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January 29, 2014                                                                            Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Small Grants

Applicants to the January 2014 small grants round of Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program will receive feedback on their proposals in mid- to late February. Looking ahead, the next small grants deadline will be Friday April 11, 2014. Contact the Grants Office with questions. 


Spotlighted Project: Dakota History Program: Elders, Guardians of our Future

In an effort to carry out the Park Board's recommendations to recognize Indian Heights Park as a sacred Dakota site and to obtain an accurate account of Dakota history, GRADS members contacted four Dakota Elders from the last known Dakota bands in the SE MN area (Rochester) to learn of our history.
Recipient: Rochester Park and Recreation Dept.
Funding Amount: $3,800



Heritage Partnership Program


Partnership Grants

Pre-applications to the Heritage Partnership Program are starting the review process. Applicants will receive feedback via email on their proposals in time to revise and complete final applications by the March 7, 2014 deadline. Organizations must have completed and submitted a pre-application in order to be eligible for the final application process. Contact the Grants Office with questions.


Spotlighted Project: Northfield History Collaborative

The Northfield Historical Society spearheaded this project, which includes creating a central web site portal through which historical content from the community of Northfield can be shared with the public. The ACHF funding is being used to establish a governance and financial model for the Northfield History Collaborative, add new partners and continue digitizing and adding content from new and current partners to the Collaborative site. The Collaborative has also expanded its digitizing efforts to include audio and visual media and plans to orchestrate a community rollout of the web site in 2011. 
Partner Organizations: Northfield Historical Society, Carleton College, Northfield Public Library, Rice County Historical Society and St. Olaf College.
Funding Amount:  $43,950



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans increased their numbers to 1332


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Job Opportunities


Executive Director

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Lanesboro MN, seeks Executive Director. Deadline: Monday February 3, 2014. 


Park Ranger

National Park Service seeks full-time, temporary Park Rangers in Keystone SD. Deadline: February 6, 2014.


Main Street Coordinator

Faribault Main Street, Faribault MN, seeks part-time Main Street Coordinator. Deadline: February 7, 2014. 



Old World Wisconsin, Eagle WI, seeks Historic Farming and Transportation Coordinator. Deadline: February 16, 2014. 



Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort KY, seeks summer Interns. Deadline: March 1, 2014. 


Historical Site Director

Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon MI, seeks Historical Site Director


Programs Intern

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, seeks Programs Intern. Small stipend offered. Email resume and cover letter to Heidi Gould.


Tour Guide

Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park, Wheaton IL, seeks part-time Tour Guide


Assistant Registrar

Ohio Historical Society, Columbus OH, seeks Assistant Registrar. Position open until filled. 



Do History Here


Friday Movies

Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, hosts its January Friday Movies at the Museum, Friday January 31, 2014, 1 p.m. "The Secure World of Diamond Values" and "The Golden Twenties," Part II, will be shown on a vintage 16mm projector. Call 218-879-1938 for more information. 


Family Discovery Days
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, hosts Family Discovery Days once per month. Join them Saturday February 1, 2014, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Black History Month Activities

Bloomington Human Rights Commission presents Black History Month Events and Activities, beginning Monday February 3, 2014. 


FDR and Civil Rights

Ramsey County Library--Roseville will host historian J.B. Andersen, who will talk about the  Civil Rights struggle during World War II and the FDR Administration, Thursday February 6, 2014, 7 p.m. 


Documentary Film

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, will screen the documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," Thursday February 6, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 507-934-2160 for more information. 


Museum Mystery

Join Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, for Dinner and a Mystery (Clueseum), Saturday February 8, 2014, 4-7 p.m.


WWI History Program

Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, presents "Safe For Democracy," a World War I history program, Saturday February 8, 2014, 2 p.m., Northtown Library, Blaine MN. Call 763-717-3267 for more information. 


Civil Rights History

Ramsey County Library--Roseville will host Penumbra Theatre, for a performance of scenes from their new play, "Bearing Witness: The Ballad of Emmett Till," Tuesday February 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.



1846 Murder Trial

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, invites the public to their February Breakfast Club, Wednesday February 12, 2014, 9 a.m. Dr. Jeff Mullins will discuss the 1846 racial murder trial of William Freeman. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. 



Book Talk

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, hosts Rep. Dean Urdahl, who will speak about the fourth book in his Dakota War series, "Conspiracy! Who Really Killed Lincoln?," Sunday February 16, 2014, 2 p.m. Call 952-484-0477 for more information.


Agnes' Sewing Circle

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, invites the public to bring their handwork to "Agnes' Sewing Circle," Sunday February 23, 2014, 1:30-4 p.m. Agnes Hopkins Pond, portrayed by Sheila Smith, will host. Call 952-484-0477 for more information.  


Nite at the Museum

Kids ages 6-12 can take part in a "Nite at the Museum" sleepover at Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, Friday February 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m.


Juried Arts Competition

LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, announces a juried arts competition based on embroidery designs from the Hastings Needle Work Company, established by Florence and Alice LeDuc in 1888. Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2014. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.



Continuing Education


FSA Meeting

AASLH's Field Services Alliance Mid-Winter Meeting will be held February 23-25, 2014, Raleigh NC. Contact Stuart Sanders or Adrienne Berney for more information.


Scholarship Opportunity

Midwest Archives Conference is accepting applications to the Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students. Deadline: March 1, 2014. 


1812 History Symposium

War of 1812 in the West Symposium will be held March 22-23, 2014, Old Courthouse NPS, St. Louis MO. Contact David Bennett for more information.





Museum Design Competition

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, is holding a "Design Off" competition for graphic design, Monday February 10, 2014, 4-7 p.m. Would you like your design work to be used in museum marketing? To join the competition, contact executive director Tim Hoheisel, 320-253-8424 by February 7, 2014.


Sales Tax Data Shows Growth

Explore Minnesota reports that the 2012 county-level sales tax data shows growth. Details for some Minnesota counties include data for museums, historical societies, and zoos. 


Bikeable Communities

Apply now to host a 2014 Bikeable Community Workshop. Participants go on a short bike ride to assess the community's bicycle facilities and create a subsequent action plan. Sounds like a great way to see some historic sites along the way!



Field Note



In spite of the cold weather, Proctor Area Historical Society, Proctor MN, has been working diligently on the interior of their new permanent museum building, the former 1927 Car Shop Superintendent's Office for Canadian National Railroad. Follow their progress on the PAHS Facebook page




Apply for an AASLH Leadership in History Award. Contact the AASLH MN State Representative, Joe Hoover, for more information.



MHCHG Scholarship Funds


Featured Book




The Brides of Midsummer, by Vilhelm Moberg; Translated by Gudrun Brunot.


Available February 2014 from Minnesota Historical Society Press.



Featured Past Article
Volume 49, Issue 2, 1984




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