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October 2, 2013                                                                                     Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


Fall Small Grants Round

The next application deadline for Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants Program small grants is next Friday October 11, 2013. Completed applications must be submitted via the grants portal before midnight on October 11. Contact the Grants Office with questions.


Spotlighted Project: Milk House Dairy Exhibit

milkRecipient: Maplewood Area Historical Society
Funding Amount: $50,565

A permanent exhibit housed in the milk house that describes the purpose of the milk house, the processes that occurred there, and the connections to the local dairy economy during the 1945-1960 era.



From the Blog


Facebook Findings

Minnesota Local History fans, all 1256 of them, have a few things to ponder this week: 


From the Blogosphere



Job Opportunities


Volunteer Coordinator
Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, seeks Volunteer Coordinator. Deadline: 5 p.m., October 18, 2013.


Preservation Associate

Nebraska State Government, Lincoln NE, seeks Preservation Associate. Deadline: October 27, 2013.


CEO & President

Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee WI, seeks CEO & President. Deadline: October 31, 2013. 


Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point seeks Assistant Professor, North American Public History. Review of Applications begins November 1, 2013.


Museum Director

Neville Public Museum, Green Bay WI, seeks Museum Director.  


Executive Officer/Business Development Manager
Heritage Hill State Historical Park, Green Bay WI, seeks Executive Officer/Business Development Manager



City of Elmhurst (IL) seeks Registrar. Position open until filled.


Loyalty Marketing & Membership Coordinator

Ramsey County Historical Society, St. Paul MN, seeks Loyalty Marketing & Membership Coordinator. Position open until filled.



Do History Here


Cemetery Talk
Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, will host photographer Doug Ohman, who will speak on one of his new projects, Cemeteries of Minnesota, October 3, 2013, 7 p.m. Free. Call 507-454-2723 for more information.


Fall Bonfire
Join Rockford Area Historical Society, Rockford MN, and the City of Greenfield for the Fall Bonfire and Game Night, October 4, 2013, 5-7 p.m. at the new Greenfield City Park. Call 763-477-5383 or 763-477-6464 for more information. 


Empire Builder Drama
Landmark Center, St. Paul MN, and Lakeshore Players present "James J. Hill: Railroad Empire on Trial," October 3, 4, 5, 2013, 7 p.m., F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center. Tickets: $5; call 651-292-3276 to purchase.

Cemetery Tours

Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka MN, announces their "Monuments to Life" Cemetery Tours, October 5, 10, and 12, 2013, 7 p.m. See the ACHS Calendar of Events for locations. Tickets: $8/tour, or $21/all three. Call 763-421-0600 for more information or to reserve tickets. 


Docomomo Tour Event

Docomomo US/MN presents Minnesota Modern Tour Day, Saturday October 5, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance ticket sales available online.


Breakfast Club

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts John Decker, Director of Archives, who will discuss post-WWII Cold Spring MN, Wednesday October 9, 2013, 9 a.m. See the Breakfast Club website for more information. 


New Deal Presentation
Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, invites the public to a presentation on "Uncle Sam's New Deal," Thursday October 10, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 507-451-1420 for more information. 


Cemetery Walk

Winona County Historical Society, Winona MN, hosts the 14th Annual Voices from the Past: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, October 12 and 13, 2013. New this year--indoor performance for those needing a fully-accessible experience; Thursday October 10, 2013, 7 p.m. at the History Center. Tickets: $7/adults; $5/students 13 and up; $3/ages 12 and under. Call 507-454-2723 x0 for ticketing information. 


WWII Ancestry

Ramsey County Library-Maplewood will hold "Tracing Your World War II Ancestors," Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7 p.m. This is part of the series "World War II: a New Look at the 'Good War.'" Call 651-724-6022 for more information.


Fire Department Talk

Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake hosts a history program presented by White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. "White Bear Fire Department Turns 125!," Wednesday October 16, 2013, 2 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 


Book Discussion

Ramsey County Library-Roseville, will hold a book discussion on "Inferno: the World at War," by Max Hastings, Thursday October 17, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information. 


Walking Tour 

Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) fall tour features the work of Cass Gilbert in the Summit Avenue area of St. Paul, Saturday October 19, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon. Register online by October 17, 2013. Contact Rolf Anderson, 612-824-7807, for more information.   


Cemetery Stories

Northfield Historical Society, Northfield MN, presents the 8th Annual Cemetery Stories, October 19, 2013, Northfield Cemetery. Tours begin at 3:40 p.m. and repeat every 20 minutes; last tour is at 8 p.m. Admission: $4/adults; $2/children; $1/NHS members. Call 507-645-9268 for reservations.


New Deal Exhibit

Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, announces the opening of their newest exhibit, "Uncle Sam's New Deal," a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society and Landmark Center. Open now through January 20, 2014. Call 507-451-1420 for more information.



Continuing Education


StEPs Program

If your organization has been thinking about signing up for the AASLH StEPs program, register for a free one-hour informational webinar, October 9, 2013, 2 p.m. ET. 


AASLH Online Courses

American Association for State and Local History offers several courses in October 2013:




New Museum Coordinator

Janet Timmerman has been hired as Murray County Museum Coordinator for the End O Line Railroad Park & Museum, Currie MN, and Murray County Historical Society, Slayton MN. A Murray County native, she will return to the area to start her new job on November 4, 2013. Congratulations, Janet!






Costume Resource
Clothes Tell Stories is a web-based resource for using costumes to tell stories. 


Township Records Available

Bridgewater Township, Rice County MN, is proud to announce that their township records from 1858-1889 are now available through the Northfield History Collaborative


Traveling Exhibit Available

The Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel NY, announces the availability of its current special exhibit, "Keeping Time: the Photography of Don Hunstein," as a traveling exhibit, available beginning January 2014. Contact Wade Lawrence, Museum Director, for more information. 


MAM Annual Meeting

Register now for the Minnesota Association of Museums 2013 Annual MeetingOctober 6-7, 2013, St. Joseph and Collegeville MN. 








Fund Your Mission


Museum Grants
Reminder: Institute of Museum and Library Services offers Museum for America Grants. Deadline: December 2, 2013. 



Field Note



Something is Historic in the Township of Denmark...
While Marcellus from Shakespeare's Hamlet might be disturbed by affairs in the State of Denmark, he certainly would be delighted with history in the township of the same name here in Minnesota.


Brent Peterson, Executive Director, Washington County Historical Society; Wayne Boyd, President, Denmark Township Historical Society;  Joe Hoover, Field Services, Minnesota Historical Society were at a celebration honoring friends and donors who raised the $80,000 needed to purchase the Valley School as the new home of the Denmark Township Historical Society. The school was built in 1852 and is still on its original site.


Well done!





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