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April 10, 2013                                                                  Membership | Past Issues | Local History Services

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants


Spotlighted Project: Alex Seitaniemi Barn 

Restoration Phase 2

Recipient: Sisu Heritage Inc.

Funding Amount: $100,000
The grant helped stabilize 10 structural elements on the Alex Seitaniemi Barn,  an extremely rare two-story log building that combines a dwelling, animal shelter, milking parlor and crop storage in one structure. Built 1907-1913, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and used as a cultural attraction. 
More photos and information on the current progress are available at the Friends of the Seitaniemi Housebarn Facebook page.



From the Blog


Minnesota Local History gained one this week, bringing our numbers to 1139. In history news this week:

Local History Newsletter Digest: Society Acquires Oxley Collection


This article about the Oxley Collection was originally printed in the "Otter Tail County Historical Society Newletter" Volume 38, Number 4, Winter 2012. Reprinted with permission from the Otter Tail County Historical Society.







Job Opportunities


Special Collections Librarian
Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library system, seeks Special Collections Librarian. Deadline: April 12, 2013, 5 p.m. CT.


Museum/Administrative Assistant

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, seeks Museum/Administrative Assistant. Job description available upon request. Email resume by April 12, 2013.


Digital Marketing Coordinator

Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, seeks Digital Marketing Coordinator. Deadline: April 17, 2013.


Tourism Coordinator

Austin (MN) Convention & Visitors Bureau seeks Tourism Coordinator. Deadline: April 19, 2013, 4 p.m.


Unpaid Summer Internships

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, offers summer student internships. Extended deadline: April 19, 2013.



Do History Here


Civil War Symposium

Twin Cities Civil War Round Table announces their annual Civil War Symposium, "East, West, and Frontier: Turning Points of 1863," Saturday April 13, 2013, 9:30 a.m., Fort Snelling History Center, St. Paul MN.


History/Preservation Lectures

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities hosts several upcoming lectures on history and historic preservation topics:


Plane Crash Talk

Denmark Township Historical Society, Hastings MN, hosts Jim and Lauren Cran, who will present a program at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Washington County, Tuesday April 16, 2013, 7 p.m. on the B-24 bomber that crashed in rural Denmark Township in 1942. Contact Wayne Boyd, 651-436-8031, for more information.


History in a Pint

Veterans' Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, announces the next History in a Pint, Tuesday April 16, 2013, 6 p.m., Carmody Irish Pub & Brewing. The life of Duluth Medal of Honor recipient Henry A. Courtney, Jr. will be the topic of discussion. Contact Dan Hartman, 218-310-5356, for more information. 


Dine to Donate

Raise money for Goodhue County Historical Society, Red Wing MN, by eating at Perkins Family Restaurant, Red Wing, Wednesday April 17, 2013, between 2 and 10 p.m.  Ten percent of the event's food and bakery pre-tax sales will be donated to GCHS. Contact GCHS, 651-388-6024, for more information. 


Civil War Roundtable
Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable meets Thursday April 18, 2013, 7 p.m., Faribault Senior Center, Faribault MN. David Jones will speak on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Call Dan Peterson, 507-459-3140, for more information.


New Art Exhibit

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, announces the opening of Donna Webb's art exhibit, "...And Beauty Surrounds You," April 18, 2013, 5-7 p.m. Contact Shelley, 507-345-5566, for more information.


Stained Glass

St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN, hosts Jack Salmela, who will discuss "Celebrating Stained Glass in the Northland," Thursday April 18, 2013, noon to 1 p.m., Ruth Maney Room, St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center. Call 218-733-7568 for more information.






Annual Meeting

Minnesota Archaeological Society holds its annual meeting and lecture Friday April 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Anderson Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul MN. Speaker: Robert "Ernie" Boszhardt, co-director of the Mississippian Initiative Project. Cost: $20/person. Contact Anna Morrow, 612-922-7006, for more information or to RSVP.


Destination Download: An Adventure on the Iron Range

The Minnesota Historical Society introduces an ideas exchange for travelersSaturday April 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul MN. This debut event takes a closer look at travel around the Iron Range, the resource-rich mecca to the north. 


Circle Me History

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN, hosts professional baseballer Bert Blyleven at the spring "Circle Me History" event, held at the Gorecki Center in St. Joseph MN, Wednesday April 24, 2013. Purchase tickets online; by phone, 320-253-8424; or in person at the museum. 


Kids Kraft

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, hosts Garden Fun Kids Kraft, Saturday April 27, 2013, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Decorate your own flower pot! Free, but registration required; contact SCHS, 952-445-0378.


U.S.-Dakota War Event

Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, hosts Mike Wilson, who will lead an interactive workshop exploring how values in cultural activities may have affected the U.S.-Dakota War, Saturday April 27, 2013, 2-4 p.m. Call 507-934-2160 for more information.


Johnson Boat Works Talk

Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake hosts John W. Johnson, grandson of Johnson Boat Works founder John O. Johnson, who will speak on the beginnings of the Johnson Boat Works story, Monday April 29, 2013, 6 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.


Miniseries Showing

Veterans' Memorial Hall, Duluth, will show the miniseries "The Pacific," follow-up to "Band of Brothers," May 1-3, 6-7, 2013, historic Zelda Theater, in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, 6 p.m. On the final day it will be the last part of the "Never Forgotten" exhibit opening and will begin at 7 p.m. Contact Dan Hartman, 218-310-5356, for more information.


Family History Talk

Ramsey County Library-Roseville hosts master genealogist Tom Rice, who will talk about the many resources you can use to find out more about your ancestors, Thursday May 2, 2013, 7 p.m. Call 651-724-6022 for more information.


Victorian Tea

Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato MN, hosts a Victorian Afternoon Tea for all ages, May 4, 2013, 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $15/adults, $10/BECHS members, $5/children ages 5-17, free for children under 5. Space is limited; purchase tickets in advance. Call 507-345-5566.


Author Sunday

LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings MN, hosts Susan Amundson, author of "Hero Finds His Path," Sunday May 5, 2013, 1 p.m. Call 651-437-7055 for more information.


Civil War Documentary

Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee MN, and Scott County Library System host a screening of "From Wasioja to Washington" at the Prior Lake Library, Tuesday May 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m.


Save the Date

Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, will host a flea market on Saturday June 1, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historical society. Vendors can reserve a stall for $20 in advance. Call RCHS, 507-332-2121, for more information.


Save the Date

Join Rice County Historical Society, Faribault MN, at the Faribault American Legion, 5 p.m. Friday June 7, 2013 for dinner, silent auction, and entertainment by Charlie Maguire. Call RCHS, 507-332-2121, for more information or to purchase tickets.



Continuing Education


Travel Industry Conference

Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota and the North Dakota Tourism Division host Travel Industry Conference, April 15-17, 2013, Grand Forks ND.  


PastPerfect Training

PastPerfect offers several online training sessions and webinars this spring.





ASIS Honor

Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm MN, announces that building and grounds manager Jim Paulsen has been selected to serve on ASIS International's national Investigative Standards Technical Committee. ASIS International is the worldwide leading organization for security professionals.


Free Museum Furniture
Nicollet County Historical Society, St. Peter MN, has been spring cleaning and has several items available free to good homes. Contact Ben Leonard for details and to arrange pickup. 









Used Book Sale
AAUW of Fargo-Moorhead is collecting donated used books April 8-11, 2013 for its annual Used Book Sale. Donated books will be sold April 12-13, 2013. Contact Maureen, 701-429-4716 for more information.


Hug a Building

Thursday April 18, 2013 is Hug a Historic Building Day. 









DAR Meeting

Harriet G. Walker chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday April 20, 2013, 10 a.m., Ramsey County Library-Shoreview. Contact Dee Dee Edlund for more information.



Field Note



Big changes are taking place at the St. Louis County Historical Society, Duluth MN. Check out the construction of a new gallery for their Eastman Johnson and Ojibwe collections pieces, funded in part by the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program. View more photos of the gallery construction.

Photo by John Potti




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