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July 16, 2014                                                                               Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Heritage Partnership Program


Partnership Funds Available

Heritage Partnership Program, the external grants program funded by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and administered by the Minnesota Historical Society's Grants Office, seeks proposals for its FY 2015 grant round. Mandatory pre-applications are due Friday July 18, 2014. 


Funds from the Heritage Partnership Program are meant to build and strengthen the network among eligible applicants responsible for preserving and providing access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage resources. Partners should consider how their proposal, if funded, will improve their individual and collaborative infrastructure and systems, increase public engagement, and develop better leaders within Minnesota's history and cultural heritage organizations. 


Take a look at the program guidelines prior to preparing your proposal and view a short informational video. Questions? Contact Melinda Hutchinson, Grants & Field Programs Associate.



Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Spotlighted Project: Historic Roof Evaluation for Landmark Center

Evaluated the status of the 110-year old north and south tower roofs on Landmark Center, the "Old Federal Courts Building" in downtown St. Paul. The building was the first building in Minnesota listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, and it was extensively renovated in the 1970s to provide for a new use as an arts and cultural center for the community. 
Recipient: Minnesota Landmarks
Funding Amount: $7,000




From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History's 1380 colleagues have a couple things to ponder this week:


Around the Blogosphere


Job Opportunities


Education Specialist

National Archives and Records Administration, Abilene KS, seeks Education Specialist. Deadline: July 18, 2014. 


Curatorial Assistant

Monticello, Charlottesville VA, seeks Curatorial Assistant. Deadline: Monday July 21, 2014. 


Tax Credit Reviewer

Department of Historic Resources, Richmond VA, seeks Tax Credit Reviewer. Deadline: July 21, 2014. 


Multiple Positions

Royal Armouries, Leeds, West Yorkshire UK, seeks the following:

Project Coordinator

Missouri History Museum, St. Louis MO, seeks Project Coordinator/Collections Manager for the Soldier's Memorial Project. Position open until filled. 



Do History Here


History at the Fair

Join Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, at the Rice County Fair, July 16-20, Rice County Fairgrounds. Call 507-332-2121 for more information.


Minnesota Wrestling

Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, hosts professional wrestler John Devine, aka Horace the Psychopath, who will discuss the history of professional wrestling in Minnesota, Hay Lake School, Scandia, Sunday July 20, 2014, 2 p.m. Call 651-433-4014 for more information. 




Geocaching Challenge

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, invites the public to the White Bear History Geocaching Challenge, Monday July 21, 2014, 6 p.m., White Bear Council Chambers. Free. Call 651-407-5327 for more information. 


Evening Celebration

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, invites the public to their Art Exhibit Opening Reception followed by Our History Matters, Tuesday July 22, 2014, 5 p.m. Program focus: Historic Seppman Mill. Call 507-345-5566 for more information. 


Book Talk

Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, presents author Rhonda Fochs, who will speak on her book "Minnesota's Lost Towns," Tuesday July 22, 2014, 1 p.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information. 



Wildwood Amusement Park

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, White Bear Lake MN, invites the public to a talk on Wildwood Amusement Park, Wednesday July 23, 2014, 2 p.m., White Bear Council Chambers. Free. Call 651-407-5327 for more information. 


Historic Pub Crawl

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, will host a Historic Pub Crawl in St. Cloud's Historic Downtown District, Friday July 25, 2014, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Attendance is limited; contact Sarah, 320-253-8424, for more information or to register.


Vintage Base Ball

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, invites the public to a Vintage Base Ball game between the Arlington Greys and St. Croix Base Ball Club, August 9, 2014, 1 p.m., Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague. Contact Stephanie, 952-445-0378, for more information. 


Swedish Camp

Isanti County Historical Society, Cambridge MN, hosts the 25th annual Swedish Language and Culture Day Camp, August 11-15, 2014, West Riverside Historic Site. Register online, via email, or call 763-689-4229. 




Continuing Education


Oral History Workshop

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, hosts an Oral History Workshop, Wednesday July 23, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Space is limited--RSVP to Dan Moeckly, 507-451-1420.


TCART Symposium Call for Proposals

Twin Cities Archives Round Table (TCART) announces the third annual Minnesota Archives Symposium, "Inviting Interaction: Building Digital Access and Connections in Archives & Special Collections," to be held Friday October 24, 2014. Proposals due Monday August 25, 2014. 





Online Directory for Nonprofits

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) announces the launch of a new online directory created for nonprofits, the Nonprofit SpeciaLIST. If your organization is in need of expert products or services tailored to nonprofits, check out this list. 



Fund Your Mission


Capital Grants Deadline

The State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid program will distribute approximately $800,000 in matching grants for the fall grant round to county and local jurisdictions for historic preservation projects of a capital nature. The minimum request is $10,000, with no request cap. Grants must be matched on at least a 1:1 basis. Buildings must be publicly owned and must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or have been determined eligible for listing.


Pre-applications are required and are due by July 18, 2014. Final applications are due September 5, 2014. Information on eligibility requirements and application materials is available online. Questions? Contact Mandy Skypala, 651-259-3458.


Implementation Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants. Deadline: August 13, 2014. 


Media Projects Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for Media Projects: Development Grants and Media Projects: Production Grants. Deadline for both: August 13, 2014. 



Field Note



Volunteer for the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting
The AASLH conference will be held in St. Paul MN Wednesday September 17 through Saturday September 20, 2014. At the conference you will meet colleagues from all across Minnesota and the country.

We are looking for volunteers to provide a hearty Minnesota welcome to our national colleagues. 


Volunteer for: 

  • Registration
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Session Evaluator 
  • Floater/Greeter

Professional Development:

  • Training
  • Complimentary parking on the day(s) you volunteer
  • A behind-the-scenes look at how a national conference is run!
Please consider volunteering at the conference.




2014, the AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul

AASLH Annual Meeting
St. Paul MN


Featured Book


Grain Merchants



Grain Merchants: An Illustrated History of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, by Dave Kenney, forward by Walter Mondale. 


Published by Afton Historical Society Press. Available from Minnesota Historical Society.





Featured Past Article
Volume 43, Issue 3, 1972




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