Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants
If your organization has received a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant, be sure to check the grants portal for a list of your conditions, milestones, and final reports. The portal will indicate what they are for (taken directly from your grant agreement) and when they are due. Organizations with overdue reports are not eligible to apply for other MNHS grant programs. Questions? Contact Melinda Hutchinson.
Spotlighted Project: Architectual Assessment of
Great Northern Depot Roof
Funds enabled an architectural assessment of a roof replacement project for the Great Northern Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and currently in use as the Mille Lacs County Historical Society.
Recipient: Mille Lacs County Historical Society
Funding Amount: $7,000
State Historical Society of North Dakota seeks Director. Send letter of application, resume, state standard application form (SFN#10950) and references to: Human Resources Director, State Historical Society of North Dakota, 612 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0830. Deadline: August 15, 2014.
Director of Special Collections
Lead Web/Interactive Developer
Part-Time Campus Interpreter
Rock County Historical Society, Janesville WI, is currently looking for a part-time interpreter to start immediately. They will be presenting a variety of historic house tours at the Lincoln-Tallman House, using both first- and third-person presentations.
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA, seeks curator whose overall responsibility is for the care, presentation, and interpretation of the organization's collection.
Do History Here
Bicycles of Old
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, will be at the upcoming Washington County Fair July 30-August 3, 2014. This year the Historical Society will be bringing three vintage bicycles out of their collection to show those attending the fair. Call 651-439-5956 for more information.
Jesse James Film Festival
History Day Exhibit
Family Discovery Days
Children's Games and Craft Day
Artists Housing Survey
Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council wants residents within a 50-mile radius of Hastings MN, and Prescott WI, take a survey that relates to housing for artists and their friends. The deadline for completing the survey is Tuesday August 5, 2014.
Museum Computer Network Workshop
The IRS is offering a one-day workshop for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, October 29-30, 2014. This introductory workshop is designed for organization administrators, volunteers who are responsible for tax compliance, the faculty and students of its academic hosts, and nonprofit practitioners.
Books Wanted for Fundraiser
Accepting books now through August 9, 2014 for a Fundraising Sale at the Hay Lake School Museum, Scandia MN. Donations can be dropped off at the museum on Saturdays and Sundays during the museum hours of 1-4 p.m. as well as at the Warden’s House, Stillwater MN, Thursdays through Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Contact Dustyn at 651-433-4014 to coordinate donations if necessary.
Fund Your Mission
Ron McKinley Fellowship
Informational Webinar for Applicants.
August 7, 2014, 3 - 4 p.m. Free, registration required.
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.For more information, visit the Legacy Research Fellowships website.
With the successful debut of the new Cycling Museum of Minnesota (CMM) last Thursday, July 24, in Minneapolis, here is a good reminder about putting yourself in a good place to be successful. CMM began with an entrepreneur and a collector. While one had business savvy and the other had amazing collections, neither had cultural heritage experience. Still, both through their usual conduct were in the habit of doing things very well.
To put themselves in a good place to be successful, the two sought advice from the MNHS Local History Services Office, through which they attracted museum professionals with planning, management, and programmatic experience to ensure this new museum would match their commitment to excellence.
On July 24 attendees of the debut heard what happened as a result of the overall commitment to excellence. One of the volunteers that had come to help fabricate the museum exhibits casually asked what CMM needed in terms of cash. The leadership was candid about upcoming expenses, and the volunteer generously wrote a check for the whole amount. The man told the leadership he was impressed with the work, and that his recently deceased wife had left instruction to support bicycling projects. CMM's work seemed a worthy cause.
When standards and best practices are followed, the end product will stand out for its quality. Interested in learning more about standards and best practices? Consider the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) from the American Association for State and Local History. And yes, there is a grant for StEPs!
Saint John's Abbey Church by Victoria M. Young.
University of MN Press
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