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December 11, 2013                                                                              Membership | Past Issues | 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




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 project will only be available for the January 10 and April 11, 2014 deadlines.
Spotlighted Project: House Fireplace and Chimney Preservation
Renovation of the glacial stone fireplace and chimney in the Oberholtzer House in the Ernest C. Oberholtzer Rainy Lake Islands Historic District on Mallard Island, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 
Recipient: Ernest C. Oberholtzer Foundation
Funding Amount: $48,822


From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History's fans crushed the 1,300 mark adding 33 new people in a week to rise to 1,314. Here are some posts that show why:



Job Opportunities


Site Coordinator

Murray County, Slayton MN, seeks part-time Site Coordinator for End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum, Currie MN. Employment application form required. Deadline: December 30, 2013, 4:30 p.m.


Site Coordinator

Murray County, Slayton MN, seeks part-time Site Coordinator for Dinehart-Holt House, Slayton MN. Employment application form required. Deadline: December 30, 2013, 4:30 p.m.



Do History Here


Program Rescheduled

Due to the weather, Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, rescheduled their Holiday Open House. Please join them on Saturday December 14, 2013, 1-3 p.m. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information.


Formal Tea

Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, will hold a Formal Tea, December 15, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $20/person; period costume encouraged. Call 763-477-5383 for more information. 




Program Rescheduled

Due to the weather, Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet MN, rescheduled "The Greatest Scientific Prize Ever Awarded in History," a talk by Allen R. Anway. Please join them on Wednesday December 18, 2013, 1 p.m. Call 218-879-1938 for more information. 



Continuing Education


Research Center Workshop

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, offers "Introduction to the Research Center and Archives" workshop, to be held the third Wednesday of every month. This month, join them December 18, 2013, 9:30 a.m. RSVP to 320-253-8424. 





Take the Pledge Today!

The American Alliance of Museums' Pledge of Excellence is an easy and achievable step along your museum's path to excellence, and a way to show your museum's commitment to being a good steward of the resources it holds in the public trust. The pledge states that, in fulfillment of the museum's educational mission, it will strive to operate according to national standards and best practices to the best of its abilities and in accordance with its resources. Learn more about the Pledge and add your museum's name to the list today.

Free Admission
Throughout the month of December, Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, offers free museum admission to guests who bring non-perishable food items for the local food shelf. Call 800-372-6437 for more information.
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Alyssa Auten Succeeds Ben Leonard
Nicollet County Historical Society announced that Alyssa Auten, currently coordinator for the Taylors Falls Historical Society, will become its next executive director. Alyssa brings a strong track record of operating a contract management state historic site, the Folsom House, and the Nicollet County Historical Society currently operates four contract management historic sites for the state. Well done, Alyssa!



Field Note



Polk County Historical Society, Crookston MN, announces that they have selected Alyson Leas as their new part-time Museum Director. Alyson started with PCHS on September 3, 2013. Welcome, Alyson!




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On Stage with Kevin Kling, by Kevin Kling.


Available from Minnesota Historical Society Press.



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