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January 15, 2014                                                                               Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


2014 Monitoring Reports

The Grants Office will send the next round of monitoring reports in April 2014. Those organizations with Letters of Agreement (LOAs) know that the Grants Office requires notification of planned visual or structural alterations to the property. When reporting, include information about any work done since the last monitoring report (end of 2012). Contact Becca Johnson, 651-259-3468, for more information. 


Spotlighted Project: Siceca Wowapi Dakota Language Publication

With the grant, Oyate Nipi Kte was able to design, publish, and distribute two children's stories in the Dakota language. These books included the Dakota language stories "Keya Zuya Ya" and "Odowan Sigsicedanka." The books include original illustrations as well as the English translations in the Appendix.


Recipient: Oyate Nipi Kte

Funding Amount: $7,000



Heritage Partnership Program


Partnership Grants Deadline

The former Partnership grants program has been revised and expanded into the Heritage Partnership ProgramCheck out the guidelines for information on eligible projects. For FY 2014 there is $400,000 available to award; there are no budget caps, but proposals must justify all project expenses. Deadline for required pre-applications: Friday January 24, 2014.


Questions? Contact the Grants Office




From the Blog


Podcast: Archaeology of Architecture

From Preserve Minnesota, the Statewide Preservation Conference held September 2013 in Lanesboro:

View the podcast


With brushes and backhoes, archaeologists document the locations of former buildings. What can their work tell us about structures that were once part of our communities? How can archaeology inform our understanding and interpretation of existing historic buildings? Using examples from Minnesota excavations, this presentation demonstrates the preservation benefits of doing the archaeology of architecture.


Presenter: Michelle Terrell, Two Pines Resource Group, Shafer, MN


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History and its 1326 supporters have something to share this week: 

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Job Opportunities


Assistant Collections Manager

New Harmony State Historic Site, New Harmony IN, seeks Assistant Collections Manager. Deadline: January 20, 2014. 


Paid Internship

Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith NY, seeks Summer Education Intern. Deadline: March 29, 2014. 


Executive Director

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Missoula MT, seeks Executive Director.


Collections Manager

Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, seeks Collections Manager for the Anthropology Collections. Position open until filled.  



History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester MN, seeks Archivist. Position open until filled. 


Unpaid Internship

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, seeks summer intern, focusing on marketing and long range planning. Contact Wendy Petersen Biorn, 952-442-4234, for more information. Calls and applications accepted February 1-28, 2014.



Do History Here


Volunteer Info Meeting

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, will host an educational meeting for their volunteers, Thursday January 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Learn more about the Village of Yesteryear! Call Dodie, 507-451-1420, for more information. 


History Meeting

Hamline-Midway History Corps, St. Paul MN, meets Saturday January 18, 2014, 2-4 p.m., Ginkgo Coffeehouse


Genealogy Meeting

St. Cloud Area Genealogists meet Tuesday January 21, 2014, 7 p.m. to discuss St. Cloud Diocese Church Records. Contact Dan Schroeder, 320-685-3629, for more information.


Annual Meeting

Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing MN, will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2014, 2 p.m. Call 651-388-6024 for more information. 


Grand Reopening

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, announces their reopening celebration, Saturday February 1, 2014, noon to 2 p.m. Tour newly remodeled spaces and new exhibit galleries. Call 952-445-0378 for more information. 


Baseball Exhibit

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, announces a free exhibit at the Bloomington Civic Plaza Lobby, Bloomington MN. "They Played for the Love of the Game: Adding to the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball," opens February 3, 2014. Call 651-222-0701 for more information. 






Civil War Lecture Series

Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, continues their monthly Civil War lectures with "Civil War Monuments," Thursday February 6, 2014, 7 p.m., Chomonix Golf Course Clubhouse, Lino Lakes MN. Photographer Doug Ohman will share photographs and stories of Civil War monuments across Minnesota. Call 763-421-0600 for more information. 


Exhibit Opening

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, announces the opening of "Faces of the First: Contemporary Civil War Portraits of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment," February 6, 2014, Landmark Center RCHS Gallery. Free. Call 651-222-0701 for more information. 




Continuing Education


Managing Digital Content

Minitex offers an online course in "Managing Digital Content Over Time: An Introduction to Digital Preservation," February 5 and 19; and March 5, 2014, 10 a.m. to noon CT. Register online by January 31, 2014. 








IMA Conference Proposals Sought

Iowa Museum Association seeks proposals for breakout sessions at their 2014 Iowa Museum Association Annual Meeting and Conference, October 12-14, 2014, Cedar Rapids IA. Deadline for submissions: March 10, 2014. Contact Cyndi Sweet for more information or to submit proposals.


JHA Conference

Jefferson Highway Association will hold its 2014 International Conference in Park Rapids MN, May 30-31, 2014. 





Urban Expedition

Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, kicks off its 10th anniversary of the popular Urban Expedition program with a 'trip' to Spain, Sunday January 19, 2014, 1-3 p.m.


National Preservation Awards

National Trust for Historic Preservation announces that the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards program is now accepting nominations for the 2014 award program. Deadline: March 3, 2014. 


Local History Featured on CD

Dorothy Molter Museum, Ely MN, is pleased to note that Dorothy Molter, the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, is featured in Minnesota band Tree Party's latest CD, "Iced Over: Thawing Minnesota's Local Lore."


Available: Magazine Holders

Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office has a number of cardboard magazine holders available. Free. Contact Michele Decker, 651-259-3450, for more information or to arrange pickup. 



Field Note



Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead MN, hosted "Spin-In Roc Day," a day of spinning, knitting, felting and other fiber arts. What does your  local history organization do in partnering with arts organizations for hands-on learning?


Photo courtesy of Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.




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



Scholarships are available to the 2014 AASLH Conference, St. Paul, MN.



Featured Book




When I Was a Child, by Vilhelm Moberg, translated and abridged by Gustaf Lannenstock. 


Available in February 2014 from Minnesota Historical Society Press.



Featured Past Article
Volume 57, Issue 3, 2000




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