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October 16, 2013                                                                                   Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Thinking about proposing a session and attending American Association for State and Local History's Annual Meeting in St. Paul next September? Maybe you otter! Deadline for sessions is November 15, 2013. The meeting is September 17-20, 2014 (RESERVE THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR TODAY). And, watch for an announcement on scholarships to the meeting.


Otto the Big Otter from Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County was visiting relatives this week at St. Paul's historic Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Plan your visit to St. Paul next September!


Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Legacy Grants Rounds

Grants Office staff are busily reviewing 85 final applications for the mid/large grant round and 116 applications for the October small grants round. Whew! 


Up next: the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) meeting, November 7-8, 2013, 3M Auditorium, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul MN.


Spotlighted Project: If These Bricks Could Talk: Signatures and Stories Exhibit

Recipient: Depot Preservation Alliance
Funding Amount: $7,000
The Depot Preservation Alliance created an interpretative exhibit entitled "If These Bricks Could Talk" based on the over 100 signatures inscribed on the north-facing track-side soft yellow bricks of the Baudette Depot. 



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

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Job Opportunities


Oral History Assistant

Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Oral History Assistant. Deadline: October 17, 2013. 



Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, seeks Archivist. Deadline: October 27, 2013. 


Assistant Professor of History

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis IN, seeks Assistant Professor of History (Digital Humanities). Position open until filled.


Project Specialist

Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Project Specialist. Position open until filled. 



Do History Here


Book Talk

Stearns History Museum and St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN, will co-sponsor author Walt Bachman, who will speak about his book "Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey," tonight, Wednesday October 16, 2013, 7 p.m., Atwood Memorial Center, SCSU. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. 


Exhibit Opening

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, welcomes the public to the opening reception of Sue Mueller-Story and Family art exhibit, "Generations of Art," October 17, 2013, 5-7 p.m. Art from six generations of artists will be on exhibit. Call 507-345-5566 for more information. 


Gettysburg Presentation

Northfield Historical Society and Carleton College Department of History, Northfield MN, host Jeff Appelquist, who will lecture on "Moment of Truth: The Battle of Gettysburg," Thursday October 17, 2013, 6-8 p.m., Weitz Center for Creativity Room 230. Call 507-222-4217 for more information. 


Archaeological Dig

Hamline-Midway History Corps, St. Paul MN, announces a free, public archaeology dig at Hamline University White House, Saturday October 19, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join the History Corps for their monthly meeting at Gingko Coffeehouse after the dig, 2-4 p.m.


Book Talk

Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts author Kevin Fenton, who will introduce his new book "Leaving Rollingstone," Saturday October 19, 2013, 1 p.m. Call 507-454-2723 for more information. 


Rock Hunting in MN

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts Lyndon D. Johnson, who will speak about rock hunting in Central Minnesota, Monday October 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information.


MAM Sampler

Join Minnesota Association of Museums for their October Sampler, Monday October 21, 2013, 2-4 p.m., Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia MN. Register online


Photo Preservation

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, holds a Photo Preservation Workshop, Thursday October 24, 2013, 7-8 p.m. Free. Contact SCHS, 952-445-0378, for more information. 


Documentary Screening

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts a free screening of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World," Thursday October 24, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 507-934-2160 for more information. 


Card Artistry

Join Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, and magician Michael Callahan for an evening of Victorian atmosphere, charm, and magic, October 25 and November 15, 2013, 8:30 p.m., Cox House. Tickets: $10 at the door. Call 507-934-2160 for more information. 



Haunted Museum

Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls MN, invites the public to their annual Haunted Museum on Friday, October 25, 2013 with shows at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.


Halloween Historia

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, invites the public to a family-friendly Halloween event, Halloween Historia, Saturday October 26, 2013, noon to 4 p.m. Call 320-253-8424 for more information. 


History in a Pint

Veterans' Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, hosts Neill Atkins, who will speak on "The Navy Hospital Corpsman's Charges: Marines, Sailors & Seals," Tuesday October 29, 2013, 6 p.m., Grandma's Saloon & Restaurant. Free. Call 218-733-7500 for more information.


Artists' Show

The Annual Hastings Artists' Show will take palce at the LeDuc Historic Estate, Hasting MN, November 2-10, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Free. Call 651-437-7055 for more information. 


Candle Dipping

Pond Dakota Heritage Society, Bloomington MN, invites the public to try making hand-dipped candles with expert candlemaker Cindy Hilsgen, Sunday November 3, 2013, 2-4 p.m. Call 952-563-8738 for more information. 



Continuing Education


MCN Annual Conference

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits holds its 2013 Annual Conference "North Star Nonprofits: Charting Our True Direction," October 24-25, 2013, DECC, Duluth MN. Register by Thursday October 17, 2013 to avoid late/on-site rates.


StEPs Information

American Association for State and Local History has made the "What is StEPs?" webinar available online. See a short introductory video to use as you talk to area organizations about the program.  





Minnesota Survey

Explore Minnesota seeks feedback on a proposed new brand identity for the State of Minnesota. Please take this 5-minute survey by Friday October 18, 2013.


Collections Survey

Kaleigh Pare, museum studies student, seeks input from museum staff and volunteers about accessioning collections in small museums. Take her short survey online


MnDOT Receives CRM Award

Minnesota Department of Transportation received the Industry-Public Sector award from the American Cultural Resources Association as a public sector client who demonstrated accomplishments and commitments above and beyond those required to meet laws and regulations pertaining to cultural resources management. 


Heritage Health Index II

Heritage Preservation announced that through a cooperative agreement with Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), they will conduct a second Heritage Health Index (HHI II)



Fund Your Mission


Technology Grant

For each dollar your nonprofit spends on web design, programming, or other media-related work, Elevation will match that dollar with a dollar of their own. Funds allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply online.



Field Note



Autumn is a popular season for Annual Meetings. Executive Director Tim Hoheisel delivers the "State of the Museum" address at the Annual Meeting of the Stearns History Museum on Tuesday October 8, 2013.






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Moonstick: the Seasons of the Sioux, by Eve Bunting; illustrated by John Sandford.





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