kraft, Saturday October 26, 2013, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free, but registration required for supplies; contact SCHS, 952-445-0378.


Paranormal Meeting

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, hosts the Johnsdale Paranormal Group for a presentation on paranormal investigations at the Warden's House Museum, Saturday October 26, 2013, 2 p.m. Contact Sean Pallas, 651-439-5956, with questions.


Murder Mystery

Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Area Historical Society host author Gary Brueggemann, who will speak on "Minnesota's Oldest Murder Mystery, The Case of Edward Phalen: St. Paul's Unsaintly Pioneer," Monday October 28, 2013, 6 p.m. at the library. Call 651-407-5327 for more information. 


Minnesota Twins Talk

Ramsey County Library-New Brighton hosts Rep. Dean Urdahl, who will speak on the history of the Minnesota Twins, Tuesday October 29, 2013, 11 a.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 



Continuing Education


Tourism Symposium

Great Rivers Confluence presents its 5th annual symposium, "Arts, Buildings, and Community Connections: Packaging the Confluence for Tourism," November 8, 2013, Historic Onion Grille Restaurant, Hastings MN. Registration deadline: November 4, 2013.


PastPerfect Training

Registration for the last PastPerfect Online Training Classes for 2013 is now open. Cost: $86.25/person, $69/AASLH members. Call 800-562-6080 to reserve your seat. 

  • Research and Reporting with PastPerfect 5.0, November 5-6, 2013, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET
  • Managing Contacts, Donations and Memberships with PastPerfect 5.0, December 10-12, 2013, 10 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. ET





New Museum Director

Polk County Historical Society, Crookston MN, announces that they have hired Alyson Leas as their new part-time Museum Director.


MNSAH Award Nominations

Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) invites the submission of articles and books on the subject of Minnesota architectural history to the ninth David Stanley Gebhard Award competition. Books and articles must have been published between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013. Submissions must be received by December 6, 2013. Contact Laura Weber, 612-724-3578 for submission information.


Art Exhibit

Terrace Mill Foundation, Terrace MN, announces a call to artists for the Chippewa Falls Schoolhouse Art Exhibit. Entry deadline: February 1, 2014. Contact Richard Grella, 320-278-5253, for more information.


Save the Date for History

Due to the delay in the legislature's start for 2014, History Matters Day will be held Monday March 10, 2014. It will not be held on Presidents' Day.



Fund Your Mission


New Grant Opportunity

Transportation Alternatives Program is a new competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund, among other projects, historic preservation. Greater Minnesota applicants are invited to submit a letter of intent by November 15, 2013. Full grant deadline: February 1, 2014. Twin Cities metropolitan area grants will be conducted through Metropolitan Council. For more information, contact Heidi Schallberg




Field Note



Minnesota Association of Museums 2013 Annual Meeting

Workshops, networking events, and lunch all took place on the beautiful campuses of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, October 6-7, 2013. View highlights from the Annual Meeting on MAM's Facebook page.






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We are Still Here; photographs by Dick Bancroft, text by Laura Waterman Wittstock, introduction by Rigoberta Menchu Tum.


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