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August 20, 2014                                                                       Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Spotlighted Project: Digital conversion and publication of past presentations, outreach, and interviews
The project digitally converted 44 VHS tapes of past presentations by Minnesota veterans describing their time in service, produced an educational DVD for use in schools, and conducted, recorded, and published 5 oral history interviews of Eighth Air Force Historical Society of Minnesota veterans who could not give a public presentation but want their service and experiences during World War II to be recorded and preserved.
The digital conversion of the VHS tapes will preserve for the future the stories of many Minnesota veterans who have already passed away.
Recipient: Eighth Air Force Historical Society, Inc. - Minnesota Chapter
Funding Amount: $4,158


Small Grants Deadline

Now is the time to plan ahead for the next small grants round in the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program. The deadline for grant proposals requesting $10,000 or less will be Friday October 10, 2014. Contact Melinda Hutchinson with questions about the program. 



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Facebook Findings
Minnesota Local History's 1415 fans have something to think about this week:
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Job Opportunities



Department of the Army seeks several Historian positions.
  • Kentucky Deadline: August 15, 2014.
  • Oregon Deadline: August 22, 2014.
  • Washington, D.C. (2 positions available) Deadline: Thursday, August 28, 2014.
Volunteer Services Intern
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul MN, Art seeks a Volunteer Services Intern. Deadline: September 5, 2014.
Archives and Library Manager
Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing MN, is looking for a full-time Archives & Library Manager. Deadline: Friday September 5, 2014, 5 p.m.


Licensing and Reproductions

Chicago History Museum, Chicago IL, has two job openings in their Rights and Reproductions department: Licensing and Reproductions Coordinator and a Licensing and Reproductions Technician (Part-Time).
Head of Multi-Generational Learning
Director of Guest Relations



Do History Here


Live Music Tonight

Richfield Historical Society, Richfield MN, announces free live music at the Bartholomew House, featuring Chase and the Pacers on August 20, 2014, 7 p.m. Bring a picnic, lawn chair or blanket.
Pops on the Porch
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society asks you to join them for their annual Pops on the Porch celebration on the lawn of the Fillebrown House. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic supper, if you wish, and enjoy the sounds of the Moonlight Serenaders, Thursday August 21, 2014, 6–8 p.m. FREE event, donations welcome.
St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, and the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association, invites the public to attend the dedication of the USS Duluth 12-ton anchor on its new Lakewalk site next to the Vietnam Memorial, behind the Fitger’s Complex, Friday August 22, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Genealogy Class
Sherburne History Center, Becker MN, Executive Director and genealogist Mike Brubaker teaches skills for genealogical research Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to Noon. For more information call 763-261-4433.
Swap Meet
Waseca County History Center, Waseca MN, needs more collectors for the “Herter’s Swap Meet,” Saturday August 23, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Building #4 at the Waseca County Fairgrounds. NO table rental fees as previously advertised, however, registration is necessary. Call 507-835-7700 to register.
Pioneer Cemetery Tours
Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm MN, is holding its Pioneer Cemetery Tour in the Pioneer Section of the New Ulm City Cemetery, Sunday August 24, 2014. Meet at the New Ulm City Cemetery maintenance building by 2 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.
Vintage Base Ball
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, invites the public to watch old time Base Ball played at Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia MN, Sunday August 24, 2014, 2 p.m. FREE to the public. For more information call 651-433-4014.
Old School Days
The Harkin Store, New Ulm MN, will hold a program on old schools in Nicollet County. There will be old pictures and old school books and a picture of the old private school, the Robinson school, in the town of West Newton, Sunday August 24, 2014, 1 to 4 p.m.
Exhibit Reception and Quilt Show & Tell
Sherburne History Center, Becker MN, invites exhibitors and the public to their new exhibit “Stitches in Quilts of Sherburne County,” Wednesday August 27, 2014, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Spaces for those wishing to show their quilts are limited. For more information call 763-261-4433.
Book Presentation
Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, invites the public to hear Garett Ebling present on his book, "Collapsed: A Survivor’s Climb from the I-35 Bridge Collapse," Thursday August 28, 2014, 6 p.m.
Civil War Weekend
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, hosts a Civil War Weekend. This year's theme is "1864 - The Death Rattle of the Confederacy," September 6 and 7, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission prices are $5-$8.
Flea Market
Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, is hosting a Flea Market, Saturday September 13, 2014, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. For more information call 507-332-2121.



Continuing Education


Upcoming webinar 
National Association for Interpretation, Fort Collins CO, hosts webinar "Facilitated Dialogue: Who's Engaging the Public and Why?" August 26, Presented by Carol Blaney. Information about the course is available on the NAI website





Last Chance to Advertise in 2015 Minnesota Travel Guide
The Minnesota Travel Guide is the official resource for travelers planning their Minnesota vacations. The final ad deadline is August 29, 2014.


2016 Governor’s Fishing Opener Proposals Sought
Explore Minnesota Tourism is seeking proposals to host the 2016 Governor’s Fishing Opener event.
Senator Klobuchar Held Roundtable on Minnesota Tourism
This past week, Senator Amy Klobuchar convened a tourism roundtable on international tourism, the Brand USA program and reauthorization, tourism in Minnesota in general, and ways we can better promote our great state as a travel destination.


Fund Your Mission


National Council on Public History 

National Council on Public History offers more than $7,000 in awards. Submissions for the book prize and Kelley prize are due November 1, 2014, while those for outstanding project, new professional, consulting excellence, and other awards are due December 1, 2014. Nominate a colleague or yourself.



Field Note



Photo Murals

Jackson County Historical Society, Lakefield MN, has come up with a fun way to share historical photos in their collections with their community--post 7' x 9' copies on the museum's exterior wall. Yet another way to make the collections accessible to the public! Time will tell how well they hold up to the elements. 


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2014, the AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul

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Smitten with Squash, by Amanda Paa.


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Featured Past Article
Volume 57, Issue 5, 2014


Book: Building Museums


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