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September 25, 2013                                                                              Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Don't let the 2014 American Association for State and Local History meeting be the "conference that got away." Record attendance for AASLH is 1,155 in Atlanta in 2007. Minnesota is all about records and records are meant to be broken, so do your part to make this a record-breaking conference by proposing a session and/or attending this once-in-a-lifetime meeting in Minnesota! Mark your calendars as AASLH will be in St. Paul, September 17-20, 2014
For those new to Minnesota, the 1958 "Big Fish" muskie from Bena in northern Minnesota is consuming lunch at Mickey's Diner in St. Paul. Watch for more of Minnesota's Larger Than Life rock stars to visit St. Paul ahead of the AASLH conference.


Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants



The Cost of Noncompliance

If your organization is planning to apply for the September 27 Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants mid/large deadline, make sure that the rest of your grant projects are in compliance. Check your current grant agreements to make sure you are up-to-date with submitting your milestone information, that you have met any conditions associated with the grants, and that your completed final reports have been submitted on time. 


What is the cost of noncompliance? Ineligibility to apply for and be awarded additional grant funds. 


Mid/Large Final Applications Due

If your organization submitted a pre-application for the mid/large Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program, you should have received an email with reviewer feedback on your proposal. Final applications are due this Friday September 27, 2013. If you have questions on your application's content, please contact the reviewer listed in your letter. General program questions can go to the Grants Office.


Spotlighted Project: Orphanage Walking Tour/Oral History

Recipient: Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum, Inc.

Funding Amount: $5,600


This project allowed for the interview of five former Wards of the State who spent significant time at the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children about the historic use and interrelationship of the buildings on the campus.




From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History's 1253 members have a few things to read about this week:


Around the Blogosphere



Job Opportunities


Executive Director

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville CO, seeks Executive Director. Contact J.S. Dorr for more information or to apply. Deadline: October 31, 2013.



University Art Galleries Department at Texas A&M University, College Station TX, seeks Curator of Education and Public Programs for the Forsyth Galleries. 



Do History Here


River Rendezvous
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, will hold the annual River Rendezvous Thursday September 26, 2013, 4-8:30 p.m., Pond-Dakota Mission Park. call 952-484-0477 for more information. 


Cemetery Tour

Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls MN, will conduct a tour of the Fergus Falls State Hospital Cemetery, Friday September 27, 2013, 5:30 p.m. Admission $6; meet at Fergus Falls Veterans Home. call 218-736-6038 for more information. 


Museum Day Live!

As part of Smithsonian Magazine's ninth annual Museum Day Live! program, participating museums will be admission-free on Saturday September 28, 2013. Get your free tickets online. Here's a list of Minnesota Museums that let Local History News know they are participating: 

MDL Gathering

Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis MN, and Richfield Historical Society, Richfield MN, will host a get together to learn about Minnesota Digital Library and the Minnesota Reflections digitization project, Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3-5 p.m. RSVP to HHM, 612-870-1329, by today, September 25, 2013.


Documentary Series

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, will screen "Five Broken Cameras," Thursday October 3, 2013, 7 p.m. at the Treaty Site History Center. Contact NCHS, 507-934-2160, for more information.


Pinata Making

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts a pinata-making workshop, October 5, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $1/participant. Register through Shakopee Community Education, 952-496-5029. Call SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information. 


Learn Dakota!

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Neil and Monica McKay, who will teach basic Dakota phrases and vocabulary, Sunday October 6, 2013, 2 p.m. at the Historic Pond House. Call 952-563-8738 for more information. 


Family Journals

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts Lois Glewwe, who will speak on the Huggins Family Journals and what they can tell the public about daily life prior to the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Sunday October 6, 2013, 2 p.m. Call 507-934-2160 for more information. 


Friends of LeDuc to Meet

Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Estate. Loren Flom will speak on making and playing dulcimers.Call 651-437-7055 for more information. 


Looted Antiquities

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN, hosts Jason Felch, who will be the keynote speaker at the UST Art History Graduate Student Research Symposium, "Protecting the Past: Looting, Identity & the Preservation Crisis," Friday October 11, 2013, 6-9 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 651-962-5560 for more information.


Swing Dance

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, invites the public to a swing dance, October 12, 2013, Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course, 7-10:30 p.m. Presale tickets, $15, available online


History Lunch

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, presents "Lunch with the History People," Thursday October 17, 2013, noon to 1 p.m. Sarah Guy-Levar, Executive Director at Dorothy Molter Museum, Ely MN, will discuss "Dorothy Molter, the Root Beer Lady." Call 218-733-7568 for more information. 


Annual Meeting

Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts Pastor Tim Larson, who will speak on custom combining at the KCHS Annual Meeting, Thursday October 17, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Tickets: $10/person. RSVP by Friday October 11, 2013; contact KCHS, 320-235-1881, to reserve your prepaid tickets.


Passionate Letters

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Sheila Strobel Smith, who will present information about Gideon Pond and letters he wrote to influential men of the time, Sunday October 20, 2013, 2 p.m. Gideon Pond will be portrayed by Jay Ludwig. Call 952-563-8738 for more information. 





Continuing Education


Care of Leather and Fur

Online Community will host an hour-long webinar dedicated to the care of leather and fur objects, Thursday September 26, 2013, 1 p.m. EDT. To join, login to the virtual auditorium


Germanic Genealogy

Germanic Genealogy Society of Minnesota will offer a workshop for people interested in learning how to research their German ancestry, Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:30 p.m., Concordia University Library Technology Center, St. Paul MN. Cost: $5. Call 651-483-0959 for more information.


MAM Annual Meeting

Register now for the Minnesota Association of Museums 2013 Annual Meeting, October 6-7, 2013, St. Joseph and Collegeville MN. 







Registration Deadline

Wisconsin Historical Society's 2013 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, Hotel Mead and Conference Center, Wisconsin Rapids WI, will be held October 11-12, 2013. Registration deadline is Friday September 27, 2013.


Call for Proposals

Eastern Illinois University's Historical Administration Program (EIU HAPA) invites your ideas and expertise for its 37th annual symposium, April 11-12, 2014, Charleston IL. Proposals due December 31, 2013. Contact Saige Jedele, 810-223-8448, for more information or to request a proposal form. 




Give to the Max Minnesota
Mark your calendars! The 2013 Give to the Max Day is November 14, 2013. Information on how to participate is available online.







New President

Darlene R. Taylor has been named the next President of Preservation Action.


New Affiliate

Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, announces that Monongalia Historical Society, New London MN, is their new affiliate. Both organizations will remain their own independent entities. Contact Jill Wohnoutka, 320-235-1881, for more information. 


Riders on the Orphan Train

Tickets are now available for performances of "Riders on the Orphan Train," October 3 and 6, 2013, Union Depot, St. Paul MN.


Available: Microfiche Reader

If your organization is interested in acquiring a microfiche reader, please contact Leanne Brown for more information or to make arrangements for pick up.



If you would like to voice your concerns about the looting and disrespect of our national heritage by shows such as "Diggers," please take a look at this petition.



Field Note



Time Capsule Opened

Dodge County Historical Society, Mantorville MN, participated in opening a time capsule from the 1921 school in Mantorville MN. The 1921 portion of the school will be demolished, and Dodge County will remodel the property for office space for the Courthouse campus. Contents of the time capsule were given to Dodge County Historical Society.


Photo courtesy Dodge County Historical Society. Pictured: Kent Keller, previous building owner; Mary Ann Bucher, DCHS Secretary.




Featured Book



Minnesota in the 70s, by Dave Kenney and Thomas Saylor.


Available October 2013 from Minnesota Historical Society Press.



Featured Past Article
Volume 51, Issue 1, 1988




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