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September 3, 2014                                                                    Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Only 14 Days Until the AASLH Annual Meeting in Saint Paul!


It's almost here! The AASLH Annual Meeting is right around the corner--both on the calendar and in your back yard. Beginning on September 17, historians, curators, archivists and lovers of local history from around the country will be meeting in Saint Paul MN to network and exchange ideas. We hope to see you all there too!



Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Small Grants Deadline
The next small grants deadline for the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program is Friday October 10, 2014. Applications must be submitted via the grants portal by midnight on the deadline date. Contact the Grants Office, 651-259-3467, with questions.


Legacy Research Fellowships
The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the second round of Legacy Research Fellowships. Applications are due October 1, 2014, with Fellowship research to begin January 1, 2015.
Awards of $1,000 or $5,000 are available to successful applicants.


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Job Opportunities


Inventory Specialist
Murray County Historical Society, Slayton MN, seeks an Inventory Specialist to fill a part time temporary position to complete a photograph inventory project. Deadline: September 5, 2014.
Crew Leader
Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps seeks a Crew Leader. Position is temporary full-time status. Deadline: September 12, 2014.
Historic Preservation Crew Members
Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps has positions for four Historic Preservation Crew Members. Positions are temporary full-time status. Deadline: September 12, 2014.
Audience Insight Analyst
Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks an Audience Insight Analyst. Deadline: September 19, 2014.
Assistant Professor of Art History
The University of St. Thomas, Department of Art History, seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art History.
Historical Research Intern
Director of Conventions and Tourism
Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism seeks a Director of Conventions and Tourism.
Object Conservator 
The Henry Ford, Dearborn MI, seeks qualified applicants for the position of Object Conservator
President / CEO 
Amercian Association for State and Local History is actively soliciting applications for the AASLH President / CEO position.



Do History Here


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, announces the return of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Sunday September 7, 2014, 4 to 6 p.m. Free to the public.
Author Presentation
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, hosts Ken Martens, author of The Perilous St. Croix River Valley Frontier Sunday September 7, 2014, 2 p.m. for a presentation on the American Indian settlement, history and legends of the St. Croix River Valley. For more information call 651-439-5956.
Public Boat Tours
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, is offering six public educational cruises on the Cal Fremling Floating Classroom. Cruises will offer topics about Winona history, the river, the environment and more. 
  • September 9 - A View From the River: Winona’s Past and Present
  • September 16 - Steamboating on the Mississippi
  • September 23 - River Lore: 1850 - 1930
  • September 30 - Economic Use of the River
  • October 7 - Winona Landmarks
  • October 14 - History of the Refuge
See website for costs and details.
Mystery Tour
Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls MN, holds its Final Downtown Fergus Falls Mystery Tour, Thursday September 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Sherburne History Center, Becker MN, invites quilters of all ability levels to learn to sew and tie flannel tied quilts, Thursday September 11, 2014, 2 to 5 p.m. For more information call 763-261-4433.
Presentation and Book Signing
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar MN, hosts Rep. Dean Urdahl, who will give a presentation on the conspiracy of the death of Abraham Lincoln, Thursday September 11, 2014, 7 p.m. The presentation will be based on his book, Conspiracy! Free to the public.
Author Presentation
Sherburne History Center, Becker MN, is pleased to welcome Rhonda Fochs, author of Minnesota’s Lost Towns. Fochs will be presenting on her research and signing books on Saturday September 13, 2014, 11 a.m. Free to the public.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, invites the public to attend its fundraiser murder mystery dinner, "A Bridge Street Murder" Saturday September 13, 2014. Full costumes welcomed. For more information or to make reservations call 763-477-5383.
Oral Tradition
Denmark Township Historical Society, Washington County MN, hosts Helen Johnson Ruedy of Hastings, age 93, and Betty Lou Johnson Hamman of Wayzata, age 84, who will talk about their experiences as school children at the one-room Valley School from 1926 to 1943, Tuesday September 16, 2014, 7 p.m. For more information call 651-357-4244.
Iron Range Presetation
Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis MN, hosts Labor Historian Peter Rachleff as he discusses the present and the past of Minnesota's Iron Range in the era of World War I, Tuesday September 16, 2014, 7-8:30 p.m. For more information call 612-543-5669. Register online.
Book Club
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, asks you to join them Wednesday September 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m. for the Granite City Book Club where Minnesota author Connie Claire Szarke will lead the discussion and answer questions about her book Delicate Armor.
Parade of Appliances
Delano-Franklin Township Area Historical Society invites the public to celebrate the time-saving appliances we have used in the past, present and into the future by dressing up as an appliance or dressing up your appliance and joining their parade. For more information call 763-954-1400.
Market and Art Show
LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, announces its Annual LeDuc-Simmons Country Market and Art Show, Saturday September 20, 2014, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Memorial Event
Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum, Owatonna MN, will hold the second annual "The Children Remembered - Lighting the Path Event" Saturday September 20, 2014, 7 p.m. The event will include special music, a luminary walk with “History Stops”—including a glimpse into the renovated Root Cellar, a presentation by Barry Adams, and a concluding ceremony at the Children’s Cemetery. 
Documentary Film Premiere
Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in MN and the Romanian Genealogy Society asks you to join them for the premiere of a new documentary film about early Romanian immigration to Minnesota, Saturday September 27, 2014, 3 to 6 p.m at the Dakota County Historical Society, South St. Paul MN. 
New Exhibit
Carlton County Historical SocietyCloquet MN, announces its third round of Northwest Paper Company "Mountie" posters and calendars now on exhibit. For more information call 218-879-1938.


Continuing Education


Save the Date
Mark your calendar now to attend the 2015 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, February 3-4, 2015, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul MN. Watch for updates on their web site.





Join Minnesota's Civil War Task Force on a trip to Tennessee, November 13-17, 2014,  to retrace the steps of several MN regiments and commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of Franklin & Nashville. Round-trip transportation, lodging, meals and guides all included in an affordable travel package. Contact Randal Dietrich at 651-259-3113 for more information. Space is limited.



Fund Your Mission


Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records
National Archives and Records Administration offers support for projects that will result in archives reaching audiences through digital literacy programs and workshops, new tools and applications, and citizen engagement in archival processes. Draft deadline (optional): October 1, 2014.
Museum Assessment Program
Museum Assessment Program helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet national standards. Deadline: December 1, 2014.



Field Note



The American Swedish Institute co-hosted a cross-cultural textile exchange with the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum Saturday August 23, 2014, in a pop-up museum space in downtown Minneapolis. The group told stories, enjoyed Swedish scones and Somali tea while sharing weaving techniques from Somali, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish traditions. 


Cross-cultural partnerships with others are a great way to increase a museum's strength and capacity. Partnerships allow museums to access new networks, develop collaborative skills and raise the profile of the museum in the community. Collaborative programming is pivotal in engaging and empowering culturally diverse communities and illustrates a commitment to education and the concept of lifelong learning.

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