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February 26, 2014                                                            Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants

Spotlighted Project: Monson Lake Immigrants Archaeological Education Project
The project investigated an early Swedish immigrant homestead destroyed during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in what is now Swift County Minnesota. 
The results of this project help to add more information to the 1862 story and will be preserved for generations to come at the Swift County Historical Society. The results also can be used by MN DNR to better manage and interpret this very rare resource in the Monson Lake State Park. 
Funding Amount: $7,000
Recipient: Swift County Historical Society



Heritage Partnership Program


Final Application Deadline

Final applications to the Heritage Partnership Program are due Friday March 7, 2014. The Grants Office emailed reviewer feedback on the preapplications last week. If you have questions on your revision, please email the contact person listed in your preapplication letter. 



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Job Opportunities


Executive Director

Historic Georgetown, Inc., Georgetown CO, seeks Executive Director. Deadline: March 31, 2014. 


Education and Outreach Coordinator

Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol TN, seeks Education and Outreach Coordinator


Project Assistant Archivist

The Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, seeks Project Assistant Archivist


Education Intern

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia MN, seeks Education Intern. Send resume and cover letter to Heidi Gould


Do History Here


Family Discovery Days

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, announces their next Family Discovery Day, February 28, 2014. Programs are geared toward children ages 8-13. Call 800-372-6437 for more information. 


Cultural History

Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, invites the public to their popular family program series, Urban Expedition. Free. The next program, Sunday March 2, 2014, 1-3 p.m., focuses on Cambodia. Call 651-292-3063 for more information. 


Lecture Series

Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena MN, announces a new lecture series beginning March 7, 2014 with author Jerry Mevissen at the Harvest Thyme Bistro, Wadena, 7-9 p.m. Call 218-631-9079 for more information. 


Tapping History

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Excelsior MN, hosts historian and author Scott McGinnis who will speak about Prohibition in Excelsior, Monday March 10, 2014, Jake O'Connor's. Contact Dan Johnson, 612-805-2397, for more information. 


History Matters

Minnesota Historical Society hosts the annual History Matters Day at the Capitol, Monday March 10, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Let your legislators know that History Matters!


Prohibition Music Program

Ramsey County Library-Maplewood hosts jazz singer Lee Engele, who will present "Boozy Ballads and Temperance Tunes," Wednesday March 12, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 


Minnesota in the 1970s

Ramsey County Library-Roseville hosts historians Dave Kenney and Thomas Saylor, who will talk about their new book "Minnesota in the 70s," Thursday March 13, 2014, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 




Cozy Theatre Open House

Cozy Theatre, Wadena MN, kicks off its Centennial Celebration with an Open House at the theater, Saturday March 15, 2014, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Women's History Luncheon

Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm MN, will honor Sleepy Eye native and author Nicole Helget at its annual Women's History Luncheon, March 15, 2014, noon, New Ulm Country Club. Tickets available in advance only; call 507-233-2616 for reservations or for more information. 


Fundraiser Dinner

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces their Veterans' Memorial Hall Fundraiser Dinner, March 27, 2014, 5 p.m., American Legion Post #71. Cost: $15; space is limited. Call John Marshall, 218-348-2929, for more information. 



Continuing Education


Genealogy Webinar

Join Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, for an in-depth instructional webinar on Ancestry.com, Tuesday March 4, 10-11 a.m. Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives, will present. RSVP to Sarah Warmka, 320-253-8424.


Civil War Symposium

Boy in Blue Memorial Project announces a Civil War Symposium, "1864...This Mighty Scourge of War," Saturday March 15, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Summit Center, Mankato MN. Advance registration due by March 10, 2014. Contact Julie, 507-625-8056, for more information. 


Financial Assessment Workshop

Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Minneapolis MN, hosts free workshops by Kate Barr, "Financial Assessment and Planning for Small Arts Organizations" and "Financial Assessment and Business Models for Large Arts Organizations," March 17, 2014, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul MN. 


CDP Webinar

Cultural Data Project offers a webinar presentation to learn more about their newly-released report, "New Data Directions for the Cultural Landscape: Toward a Better-Informed, Stronger Sector," Monday March 17, 2014, 2-3 p.m. ET. 


PastPerfect Training

PastPerfect offers "Research and Reporting with PastPerfect 5.0," March 18-19, 2014, 9-11:30 a.m. Call 800-562-6080 for more information or to register.


WHS Spring Webinars
Wisconsin Historical Society offers Spring Webinars, starting March 28, 2014. More information and registration form available online


Free Webinar
Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Minneapolis MN, offers a free webinar with Kate Barr, "Dashboard Reports for Arts Organizations,"  Wednesday April 9, 2014, noon to 1 p.m. 





Call for Nominations

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota announces the Call for Nominations for the Minnesota Preservation Awards. Nominations due Friday May 16, 2014, 4:30 p.m.


New Board Directors

Dorothy Molter Museum and Foundation, Ely MN, announces that three new directors were unanimously appointed to the museum's board: Pam Brunfelt, Bill Latady, and Bill Tefft. 


Field Note



History never stops. Descendants of people significant to our pasts live all around us. In many ways, they can bring so much to enrich the meaning of a past we can only explore and try to understand through their family stories, memories, and artifacts. Probably one of the strongest contributions descendants can make is simply the tangible reassurance that the past is very real and still with us.


Above, Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls MN, welcomed Rosa L. Smith, descendant of Artemus Packard, a Civil War veteran from Otter Tail County. His story is featured in the exhibit "Veterans of the Civil War."




Apply for an AASLH Leadership in History Award. Deadline: March 1, 2014. Contact the AASLH MN State Representative, Joe Hoover, 651-259-3461, for more information.



Scholarships are available to the 2014 AASLH Conference, St. Paul MN. Deadline: April 11, 2014.


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