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December 18, 2013                                                                        Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Local History News on Holiday


Local History News will not be published on Wednesday December 25, 2013 or Wednesday January 1, 2014. It will return to your inboxes on Wednesday January 8, 2014. Happy Holidays to you and yours from Local History Services!



Did Your Organization Do Something Amazing This Year?
Every year, AASLH bestows the Leadership in History Awards in recognition of excellence in the field of state and local history.
The Leadership in History Awards program was established to encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others 
Applicants can self-nominate or nominate another project. Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2014.
For more information, visit the website or contact:
Joe Hoover, State Leadership Team Leader
Free Webinar
For more information about the AASLH Awards program, join the free informational webinar, January 9, 2014, 2-3 p.m. ET. Pre-registration required



Heritage Partnership Program

The goal of the Heritage Partnership Program is to build the capacity of eligible applicants to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota’s history and cultural resources by supporting the creation and development of sustainable, history-based partnerships throughout the state. For more details and look for the web site coming (very) soon at:


Pre-Applications due January 24, 2014 

For more information, contact David Grabitske: david.grabitske@mnhs.org or 651-259-3460. 



Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Small Grants Deadline

The next small grants deadline for the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program is Friday January 10, 2014. Contact the Grants Office with questions. 


Scholarships Available

MHCHG grants are available for scholarships to send up to two organization members to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting in Saint Paul.
NOTE: This scholarship will only be available for the January 10 and April 11, 2014 deadlines.







Spotlighted Project: Conservation and Treatment of New Ulm Turner Hall Murals

The grant supported the conservation and treatment of the historic murals in the Rathskeller in New Ulm Turner Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Recipient: New Ulm Turnverein
Funding Amount: $23,140



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History's fan base took a big leap forward over the past week, landing at 1319! News of note this week:

Around the Blogosphere



Job Opportunities


Project Position

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, seeks part-time, temporary project assistant. Deadline: December 23, 2013, 5 p.m.


Collections Assistant

Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Collections Assistant, Collections Department. Deadline: December 23, 2013. 


Collections Assistant

Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Collections Assistant, State Archives Department. Deadline: December 23, 2013. 



University of Iowa, Iowa City IA, seeks Director of Pentacrest Museums. Deadline: January 17, 2014. 



Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago IL, seeks Director. Deadline: January 21, 2014. 


Executive Director

National Public Housing Museum, Chicago IL, seeks Executive Director. Position open until filled. 



Do History Here


Civil War Talk

Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, presents the fifth talk in a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Jim Stark will discuss the aftermath of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, Thursday December 19, 2013, 6 p.m.


Book Signing

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts a book signing by chef Amy Thielen, who will sign copies of her new cookbook, "The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes," Friday December 20, 2013, 1-3 p.m.


Frontier Christmas

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, will host a Frontier Christmas Celebration, Sunday December 22, 2013, 2-4 p.m. at the Pond House. Call 952-563-8693 for more information. 


Book Club

Wright County Historical Society, Buffalo MN, will hold their next Book Club event on Friday December 27, 2013, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Connie Carlson will moderate a discussion on the Saint John's Bible project. Call 763-682-7323 for more information. 


Winter Carnival Exhibit

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, announce their exhibit "Winter Carnival Highlights from the RCHS Collections," January 2-February 3, 2014, Landmark Center. Call 651-222-0701 for more information. 



Continuing Education


Tourism Conference

Explore Minnesota announces their 2014 Tourism Conference, "Future's So Bright," February 4-5, 2014, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), Duluth MN. 





Limited Edition Cards Available

Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, announces the limited availability of cards printed from original etched zinc blocks.  


NDNP Survey
Minnesota Historical Society's six-year participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is ending. They would appreciate any input about Minnesota's participation in the program via an online survey. Deadline: December 23, 2013.


U.S.-Dakota Conflict Documentary

Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) will premiere "The Past Is Alive Within Us: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict," Thursday December 26, 2013. 



Fund Your Mission


Information Sessions

Minnesota State Arts Board will offer a free information session via conference call/webinar about FY 2015 Operating Support grant opportunities, Thursday January 9, 2014, 10 a.m.


Conservation Assessment Program

Applications for the 2014 CAP are now available. Deadline: Friday February 14, 2014.



Field Note



An interesting article featuring Cambridge's American Legion Post 290 made the front page of Sunday's Star TribuneThe article focuses on Minnesota's VFWs and American Legions that are increasingly selling off their meeting halls as members age and die.
Many of these institutions are part of the fabric of smaller towns and cities and provide invaluable support for their communities. Has your community experienced a recent closing of a VFW or American Legion? How has that impacted your organization?
Pictured above: Attucks Brooks Post 606, St. Paul MN.




Featured Book



Christmas in Minnesota, by Marilyn Ziebarth and Brian Horrigan.


Published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.



Featured Past Article
Volume 57, Issue 3, 2000




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