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August 27, 2014                                                                                 Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Small Grants Deadline

The next small grants deadline for the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program will be Friday October 10, 2014. Completed applications must be submitted by end of day on the deadline. Questions? Contact Melinda Hutchinson

Spotlighted Project: Newfolden Heritage Center Exhibit
Thirteen interpretive panels were created  and mounted in the Newfolden Cafe. The cafe is now owned by the City of Newfolden and was one of the first buildings constructed in Newfolden. It functions as the Senior Meal Center and the city is working toward developing it into the Newfolden Heritage Center. 
Recipient: City of Newfolden
Funding Amount: $6,775



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Facebook Findings
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Job Opportunities


Cultural Records Assistant

Montana Historical Society, Helena MT, seeks a Cultural Records Assistant. Deadline: September 3, 2014

Volunteer Coordinator
Science Museum of Minnesota, St Paul MN, seeks a part time Volunteer CoordinatorDeadline: September 5, 2014
Advisory Committee Members
Veterans’ Memorial Hall, Duluth MN, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, seeks applications for two vacancies on the Veterans’ Memorial Hall Advisory Committee.
Communications Coordinator
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, Mankato MN, seeks a part time Communications Coordinator. Open until filled.
Director of Development
Plains Art Museum, North Fargo ND, seeks a full time Director of Development. Open until filled.
Curator of Education


Do History Here

Lunchbox History Series
Mower County Historical Society, Austin MN, hosts Professor Don Hofsommer who will present the role that railroads played in populating the American West during the 19th century, Thursday, August 28, 2014. For more information call 507-437-6082.
Nicollet County Historical Society, St Peter MN, announces that Lonesome Ron, the King of the Valley Yodelers, will be performing at the town of West Newton, Sunday August 31, 2014, 1 to 4 p.m.
Labor Day Program
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, will present a special program by Byron Stadsvold called "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Cloquet Connection," Monday September 1, 2014, 1 p.m. For more information call 218-879-1938.
Labor Day TV Program
"Who Built Our Capitol?" the documentary about the lives and work of the men and women who constructed the Minnesota State Capitol Building, will be broadcast on Labor Day, Monday September 1, 2014 by Twin Cities Public Television.
Documentary Film
Nicollet County Historical Society, St Peter MN, presents the Documentary Film Series – America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie at the Treaty Site History Center, Thursday September 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. For more information call 507-934-2160.
Talk and Battlefield Tour
Fort Ridgely Historic Site, Fairfax MN, hosts independent historian John LaBatte who will examine the many and complicated causes of the U.S. Dakota War in 1862September 6, 2014; 1 p.m. program, 2:30 battlefield tour.
Annual Meeting
Stearns History Museum, St Cloud MN, will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday September 9, 2014, 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP to 320-253-8424 by September 6, 2014.
Horse Power
Chippewa County Historical Society, Montevideo  MN, hosts its 10th Annual Horse Power Event at the Swensson Farm MuseumSaturday September 13, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Baby Talk
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN presents “Birthing Progress: The History of Giving Birth in Duluth” with Gina Temple-Rhodes, who will discuss oral histories surrounding birthing history. Thursday September 18, 2014, from noon to 1 p.m. For more information call 218-733-7568.
Veteran of the Month
Minnesota Military Museum, Little Falls MN, announces their exhibit on Jerry Huntington of Richfield MN, as September's featured Veteran of the Month.







Continuing Education


Creative Commons and Cultural Heritage
Check out a blog post on Introduction to Creative Commons licenses and how public archaeologists, folklorists, museum professionals can use them to protect intellectual property rights while allowing access to scholarly work.


Pest Prevention Webinar

Connecting to Collections hosts two webinars for "Stressed About Pests? Prevention, Monitoring, & Identification."
  • Part 1 Thursday August 28, 2014, noon. Featured speaker: Patrick Kelley, Vice President, Insects Limited, Inc. 
  • Part 2 Wednesday September 3, 2014, noon. Featured speaker, Rachael Perkins Arenstein.




CCC Annual Gathering

2014 CCC Legacy annual gathering, September 24-27, 2014, St Paul, MN. Events will include presentations about CCC history in Minnesota and nationwide, a panel discussion featuring Corps members from the CCC through today, field trips to historic CCC sites and the CCC Legacy annual meeting.
Historical Tweets
Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, will be “live tweeting” the James-Younger Gang and events leading up to the raid. Follow NHS on Twitter.





Field Note



Random Act of Vandalism

On Monday August 18, 2014 a person deliberately broke a storefront window on the Lyric Building in Virginia MN. He was angry at being asked to leave an establishment across the street. Not only is this damage senseless, but the $1,000 to replace it is a major expense for a non-profit already on a tight budget. The Lyric Center has scheduled reconstruction of its store front within the next few years, so there are pros and cons to putting in new glass.


Start a conversation: We'd love to hear ideas from other historic building owners.


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2014, the AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul

AASLH Annual Meeting
St. Paul MN


Featured Book




Slouching Toward Fargo, by Neal Karlen.


Minnesota Historical Society Press.



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Featured Past Article
Volume 22, Issue 3, 1941


Book: Building Museums


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