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July 23, 2014                                                                                    Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants


Spotlighted Project: NHS Collections & Archives Room Storage and Access
The shelving that Northfiled Historical Society (NHS) used before the project was basic. It allowed for storage of items in the collection, but it contributed to their deterioration as well. There was not enough shelving, some of it was made of unsealed, off-gassing wood, and there was no room to expand the shelving to accommodate a growing collection. The vendor selected used computer aided design (CAD) software to maximize the amount of storage space in a non-standard historic space.  
Funding Amount: $79,320



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Job Opportunities


Supervisory Exhibits Specialist
National Park Service seeks a qualified candidate for its Supervisory Exhibits Specialist position at the New Mexico Bandelier National Monument. Deadline: July 25, 2014.
Request for Proposals 
Minnesota Historical Society seeks a qualified consultant to develop and implement an education and communications strategy for MNHS’ historic preservation endeavors. Deadline: 2 p.m. August 7, 2014.
Historic Specialist Review and Compliance Officer 
MONTANA SHPO, Helena MT, seeks a new Review & Compliance OfficerDeadline: August 4, 2014.
Collections Move Intern 
Molly Brown House Museum seeks an intern to archivally rehouse the museum’s fashions collection. Deadline: August 8, 2014
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Washington DC, is looking for a Curator/Chair, Division of Medicine and Science. Deadline: August 18, 2014
Architectural Historian
AECOM, Trenton NJ, is looking to hire an Architectural Historian to support their North Region. Position open until filled. 
Kanabec History Center is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Administrator/Curator. Position open until filled. 


Do History Here


New Museum Exhibit
Afton Historical Museum presents their new exhibit "Brides Through The Ages," July 17-August 28, 2014, showing our recently discovered wedding dresses of the women of Afton. Call 651-436-3500 for more information.
Century Farm Award
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, will present a Century Farm Award to the owners of the Burman Family Farm at the bandshell on the Anoka County Fairgrounds, Wednesday July 23, 2014, 12 p.m. Call 763-421-0600 for more information.
Program and Reception
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN welcomes Mike Kennedy who will explore the life and legacy of John Latsch on Thursday July 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. While there, view an exhibit highlighting artifacts from Latsch’s business and a bronze statue of Latsch with his canoe. Contact Jennifer Weaver at 507-454-2723 ext. 3 for more information.
Friday Movies
Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts the July Friday Movies at the Museum on Friday July 25, 2014, 1 p.m. This month features two home movies from the museum's collection--Carlton County Dairy Days, the first Dairy Days held in 1952 in Cloquet, and the 1961 Dairy Days held in Pine City. Call 218-879-1938 for more information.
Open House
Historic Masonic Theatre, Winona MN, is inviting the public to view its historic stage Scenery before it goes into storage, Monday July 28, 2014, 4:30-7 p.m. Call 507-457-8258 or Email  for more information.
Mayo House Tour
Nicollet County Historical Society invites you to find out how the Green Giant Company and Cosgrove Family relate to the historic W.W. Mayo House through a "Giant Story" Tour of the 1859 Mayo Home, August 1-3, 2014. Call 507-665-3250 for more information. 
The Bloch Party
The Bloch Party at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County on Sunday August 3, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is a celebration of the Bloch’s journey though North Dakota for its North American Tour. There will be live entertainment, interactive art projects throughout the day, woodcarving, printmaking, Swedish Dala painting and ceramics. For more information visit their web site.
Ribbon Cutting
Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, announces a ribbon cutting ceremony for Gus’ Station at the Village of Yesteryear, on Thursday August 7, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. Free. The public is invited to attend. Call 507-451-1420 for more information.
Historic Ghost Tours
The Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, invites the public to attend the MN Ghosts of Anoka Walking Tours, Thursdays and Saturdays, August 7, 9, 21 & 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Starting location: Anoka County History Center. Advanced reservations required. Cost: $7 Adults, $5 Youth, $5 ACHS Members. Call 763-421-0600 for more information.
Book Talk
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts author William Lass, who will talk at Fort Ridgley State Historic Site about his new book, “Shaping the North Star State: A History of Minnesota’s Boundaries,” Saturday August 9, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors. Call 507-665-3250 for more information.
The Power of Stories and Memory
Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Barbara W. Sommer, co-author of The Oral History Manual, who will lead a discussion of oral history and oral traditions, Sunday August 17, 2014, 2 p.m. Suggested donation $2.
Author's Sunday
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, hosts author Fred Johnson who will speak on The Seawing Disaster of 1890. Visitors are encouraged to attend the 6:30 p.m. concert with music by The Squires, Sunday August 17, 2014, 5 p.m. $2 donation appreciated. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.
Historic Pub Crawl
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, announces that the Historic Pub Crawl Series is back and paying a visit to the West Bank and Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Tuesday August 19, 2014 6-9 p.m. Cost: $10/person.



Continuing Education

"PastForward" 2014 National Preservation Conference
National Trust for Historic Preservation announces conference registration is now open. The conference returns to Savannah GA November 11-14, 2014. Early Bird Pricing ends August 15, 2014 Additional information
Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference
Minitex presents the first-ever Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference, Minneapolis MN, August 18 & 19, 2014. Location: Schulze Hall, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus. Registration deadline: August 8, 2014. Cost: Day 1 Free; Day 2 $45.00. Visit the conference website for more information
501c3 Tax Webinar
Register for the IRS July 24, 2014 webinar "How to apply to be tax-exempt (including new Form 1023-EZ)." 




Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week 2014 
The American Alliance of Museums offers a step-by-step guide to connecting with your legislators August 9-16, 2014 while Congress is in recess and members are back home for state and district work.



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Field Note



Check out this surprise donation at Otter Tail County Historical Society. This is a good reminder that one strength of a local history organization often rests upon its collections management policy. Such policies should describe the criteria by which an object can be accepted for permanent preservation to guide both donors and collections committees. 


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