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March 19, 2014                                                                                Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Spotlighted Project: Cummins Grill House Fire Suppression System Installation

Grant funding helped cover the cost of installing a fire suppression system in the John R. Cummins House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This is an important step in helping to preserve this historic community resource and enabling more people to enjoy it.  A wall-mounted system was chosen based on an analysis of non-reversible disturbance to the original lathe and plaster walls and ceilings that are found throughout much of the house.
Recipient: Eden Prairie Historical Society
Funding Amount: $7,000



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Facebook Findings

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Do History Here


Philippine Day

Celebrate the history and culture of the Philippines at the Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, on Sunday March 23, 2014, 12-4 p.m., at the 27th Cultural Society of Filipino Americans (CSFA) Philippine Day. Free. 


Historic Fashion Show

History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, invites the public to a "Historic Fashion Show" and tea, March 23, 2014, 2-4 p.m., Ramada Hotel, Rochester. Cost: $30; call 507-282-9447 to reserve your seat. 


Annual Meeting

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday March 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m., Water Street Inn, Stillwater. Colonel Thomas Simonet will be the featured speaker. Call 651-439-5956 for reservations. 


Art Exhibit Opening

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces the opening of "Art by Judy Case," Thursday March 27, 2014, 7 p.m. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information. 


Model Log Cabin Workshop

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, invites the public to create their own mini log cabins, learn about frontier construction, and hear stories about the Pond brothers' first log cabin at Lake Calhoun, Sunday April 6, 2014, 2-4 p.m. This is a drop-in program. Call 952-563-8674 for more information. 


Semi-Annual Meeting

Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena MN, hosts Representative Dean Urdahl, who will speak at the society's semi-annual meeting, Friday April 11, 2014, 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Wadena. Call 218-631-9079 for reservations. 


History Bus Tour

Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, offers a bus tour to American Swedish Institute and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Wednesday April 30, 2014, 6:30 a.m. Cost: $85/members; $95/nonmembers. Call 507-454-2723 x0 by April 15 to reserve your spot. 


Civil War Bus Tour

Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, hosts a Civil War Bus Tour of Anoka County, Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $30/members; $35/nonmembers. Seating limited; call 763-421-0600 for more information or to purchase tickets. 


Save the Dates

Minnesota Military Museum, Little Falls MN, will honor Minnesota veterans with a Featured Veteran of the Month Exhibit, featuring 8-10 veterans per year. Donald Frederick is the current Featured Veteran. Call 320-616-6050 for more information. 


Hmong Exhibit

Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, announces an ongoing special exhibit, "Collecting Threads," first floor, North Gallery. This is a collection presented by the Hmong Archives showcasing paj ntaub embroidery. Free.  



Continuing Education


Arts Learning Webinar

Minnesota State Arts Board offers a free one-hour webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Arts Learning grant program. Session date: Wednesday March 26, 2014, 4 p.m. Advance registration required.


African-American Genealogy

Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, announces the 2nd Annual African-American Genealogy Conference, October 18, 2014, Sheraton Hotel, Madison WI. 





Nominations Due

Nominations are due for "Landslide 2014: Art and the Landscape," this year's iteration of The Cultural Landscape Foundation's annual, thematic compendium of at-risk sites. Do you know of threatened or at-risk examples of art and the landscape? Submit your nomination by April 1, 2014. 


NAPC Nominations Due

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions issues a call for nominations to their 2014 Commission Excellence Awards. Submission deadline: April 15, 2014. 


Archivist Hired

History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, announces that they hired a new archivist, Erica Ward, who comes to Minnesota from the Coachella Valley History Museum (CVHM), Indio CA. 


Advocacy Week

Minnesota was well-represented in Washington, D.C. for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week.




Fund Your Mission


Minnesota Festival Grants

Minnesota State Arts Board announces the FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support program is open for application. Grant application deadline: Friday May 23, 2014, 4:30 p.m.




Field Note



Minnesota Historical Society Field Services Office held a statewide meeting with collections managers at Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, last Friday afternoon. The meeting centered around challenges for PastPerfect and discussed how to move forward with collections management systems. Interested in joining the Task Force to voice your opinion? Contact Joe Hoover for more information.  






Annual Spring Local History Workshops Return!

These one-day workshops held at convenient locations around the state offer practical information about best practices on a variety of topics.



Scholarships are available to the 2014 AASLH Conference, St. Paul MN. Deadline: April 11, 2014.


Featured Book



Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden, as told to Gilbert L. Wilson.


Available from Minnesota Historical Society Press.
March is Women's History Month!



Featured Past Article
Volume 52, Issue 2, 1990




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